Best Kids’ Fitness Trackers of 2017

Fitness trackers are more necessary than ever before, especially in regard to kids. Why? Because we’ve entered a new age of people glued to their technology, and it’s important that kids understand the value of getting active. The original Fitbit was founded in 2007, and only 10 years later has the “Fitbit for kids” craze truly begun.

In the year 2017, kids are surrounded by screens of all types: phones, TVs, tablets, and now even virtual reality. And although there is a great benefit to all of this, one must wonder if is too much. Are kids being overloaded with information via technology?

It’s quite possible that kids are stuck indoors staring at their screens, and as a result are lacking in the fitness department. The solution is pretty simple: get outdoors and get active. Oh, and make sure your kid has a Fitbit style fitness tracker! Because in the year 2017, there is much technology to choose from. Instead of another iPad game or movie on a big screen TV, why not get your kid out of the house, and have some fun with a cool, sleek kids fitness tracker.

“Fitbit for Kids” – Our Favorite Kids’ Fitness Trackers:

Without further ado, here is a list of the best kids fitness trackers of 2017 starting off, of course, with yours truly:

Kid Power Bands

UNICEF Kid Power has developed Kid Power Bands, in an effort to accomplish two things: help kids stay active, and also help kids around the world. This way your kid can be getting active and having fun, but also helping change the life of a severely malnourished child for better.

The way it works is through missions. After buying the band and downloading the app, your kid will then complete missions: For each step your kid takes, he or she will earn kid power points. These points will then unlock lifesaving therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished kids. Talk about a win-win: staying healthy, and helping other kids around the world. Not to tout our own horn, but we think this is the best kids’ fitness tracker out there!

Sqord Activity Tracker

The Sqord Activity Tracker is interesting is it doesn’t bill itself as a step tracker but rather as a “play tracker”. The website states: The Sqord Activity Pod isn’t merely a step-counter. It tracks all sorts of movement and converts it into points that connect to Awards inside the free kidSAFE-certified App.

Sqord also has an app which lets you create your own character to play games with, and the more points you earn, the more fun and crazy things you can do with your character. This kids Fitbit-style fitness tracker is more of a play tracker, and could be good for younger kids.

Garmin vivofit JR.

Remember Garmin? The former in-car GPS creators have pivoted to a wide array of tech products, one of which is a fitness tracker of sorts. This particular Fitbit for kids style product will track your steps, sleep, and additional physical activity.

There is also an app which lets parents control the settings, which is a bit more interesting than you would think: the parental controls here will let parents force their kids to do chores! As from their site: (The app offers) fun and educational mobile adventures for kids and chore/behavior management for parents.

X-Doria KidFit

The X Doria acts as a motivational fitness tracker for kids aged 5-13. So, if you want your kid to be a bit more motivated with his fitness and workout schedule, then this app is for you. The motivational aspect is explained as follows from the X-Doria team: (It) motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals.

This particular kids bracelet is splash proof and is one size fits all!

Pard Kids Fitness Tracker

This particular kids fitness tracker is less known and has more to do with the health space, but it is interesting nonetheless for anyone looking for a kids’ bracelet to monitor physical activity. In addition to the basic fitness tracker specs such as time display and foot count, it also has a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and calorie burning counting. This tracker also offers email and phone connectivity to inform you if you receive an SMS or phone call.

This app is unique in that it bills itself as a kids’ fitness tracker, but the specs indicate that most adults would certainly find this app useful. I suppose this app could be billed as a family fitness tracker app as opposed to just kids.

Fitbit Zip: Wireless Activity Tracker

Officially, the Fitbit for kids model does not exist. Fitbit explains on their website that they do not have any formal fitness trackers for kids available for sale. And, more importantly, their Fitbit app will not work with any kids under age 13.

However, if you have a kid who is 13 years or older, then they may want to check out the Fitbit zip, which we suppose can be considered a Fitbit for kids and/or teenagers. The Fitbit Zip makes sense for kids and teens because it is rugged and can withstand a lot of physical impact that many sports playing kids and teens will do. Also, this model utilizes social communication between friends and family for some healthy competition, and in the age of social media, kids and teens will definitely enjoy this Fitbit for kids style activity fitness tracker.

2017 and Beyond: Next Level Kid Fitness Tracking

Technology has taken over society and is a prominent aspect in most kids’ lives. Of course, that doesn’t mean all is for naught: the fitness tracking industry, especially for kids, has taken off. With all the improvements in technology lately, whether it’s with virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or robotic and drove advancements, we’re expecting bigger and better things from the kids fitness tracking industry in the coming years.