New Activity Tracker Uses Games to Encourage Exercise
I know a lot of parents who use video games and texting as an incentive to finish chores and homework. But what if you could use incentives like these to get your child to be more active?
Ibitz is a new line of fitness trackers by GeoPalz, a company that focuses on fitness for kids.
The ibitz line is full of small, clip-on activity trackers that are designed to keep not just children, but the entire family in shape. The line offers two versions of the pedometer-like device.
The PowerKey, which is specifically for children requires certain fitness goals to be met in order to earn rewards like prizes from Amazon and new features in games. The Unity, which is geared towards adults, not only tracks fitness more in-depth through features like heart rate monitors, but also allows parents to keep track of their child’s activity.
Both units will be available beginning in April 2013. The PowerKey will cost $49.99, and the Unity will cost $34.99.
Personally, I think this is a great idea. Whether we like it or not, it seems like video games and other indoor play have become a permanent part of life for kids (and, let’s face it, some adults). Instead of fighting it, why not find a way for physical activity and video games to coexist effectively?
We’re always looking for ways to make working out more fun as adults, and I think kids are the same way. They play outside because it’s fun; but if you live in a neighborhood where there aren’t many kids, or they don’t play outside, they’re going to look for entertainment in other ways. I think the ibitz tracker can make exercising fun for kids, just like exercising by doing Zumba or playing Just Dance can be fun for us.
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