When kids join sports teams it is important for them to remain physically fit throughout the season. If exercise is neglected, injuries are more likely to occur. Since teens and younger children have a tendency to spend a little too much time playing video games or using their cell phones, it makes sense to hold them accountable by tracking their physical activity.
Fortunately, with today’s technology this is easily done using an app that can be downloaded in just a few seconds. Below are a few of the top apps that parents and their children can use to keep fit.
SparkPeople is a free website that has been around for quite some time. They provide helpful tips on proper eating, which includes thousands upon thousands of recipes. The community at SparkPeople is strong, and this is important for anyone that needs encouragement to meet daily goals. One of the services the website provides is the ability to download an app completely free. Not only will this app let you log in your fitness efforts, but it will also give you access to exercise demonstrations. That means whether you’re at home, the ball field, or away on vacation, you’ll be able to squeeze in some physical activity.
If you’re looking for a way to entice a young person to put his or her running shoes on, look no further than the Zombies, Run! app. Students can download the app and the put their headphones on. As soon as the music and mission instructions are given, the teen begins to run. When the child hears that zombies are approaching, he’ll need to run faster to get away from them. There are over 200 missions to complete, so your child won’t have a chance to get bored. In addition to feeling a sense of accomplishment for a completed mission, your son or daughter will also reap the health benefits of a daily run.
One of the most popular physical activity apps is MyFitnessPal. This app is incredible because it does two things. First, it lets you input your information in just a few short clicks. Second, it syncs to fitness tracking devices. So let’s say you used a FitBit to track calories burned based on the amount of exercise you completed. You can take that device and sync it to the MyFitnessPal, which will upload all of the information for you. There’s no need to enter it separately. It’s pretty handy and a great option for the older kids.
What kid isn’t motivated by music? If a good beat is what it takes to get your child up and moving, then download the Motion Traxx app to their phone. This app features a wide range of playlists for running, doing Pilates or sweating it out on an elliptical. All you have to do is open the app, let it know what type of exercise you’re about to do, and then select the playlist that matches that type of activity. Put the headphones in your ears and press play. The app will take care of tracking your activity, as well as provide you with the musical motivation you need to reach your goals.
Map My Fitness
Is your child a visual learner? If so, the Map My Fitness app might be your best bet. This app has a built-in GPS and records the route you take when walking, jogging, or running around town. The display screen will inform you of the distance you’ve traveled, the pace you kept while traveling, the amount of time it took you to travel to your destination, and how many calories you burned by the end of your trip. The route you took will also be highlighted in red on a map of the area you’re in.
Nike + Training Club App
Why not get the entire team involved in tracking their physical activity by having each member download the Nike + Training Club app. This device has over 100 workouts from top athletes to make use of, and the best part is that users can share their accomplishments with others. The entire team will be able to encourage each other as they complete different fitness activities. Teens can give a little inspiration and get a little inspiration, so it’s a win win for everyone involved.