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Trick your teens into exercising with technology

SHAPE America recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day while also avoiding periods of inactivity of two hours or more.

Do your kids spend too much time on their phones—playing games or snapping selfies for Instagram—and not enough time exercising? Don’t take away their devices—you can actually use technology to get them off the couch.

Apps that get them moving

There are lots of fun, free apps that you can download on a phone or tablet, like these:

Go Noodle

Sworkit Kids

GoNoodle has hundreds of on-demand videos that guide and motivate your kids to dance, work out, stretch, and more.
App available: iOS only

Sworkit Kids is geared towards ages 7 to 14 and features kids as the instructors. They can design their own workouts including the length of time, intensity, and the types of exercises. There’s a Sworkit app for grown ups too.
App available: iOS and Android

Cool tech they can wear

Fitness wearables aren’t just for adults; kids can wear them too! They can sync their wearables to their devices to boast about their progress and earn cool rewards.

Garmin vivofit jr Fitbit Zip Fitbit Flex 2

Specifically designed for kids, the Garmin vivofit jr comes in fun patterns or styles like Star Wars. It costs less than $100 and is waterproof!

Fitbit has a couple options for less than $100. The Fitbit Zip has a large tap display and can clip to their belt or pocket. The Fitbit Flex 2 is their slimmest wristband that’s also swim-proof. The whole family can compete in challenges through the Fitbit app!

You know your kids best; not all of these ideas will work for your children. The important thing is to keep them active for at least 60 minutes per day!

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