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Fitness Trackers May Help Kids' Physical Activity, Study Says

Sat, 24 May 2014 01:35:23 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fitness trackers have proven to motivate adults to get active, but the devices may also help in promoting exercise among kids, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California asked kids ages 7 though 10 to try four different devices and found that participants with the highest success rate were those wearing a wrist tracker, compared to over-the-hip or arm devices.

The electronics can help children gauge their fitness, and the devices' ease in accessibility also aids in activity, said Dr. Sara Schaefer, associate director of Children's Health and Education at UC Davis.

Children are recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day, according to experts. During the study, researchers measured not only the quantity of actions, such as steps, but also quality, including intensity of the workouts.

Fitness trackers can help shape school programs, Schaefer concluded, with data integrated into a curriculum so kids can be more involved.

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