Fitness Trackers

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From counting the calories we've burned to assessing our quality of sleep, fitness trackers are an increasingly popular way to monitor wellbeing. If, however, you're flummoxed by Fitbits or ambivalent about Apple Watches, our explainer video will quickly help you to catch up.

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What is a fitness tracker?

A fitness tracker is a wrist-worn device that can measure your level of physical activity during the day.

Each fitness tracker focuses on different things but in general, they tend to count steps taken, record sleep patterns and enable activity goals.

They can also monitor heart rate, running distance, blood pressure and calories burnt. The first fitness tracker was created by Garmin in 2016 but Fitbit popularised fitness trackers for children and young people by introducing the Fitbit Ace in 2018.

They can now be synched to children’s smartphones and used to make physical activity fun for children by giving out virtual badges or encouraging family challenges.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.