Okay so first let me start by telling you what is Zamzee. The Zamzee is an activity meter that measures movement and connects to Zamzee.com. The activity is then translated into Pointz and rewards. Zamzee’s mission is to make it easier and fun for kids and families to be more physically active. Early research actually shows that the Zambee experience can increase kids physical activity by 30%. This award winning activity meter has also partnered with the President’s Challenge Program . Here is how it works:
- First you purchase a meter. ( There are several colors you can pick)
- Join Zamzee.com
- Wear your meter.
4. Track your progress
5. Earn rewards
I couldn’t wait to try this with my boys. They’ve already been having a blast wearing pedometers so I figured this would be even better and I was right. This activity meter measures the intensity of movement not just steps. Especially my little guy, he loved that he had control over winning awards. It did get a little bit competitive, but I think I handled that well. I learned something about being a parent as well I suppose. They were obsessed with wearing them at first, but it had died down a bit. Now, my little guys are very active on their own, but I think this would be a great motivator to a child that is maybe not as likely to be active. The boys also had a kick designing their own avatar. I’ve talked to several parents about the Zamzee. Some parents think it’s an awesome idea like I do, but others fear that even being rewarded might not motivate their child. As with anything worthwhile I think that parents need to be involved and I think that’s the great part about using the Zamzee. While it’s easy to just plug in and upload the data, I feel that cheering your child on can help keep the motivation going. There is also a family view screen to make it easier to view your entire families activity.
A Zamzee meter costs $29.95 plus shipping. There are also discounts on multiple meters and large group orders.
Zamzee is letting me share this 25% off discount code with my my readers. Go to Zamzee.com and use the code ZZCONF2012
Disclosure: I received a Zamzee for each of my boys to try. All thoughts are my own and have not been influenced.