Would giving kids a pedometer help them exercise more? Would giving them prizes from a company tracking their movement help them exercise more?
A new product GeoPalz ($19.95) is essentially a cute pedometer. But here’s the twist: each Geopalz has a serial number that you can log into a computer. The kids earn 1 Geopalz point for every 2,500 step that they use toward prizes.
“The goal is to get the kids motivated to walk/run/be active with the GeoPalz pedometer and earn prizes with each point earned—which can include GeoPalz-branded hacky-sacks, flying discs, footballs, or store gift cards. Both kids are shooting for a $10 Target gift card (199 points or nearly 500,000 steps). They’ve been jumping, running, and wiggling to make their pedometer gain more points.”
“So, the GeoPalz world works this way—you buy a GeoPalz branded pedometer (for $19.95) or provide your own pedometer when registering (for $14.95) and the kids earn points towards their prizes. Once a prize is earned, the parents will pay between $0.50 and $3.50 for shipping/handling of the physical prizes.”
“The kids can also earn virtual motivational awards (like tracking steps for 5 days in a row or reaching 10,000 steps) to keep them working toward their goal.”
The Wired Dad who reviewed the product said his kids lost them before they could even register them. They got a second set but neither has earned enough points to win anything. He said the kids did like trying to beat other for more steps. The questions is can they stay excited about the product long enough to win prizes?
So what do you think? Would your kid be inspired by this product? Would it help them exercise more? Would they like the virtual awards or just want the prizes? (Seems like you could set this up at home and just have little prizes to give them.)