KidFit

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Good idea, but the poor interface may keep kids couch-bound.

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While KitFit is packed with information, it can be hard to navigate and the screen is often cluttered. The font is also small, so users on an iPhone or iPod Touch may have difficulty launching the exercise they want to try. However, you can choose to email yourself a log of the exercises you try each day.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KidFit offers a wide range of exercises designed to help children live a more active life. The app offers over 150 exercises for all parts of the body that range from easy to challenging. If you've got common exercise equipment around the house (like a balance board or a stability ball), it also offers exercises that can incorporate those tools, but avoids potentially dangerous items like weights. KidFit offers a video of each exercise to help children visualize the technique, but the written directions could be a bit too advanced for younger kids -- who likely will not be familiar with some of the words (such as "glutes" and "Obliques") or instructions ("Draw the abs inward"). 

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Is it any good?

It's nice to see an app like KIDFIT, which encourages children to not only move, but teaches them proper exercise techniques. It's a shame, though, that the app's interface doesn't cater to that same audience. While it offers a wide variety of exercises, it crams up to 10 on the screen at one time, making it a challenge to select the one you want. The videos are a good idea to supplement the sometimes too-technical instructions, but the aspect ratio seems stretched, which can be distracting. There's nothing wrong with the exercises. However, you might want to try the lite version of the app before spending money on this. 

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