Fitbit has traditionally focused on step count as a way of monitoring your health. Wearers of the popular trackers are encouraged to walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and include more cardiovascular exercise in their routine. Over the past few years, the company has been adding more and more metrics to keep track of your health, including sleep tracking with continuous heart rate monitoring and stress detection.
And with its newest gadget, Fitbit Charge 5, the company hopes to “redefine strength”.
According to the health brand, which was acquired by Google back in January for $ 2.1 billion, the global pandemic has changed sleep, diet and exercise patterns. And for those who have endured illness, loss, or increased stress, “Strength has taken on a new meaning for most, and being strong in today’s world is more than what we can lift or how fast we can run. It is also what the mind and “body can handle.”
To keep track of all aspects of your health, Charge 5 is equipped with the EDA sensor, which measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers introduced with the Fitbit Sense. According to Fitbit Sense owners, around 70 percent of wearers were able to lower their heart rate with a two-minute EDA scanning session. With the tool now available for more products in its range, Fitbit hopes more people will be able to monitor and reduce stress levels.
To help you with this, Charge 5 provides you with a stress management score in the Fitbit app on your iPhone or Android so you can see every morning whether you are mentally ready to take on more challenges … or need to top up beforehand tackle everything else.
When you subscribe to Fitbit Premium, you get access to 300+ meditation and mindfulness sessions from brands and experts like Ten Percent Happier and Mindful Method by Deepak Chopra to help you manage your stress levels. Premium members also get access to exercises from Calm, the most famous sleep and meditation service in the world.
Heart health is also scrutinized with the Fitbit Charge 5 thanks to the 24-hour heart rate measurement on the wrist. Fitbit also gives notifications when you are over or under your personal range. There are a number of factors that can affect your heart rate, including stress and spicy foods. However, an excessively high or low heart rate can also indicate a heart condition that requires medical attention.
The tracker also benefits from an EKG app that was previously reserved for the more expensive Fitbit smartwatches.
In addition to managing your heart health, Charge 5 provides an overview of a number of other wellness metrics, including data on your respiratory rate, skin temperature changes, and SpO2, through the Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app. With Premium, Fitbit analyzes this data to provide insights based on long-term trends and personal reach.
Finally, Fitbit Charge 5 will be one of the company’s first trackers to leverage its new Daily Readiness experience. This new feature, which will also be available on the Tracker Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe, and Inspire 2, is designed to help you exercise whether your body is ready to exercise or you are instead prioritize recovery.
Each morning you will be given a rating based on your fitness fatigue (activity), heart rate variability (HRV), and recent sleep. It also gives you an analysis of the impact on your score and suggestions like a recommended active zone minutes goal, as well as premium content to help you make the best decisions for your body.
Elsewhere, Charge 5 is around 10 percent thinner than its predecessor. There’s also a new AMOLED color display with the option to always be on (so you can subtly check the time on your wrist in a meeting with the flick of your finger). According to Fitbit, the AMOLED is also twice brighter than its predecessor, which should make it easier to see your stats on sunny days. You can also change your look at any time and choose between lightweight silicone infinity tapes, breathable sports tapes, soft nylon Velcro straps from Fitbit and third-party suppliers.
As you’d expect from Fitbit, the Charge 5 also includes built-in GPS, 20 workout modes, automatic workout detection, and an estimate of your V02 max.
In addition, with a subscription to Fitbit Premium you can access more than 200 workouts from certified trainers and popular brands such as Daily Burn, barre3, obé and new high-energy workouts from LES MILLS.
Fitbit’s latest tracker will be available for £ 169.99, including a six-month premium membership (for both new and returning customers). Pre-orders for the Fitbit Charge 5 are now available at Fitbit.com and a number of retail partners, with the device set to hit store shelves in the coming weeks.