Fitness-focused smartwatches certainly do their job in providing useful insights such as tracking stress, heart health, sleep and overall wellbeing. You know, beats per minute and those hours spent recharging in dreamland. But what else can you do with these data besides monitoring the ups and downs? Fitbit goes beyond displaying just numbers to provide users actionable guidance.
This is made possible with Charge 5, Fitbit’s latest health and fitness tracker, and digital tools in Fitbit Premium. Although its sister devices are also able to execute Fitbit Premium, the Charge 5 performs them optimally with its improved fixings.
The smart fitness tracker comes 10 percent thinner and two times brighter than its predecessor and is engineered with an aerodynamic design for a comfortable seamless fit. Furthermore, it’s also the inaugural device in the Charge series with an AMOLED colour display with an always-on option and text remains readable under a harsh light. Charge 5 dominates the sun; one to zero.
Can stress be measured? Also debuting on Charge 5 is the inclusion of the electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor. Touted to be the world’s first EDA sensor in a wearable, it measures the body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands from one’s fingers. EDA previously appeared in autumn 2019 on Fitbit Sense, and according to a survey provided by Fitbit, 70 percent of Sense’s users reduced their heart rates during a two-minute EDA Scan session, reflecting its effectiveness in reducing stress. In addition, Stress Management Score calculated from the Fitbit app also gauges if one’s mentally ready to take on tougher challenges or recharge. For the latter, go zen via more than 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions from third-party partners in Fitbit Premium including Ten Percent Happier and Calm.
Speaking of points, an entirely new personalised score system in Premium called Daily Readiness Score helps users decide whether they should push themselves physically with workouts or prioritise recovery. Using three measured components—daily activity, heart rate variability and sleep—the final calculated score comes with suggestions like recommended activity level and associated content to help users make the best decisions for both their body and workouts more efficient.
For example, a high score means one’s body is ready for action with high-energy workouts from Les Mills in Premium, while a low score indicates users should prioritise recovery. Fitbit optimises the algorithm to promote fitness improvement while minimising fatigue. Now go on and follow the guided path for a better and healthier tomorrow.
Fitbit Charge 5 is available for SGD288 which includes a six-month Premium membership (for new or returning customers). It can be purchased online at Amazon and Fitbit’s Official Store on Lazada and Shopee.