Fitbit’s new Charge 5 is more interested in your stress level than your steps

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    Fitbit has traditionally used step counting to track your health. The company encourages people who wear their popular trackers to walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and do more cardiovascular exercise. In recent years, the company has added more and more health metrics, such as tracking your sleep with continuous heart rate monitoring and stress detection.

    Also, the company thinks that the Fitbit Charge 5 will “redefine power.”

    The health brand, which Google bought in January for $2.1 billion, says that the global pandemic has changed how people sleep, eat, and exercise. And for people who have been sick, lost a loved one, or been under a lot of stress, “strength has taken on new meaning for most, and being strong in today’s world is more than what we can lift or how fast we can run. the mind and body can handle.”

    The Charge 5’s EDA sensor monitors every aspect of your health and assesses how your body responds to stress by observing minute variations in the sweat glands on your fingers. The EDA sensor was first introduced with the Fitbit Sense and was able to lower the heart rates of about 70% of people who used it. Now that the tool is available on more Fitbit products, the company hopes that more people can track and lower their stress levels.

    Plus, Charge 5 gives you a stress management score in the Fitbit app on your iPhone or Android. That way, you can check every morning to see if your mind is ready for more tasks or if you need to rest first.

    If you sign up for Fitbit Premium, you can access over 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions from brands and experts like Ten Percent Happier and Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method. These sessions can help you deal with stress. Premium members can also access exercises from Calm, which is the most popular sleep and meditation service in the world.

    The Fitbit Charge 5 also checks your heart health 24 hours a day with its wrist-based heart rate monitoring. Fitbit also lets you know when your heart rate is above or below your personal range. Stress and spicy foods can affect your heart rate, but a heart rate that is too high or too low can also be a sign of a heart condition that needs medical attention.

    An ECG app, which was only available on Fitbit and more expensive bands before, will also be added to the tracker.

    In addition to monitoring your heart health, the Fitbit app’s Health Metrics dashboard shows a summary of a number of other wellness indicators. These include your breathing rate, changes in skin temperature, and SpO2. With Premium, Fitbit looks at this information to give you insights based on long-term trends and your own personal series.

    Finally, Fitbit Charge 5 will be one of the first trackers to use the new Daily Readiness experience. The Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe, and Inspire 2 trackers will also get this new feature, which is meant to help you train whether your body is ready for a workout or whether you should focus on recovery instead.

    You will get a score every morning based on your activity level, heart rate variability (HRV), and how much sleep you got the night before. You will also get an explanation of what affected your score, suggestions like a suggested goal for Active Zone Minutes, and premium content to help you make the best choices for your body.

    The Charge 5 is about 10% thinner than its predecessor. It has a new AMOLED color display that can be set to always be on, so you can check the time on your wrist while you are in a meeting by waving your wrist. Fitbit says the AMOLED is twice as bright as its predecessor, which should make it easier to see your stats on sunny days. You can also change the way your watch looks at any time by choosing from Fitbit and other brands’ lightweight silicone infinity bands, breathable sports bands, and plush nylon velcro straps.

    Fitbits usually have GPS built in, and the Charge 5 does too. It also has 20 workout modes, automatic workout tracking, and an estimate of your V02 max.

    Also, if you sign up for Fitbit Premium, you can access more than 200 workouts from approved trainers and well-known brands like Daily Burn, barre3, obé, and the new, intense LES MILLS workouts.

    Fitbit’s latest tracker is available for £169.99, which includes a six-month Premium membership (for both new and returning customers). Pre-orders for the Fitbit Charge 5 are now available on and a number of retail partners, with the gadget set to hit store shelves in the coming weeks.


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    Neela Josh is the Content Writer at Gaming Ideology. A professional-level Quake player, Neela shares her expertise and passion for gaming to engage and inform the gaming community.