Fitbit is expanding free access to view last week’s trends in the Health Metrics dashboard to Versa 2, Inspire 2 and Charge 4 users in 40 countries *, helping them to more closely monitor their health and well- to be. This follows the dashboard rollout last year for Sense and Versa 3 users.
Soon, all Fitbit Premium members will also be able to see their personal ranges in the health metrics dashboard, helping you easily see how your typical range fluctuates for each measurement.
In addition, all Fitbit Charge 4 users will soon receive an update for their device allowing them to view their wrist SpO2 readings for free, as well as their SpO2 and skin temperature data in the Health Metrics dashboard.
It’s good to see that Fitbit is updating older devices with more features and new health data collection capabilities instead of forcing those customers to buy a new device every year.
Fitbit Health Metrics Dashboard
The Health Metrics dashboard is a new tool in the Fitbit app that helps you more closely monitor your health and well-being. The dashboard provides access to metrics such as heart rate variability, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation (SpO2) and skin temperature variation. Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Inspire 2 and Charge 4 users will be able to view their trends over 7 days for free, while all Premium members with compatible devices can use the tool to track their trends over 7 and 30 days and personal ranges for each metric.
All Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Inspire 2, and Charge 4 users in qualifying countries * will now be able to see Health Metrics as a new tile on today’s dashboard in their Fitbit app. If you don’t see it on your dashboard, select “edit” and add the thumbnail at the bottom of the page.
What does each metric mean?
- Respiratory rate (average breaths per minute): Significant changes in your trends can help you understand your well-being. A lower respiratory rate may be linked to good cardiovascular health, while short-term increases may indicate that your body is under stress.
- Heart rate variability (HRV) (variation in time between each heartbeat): A large decrease in HRV can help you understand if your body is showing potential signs of stress, illness, or fatigue.
- Oxygen saturation (SpO2) (level of oxygen in your blood): Keep an eye on your SpO2 to notice your trends and how they may connect to your other habits, as multiple factors can contribute to the changes (including altitude, caffeine, breathing issues, weight lifting, running) .
- Change in skin temperature: See how your skin temperature changes to help you discover changes in your well-being. Factors that can cause skin temperature to vary each night include changes in room temperature, bedding, circadian rhythm, menstrual cycle, or the onset of fever or illness. If you notice significant variations, you may want to consider taking and recording your core temperature.
- Resting heart rate (RHR) (important indicator of cardiovascular health, level of fitness, quality of sleep and recovery): Increases in your RHR may be due to stress, illness, fatigue, or alcohol or caffeine use. Exercise, meditation, and diet changes can lower your resting heart rate. (RHR is also available for free in the Heart Rate tile in the Fitbit app.)
Why are these metrics important in the fight against COVID-19?
Tracking each of these metrics together and over time can help you better understand how all of this relates to your long-term health and wellness journey and serve as a potential early warning system for signs of. sickness.
Fitbit’s COVID-19 study results show respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability (HRV) are all useful metrics to indicate the onset of the disease, making wearables a key tool in the fight against COVID-19, as it is clear that our bodies can signal the impact of the disease before more noticeable symptoms appear.
Once these initial signals are identified, Fitbit continues its work of validating an algorithm to detect diseases such as COVID-19 and focuses on expanded research in real environments, including planning for a prospective clinical trial with Northwell. Health.
* Availability of the health indicators dashboard: Canada, United States, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia , Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam.