Fitbit introduces SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition and enhancements to PurePulse heart rate tracking to Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.
Fitbit launches Exercise Goals within the free Fitbit app to help users find the routine that is right for them, and serve as daily motivation to hit their personalized goals.
"At Fitbit we're always working on innovative features that are easy to use and make tracking health and fitness a fun, motivational experience," said Tim Roberts, VP of Interactive at Fitbit. "Our users find exercise in all parts of their day, including activities like short walks with the dog or a bike commute to work. These new features allow them to focus on their exercise, giving them credit for their most active moments and letting the technology do the work to automatically track progress toward their fitness goals."
SmartTrack provides a smarter, easier way to track workouts and see how efforts accumulate to reaching fitness goals. SmartTrack automatically recognizes select exercises and records them in the Fitbit app, giving users credit for their most active moments, so they are more informed to be able to reach their goals.
Several features have been incorporated as part of the new update:
Automatic exercise recognition - SmartTrack automatically recognizes continuous movement when wearing Fitbit Charge HR or Fitbit Surge. It identifies the type of activity and records it in the Fitbit app along with an exercise summary, including duration, calories burned and heart rate stats. SmartTrack is capable of identifying a wide variety of activities, including elliptical, outdoor biking, running, walking, and general categories of aerobic workouts (i.e., Zumba, cardio-kickboxing and other dance classes) and sports (i.e., tennis, basketball and soccer).
As everyone's definition of exercise is different, users can select the types of activities they want recognized as exercise and adjust how long they must be moving before an activity is recorded in the Fitbit app. By default, activities are automatically recognized when users have been active for at least 15 minutes.
Fitbit's proprietary PurePulse heart rate technology has been updated to provide users with an even better heart rate tracking experience during and after high-intensity workouts like boot camp and Zumba.
Available for free to all Fitbit device and app users, exercise goals are tracked on a daily basis with a weekly goal set for the number of days they plan to exercise. Progress toward goals is displayed within the Fitbit app.