The Fitbit Sense – The Watch That Claims It Will Help You To Manage Stress
Are you still worried about COVID? Maybe lockdown has been a contributing factor to piling on some extra weight? Fitbit is about to release a new smartwatch called Sense that claims to help manage stress. Revealed on September 1 along with two newer models of the Fitbit Versa and Inspire.
The Fitbit Sense has multiple sensors to track your heart rate, temperature, breathing and even skin reactions. It analyses the data and calculates how your body actually responds to stress. It will provide you with a chance to relax through meditation and breathing exercises.
All three releases will automatically record your temperature during the night so gives you a baseline and highlight any trends. This can prove useful for spotting potential illness or, if you’re trying to conceive, mark your ovulation.
Should I buy the Fitbit Sense?
Similar to the Apple Watch and Samsung Watch, the Sense will keep an electrocardiogram chronicle of the electrical activity of your heart. (Currently, FDA approval pending, but the tech is in place to be switched on).
Fitbit claim the Sense blows rivals out the water with a brand new feature. The Sense can measure your EDA, electrodermal activity, which is changes in how your skin responds to electrical activity. So, it’ll pick up on stress-induced sweat or heart rate variations.
Your Fitbit Sense will use all this data to calculate a stress management score, displayed within the Fitbit app. Here, you’ll find helpful tips on how to manage it.
The Fitbit Sense comes in either white or dark grey and costs $329.95. You can pre-order it now and you’ll get delivery at the end of September.
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Fitbit Sense Features
To keep you going, let’s have a look at the features in better detail:
Monitoring your electrodermal activity means your Sense can determine how your body responds to stress. Knowing this can aid your efforts to manage it.
The Fitbit app comes loaded on the device. Place your palm over the display. This triggers the Sense to detect tiny electrical changes in your sweat levels. The reading will be presented with a guided mindfulness activity within the mobile app and you’ll get some feedback on how your body then responds to the relaxation or meditation.
Your Sense will monitor the electrical activity of your heart. The app will pick up on atrial fibrillation symptoms. Meaning, an irregular heartbeat might indicate a heart condition and your Sense will tell you this. Again, this requires FDA approval before it can be activated.
The Sense has a brand new sensor that will notify you if your heart rate drops or spikes beyond a level that is considered normal. This data can all be found in the Fitbit app and might come in handy during a visit to the doctor.
Your device will log your temperature during the night.
Stress management score
Utilising your heart rate and data about your activity levels, the Sense will provide a score between 1 – 100. The higher the number, the less stress.
Six months free Fitbit Premium
You get a free trial when you buy the Sense. Otherwise, the subscription will cost $10 per month. For this, you get a more in-depth breakdown of your biometric inputs.
The insights and the following advice is personalised based on your data. Also, you get access to a library of workouts, relaxation and meditation tools, activities to encourage better sleep quality and even fitness sessions and games. Around half a million people in the US currently subscribe to Fitbit Premium. Can’t be bad!
The Fitbit Sense – A new watch with advanced tools
Finally, there is no need to be tied to your phone when you’re tracking a workout. This is a first for Fitbit. The Sense has GPS built-in. What’s more, it boasts around 6 days battery life. You can also connect it to Hey Google or Alexa for voice control of your smart devices (note, the Versa 2 only offers compatibility with Alexa).