Fitbit Extending Free Access to Health Metrics

Good news to Fitbit wearers! Fitbit is extending free access to view your trends from the past week in the Health Metrics dashboard (in eligible countries) to all Versa 2, Inspire 2 and Charge 4 users, in addition to Sense and Versa 3 users who received this access late last year.

What’s the Health Metrics dashboard?

It’s a new tool in the Fitbit app that helps you keep a closer eye on your health and wellbeing by providing access to track metrics such as:

Breathing rate (average breaths per minute)
Significant changes in your trends can help you understand your wellness as a lower breathing rate can be linked to good cardiovascular health, while short-term increases may indicate your body is under stress.

Heart rate variability (HRV)(variation of time between each heartbeat)
A major decrease in HRV can help you understand if your body is showing potential signs of stress, illness or fatigue

Oxygen saturation (SpO2)
Keep an eye on you SpO2 to notice your trends and how they may connect to your other habits as multiple factors can contribute to changes – including altitude, caffeine, respiratory issues, weight lifting or running.

Skin temperature variation
Factors that may cause skin temperature to vary nightly include changes in room temperature, bedding, circadian rhythm, menstrual cycle or the onset of illness. If you notice significant variations, you may want to consider taking and logging your core temperature.

Resting heart rate (RHR)
This is an important indicator of cardiovascular health, fitness level, sleep quality and recovery. Increases in RHR could be due to stress, illness, fatigue, or the consumption of alcohol or caffeine. Exercise, meditation and changes in diet can lower your RHR. Do note that RHR is also available for free in the Heart Rate tile of the Fitbit app.

Coming soon, all Fitbit Premium members will be able to see their personal ranges within their Health Metrics dashboard, helping you to easily see fluctuations from your typical range for each metric. While Charge 4 users will also get an update soon for their device, allowing them to see their SpO2 readings on-wrist for free, as well as their SpO2 and skin temperature data in the Health Metrics dashboard.

Do note that this feature is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or for any other medical purposes. It is intended to help users manage their wellbeing and keep track of your information.

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