Tech News: Fitbit is working on this new amazing feature.
Fitbit is launching a new stress-tracking tool for almost all of its existing fitness trackers and smartwatches, which will allow you to see how your body handles the pressures of your daily life. The new feature works by analyzing your sleep, activity levels, and heart rate, so it will only be available on devices with an optical heart rate sensor. That’s almost the entire lineup, but owners of the original Fitbit Inspire will miss out.
Stress tracking will also not be available on devices for children, such as the recently launched Fitbit Ace 3. The expected resting heart rate for a child changes as they grow, so the watches in the Ace series do not have a sensor (which has the added benefit of keeping the price low).
If you have a Fitbit Premium subscription, you can view a detailed overview of your stress patterns over time based on this data. Premium users also have access to various mindfulness sessions, including the recently introduced series of meditation sessions led by Deepak Chopra, which are regularly updated with new content.
It is worth noting that this type of stress tracking is different from that of the Fitbit Sense, which was launched last year. The Sense measures stress levels by using a multi-path electrical sensor to monitor EDA (electrodermal activity) responses when you place your palm over the device. Sweat caused by an adrenal gland reaction makes your skin more conductive, resulting in more EDA responses.
It’s not perfect (EDA responses are affected by both physical and mental stress), but it can be a useful indication of your mental state.
You can then use the Fitbit app to see how these responses change depending on factors such as sleep and activity and log events throughout the day that may have affected your stress level (such as meetings at work). This knowledge can help you become more aware of events that are stressful for you, and better manage them with mindfulness techniques.