Fitbit has announced that it is now bringing the stress management feature to all smartwatches and trackers through an update. Starting April 20, the company has begun rolling out the update that brings stress tracking features to all its existing devices.
To remind you, Stress Management was introduced by Fitbit last year as part of the Fitbit Sense, but now it’s coming to the company’s premium grade fitness tracker — Fitbit Luxe, Versa 2, Versa 3, Charge 4, and Inspire 2. This feature sits on the Fitbit Dashboard and uses heart rate variability, exertion, and sleep data to generate the stress score. Note that non-premium users can just see their daily stress score, but premium subscribers can see a full breakdown of the stress score.
Fitbit Stress Management Feature Coming to All Trackers
Fitbit is making a play for mindfulness and this move from the company aims to expand the stress tracking features to more devices. The company has recently teamed up with Deepak Chopra to deliver Mindful Method content for Fitbit Premium. Although the app doesn’t have a feature to train the algorithm, users can still add their own feedback on how they’re feeling on any given day.
Stress Management score helps users identify spikes in stress and then take action to control it. The action could be doing breathing exercises via the Fitbit device, or diving into guided mindfulness content. Fitbit says that its Stress Management score is designed to help users understand their body’s ability to handle stress. A higher score means the user is showing fewer signs of physical stress, so the user may consider exercising or doing some work. If you receive a low score, it means you’re showing signs of physical stress, so you need to give yourself a break by meditating or going to bed early.
The update has already started rolling out to the said Fitbit devices from April 20, so update your Fitbit app and devices to the latest version to get this new feature. As you can see the Fitbit Ace device is exempted from the update, as this tracker is aimed at children.