Since the launch of Fitbit Charge in 2014, the health and fitness tracker has been constantly evolving. The now presented Fitbit Charge 5 also has many new features – both shape and features have also been improved.
We present the new health and fitness tracker, which is now available at www.fitbit.com and in stores for $ 179.
Draw: 3 x a Fitbit Charge 5 to win
Live better, train more efficiently. Together with our partner Fitbit, we distribute the fitness and health tracker Charge 5 three times. Activity meters not only help keep track of one’s everyday activities. Of course, you can also use it to check your training progress. But the latest generation of devices, such as the Fitbit Charge 5 – recommended by Fit for Fun – also offer a lot of other features.
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Fitbit Charge 5: A good day for training!
A brand new feature of the Fitbit Charge 5 (see the previous Fitbit Charge 4 watch for comparison) – which now also comes with a color display – is the Daily Readiness Score or day shape index: based on previous activities, the sleep quality of recent days and heart rate variability, calculates health – and the fitness tracker, when is the best time for a workout – or on which days you should rather limit yourself to regeneration.
Although this feature is only available to Fitbit Premium subscribers (€ 8.99 / month, € 79.99 per year), the price of the Charge 5 already includes a free 6-month trial subscription.
Smartwatch features for the tracker
For the latest generation, the Fitbit Charge 5 has received a more than decent upgrade. Many functions in the activity meter can otherwise only be found on a smartwatch, such as Fitbit Sense (on amazon.de from 264 euros). This includes, for example, stress measurement via electrodermal activity (EDA). With the EDA scan, the current stress is determined within two minutes via tiny changes in the sweat glands of the fingers – and a stress management index is determined.
Particularly popular: sleep recording
Of course, the Charge 5 also offers the sleep tracking features that are indispensable to many Fitbit users. The different sleep phases and waking times are recorded and evaluated overnight. This creates a daily sleep index that shows you at first glance whether you are well rested and fully resilient.
The ECG app for Charge 5 is also already available. Using the biosensors in the frame and on the back of the activity meter, an ECG can be recorded and the heart rate checked for possible atrial fibrillation. Despite these new features, the Fitbit Charge 5 is about 10 percent thinner than its predecessor – and of course still has all the important fitness features:
Fitbit Charge 5: All features in an instant
- distance traveled
- calorie consumption
- 20 different forms of exercise
- Automatic sports recognition
- Heart rate measurement (incl. Heart rate variability)
- respiratory rate
- Active zone minutes
- sleep index
- skin temperature
- Oxygen saturation (SpO2)
- Contactless payment with Fitbit Pay
- breathing exercises
- bicycle tracking
- Spotify control
Fitbit Premium: The health and exercise app
With a health dashboard, the free version of the Fitbit app already provides a good overview of the set values. If you want to know more about it, sign up for a premium subscription – when you buy Fitbit Charge 5, you get this for 6 months for free, then you pay 8.99 euros a month. On the one hand, you get deeper insight into your health data, as well as many training and meditation exercises. Fitbit has recently also collaborated with the sleep and relaxation specialists from the Calm app, who make various programs available for free in the Fitbit app for premium users.