In conjunction with the release of the Charge 5, Fitbit has introduced a new metric that they are calling the Daily Readiness Score. Everything you need to know about the new measure is included in this article.
Fitbit Charge is Fitbit’s most popular fitness band series. Better functionality related to one’s physical health and fitness is added with each new iteration of the product. The Charge, now in its fifth generation, has significant advancements in comparison to some of its earlier predecessors. Among them are a gorgeous colour display, an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, and an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor.
The sensors, in the form that we have seen them on Sense, do not introduce anything especially novel. On the other hand, this is their first appearance on a Fitbit activity bracelet. A new statistic has been introduced, and it is called the Daily Readiness Score.
The explanation of the Daily Readiness Score
The answer may be found in the name. Your level of exhaustion on any given day may be determined by looking at your Daily Readings Score. It tells you if you are ready to work out or whether you should take it easy on that particular day in order to prevent injury. After you have awakened for the day, you will be able to check the measurements and see its current value.
In addition to the benefits that may be gained through physical activity, sufficient rest is also essential. Because it enables your body to recuperate, rest is the option that is most effective in preventing injuries. Even if you work out less often, you will see more improvements in your fitness levels than if you worked out continuously. Research conducted in several fields of science has repeatedly shown evidence supporting this assertion. It is not a good idea to push yourself to your physical and mental limits on a daily basis. Make sure that you are progressively increasing the amount of exercise that you are doing.
The Readiness measure has a scale that ranges from 0 to 100. If your number is high, it means that you are prepared to participate in more strenuous activities on that particular day. You have the option of selecting the workout that you want to do by yourself, or you may let Charge 5 give some recommendations. For instance, on a day when the gadget determines that you have not properly healed, it may suggest that you engage in some mild stretching or yoga. Your Daily Readiness Score is the most important factor in determining this. It is hoped that the new statistics will assist you in finding the optimal workout regimen for you.
Fitbit will even go so far as to present you with a daily Active Zone minutes target based on your score and fitness level. This goal is based on the number of minutes you spend in the Active Zone. With this approach, you may steadily increase your baseline by building on what you already have.
The methodology behind the Daily Readiness Score calculation
You are most likely curious about the methodology behind the metric’s calculation. In order to arrive at these estimations, Fitbit takes into account the data from a number of different sources.
Activity: The amount of physical labour you do each day matters a great deal. In this context, a straightforward step count is not the topic at hand. It goes far beyond that. The Daily Readiness Metric considers all of your previous activities and analyzes your heart rate data around the clock to determine the amount of effort you put forth. At a minimum of three times per week, you should be engaging in physical activity at a level ranging from moderate to extreme intensity. On the other hand, you don’t want to go crazy with it. Fitbit first determines your baseline levels of exercise and then monitors whether or not you are exceeding or falling below those baseline levels.
Heart rate variability (HRV) may be measured by a variety of different Fitbits thanks to their built-in sensors. This is an evaluation of the amount of time that passes between each of your heartbeats. In a manner that is somewhat counterintuitive, you will experience less fatigue if this period is less regular. This is another statistic in which you have a starting point or baseline level. This is something that Fitbit will figure out and compare with the daily HRV readings you enter.
Recent sleep: It’s common knowledge that getting enough rest is critical. Recharging both our bodies and minds is made possible by it. There are some individuals who are unaware of the dangers associated with insufficient amounts of sleep. They could convince themselves that they can still operate effectively even if they are not getting enough or good quality sleep. On the other hand, this is not the case. Even while 7-9 hours is the average recommendation, everyone is different. Therefore, Fitbit will once again evaluate the quality of your nightly sleep in relation to your own personal baseline.
As soon as the update is made available to the public, you will be able to add a new card to the dashboard of the Fitbit smartphone app that displays your readiness. If you choose it and then click on the link that appears, you will be brought to the Readiness page. You will be able to see the daily and weekly values as a result of this. Additionally, on a sliding scale, it will display how the score was affected by your activity level, recent sleep, and HRV.
What about the other businesses in the area?
The metric sounds are quite similar to the body battery that Garmin offers. Even the measures that are used to determine the numbers are very much the same. The Nightly Recharge feature on the Polar is another example of something similar. It is obvious that there is a lot of competition out there, and it might be said that Fitbit is, in a way, trying to catch up here. In spite of this, Apple has not provided a readiness estimate for the Apple Watch as of yet.
There have been reports in the media suggesting that Fitbit is attempting to compete with Whoop by introducing this new measure. We wouldn’t go to such lengths. Whoop is a wearable device that is more focused on assessing your recuperation than your activity level. This feature has made it popular among elite sports. In order to do this, it gathers information on the user’s heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), electrodermal activity, the surrounding temperature, and three-dimensional acceleration 100 times per second, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its ability to give out data with a high level of precision is made possible by the fast sample rate.
But there is a price to pay for this. You will need to pay a minimum of six months’ worth of a monthly membership fee that is equal to or more than $30. Fitbit offers a solution to the issue that is far more practical and affordable.
The function will be included with the Fitbit Premium subscription.
When it launches in the coming weeks, the Daily Readiness Score will be able to be accessed in a total of eighteen different languages. The good news is that it will not just be available to those who already possess Fitbit Charge 5 devices. Additionally, users of the Sense, the Versa 2 and 3, the Inspire 2, and the Luxe will have access to the readings. All of them are capable of monitoring HRV in some way.
However, it is not all positive news. The bad news is that in order to view the Daily Readiness Score, you will need to upgrade to a premium subscription. At the moment, the fee for this service is $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.