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This Christmas, New Year, give the gift of fitness with Fitbit

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out…

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out activity trackers from Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand.

With the Flex 2, Alta HR and Charge 2 trackers, your loved ones will surely get moving, stay active and achieve their fitness goals in no time. A key component of Fitbit is its gamification of meeting fitness goals with badges and a community feature to track workouts of group members and post these on a leaderboard of friends and colleagues.

Flex it out

Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit Flex 2

Perfect for those who like to hit the gym and head out for a swim, the Fitbit Flex 2 is Fitbit’s slimmest tracker.

The Fitbit Flex 2 (P5,490) is Fitbit’s first-ever swim-proof fitness wristband that also offers alternative accessories like bands, metal bangles and pendants (in gold, rose gold and silver), allowing you to wear this activity tracker as a stand-out accessory.

Have it Alta

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR

Fan-favorite Fitbit Alta recently got a makeover in the form of Fitbit Alta HR (8,490.00). Perfect for fashionistas who are just beginning to find their fit, the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device. Alta HR comes in interchangeable leather and metal accessory bands perfect for meetings, soirees or holiday functions. This stylish band is also available in special edition gunmetal and rose gold bands.

Charge up your life

For those who want to take their fitness goals to the next level, Fitbit offers the Fitbit Charge 2 (P8,490). In addition to PurePulse heart rate tracking, the Fitbit Charge 2 features connected GPS so you can track your running routes. It is equipped with a larger display for an enhanced exercise experience that include new health and fitness tools, smart notifications you need most, and interchangeable bands that easily let you go from a workout to a night out.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

One of the Fitbit Charge 2’s amazing features is “Relax,” offering personalized, deep-breathing sessions that calm your mind and body. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, Fitbit’s “Relax” feature will help put you at ease. The Fitbit Charge 2 also helps you better understand your fitness level and improve over time with a personalized “Cardio Fitness Score.”

This feature-packed tracker is available in special edition lavender and gunmetal.

Check out Fitbit at Philippine retailers Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, Ambassador, Timeline, iCenter, Mobile1, iGadget World, Globe and The Inbox Stores.
Follow Fitbit Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the Fitbit website for more details. (Press Release)

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Fitbit Introduces Alta HR, world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you…

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you actionable insights and guidance in the Fitbit app to make more informed decisions about your health and stay motivated to reach your wellness goals in style.

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

Alta HR is already available for presale and is expected to be available in the Philippines by April to May.

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

“Alta HR and these powerful new sleep features demonstrate our continued focus on evolving our innovative technology to deliver deeper, more actionable insights to help our users improve their health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

“The miniaturization of our PurePulse heart rate technology opens up exciting opportunities for future generations of devices and new form factors. Our advances in sleep will provide millions of users around the globe accessibility to invaluable insights that previously could be obtained only through expensive lab tests,” he said.

Heart Rate and Style in a Sleek Design

Fitbit was able to bring PurePulse, the feature requested most by Fitbit Alta users, to Alta HR by developing a one-of-a-kind chip that reduced the size and number of components needed, achieving a 25% slimmer design than Fitbit Charge 2. The result is a stylish device that offers all-day, continuous heart rate tracking, making it easier for you to make more informed decisions about your health:

  • Better measure calorie burn all day, including during non-step based exercise like yoga and spinning, to help you stay on track toward your health and weight goals by tracking calories in versus burned.
  • See real-time heart zones on your wrist and exercise summaries in the Fitbit app to work out at the right intensity for your health and fitness goals.
  • View resting heart rate on-device and trends in the Fitbit app, and compare it to your activity to see how consistent exercise can improve your heart health over time. A decrease in resting heart rate is a key indicator of cardiovascular health; changes up or down may indicate illness or other issues.

Smart, Insightful, Automatic Sleep Tracking to Help You Sleep Better

Fitbit is also introducing two dynamic sleep tools – Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights – that provide deeper insight into your sleep quality and guidance on how to improve, building on its popular sleep features that have empowered millions of people to track their sleep since 2012. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is a key factor in overall health, but most people have very little insight into it. Good sleep plays a critical role in your health and overall wellbeing, from protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to boosting neurocognitive functions, mental health and longevity.

Sleep Stages, powered by PurePulse, uses accelerometer data and heart rate variability (the changes in time between beats), plus Fitbit’s proven algorithms to more accurately estimate how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep stages, as well as time awake, each night:

  • Light Sleep (including sleep stages N1 and N2) occurs throughout the night and is important for memory, learning and letting your body recover from the day; for most people that’s 50%-60% of your night.
  • Deep Sleep (sleep stage N3) promotes a healthy immune system and muscle growth and repair; for most people that’s 10%-25% of your night (depending on your age).
  • REM Sleep is when most dreaming occurs and is important for mental recovery and memory formation; for most people that’s 20%-25% of your night. Most REM sleep comes at the end of the night, and is often the stage to be cut short when your sleep duration decreases.
  • Awake periods (between 10-30 times) are a normal part of your sleep cycle each night.

Everyone’s sleep cycle is different, but by better knowing your sleep quality and patterns, and realizing the impact they have on your day, you can make lifestyle changes that can help improve your sleep over time – such as diet, exercise, winding down before bed and keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For example, if you wake up feeling exhausted each morning, despite seemingly getting enough sleep, you may not be getting sufficient deep sleep.

Tracking sleep patterns could also help identify variations that can be indicative of other issues. For example, it has been shown that irregularities in sleep patterns could be a sign of a sleep condition that should be discussed with a doctor.

Alta HR

SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.

Scientific approach

“From helping maintain a healthy immune system, to preserving your cognitive functions and managing a healthy weight, your sleep – or lack of – plays a critical role,” said Dr. Allison Siebern, Stanford University and Fitbit Advisory Panel Sleep Expert.

“Fitbit’s new sleep features use a scientific-based approach to show your sleep patterns over time, and provide you with validated, actionable guidance to help you make changes in your daily routine to achieve greater quality sleep – and in turn improve your overall health. Given the comfort and accessibility of this product, it’s one of the most valuable and useful sleep tracking solutions available to consumers outside of a sleep lab,” Dr. Siebern said.

Developed with Fitbit’s panel of sleep experts over the last two years, Sleep Stages makes information previously only accessible through a sleep lab accessible to millions of consumers, while Sleep Insights offers personalized guidance to help improve your sleep.

Alta HR

Stay Motivated, On Track and Connected

In addition to the advanced health and fitness tracking experience PurePulse brings to Alta HR, popular features and notifications keep you connected and motivated to reach your goals:

  • All day, automatic tracking of your most important stats (heart rate, steps, distance, calorie burn, active minutes) day and night, powered by battery life of up to seven days.
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.
  • Reminders to Move help you stay active throughout the day, and reducing sedentary time can play a significant role in the prevention of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Call, text and calendar notifications keep you connected so you can focus on your day.
  • Connect with one of the largest social fitness networks in the world through the new Community tab in the Fitbit app to find support and inspiration on your path to better health and fitness.

“For me, a big part of staying healthy and active is understanding how the things I do every day – like hiking with my dogs, hitting a dance class and how well I sleep – impact my overall health and fitness goals,” said Julianne Hough, Fitbit Ambassador, actress and dancer. “I love that Alta HR is so stylish, I can wear it with any outfit no matter what I’m doing so I stay motivated and on track.”

Alta HR

Reflect Your Personal Style

Whether you’re going to a workout or a night out, the slim design and distinctive Alta HR tracker will give you the information you need while transforming to fit your look with a variety of accessories that fit Alta and Alta HR devices.

  • Classic trackers with black, blue gray, fuchsia or coral classic fitness wristbands and matching aluminum buckle.
  • Special Edition trackers in soft pink classic band with 22k rose gold plated tracker and black classic band with matte gunmetal tracker.
  • Luxe leather collection in brown, indigo and lavender with matching buckle.
  • Luxe stainless steel bracelet that can stack with your other jewelry.
  • Designer collections from PUBLIC SCHOOL, Simply Vera Vera Wang and soon from Tory Burch.

Pricing and availability

Alta HR will be available in the Philippines for P8,690.00 from April in Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty and Rnnr stores.

  • Special Edition Alta HR, P9,990.00.
  • Classic fitness bands, P1,448.00; Luxe Leather bands, P3,380.00; and Luxe Metal Bracelet, P4,950.00. (Press Release)
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Review: Unboxing the Fitbit Blaze smartwatch and tracker

Good design, light weight, solid battery life, a great fitness tracking app and desktop dashboard and access to a community make the Fitbit Blaze a top choice for those who…

Good design, light weight, solid battery life, a great fitness tracking app and desktop dashboard and access to a community make the Fitbit Blaze a top choice for those who want to buy a tracker and smartwatch.

As a long-time user of the Sony Smartwatch 3, it’s hard to make the shift to a different platform. There are a lot of things that the Smartwatch 3 and Android Wear got right (but these are for a different blog post) that it actually took some time for me to try out the Fitbit Blaze.

But when I did open the box and try it on, I quickly discovered how the Fitbit Blaze was a great fitness tracker, one that’s even better than the Android Wear device I have been using for more than a year. For one, it’s lighter than the Smartwatch 3. It also looks stylish with a tighter strap lock than what I was used to.

Fitbit Blaze

UNBOXING the Fitbit Blaze. The watch is a great fitness tracker that also serves as a smartwatch.

But the biggest difference between the Smartwatch 3 that I was using and the Fitbit Blaze was the excellent dashboard that one gets with a Fitbit device. At any given time, a Fitbit user gets access to such things as the number of steps one has already taken vis-à-vis to one’s daily goal, heart rate, sleeping time, amount of water intake and one’s standing among friends in the 7-day rank on number of steps taken.

Good hardware and an excellent app for mobile and the web make the Fitbit Blaze a top choice for trackers and smartwatches.

FITBIT BLAZE. The tracker can be bought from Digital Walker and Beyond The Box stores, as well as select Toby’s outlets.

FITBIT BLAZE. The tracker can be bought from Digital Walker and Beyond The Box stores, as well as select Toby’s outlets.

The key features of the Fitbit Blaze are:

Heart rate monitor

The Fitbit Blaze has a built-in heartrate monitor and a technology that not only allows you to keep track of your heart rate but also guides you on training zones such as Fat Burn for the moderate zone, Cardio for the high-intensity zone, and Peak for the maximum intensity zone. What’s great about this is that the monitor is built-in and you don’t have to wear a strap.

Multi-sport

The Fitbit Blaze allows you to pick from different sports like running, cardio, weights, treadmill and biking and offers real-time stats on display. In running, it offers you information on your distance, pace, heartrate and even lap data.

Fitbit Blaze

TRACKS SLEEP, TOO. The Fitbit Blaze automatically tracks your sleep including the times you were awake or restless.

All-day tracking

This is where the Fitbit stands out for me. Unlike when I use the Smartwatch 3, the Fitbit automatically tracks my daily activities and whether I met my hourly and daily activity goals. It also has automatic exercise recognition and knows whether you were walking or running. Android Wear approximates this capability with Google Fit but falls hundreds of steps short of what Fitbit does.

Long battery life

While Fitbit says the Blaze can last up to 5 days, I typically charge it Day 4. It still has charge but I didn’t want to risk the watch turning off in the middle of a run. This battery life is way longer than the 1 to 2 days I got with the Smartwatch 3.

Auto sleep tracking

Fitbit also automatically tracks your sleep, including when and how many times you were awake or even just restless. In Android Wear, you needed an app for this and even then, the tracking isn’t as good as with how Fitbit does it.

Fitbit Blaze

SETTING IT UP. The Fitbit Blaze comes with a great app as well as a useful dashboard of your fitness data.

Connected GPS

The Fitbit Blaze has connected GPS, meaning it uses the GPS of the phone that it is paired with. This is the one feature where the Smartwatch 3 and its on-board GPS dominates the Fitbit Blaze. Connected GPS means you have to take your phone with you when you run and want to use the feature. I damaged 2 phones while running and getting caught in a sudden downpour and I plan never to bring one again with me, what with our unpredictable weather.

Since I’m not undergoing a programmed training, I don’t mind it that much. I can just continue logging the steps as they are and not use the GPS feature. But when I tried running with my paired phone and using GPS, the Fitbit Blaze collected all the important running data one needs while training and presented it in such a beautiful and useful way on the dashboard.

On-screen workouts with Fitstar

The Blaze comes with the Fitstar Personal Trainer app. What it does is that it guides you to do workouts from warming up to a 7-minute session to a specific one for your abs. The guide is on the watch itself and you won’t need to use the companion phone.

Fitbit Blaze wireless sync

WIRELESS SYNC. The Fitbit synchronizes with your phone wirelessly throughout the day for notifications and sharing of data.

Fitbit Blaze smartwatch features

The Fitbit Blaze allows you to get call, text and calendard notifications with vibrating alert. You can also accept and reject calls from the display. It also allows you to control the music playing in your connected phone.

Color touch screen/watch faces

The Fitbit Blaze comes with a color touch screen and the ability to change watch faces.

Badges, Challenges

Fitbit gamifies fitness tracking with badges and challenges. This is another key feature for the company’s products. You earn badges by hitting workout or goal milestones like making 5,000 or 10,000 or increments of 5,000 steps. You get badges for hitting milestones in flights of stairs climbed or distances made. Badges and Challenges are, for me, an important motivator for hitting fitness goals.

Fitbit Blaze Exercise Data

EXERCISE DATA. The Fitbit Blaze allows you to track important data on your run such as distance, pace and lap performance.

Fitbit Blaze heart monitor

HEART RATE MONITOR. The Fitbit Blaze also tracks your heart rate without you having to wear a strap. The system allows you to keep track of training zones.

Community

Fitbit also allows you to compete with friends and social network contacts on hitting step goals. You can invite people to challenges and keep track of one another’s progress throughout the day or week. This makes fitness tracking fun among groups of friends and co-workers.

Fitbit app and dashboard

The Fitbit dashboard offers a user a comprehensive look into one’s fitness statistics and progress in a beautiful and visual interface. Its apps are also done well and works beautifully in wireless synchronicity with the watch.

FitBit Blaze app

FITBIT APP. The Blaze, as well as the other products of the company, comes with a great app for Android and iOS.

 

Fitbit Dashboard

DASHBOARD, COMMUNITY. The Fitbit dashboard is a useful tool that visually presents your fitness data. It also links you up with other Fitbit users for a friendly competition on hitting your fitness goals.

Fitbit Blaze pricing, availability in Cebu

The Fitbit Blaze retails for P9,999 and is available from Digital Walker and Beyond The Box outlets as well as select Toby’s branches.

(Disclosure: The Fitbit Blaze unit we used for this review was given to us by the company’s third-party press office in the Philippines.)

(Next: Running with the Fitbit Blaze)

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