Fitbit unveils updated Charge 5

Keep a pulse on your fitness, stress, heart health, sleep and overall wellbeing with the new Fitbit Charge 5.

The Charge 5 includes built-in GPS, 20 exercise modes, automatic exercise recognition and an estimate of your V02 max.

Fitbit’s most advanced health and fitness tracker now comes with a thinner, sleek design, along with a brighter, a new AMOLED colour touchscreen display and up to seven days of battery life (varies with use).

The Charge 5 is Fitbit’s first tracker with an always-on display option for added convenience to see your stats or while training. The display is also two-times brighter than its predecessor making it easy to see your stats on sunny days.

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Product render of Fitbit Morgan, 3QTR view, in Steel Blue and Platinum.

Premium content

With six months of Fitbit Premium included, the Charge 5 offer deeper insights, actionable guidance and a range of more than 500 workouts, including more than 200 workouts from certified trainers and popular brands like Daily Burn, barre3, obé and new high-energy workouts from LES MILLS.

You’ll also get access to mindfulness and nutritional content to empower you to do what’s best for your body each day. Enjoy access to more than 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions from brands and experts, like Ten Percent Happier and Mindful Method by Deepak Chopra to help you manage your stress. Fitbit will also announce a partnership with Calm, a leading app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, to provide Premium members with access to content.


Sweat the smart way

With Fitbit Premium’s new Daily Readiness experience, coming soon to Charge 5, as well as Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe and Inspire 2 devices, you can understand if your body is ready for a workout or if you should prioritise recovery instead.

Each morning, you’ll receive a score based on your fitness fatigue (activity), heart rate variability (HRV) and recent sleep. You’ll also get an analysis of what impacted your score, and suggestions like a recommended target Active Zone Minutes goal, along with Premium content to help you make the best decisions for your body.

Still photography of Fitbit Charge 5.

Reduce your stress and relax your mind

To help you better manage stress, Charge 5 includes an EDA sensor that measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers.

Fitbit first launched EDA in the Fitbit Sense and have found 70% of users reduced their heart rate during a two-minute EDA Scan session, showing these tools can help reduce stress.

With Charge 5 you also get a Stress Management Score in the Fitbit app, so you can see each morning if you’re mentally ready to take on more challenges, or if you need to recharge.

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Deep dive into your holistic health

Users can also prioritise their heart health with access to Fitbit’s ECG app, which will be available soon on Charge 5. The Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24/7 and provides notifications when you are above or below your personal ranges. While many factors can affect your heart rate, a high or low heart rate may be an indication of a heart condition that requires medical attention.

In addition to managing your heart health, Charge 5 provides a holistic view of other key wellness metrics via the Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app, including breathing rate, skin temperature variation and SpO2. With Premium, you can also track long-term trends and personal ranges.

And because sleep is also critical to your wellbeing, you’ll continue to receive industry-leading sleep tools like daily Sleep Score, Sleep Stages and SmartWake alarms. Premium members also receive a deeper analysis and guidance to improve sleep quality.

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Designed for convenience, performance and comfort

Beyond health and wellness support, the Charge 5 delivers the convenience features you need. With the swipe of a finger, view your stats, make contactless payments, receive/send notifications from/to your smartphone (quick replies with Android only), and choose from 20 colourful clock faces to customize what information you want to see most.

Ten percent thinner than its predecessor, the Charge 5 has an aerodynamic design and is optimised for performance and engineered for a seamless fit.

You can also switch up your look at any time, choosing from lightweight silicone infinity bands, breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands. and hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.

The Fitbit Charge 5 will be available later this year for the RRP of R3,999 (accessories from R599) from Dis-Chem, Makro, Cape Union Mart, Incredible Connection, Takealot.com, Hi Online, Superbalist. Total Sports, Sportsmans Warehouse, FNB eBucks and FNB connect.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

When he's not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He's worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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