• Fitbit and Medronic Join to Help Monitor Diabetes

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    The New iPro2 myLog App collects data from Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and your Fitbit activity tracker to provide an insight on how exercise impacts glucose levels.

    Medtronic plc - provider of medical technology and Fitbit have joined together to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams.

    The iPro2 myLog mobile app will allow patients living with type 2 diabetes to see their glucose levels and physical activity data in one streamlined application. The new integration provides meaningful insights into how exercise impacts glucose levels for more effective diabetes care management.

    “We believe monitoring glucose is a critical element in the management of diabetes and therefore, glucose should be included among other vital signs. As such, it has never been more important to increase the collaboration between healthcare and technology to simplify daily diabetes management for the 29 million patients living with type 2 diabetes in the United States,” said Laura Stoltenberg, vice president and general manager of Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies at Medtronic.

    “By creating a connection between physical activity and glucose levels, our iPro2 myLog mobile app solution provides new tools and insights, so that physicians can optimize therapy and patients can better understand how to manage their diabetes. By helping people with diabetes implement lasting lifestyle changes, this partnership underscores our commitment to transforming diabetes care, together, for greater freedom and better health.”

    Maintaining and tracking glucose levels is critical to effectively managing diabetes. For people living with type 2 diabetes, understanding how exercise affects glucose levels is a critical element to proper glucose management and long-term health.

    Many patients have to manually track and record their physical activity, and then  recall and communicate that information to their physician from memory. The iPro2 myLog mobile app will allow type 2 diabetes patients to easily combine data generated by their Fitbit activity tracker and Medtronic’s iPro2 professional CGM system, eliminating the need to enter physical activity data manually and providing a clear understanding of how exercise impacts glucose levels.

    MyLog will simplify the sharing of information with a patient’s healthcare team, facilitating productive discussions about care and the benefits of exercise on diabetes management.

    “We believe the integration of wearable technology with professional diagnostic tools can provide a more accurate and actionable view of a patient’s physical activity,” said Adam Pellegrini, vice president of Digital Health for Fitbit. “By partnering with Medtronic, we are able to bring the power of Fitbit’s automatic activity tracking together with continuous glucose monitoring, allowing patients and providers to have a more informed conversation.”

    For More on from Fitbit read our blog and Fitbit Reviews.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit Charge 2

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    Fitbit announces global availability of highly anticipated Fitbit Charge 2.

    The new fitness wristband from Fitbit has received early acclaim from the Editors’ Choice awards, ranking number one across multiple Amazon.com Best Sellers categories.

    With Charge 2, Fitbit has reimagined its best-selling fitness wristband, Fitbit Charge HR, with a new sleek look, innovative health and fitness tools based on its  PurePulse continuous wrist-based heart rate tracking, an enhanced fitness experience, and smarter technology.

    “As the category leader with over nine years of experience, we have demonstrated our consistent ability to deliver new hardware and software that consumers love, and that motivates and inspires a community of millions across the globe to reach their health and fitness goals,” said Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer at Fitbit.

    “We’ve maintained our focus on health and fitness with Charge 2 and it reflects our deep understanding of what consumers want in a wearable device, with a sleek new look and a fitness experience that is more engaging, motivating and personal than ever.”

    Fitbit Charge Heart Rate Watch

    Charge 2 packs Fitbit’s advanced sensors and finely tuned algorithms into a customisable design. The device builds on the Charge HR’s classic features while adding several new health and fitness capabilities:

    • PurePulse wrist-based heart rate tracking helps you optimise your workouts, better track all-day calorie burn, and reach your health and fitness goals with continuous tracking day and night – all without having to wear an uncomfortable chest strap.
    • Cardio fitness level provides a snapshot of how fit you are with a personalised view of your cardio fitness. Based on estimated VO2 Max – calculated by using your user profile, heart rate and exercise data – you can easily see how your fitness level measures up to others of the same age and gender, and get guidance on how to improve over time.
    • Relax guided breathing sessions helps calm your body and mind through two- and five-minute sessions personalised to your breathing rate, so you can gain the benefits of a guided breathing practice which research shows can reduce stress and anxiety, and lower blood pressure. Powered by PurePulse, Relax uses your heart’s beat-to-beat changes, known as heart rate variability, to determine your breathing rate and create a personalised guide that displays real-time heart rate visualisations, animations and vibrational cues that help you align each inhale and exhale with the guide, and find moments of calm throughout your day.
    • Multi-sport modes help you track more than 17 specific workouts like runs, bike rides, weights, yoga and more, showing you actionable, real-time exercise stats to make on-the-go adjustments to your workout, with post-exercise summaries on display and a detailed summary of your activity in the Fitbit app.
    • Connected GPS links your device with the GPS in your smartphone to provide more precise real-time stats like pace and distance to help you improve your run, bike, or hike experience while also recording a map of your route in the app.
    • Interval workout mode guides you in alternating periods of high-intensity exercise and recovery to maximise workouts like circuit training so you never lose focus.
    • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition automatically tracks select exercises like walks, runs, bike rides, treadmill exercise, sports, and aerobic workouts, recording them for you in the Fitbit app and giving you credit for your exercise activity, even if you don’t track it manually.
    • Automatic sleep tracking lets you know how long and how well you slept, set a silent vibrating alarm to wake, follow a sleep schedule, and view your sleep trends in the Fitbit app.
    • A long battery life of up to 5 days on a single charge lets you take your health and fitness further with all these new features, and live your life without missing a step or a beat.
    • A sleek, new design lets you easily transition from a workout to a night out with interchangeable bands and customisable clock faces. The large OLED display keeps you connected to the smart notifications you need most, including call, text and calendar alerts.
    • A broad compatibility of the Fitbit app with more than 200 Android (which powers nearly 9 of 10 new smartphones sold worldwide), iOS and Windows mobile devices, helps motivate millions to achieve their goals within the Fitbit community of users they choose.

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    “With Charge 2, Fitbit has introduced even more new features and technologies, which we know our customers expect and value from their health and fitness devices,” said Frank Bedo, Vice President of Wearables at Best Buy. “We’re looking forward to bringing Charge 2 to our customers as we head into the holiday gifting season.”

    According to IDC, Fitbit’s “dominance remains unchallenged,” increasing its leadership position in the wearables category with more than 25 percent market share worldwide and shipping nearly double the number of wearable devices as its next closest competitor as of the end of Q2 2016. IDC also estimates that the basic wearables category, which includes Charge 2, is growing faster than smartwatches, noting that the basic wearables category grew at 48.8 percent year over year, while the smart wearables category saw a significant decline of 27.2 percent over the same period.

    Charge 2 is available for £129.99 from the Fitbit UK store, with a Classic band in black, blue, plum or teal.

    You can read Sundried’s Fitbit reviews here.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit Reinvents its Most Iconic Watch

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    The Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Flex are getting a revamp with new designs and features.

    The all new Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 effortlessly track your most important health and fitness stats, with new sleek looks and an experience that is even more engaging, motivating and personal to help you reach your goals.

    “Over the past nine years it has been our ability to innovate on both design and utility, and our deep understanding of what consumers want that has made us the leading global wearables company1,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Flex quickly became the best-selling tracker2 on the market as one of the first wearables to successfully merge fitness and fashion; we’ve revolutionized Flex 2 by making it swim-proof and adding more features in a design than is 30% smaller than the original. We broke new ground with Charge HR by making wrist-based heart rate accessible to millions of users around the world, and we’ve done it again with Charge 2, giving users a snapshot of their cardio fitness based on estimated VO2 Max.”

    The new Fitbit Charge two has an updated version of the brand's most popular watch with two new features powered by your personal heart rate, an estimated VO2 max and guidance on how to improve your fitness and guided breathing sessions called “Relax”. The beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate determine your personalised breathing rate for each experience. Two- and five-minute sessions display real-time heart rate visualisations, animations and vibrational cues to help you align each inhale and exhale with the guide, and find moments of calm throughout your day. Research has shown that developing a long-term guided breathing practice can have health benefits that include reducing stress and anxiety, and lowering blood pressure.

    The new watch will also include more real-time, actionable exercise stats right on the display so you can make instant adjustments during your workouts and improve over time, with multi-sport modes for specific workouts like runs, bike rides, weights, yoga and more, plus post-exercise summaries and detailed reports of your activity in the Fitbit app.

    Link your fitness wristband with the GPS in your smartphone to provide even more precise and actionable real-time stats, like pace and distance when you’re running, while recording a map of your route in the app.

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    The new Interval workout mode guides you in alternating periods of high-intensity exercise and recovery to maximise workouts like circuit training so you can stay focused on your workout.

    Advanced sensors make tracking your whole day effortless by automatically capturing all-day activity and sleep. SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition records everyday activities like walking, running, elliptical, and more with ease, plus reminders to move motivate you to stay active throughout the day.


    The modular design and easy-to-read tap-sensitive display is four times larger than the previous Charge HR, letting you personalise a look that fits your style with interchangeable bands and clock faces – while keeping you connected with the smart notifications you need most.

    The watch retails at £129.99 and can be purchased via Fitbit’s website here.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit Alta

    The latest band from Fitbit, The Alta has been released, featuring Fitbit's slimmest design yet with all day activity tracking and Smartmove technology.

    The Fitbit Alta is designed with a satin finish, stainless steel body and a line of stylish interchangeable bands in multiple colors so you can find the right style for every occasion.

    Fitbit Alta

    In addition to automatically tracking your all-day activity, exercise and sleep, it’s equipped with Reminders to Move, nudging you to stay active throughout the day for better health, while providing visual feedback on your progress and keeping you connected with the smart notification.

    James Park, CEO of Fitbit said: “Alta features the everyday tracking Fitbit is known for, along with innovative and purpose-built features that push users to do more. Paired with our large, engaged global social community, Alta is an exciting product for everyday users who are looking for a simple way to stay motivated and connected, that also fits with their personal style.”

    Fitbit Alta delivers all the most important activity stats you expect from Fitbit right on your wrist, along with new features deliberately designed to make health and fitness tracking easier and more motivating including:

    • Reminders to Move which help you stay active and reduce stationary time. Research shows that your metabolism can slow down after prolonged sitting  and sedentary time is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Moving for a few minutes every hour can help you keep your metabolism up and help reduce the negative impacts of sitting.  Using short, positive prompts, Fitbit Alta will encourage you to meet a mini-step goal of 250 steps each hour (approximately 2-3 minutes of walking), and will congratulate you when you achieve the goal. These prompts can be personalized to your schedule and can easily be put on “Do Not Disturb” during long meetings or appointments, ensuring that you only get reminders when wanted.
    • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition which provides a smarter, easier way to track workouts and see how exercise fits into your daily activity, giving you credit toward your weekly goals by automatically recognising continuous movement activities including walking, running, outdoor biking, elliptical, as well as general categories of aerobic workouts (such as dance classes and cardio-kickboxing) and sports (including basketball, soccer and tennis).
    • Weekly exercise goals in the Fitbit app that encourage you to find and embrace a more consistent fitness routine that works for you. These goals are tracked and displayed in the app on a daily basis, with a weekly goal for the number of days you plan to exercise to help keep you accountable.
    • All-day activity and automatic sleep tracking gives you the foundational real-time health and fitness stats you need to track your progress, stay motivated and keep informed to reach your goals.

    Fitbit Alta

    “Fitbit Alta will turn heads as our most fashionable device yet. The attractive, versatile design of this new fitness tracker fits seamlessly into daily life – from the gym to the office to a night out,” said James Park , CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit .

    The Fitbit Alta retails at £99.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.fitbit.com/uk/alta?gclid=CMqXkvjO-csCFUJmGwodVU8NKg&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Fitbit Alta Review

    After reviewing the Fitbit HR we will be putting the new Alta watch through its paces. Are the new move reminders effective? How well does the watch actually detect activity? Is the sleep tracking effective? We will see whether the watch lives up to its name.

    Did you know? Alta is Spanish for “high elevated”. Will this watch be a cut above the rest?

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • The New Fitbit Blaze is now Available

    Fitbit, leaders of the fitness band now have their latest addition on sale, Blaze.

    The Blaze comes with a 3-axis accelerometer, a gyroscope and an optical heart rate monitor. The device can track 7 days of detailed motion data, and it can also stores your heart rate every 1 second during exercise (and every 5 seconds when you are not exercising).

    Fitbit Blaze

    The new watch comes with it’s own Personal Trainer. FitStar on-screen workouts deliver guided instructions and animated images to three of the most popular personal trainer workouts from FitStar: Warm It Up (8 minutes), 7 Minute Workout, and 10 Minute Abs. Each workout is free and can be accessed at any time with no app or smartphone required, offering a fast, effective workout you can do anywhere.

    Connected GPS helps you train smarter by delivering real-time exercise stats like distance, pace and minute-mile split times when connected to a smartphone’s GPS. After each workout, stats sync wirelessly to the Fitbit dashboard to let you review your route, speed and elevation in more detail.

    Continuous, wrist-based heart rate tracking helps maximize any training routine with simplified heart rate zones to help you maintain workout intensity and better track calories burned during each workout, all without an uncomfortable chest strap.

    Multi-sport mode lets you record specific activities like biking, cardio, running, weights, yoga and more while providing relevant, real-time performance stats to help you get the most out of each workout. PurePulse is enhanced while in Multi-sport mode for even better heart rate tracking, especially during high intensity work.

    Fitbit Blaze features the smartphone notifications you need most instead of being overwhelmed with unnecessary information. Bluetooth® Smart connectivity delivers call, text and calendar notifications through on-screen messages and a vibrating alert, so you can see what matters most at a glance.

    Track your night with automatic sleep tracking to know how long and well you sleep, plus set a silent alarm that gently vibrates to wake you.

    The new unique modular design allows you to easily remove and insert your tracker into a new frame, so you can wear Fitbit Blaze with style at work and then swap it instantly into a new frame with a workout-friendly wristband. Fitbit’s first vibrant, high-resolution, colour touchscreen and multiple clock faces make the device uniquely yours and distinguishable from others.

    The watch is compatible with more than 200 Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices so you can access stats and motivational interactive tools, which help to motivate millions to achieve their goals within the community of Fitbit users they choose.

    Purchase the watch for £159.99 from Fitbit

    Posted by Victoria Gardner