Fitbit today offered a number of guided programs as part of its premium subscription. The Google-owned company is now testing one called Quantified Self that’s personalized and involves using “Fitbit data to figure out which strategies can meaningfully boost your stats.”
The name of this Labs Beta, which requires agreeing to an informed consent form, is a reference to the trend of using fitness trackers and other gadgets to closely measure various health metrics in order to improve.
Fitbit explains that Quantified Self is designed to find strategies that work for you as determined by data collected from your tracker or smartwatch. The company explains how “general guidelines don’t always work because your individual genetics, environment and health status can affect results.”
After the walkthrough and self-assessment prompts, the app offers strategies grouped under the categories fitness, mindfulness, sleep, and nutrition. Each lasts 28 days, with Fitbit prompting you about progress throughout for self-ratings.
|Stretch for 5 min/day||Deep breathing 5 min/day||No caffeine after 12 PM every day||No sugary beverages every day|
|Walk briskly at least 30 min/day||Deep breathing 5 min for 3x/day||No alcohol after 8 PM every day||Drink 8 glasses of water every day|
|Run 1 mile/day||Meditate 1x/day before bed||No screen time after 9 PM every day||Eat salad for lunch every day.|
|Work out at least 30 min/day||Meditate for 10 min every day before bed||No meat for 4 weeks|
|Do yoga 1x/day||No sugar for 4 weeks|
|No processed foods for 4 weeks|
|Intermittent fasting (16:8 or 18:6) for 4 weeks|
Fitbit will use heart, sleep, and weight metrics over 28 days to determine whether a strategy was beneficial to you. A dashboard view notes trends and changes over the four-week period.
- Heart Rate Variability
- Resting Heart Rate
- Sleep Score
- Restoration Score
- Sleep Duration
- Deep Sleep Duration
- Awake Duration
- Percent of REM Sleep
Fitbit’s Quantified Self program is available for all — [Update: not just Premium] — users today. It seems to have started rolling out in recent days, and you can sign-up from the mobile app’s Discover tab > Guided Programs (at the very bottom) > Quantified Self. Afterward, the app will appear in the Home tab alongside other stat tiles.
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