Fitbit's Charge 5 Fitness Tracker Is Designed to Stop You Overtraining

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You know the story. You wake up a little groggy, but you've got a session planned, so you push through and plough on. Only once you're working out do you realise that the best thing you could have done for your gains was take a day off. We've all been there, and we'll all probably be there again at some point, but not if Fitbit has anything to do with it.

Or more specifically, not if Fitbit's most advanced health and fitness tracker yet, the Charge 5, has anything to do with it. The watch gives users a daily "Readiness Score", which the company says will help "you keep a pulse on your stress, exercise readiness, heart health and overall well-being".

The Readiness Score is calculated using insights from your body via your Fitbit device, including your activity, heart rate variability and recent sleep. The feature helps you assess whether you’re ready to push yourself physically or should be prioritising recovery.

"Sure, being physically strong is one depiction of strength, but this past year in particular has taught us that we need to be strong in other areas as well," Fitbit wrote in a press release. "Taking care of ourselves means knowing when to push ourselves to go to the next level, while also having the strength to know when to rest."

The Charge 5's Readiness Score is a feature available as part of Fitbit's premium offering – or it's answer to answer to Apple’s Fitness+ service. Fitbit says that it will be giving away six months of membership with the Charge 5, and beyond that, it’ll cost £7.99 a month or £79 per year.

But membership of Fitbit Premium doesn't just open the door to the Readiness Score, it will also allow users to access 500-plus workouts, as well as mindfulness and nutrition sessions from new partners like LES MILLS and Calm.

The Charge 5 is available for pre-order from today for £169.99. Available in three colours – gold, black and silver – the watch also gives users access to convenient smart features, like smartphone notifications, quick replies from your wrist (for Android users), timers, alarms and contactless payments. Users can also customise the watch with 20-plus colourful clock faces and are promised seven days of battery life.

No on-sale date has yet been announced, but the watch is expected to hit shelves this Autumn.

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