FitBit Surges Ahead with New Running Features

An interesting thing happened when I started wearing the FitBit Surge. I didn’t want to take it off. Usually, I can’t wait to take off my watch after a workout. But, with the FitBit, I’m capturing more data than just a workout. I’m also recording my activity level, heart rate, sleep patterns, and calories burned. It’s all on my wrist. Living healthy has become a game, and FitBit is the scorekeeper.

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FitBit Surge Features for Runners

The FitBit Surge offers runners a very capable training tool. It already provides GPS tracking, pacing and syncing with top social platforms like Strava. And now, their new software update includes a stopwatch, timer, and live run cues. Now runners receive data on the run when they need it most. For example, after each mile runners receive a notification with lap pace, distance traveled, the number of completed laps and average heart rate. If you’d prefer to use kilometers or even time intervals instead, it can all be set up inside of the FitBit app.

One of the nice things about wearing the FitBit Surge is saying goodbye to the heart rate chest strap. All of the heart rate data is captured by the watch thanks to nifty technology involving flashing green lights. Optical sensors measure your heart rate by shining a small light through your skin to your capillaries, where it then measures blood flow through a secondary sensor that ‘sees’ your pulse.

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Because the FitBit Surge communicates with your phone over Bluetooth, the FitBit application on your phone is constantly syncing with your FitBit Surge device. So, once you connect your FitBit account with a social platform like Strava, everything happens automatically after your run. Typically, I see my activity uploaded within minutes of walking in the door. No syncing via USB cables anymore.

Activities include running, walking, biking, hiking, yoga, martial arts, and more. The watch is water-resistant, but not waterproof. Unlike other fitness trackers on the market, this watch has a superior battery life lasting up to 10 hours with active GPS tracking turned on. If you workout for an hour a day, you can go for 4-5 days without charging the unit.

FitBit Surge Healthy Living Features

You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the FitBit Surge. Many people like to simply count their steps. A goal of 10,000 steps per day will keep you active and help you develop some healthy habits. The graphical display on the touchscreen surface will show you your progress with the swipe of a finger.

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You can also find your current heart rate, distance traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed. And, with the FitBit app on your phone or computer, you can see a dashboard of information about your daily activity and sleep patterns. You can even track the foods you eat and the amount of water you drink.

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FitBit Surge Keeps You Connected

The FitBit Surge is not exactly a smartwatch, but it’s close enough to make me happy. With notifications turned on, wearers of the new FitBit Surge will see incoming text messages and calls on their watches. You can’t respond to them, but you get the information on your wrist which is pretty awesome.

When I’m in a meeting with my FitBit on, and a text comes in, I can simply glance at my watch and get the information I need without rudely pulling out my phone. Or, if I’m relaxing watching a game on TV and a call comes in, I can see who’s calling instead of hunting down my phone to find out it was just another opinion poll.

FitBIt Surge Review Dashboard

The bottom line is the FitBit Surge is the best-selling fitness tracker for a reason. It’s reliable, it has an excellent and intuitive operating system, and it integrates well with other platforms. The Fitbit app is available for both Apple and Android users.

Fitbit sent me this watch for review.

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