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Introducing MobileRun and Enhanced Food Logging for the Fitbit App

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Today we’re officially introducing two brand new features to the free Fitbit mobile app: MobileRun and enhanced food logging tools.mobilerun app gray2

MobileRun

MobileRun uses GPS to accurately track, log and compare runs, walks and hikes efficiently and easily.

Through GPS, MobileRun allows you to track and elevate training/workouts with real-time updates and key stats from individual runs, walks and hikes, including exact route, pace per mile (splits), distance and time. Here’s a breakdown of what you can get with MobileRun:

  • Route history, spoken distance and mile markers while on a run, allowing you to monitor improvement or push further in the moment
  • Stats tracked integrate seamlessly with the main Fitbit dashboard, giving you credit for steps taken, calories burned and active minutes during routes
  • A new Exercise Frequency calendar keeps you on track toward workout goals – it automatically displays the days you have worked out by pulling in the frequency of MobileRun routes and logged exercises
  • You can conveniently play and switch songs from your iTunes playlists without leaving the Fitbit app, keeping the focus on your workout

 

Food Logging

Also new to the app is an enhanced food logging database with thousands of new foods added and a library of more than 350,000 foods in total. A barcode scanner and other improved logging features can really help if you set weight management goals.food logging app gray1

The updated database lists only foods with confirmed, credible nutritional data so you can confidently track nutrition with ease. When paired with a Fitbit  tracker, the Fitbit app gives you calorie coaching, guiding you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, or recommending number of steps to burn the calories.

Here are all the new features to log food quickly and effortlessly:

  • A barcode scanner lets you add calories and nutritional data in seconds
  • A quick-calorie estimator lets you pick common foods in the database and simply adjust a slider to estimate the calories within an expected range based on ingredients and preparation
  • Easy Meals auto-completes favorite or frequent meals in one quick step; it learns which foods you tend to log together and automatically suggests a set of foods (a meal) whenever you start logging one of them
  • Calorie coaching now guides you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, when used with a Fitbit tracker. You can set a food plan with weight-loss goals and see how many calories in vs. out you should be targeting each day, with access to easy to read charts to help you stay on track

 

The updated version of the Fitbit app with MobileRun and enhanced food logging features can be downloaded now from the iTunes store (Android version coming soon) and works with all Fitbit trackers: Flex, One and Zip – as well as with the MobileTrack function on the iPhone 5s version of the Fitbit app.

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  1. Brittany permalink
    July 1, 2014

    I am excited about the MobileRun feature! However, my only criticism is that when you are using this feature it does not display your step counts (which for me is important because of a work wellness walking program. Other than that 2 thumbs up!

  2. Marie Kenny permalink
    July 1, 2014

    Android coming soon… as is when?? It would be nice to roll them both out at the same time!

    • Chris permalink*
      July 1, 2014

      Hi Marie – The team is hard at work on the Android version, coming later this year.

  3. Dan permalink
    July 1, 2014

    I know you’ve called it MobileRun, but I really hope you open up the GPS tracker to other motion-based tracking. Right now, I still have to use RunKeeper to log road biking and mountain biking, and I’d like to roll that into Fitbit!

  4. Caz Stewart permalink
    July 17, 2014

    I cannot find MobileRun anywhere. I’ve searched on iTunes and on Apps via my iPhone but apart from my usual FitBit app, I cannot find where or how to use the GPS system.

  5. Genevieve permalink
    July 18, 2014

    Android would be nice….also when are you going to add an Australian Food Database?

  6. Keith permalink
    July 19, 2014

    Is there an update on the expected release date for the Android market? My wife loves the app on her iphone!

  7. Ellen Santiago permalink
    July 21, 2014

    Have you or would you consider developing a Fitbit product to help prevent SIDS? You have great products that can monitor vital signs., etc. and I think your products could be used to help save lives.

  8. Steve permalink
    July 23, 2014

    I am not seeing the mobilerun feature on my Iphone. Just seeing howto activate it Thanks

  9. Valmor permalink
    July 23, 2014

    Come on! Why no android version?

  10. Dave permalink
    July 23, 2014

    I noticed that my walks, which used to show up as active minutes on my dashboard/app, no longer do. Has the criteria for active minutes changed?

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