Anyone who has ever set a goal to “get fit” knows the road is filled with small changes and hurdles. Understanding how all of those little steps and climbs add up can be part of the challenge. Maybe you start hitting your daily step goal more regularly, clocking more activity time at the gym, and making more mindful choices at the dinner table, but you never see the numbers on the scale move. Now there’s a new way to know where you stand and track your improvement, by taking your cardiovascular fitness into account.
Introducing Cardio Fitness Level, a new feature on Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Charge 2 that allows you to see a snapshot of your fitness level using a personalized Cardio Fitness Score. Viewable in the heart rate section of the Fitbit app, your score is an estimation of your VO2 Max (the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use when you’re working out at your hardest)—widely accepted as the gold standard measurement of cardiovascular fitness.
Fitbit automatically provides you with a Cardio Fitness Level in the app using your resting heart rate and user profile. You can obtain a more precise Cardio Fitness Score & Level by going for a run of at least 10 minutes on flat terrain at a comfortable pace with Connected GPS enabled. The higher your Cardio Fitness Score, the better your cardiovascular fitness.
Using your Cardio Fitness Score, Fitbit provides an easier way to understand where you stand with a fitness level rating based on your age range and gender (from poor to excellent). This allows you to know where you stand as you make changes to improve over time.
Want to improve your Cardio Fitness Score? The app experience shows how making changes in your fitness routine can help improve your cardio fitness. By increasing your exercise frequency and intensity, and by reaching a healthier weight, you may see your score go up in the Fitbit app over time.
Now with the Cardio Fitness Level feature from Fitbit, you will have a clear snapshot of where you are when you start a fitness journey. And you’ll get a better understanding of the impact your workouts or weight loss have on your overall cardiovascular fitness.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.