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