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This article was published on November 23, 2015

Fitbit will now track your workouts automatically


Fitbit will now track your workouts automatically
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Fitbit is getting smarter about tracking your exercise. An update rolling out today keeps better track of your hear rate and automatically springs into action when you start a workout.

SmartTrack is an entirely new feature that senses when you’ve exercised, narrowing down to the type of activity. It only recognizes continuous movement, though; walks, runs or a pickup basketball game will register, but pushups on your lunch break may not.

PurePulse improves heart rate tracking when you use Fitbit’s exercise mode or multi-sport modes. It’s not new — just improved.

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Finally, Fitbit added weekly progress tracking to the app. You can decide how many days you’d like to be active, and Fitbit will encourage your progress. The company says all exercise counts toward your goal, too.

SmartTrack and PurePulse are rolling to all Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge users across all platforms. The exercise tracker is coming to iOS and Windows (but won’t write to your Health app); Android users will have access to that feature “soon.”

3 New Features Make Exercising with Fitbit Better than Ever [Fitbit]

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