Skip to main content

Exercise for a cause with Fitbit’s FitForGood

fitbit lifestyle
Fitbit

New Year’s Resolutions are still about a month and a half in the making, but if you need encouragement to get started on your fitness goals a bit early, Fitbit is here to help. Until November 20, you can take part in FitForGood, described as “a charitable platform inviting Fitbit fans to get fit for a good cause.” Anyone with a FitBit account can participate and take part in the easiest charitable event ever — simply walking to accumulate points for one of three national non-profits: The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The setup is simple — Fitbit-ers just have to choose one of the three organizations to support by way of walking. From November 9 until the 20th, each and every step they take counts towards their chosen charity’s team total, and at the end of the initiative, the nonprofit that has garnered the most steps in its favor will receive $500,000, courtesy of FitBit. Second place will receive $350,000, and third will bring home $150,000, for a total of $1 million donated to health organizations across the United States.

“The work that each of these three organizations does is so important to our country and closely aligns with our mission as a company, which is to give people the tools to help them live healthier, more active lives,” said James Park, Fitbit Co-Founder and CEO. “By helping people see how small changes can add up to big results, Fitbit makes the path toward health and fitness fun, engaging, and sustainable. Like we did with FitForFood earlier this year, we’re encouraging all of our users to get active and do something good for themselves while providing an opportunity to give back at the same time.”

The nearly two-week long challenge will have a bit of additional support from Fitbit Ambassador Julianne Hough. And if getting into Julianne-type shape doesn’t motivate you to move, you might as well never leave your couch again. The dancer turned singer, who made her name as the two-time champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” is new to the Fitbit family, but no less dedicated to the cause. 

“FitForGood struck me as such an engaging, unique way to get people up and moving in support of three incredible causes,” Hough said, in a related statement.  “Growing up as a dancer, health and fitness have always been at the core of my lifestyle and I’m excited to be sharing that passion with Fitbit’s fans, encouraging them to move more for good this month.”

So get moving. And if your own health isn’t motivation enough, do it for the charities.

Lulu Chang
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app…
Fitbit Luxe gets major updates with SpO2 measurement and always-on display
The Fitbit Luxe tracker has received major updates Credits: Fitbit official.

 The Fitbit Luxe launched in July 2021 and was reviewed by our smart home editor, John Velasco, as a beautifully designed and modestly sized fitness tracker. It has now received two major updates bringing new features to the table. 
Version 1.151.16 has added SpO2 measurements that allow users to track their blood oxygen saturation levels when asleep. SpO2 tracking is currently available in devices such as the Fitbit Charge 4, Charge 5, Fitbit Versa 2, and the Fitbit Versa 3, so it's nice to see it roll out to other devices in Fitbit's lineup.  To use the function, check the SpO2 tile on the watch face or the Health metrics tab on the mobile app. Additionally, Fitbit has published a detailed manual on tracking Sp02 levels with this model.
The second major update enables always-on-display functionality. As the name suggests, users no longer need to wake up their Luxe trackers to check the time or their workout tracking data. To use the feature, it's essential to enable the updated display functionality in Settings. You'll be warned that the feature can increase battery drain, so keep that in mind if runtime is important to you. 
The new Fitbit Luxe Fitbit
Apart from these two updates, there are several smaller ones. A bigger font size has been added to the trackers' screen, along with a series of bug fixes and patches. These updates are being rolled out on an incremental basis and may take some time to reach particular regions. To check if an update is available for the device, you should be able to see a pink banner when you log into the Fitbit App, and you'll be notified of further updates once they're available.
 

Read more
Beats Fit Pro offer secure fit, ANC, and head-tracking spatial audio for $200
Beats Fit Pro.

Beats has taken the wraps off its latest set of true wireless earbuds, the $200 Beats Fit Pro. As rumored, the new buds feature an integrated, soft and flexible silicone earfin (or wingtip as Beats likes to call them) that's designed to lock the earbuds into place and keep them from moving about. They come in black, white, gray, and pink -- though Beats calls that last one Stone Purple -- and can be pre-ordered on November 1 through Apple.com, with shipping starting on November 5.

The $200 Fit Pro occupy the middle-ground between the $150 Beats Studio Buds and the $250 Powerbeats Pro in terms of price, but the Fit Pro are arguably the new Beats flagship when you consider their list of features.

Read more
Kim Kardashian spotted wearing unannounced Beats Fit Pro
Leaked image of Beats Fit Pro.

Earlier in October, a new set of true wireless earbuds from Beats was revealed by 9to5mac. The Beats Fit Pro, as they are reportedly called, could be a replacement for the aging Powerbeats Pro, or an entirely new line of workout-friendly earbuds. And on October 20, reality star Kim Kardashian was photographed wearing the new earbuds as she ran some errands in Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far about these new Beats earbuds.

https://twitter.com/JustJared/status/1451008144625344518

Read more