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Fitbit's Daily Readiness Score is finally here along with ECG for the Charge 5

Like Garmin's Body Battery, the Daily Readiness Score gives you an overall idea of your health from the top down.
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November 9, 2021
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TL;DR
  • Fitbit is rolling out support for its new Daily Readiness Score feature. It is locked behind Fitbit Premium.
  • The DRS compiles all the various data from your wearable to give you an overall score.
  • The Fitbit Charge 5 is getting ECG support today, too.

When Fitbit launched the Charge 5, it also announced a new feature coming to most of its lineup. This new feature would (finally) combine multiple pieces of data your tracker logs and give you an easy-to-understand score.

This new feature is now here: the Daily Readiness Score. It is similar to Garmin’s Body Battery feature in that it lets you know how much activity you should do that day based on various metrics. You can read more about how it works below.

See also: The best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches

Unfortunately, the Daily Readiness Score is locked behind Fitbit Premium. This $9.99-per-month service gives you access to multiple other features such as more extensive sleep data, workout guides, meal plan support, and more. All modern Fitbit devices come with six months of Premium for free, so you can always give it a shot with your next upgrade.

The DRS is available starting today for Premium members using the Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, and Inspire 2.

Additionally, today the Fitbit Charge 5 is gaining access to its promised ECG testing. This test works just as it does on the Fitbit Sense.

Fitbit Daily Readiness Score: What is it?

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Your Fitbit trackers and smartwatches compile all sorts of data. This includes your sleep, activity, and heart rate. The Fitbit smartphone app does a pretty good job of giving you scores and summaries for each of those individual metrics.

However, what’s been lacking is an overall score that looks at all that data. That’s what the Daily Readiness Score is.

Related: The best fitness apps to get into shape and stay there

Fitbit wants you to use your DRS as a way to judge what you should do with your day. The idea is that you’d wake up and check your score (there are no push notifications yet). Judging from how well you slept, how much activity you did the previous day, and the various other metrics tracked, the app will tell you what you should try to do that day. If you worked hard yesterday, it might tell you to scale things back. If you didn’t push yourself the previous day, maybe the app will suggest you push yourself today.

In the images above, you can see an example of my own Daily Readiness Score. My DRS of 65 (the score is out of 100, with 100/100 being the readiest to work hard) signifies that I didn’t push myself the previous day, so I have plenty of room for improvement today. The app even recommends I shoot for five Zone Mins (Active Zone Minutes) and even has some workout suggestions I might want to try.

This is now a terrific tool for Fitbit Premium members. It should help you get a better picture of your health without needing to dive into each individual metric. Of course, Garmin users have had Body Battery — a very similar feature to the DRS — for years now. Is Fitbit too late to the party? That’s up for debate, but people who are already subscribed to Fitbit Premium will no doubt enjoy this new perk.