Fitbit Inspire 3 : Can Be Useful When Tracking Your Running

After using the Fitbit Inspire 3 for two months, I am incredibly pleased with the product. It is incredibly easy to use and I have yet to experience any sort of issues, making it a superb product for an incredibly low price.

Now that the question of whether or not the Fitbit Inspire 3 can be used to track running has arisen, I’m here to tell you what you need to know–the answer is definitely yes.

If you enjoy running and thinking of getting the Fitbit Inspire 3 to track your running then this article will be of interest to you. In this article I will go over the different things you need to know

  • Not a high performance Running Watch
  • What Fitbit Running metrics offer
  • You Have The Option To Use A Third Party App To Track Your Running

Not A High Performance Running Watch

If there was ever a chance to be upfront and honest, this would be one of them. The Fitbit Inspire 3 is not a high performance watch that can track your running form or ability, those are two types of metrics that can really improve your running experience.

Unfortunately the only watch that can do this at a similar price range is the Huawei Band 7. This is possible because the Huawei Band 7 has a gyroscope sensor which can detect your running motion (3D motion detector). This really is at the lower level of running form tracking. For a more accurate and detailed tracking of your running form the premium watch’s would provide a more accurate and detailed result.

What Fitbit Running Metrics Offer

In terms of running metrics the Fitbit Inspire 3 can offer just the basics which is

  • Distance (GPS tracking from your phone)
  • Duration of Workout
  • Pace
  • Number of minutes in different heart rate zones (see image below)
  • Pace variation detailed on a map (see image below)
Heart Rate Zones : This is a very standard feature but the device can tell you how much time you were in specific heart rate zones.
Fitbit inspire 3 pace zones
Pace Zones : The pace zones can give you some insight on how you paced your self through the run

In this small workout I did, my daily readiness score was very low so for this activity I needed to do a lighter session. I didn’t want to push my heart rate too high or else my recovery will take much longer so I went with a mixture of brisk walking and jogging. You will see in the pace view maps, the low pace zones is where I was walking and the green pace zones is where I was jogging.

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Taking a look at the heart rate zones, it’s an accurate representation of how the session went. At first, I wasn’t sure if the daily readiness score was accurate, but I was able to quickly tell that it wasn’t a miscalculation. Keeping a steady pace was a bit challenging, but the main point was to not overexert myself and stay in the fat burning zone as much as I could so that it wouldn’t be too strenuous.

You Have The Option To Use A Third Party App To Track Your Running

This option is purely optional to you but you can actually use a third party app to track your running workouts via device partnership. Which basically mean that you give permission to the third party app to use the tracking data from your Fitbit device. Out of all the top running apps out there, Strava is the only third party app that offers this partnership.

In terms of running insight, the Fitbit app will give you a more. I only have a free Strava account so your options are very limited, which is

  • You cant import or export your running route with Strava,
  • You cant create new workout routes or import

If you’re looking for running insight, the Fitbit app is a much better choice than a free Strava account. The latter has very limited options and can’t do anything beyond displaying real-time running stats and providing maps. Fitbit, on the other hand, has something more to offer than the free subscription of Strava. Although there’s a Strava premium, the Fitbit app can be a better option for those who don’t want to go for the premium and get a high end watch.

Fitbit Inspire 3 & Strava : You can pair your Fitbit account to Strava

Final Conclusion

Can the Fitbit Inspire 3 be useful to track your running workouts? definetly yes and I hope you have learned a lot from this article. The one thing I like about the Inspire 3 is that it’s a basic fitness tracker. This appeals to many people who dont want to pay for a high end smart watch where you only get to use a few features.

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For those of you who are looking for a budget-friendly fitness tracker that can offer more insight into your running, the Huawei Band 7 is a great choice. This device is equipped with a built-in gyroscope sensor, allowing it to track your running form and compute it into an index called the RAI (Running Ability Index). This number serves as a measure of your running efficiency, which can be beneficial in reducing the likelihood of injury.

This doesnt make the Huawei Band 7 better than the Fitbit Inspire 3. The Huawei Band 7 doesnt have what the more high end watches like the Huawei GT Runner have to track your running form. It can only offer what it can based on the sensors that it is equipped with and price.

Anyway the Fitbit Inspire 3 is a good basic fitness tracker. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you cant go wrong with this fitness tracker. If you do a lot of running I hope this article answer’s any questions you have about the Fitbit Inspire 3 and maybe even the Huawei Band 7.