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What are Active Zone Minutes or active minutes on my Fitbit device?

Earn Active Zone Minutes or active minutes based on your device with heart-pumping activity throughout the day.

DOES MY FITBIT DEVICE TRACK ACTIVE ZONE MINUTES OR ACTIVE MINUTES?

These devices track Active Zone Minutes :

  • Fitbit Charge 4
  • Fitbit Charge 5
  • Fitbit Charge 6
  • Fitbit Inspire 2
  • Fitbit Inspire 3
  • Fitbit Luxe
  • Fitbit Sense series
  • Fitbit Versa series
  • Google Pixel Watch series

All other devices track active minutes .

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ACTIVE ZONE MINUTES 

How do I earn Active Zone Minutes?

Earn Active Zone Minutes for time spent in the moderate (fat burn), vigorous (cardio), or peak heart-rate zones. To help you maximize your time, you earn 2 Active Zone Minutes for each minute you’re in the vigorous or peak zones. Heart-rate zones are personalized based on your fitness level and age.

Heart-Rate Zone Active Zone Minutes 
1 minute in the moderate zone 1 Active Zone Minute
1 minute in the vigorous or peak zone 2 Active Zone Minutes*

For more information about heart-rate zones, see How do I track heart rate with my Fitbit device?

*Your Fitbit device doesn't track your heart rate during a swim workout. You earn 1 Active Zone Minute for each minute of swimming.

What is my Active Zone Minutes goal on my Fitbit device?
To start, your goal is to earn 150 Active Zone Minutes each week. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or a combination of both, each week. If you earn an average of 22 Active Zone Minutes daily, you meet this recommendation, but you can change your goal based on your needs.
How do I change my Active Zone Minutes goal?
Update your goal in the Fitbit app. For more information, see How do I track my health and fitness goals with Fitbit?
Why did I earn more Active Zone Minutes than my workout time?

 For more intense workouts, such as spinning, interval training, or running, the number of Active Zone Minutes you earn might exceed the length of your workout. For example, if you run for a total of 20 minutes and spend 10 minutes in the fat burn zone and 10 minutes in the cardio or peak zones, you earn 30 Active Zone Minutes.

Workout Heart-Rate Zone Active Zone Minutes 
5-minute warmup Moderate zone (1x) 5
10-minute run Vigorous and peak zones (2x) 20
5-minute cool down Moderate zone (1x) 5
20-minute workout TOTAL 30
How do I see heart-zone notifications on my Fitbit device?
Charge 4 and Inspire 2

There are 2 ways your device notifies you about Active Zone Minutes:

  • Workouts: A few moments after you enter a different heart-rate zone in the Exercise app , so that you know how hard you're working.
    Cardio exercise screen
    The number of times your device buzzes indicates which zone you're in:
    Number of Buzzes Heart-Rate Zone
    1 buzz Fat burn zone
    2 buzzes Cardio zone
    3 buzzes Peak zone
  • Everyday activity: 7 minutes after you enter a heart-rate zone during the day (for example, during a brisk walk).

Charge 5, Charge 6, Inspire 3, and Luxe

There are 2 ways your device notifies you about Active Zone Minutes: 

  • Workouts: A few moments after you enter a different heart-rate zone while using the Exercise app . The number of times your device buzzes indicated which zone you're in: 
    Number of Buzzes Heart-Rate Zone
    1 buzz Fat burn zone
    2 buzzes Cardio zone
    3 buzzes Peak zone
    Notification that the wearer's heart rate is in the cardio zone
  • Everyday activity: 7 minutes after you enter a heart-rate zone throughout the day (for example, during a brisk walk)

Note: On Inspire 3 and Luxe, heart-zone notifications are turned off to start. To turn them on, see Can I turn zone notifications on or off on my Fitbit device?

Versa, Versa Lite Edition, and Versa 2

 There are 2 ways to receive heart-zone notifications after you enter a heart-rate zone during an exercise in the Exercise app :

  • Set a goal of Active Zone minutes for your workout. On your device, open the Exercise app  tap an exercise GoalActive Zone Minutes set a goal, and start the workout.
  • Turn on zone notifications for the exercise. On your device, open the Exercise app  tap an exercise  tap the gear icon Zone Notifications.

The number of times your device buzzes indicates which heart-rate zone you’re in:

Number of Buzzes Heart-Rate Zone
1 light buzz Below zones
1 buzz Fat burn zone
2 buzzes Cardio zone
3 buzzes Peak zone
Sense and Versa 3
When using the Exercise app , your watch notifies you a few moments after you enter a different heart-rate zone. The number of times your device buzzes indicates which zone you’re in:
Number of Buzzes Heart-Rate Zone
1 buzz Below zones
2 buzzes Fat burn zone
3 buzzes Cardio zone
4 buzzes Peak zone
Sense 2 and Versa 4

 When using the Exercise app , your watch notifies you a few moments after you enter a different heart-rate zone. The number of times your device buzzes indicates which zone you’re in:

Number of Buzzes Heart-Rate Zone
1 buzz Fat burn zone
2 buzzes Cardio zone
3 buzzes Peak zone
Google Pixel Watch 2
When using the Exercise app, your watch notifies you a few moments after you enter a different heart-rate zone and when your target zone is met.
Can I turn zone notifications on or off on my Fitbit device?
Charge 4
Scenario How to turn notifications on or off
Heart-zone notifications during an exercise in the Exercise app 
  1. On Charge 4, open the Exercise app  and swipe to find an exercise.
  2. Swipe up on the arrow, and tap Heart Rate Zone Notifications.
    Walk exercise screen

To turn notifications on or off for a different exercise , turn on Do Not Disturb  on Charge 4.

Heart-zone notifications you receive during everyday activity. On Charge 4, open the Settings app  swipe down and tap Active Zone Minutes Notifications.
Receive heart-zone notifications during an exercise in the Exercise app  but turn off other notifications On Charge 4, open the Settings app Do Not DisturbExercise Alerts.
Charge 5, Charge 6, Inspire 3, and Luxe
Scenario How to turn notifications on or off
Heart-zone notifications during an exercise in the Exercise app 
  1. On your tracker, swipe left or right to the Exercise app , then swipe up to find an exercise.
  2. Tap to choose an exercise, then swipe up through the exercise settings.
  3. Tap Heart Zone Notifications to turn the setting on or off.
Heart-zone notifications you receive during everyday activity
  1. On your tracker, swipe down from the clock screen to find the Settings app .
  2. Open the Settings app  tap Heart Zone Notifications (Charge 5 and Luxe) or AZM Notifications (Charge 6 and Inspire 3) to turn the setting on or off.
Versa, Versa Lite Edition, and Versa 2
Turn weekly Active Zone Minutes notifications on or off in the Settings app Settings appon your device.
Inspire 2
Turn heart-zone notifications on or off in the Settings app  on your device.
Sense series, Versa 3, and Versa 4
Scenario How to turn notifications on or off
Heart-zone notifications during an exercise in the Exercise app 
  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app  and tap an exercise.
  2. Swipe up, and tap the switch icon  under Heart zone notifications.
Weekly Active Zone Minutes notifications
  1. On your watch, open the Settings app Goal reminders.
  2. Tap Active Zone Minutes goal.
Google Pixel Watch 2
  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app.
  2. Tap and exercise Alerts and modes flag iconHeart rate zone mode.
  3. Tap target HR zone or HR zone change alerts.
  4. Tap a heart-rate zone.
  5. Tap alert to turn zone notifications off.
Can I see my previous active minutes data?

Your active minutes data is below your Active Zone Minutes data in the Fitbit app:

  1. On the Today tab , tap the Active Zone Min tile.
  2. At the top, tap Week.
  3. Scroll down to see your active minutes data.

ACTIVE MINUTES 

How do I earn active minutes?
Earn active minutes through 10 minutes or more of continuous moderate-to-intense activity.
How does my Fitbit device calculate active minutes?
Fitbit devices calculate active minutes through metabolic equivalents (METs). This metric, which factors in your body mass, is used to estimate exercise intensity. METs are calculated through a ratio (source):
Rate of energy expended during an activity : rate of energy expended during rest

1 MET is the rate of energy you expend during rest or sitting quietly, while you typically expend 3 METs or more during a moderately-intense activity such as walking. You earn active minutes for activities at or above about 3 METs.

If your Fitbit device tracks heart rate, your heart-rate data is used to calculate active minutes for non-step-based activities, such as weight lifting, yoga, and rowing. If your device doesn’t track heart rate, your active minutes for these activities will be lower.

What is my active minutes goal on my Fitbit device?

 To start, your active minutes goal is based on the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation of daily moderate-to-intense activity: 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children. You can change this goal to meet your needs.

On-device screenshot of a fire icon with 1234 cal listed below it, next to an icon of a lightning bolt with 36 listed below it

How do I change my active minutes goal?
Update your goal in the Fitbit app. For more information, see How do I track my health and fitness goals with Fitbit?
Why did I earn a different number of active minutes for the same activity?
Level of intensity helps to determine the number of active minutes you earn for an activity. If you receive a different number of active minutes for the same activity (for example, your daily walk), there is likely a difference in the intensity levels between the 2 workouts.

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