Strava has announced that they have discontinued support for Bluetooth heart rate monitors as of August 28th, 2019.
The Strava app for iOS and Android will no longer provide the option to connect these sensors and track both GPS and heart rate directly from the Strava app. This is bad news for a lot of athletes who love Strava for tracking their running and cycling workouts and networking with their fitness peers. While Apple Watch owners will be unaffected by this update and can still keep track of their heart rates during exercise, users with standard chest strap or armband heart rate monitors will only be able to track their GPS data with the Strava app.
Strava claims that this decision was intended to make the app more stable. Bluetooth connection, according to Strava, made the app prone to crashing for all users. This might make users think that they don’t have the option to get this additional data anymore. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
FITIV Pulse on iOS and Android is able to track both heart rate and GPS, meaning that you won’t have to sacrifice your valuable data. That data can also be automatically uploaded to Strava. This tracking and uploading creates a seamless Strava integration, giving you the networking you love from Strava with the more detailed workout analysis of FITIV Pulse.
Why do runners and cyclists need heart rate data?
The simple answer here is that heart rate data is one of the best ways to optimize your performance and analyze your results. When you track your heart rate you’re tracking your effort and intensity. This is important information. If you’re running a similar route you can easily see from your heart rate if your fitness has improved. Has your average heart rate for the same route decreased? You’re getting fitter and your body is having an easier time. Seeing an increase in your heart rate? This can be a great clue that you might be overtraining.
While you can track your GPS routes without your heart rate data, why settle for less? The fact is that heart rate data can be a helpful tool. Heart rate data can give you more accurate calorie burn reports. It can let you know trends in your health. If you can track it, you should track it.
What else can FITIV Pulse do for me?
FITIV Pulse can give you more information than just your GPS data and heart rate. See accurate calorie burn information, GPS and heart rate map overlays, and more. With a FITIV free trial you can try it out for yourself today. If you like tracking your health and fitness look no further. Use FITIV Pulse today and get the most accurate possible workout tracking data.
Don’t sacrifice your data, and don’t give up on Strava. With FITIV Pulse you can have the best of both worlds.