Fitbit research shows people's general health and fitness is improving during lockdown

By | May 16, 2020

Fitbit has released data from 200,000 Fitbit users showing the resting heartrate of the world’s population is declining, while people pay more attention to their general health with their newfound free time on lockdown.

Fitbit Fitbit research shows people’s general health and fitness is improving.

Their research showed that when comparing Fitbit users’ baseline data from January to February, and March to April:

  • RHR improved (declined) for the general population
  • More so for the younger user
  • No significant geographical variations

Other data showed a few things changed during this time:

  • Step counts declined
  • Active Mins increased
  • Sleep duration increased
  • Bedtime variability went down

Aside from fitness, Fitbit has shown that people are sleeping for longer, with Ireland taking the top spot for improved sleep:

  1. Ireland
  2. France
  3. Great Britain
  4. Spain
  5. Germany
  6. Norway
  7. Sweden

Fitbit said; “We found that individuals who increased their active mins, increased their sleep duration, and decrease their bedtime variability compared to their baseline experienced the RHR gains.”

“It seems like there is synergy – users who exhibited multiple good behaviors experienced even a higher improvement on average.”


There has also been an overall change in the number of steps being taken by Fitbit users, with the likes of Norway, Sweden, and Ireland seeing a slight increase and the UK, France, and Spain seeing a slight decrease:

  1. Norway (+535 steps)
  2. Sweden (+525 steps)
  3. Germany (+353 steps)
  4. Ireland (+235 steps)
  5. Great Britain (-385 steps)
  6. France (-1052 steps)
  7. Spain (-3436 steps)