Learn About Basis Heart Rate Tracking

If you are interested in Basis heart rate tracking, this short overview will help you understand when heart rate is tracked and what benefits it provides.

Basis uses heart rate, along with our other sensors, in many important ways – to detect REM, Deep and Light Sleep; to help you manage stress; to improve caloric burn calculations and to help you understand your cardiovascular health. No other health tracker provides this level of features. You can learn more below.

Our optical blood flow sensing technology is unlikely to capture heart rate during movement – including exercise. Therefore, it will not be a replacement of a chest strap heart rate monitor. We consciously made this trade-off when designing Basis to ensure the band was practical for 24/7 use – lighter weight, longer battery life and smaller form factor. However, our multi-sensor approach automatically captures the key metrics to help you get fit – activity duration, activity type (walking, running and biking) and caloric burn as well as physiological metrics like sweat levels.

What Basis Heart Rate Tracking Looks Like

To give you a sense of how Basis tracks heart rate, here’s an example of the Activity Details section of a typical user’s Personal Dashboard. As you can see, Basis captures a consistent heart rate during sleep for this user, then loses the signal during times of movement and activity, and then recaptures the signal during times of lower movement.

Heart Rate Tracking Example

Now, some users may actually capture heart rate signals during movement. It depends on a number of factors – their body composition, the ambient light conditions and the types of movements. However, results vary so we can’t determine if your signal will be more consistent versus others.

How Basis Uses Heart Rate

As mentioned, Basis uses heart rate in several important ways that distinguishes us from other trackers on the market:

1. Advanced sleep analysis. Basis uses heart rate to track your REM Sleep, Deep Sleep and Light Sleep – the only health tracker that detects these important sleep phases. This is possible with the low movement and dark conditions while you sleep.

2. Stress management. You can use your Basis band to see how your body reacts to certain situations – like a stressful meeting. You just need to ensure you are still for the best reading.

3. Cardiovascular health. Basis automatically provides resting heart rate each day to allow you to see your overall cardiovascular health as well as changes. Athletes can also look at their changes in their resting heart rate to ensure proper recovery after training.

4. Caloric burn calculations. Heart rate is also incorporated into the caloric burn calculations (when the signal is available) to ensure you get proper credit for your activities.