Google’s revamped fitness app tracks ‘move minutes’ and ‘heart points’

Lynette PayneAug 22, 2018

So far, Google Fit hasn't drawn the same sort of devotion. The new design features two circles that track "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points".

Google has begun rolling out what it says is the biggest update to Google Fit since its launch in 2014, taking the lid off a redesign of the Google Fit app for Android and the Fit section inside Wear OS.

Once you've recorded a certain amount of information, the intention is Google Fit will start to give you tips on where you can fit exercise into your day or how you can increase your heart rate at certain points in your day.

Getting to this point was the product of Google working with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to, as the company puts it, "understand the science behind physical activity" and figure out how to spur people into getting more active. But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy.

'Activities that get your heart pumping harder result in even greater health benefits. This integration with other apps is designed so that Google Fit can keep track of all of your activity. You can expect these changes to hit the app sometime this week. Or if you do more intense workouts like playing basketball or kickboxing, you'll earn double points.

Aside from the new features, you'll still be able to track all the same workouts from the app, some of which will be automatically tracked, as well as manually input data from blood pressure monitors, weighing scales and more. This system gives one point for "each minute of moderate activity". It also lets users score points regardless of what activity they prefer, like rowing or pilates, and integrates with popular fitness apps like Strava and Runkeeper.

Correction: There is no iOS Google Fit app.

To reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity, it takes just half an hour of brisk walking for five days a week. Google Fit will keep track of all of this activity through sensors in your devices such as phone or watch accelerometers and Global Positioning System.

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