Google Redesigns Fit, Adds New Features

Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

Google today announced a major redesign of its Google Fit health-tracking app and service.

Those are Move Minutes and Heart Points. Before, Google Fit would only track a single "active" goal, which broke down to doing any kind of movement for a certain number of minutes a day.

Google has worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an app that coaches you towards more beneficial physical activity based on the science out there.

Google says the service will work best if you use it with a Wear OS watch as it will be able to record your heart rate easily from your wrist (assuming your watch has a heart rate monitor), but the update is also coming to Android phones, where it will use your phone's accelerometer, gyroscope and more to monitor your activity. They are separate from Move Minutes because the higher intensity of the activity results in great heart health benefit. You get one point for one minute of moderate activity, and research has shown that just 30 minutes of a brisk walk 5 days in a week allows you to reach the recommended weekly activity goal. Or if you do more intense workouts like playing basketball or kickboxing, you'll earn double points.

All this physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and improve mental well-being.

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The new features are called "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points".

Google Fit is available as an Android app only, and it's not included with the platform, so you must first download it from the Google Play Store. And inside Google Fit, exercise will be automatically detected and added, using the sensors built in the phone. This integration with other apps is designed so that Google Fit can keep track of all of your activity.

The new Google Fit showcases Google's new Material Theme UI with lots of white, the Google Sans font, a bottom navigation bar, etc.

As for functional changes, Google Fit will no longer pester you for getting X amount of steps, stairs, miles, etc. tracked during the day.



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