Google Fit gets a complete visual overhaul; introduces smart activity goals

The goals have been developed in collaboration with AHA and WHO.

  • Published: August 22, 2018 10:53 AM IST

Google has issued a major update to Fit, its health and fitness-tracking platform. The update is available for both Android smartphones running Google Fit app, and smartwatches based on Wear OS.

The refresh introduces a completely revamped UI that puts two smart activity goals front and center – ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’. According to Google, these goals have been developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on the science behind physical activity, the goals are designed to help users get the right amount and intensity of activity to improve their health.

Move Minutes: These are based on the fact that sitting in a place for long hours isn’t a good thing, and one must take short walks at regular intervals. Users earn Move Minutes for all their activities, which motivate them to make small, healthy changes in their daily lifestyle.

Heart Points: These are credited for the activities (like running) that lead to the heart working more actively. Users score one point for each minute of moderate activity, and double point for more intense activities (like kickboxing). Google says that just 30 minutes of brisk walking per day is enough to meet AHA and WHO’s recommended amount of physical activity.

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The revamped Google Fit app utilizes the user’s smartphone and/or smartwatch sensors to detect the progress made towards the above-mentioned daily activity goals. The app can also integrate with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, to credit Move Minutes and Heart Points earned because of activities that are recorded in these apps.

  • Published Date: August 22, 2018 10:53 AM IST