Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses

Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses

The amount of Heart Points you earn is also based on the intensity of the exercise. According to a Google announcement for the "new" Google Fit, your fitness goals will now be measured by your Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Google Fit is getting a brand new UI this week as well as a new focus on how you can stay healthy.

Tapping the health and fitness market is a priority for Apple and Google, which both consider movement and health tracking as a key selling point for their wearable devices. Your journal shows your achievements and goal progress across all of your connected apps.

Move Minutes is a stat that tracks how often you walk around, with the goal of encouraging people to move more and sit less. This means, for example, "picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing". People will earn credit for every "move minute" they log, which tracks lower-intensity movement like walking.

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Exactly how accurate the data will be for your Move Minutes or Heart Points when you're just using your phone is now unclear.

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. Fit rewards more rigorous activities such as biking, running or other workouts with something called "Heart Points". People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening.

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.

The new Google Fit will also let you configure more activities, including gardening, pilates, and rowing or spinning. The app will also share data with other major fitness apps, such as Strava, My Fitness Pal, Runkeeper, and Endomodo and is also capable of pulling data off a Wear OS smartwatch, which will help to maintain sync between all fitness apps across devices. Those who use it already should see the changes roll out from this week.

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