Google announces the redesigned Google Fit experience

Grant Boone
August 22, 2018

What do you think of the new Google Fit?

Google says the new activity goals are based on AHA and WHO's activity recommendations. In an effort to improve its Android health and fitness app, Google has basically redesigned Fit to better support people's activity and wellness goals.

Just like before, Google Fit will use the Global Positioning System and accelerometer on your device to track all of this physical activity, but it does still integrate with third-party apps and accessories if you're using other services to track things but still want to bring it back into Google Fit.

Google Fit has been in dire need of a major update for quite a while now, and less than two months before Google's expected fall hardware event where we're anticipating the company's first Pixel Watch, our prayers have been answered. But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy. The amount of Heart Points you earn is also based on the intensity of the exercise.

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'When it comes to your health, it's important to move more and sit less, ' the technology giant said.

The app has had a redesign to follow Google's Material Design style, and the way it records your daily health data has changed too. They'll try to motivate you by tracking how often you are moving (Move Minutes) and by the activities that get your heart pumping (Heart Points).

To estimate the number of Heart Points, Google Fit automatically detects the activities you're carrying out using your phone or watch's sensors. You get double points for more vigorous activity like running or kickboxing. It takes 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week to reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity which is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental well-being.

The new app will behave a little differently on iPhone, which doesn't have a standalone Fit app. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening. 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. And it integrates with other fitness apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal so that you can get credit for activities you track elsewhere. The update will be rolling out to all devices - Android, iOS and Wear OS - this week.

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