The new Google Fit has you earning Move Minutes and Heart Points

Glen Mclaughlin
August 22, 2018

Which is why the new Google Fit is built around two pretty simple activity goals the update bases on recommendations it got from the AHA and WHO about how people can improve their health - those goals are called Move Minutes and Heart Points. It also looks more like Apple's Activity app.

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. Speaking of those goals - there's a visible component to meeting them that includes closing activity-tracking rings, as users of Apple Watch are already familiar with.

Google Fit is getting a brand new UI this week as well as a new focus on how you can stay healthy. 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. Move minutes are created to encourage you to move more and sit less. Unlike the previous design - which would track, for example, walking, running and biking as separate categories - there are now only two main metrics. These ideas are represented in the Move Minutes meter.

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.

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

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The new Google Fit will also let you configure more activities, including gardening, pilates, and rowing or spinning.

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.

'It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking five 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 technology firm has announced a new version of its Google Fit app that works on smartphones and wearables.

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