Google’s revamped fitness app tracks ‘move minutes’ and ‘heart points’

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If you're running, cycling, or anything more intense like HIIT workouts, you'll then receive two points for every minute you've been exercising. Move Minutes can be earned for all of your activities, as what's being tracked is the amount of time you spend moving throughout a day (like the name implies). You can also still integrate apps like Strava, and you'll see these workouts in the Journal section of the app.

Google Fit is about to get its biggest update since it launched back in 2014, and the aim is to give you a free app that can help you improve your health easily through your phone or Wear OS watch. 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.

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

The new Google Fit program works with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to give the whole system a kick in the trousers.

Fitbit isn't the only company making waves in the digital fitness community this week.

The all new Google Fit is redesigned to encourage the user to be more active and get fit. With the new Fit, Google is focusing on two primary areas: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

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

According to the AHA and World Health Organization, 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week will get you enough exercise to hit the recommendation for your weekly exercise.

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.

To estimate the number of Heart Points, Google Fit automatically detects the activities you're carrying out using your phone or watch's sensors.

The new app will behave a little differently on iPhone, which doesn't have a standalone Fit app.

The new Google Fit will be able to track your daily routines and exercises either directly from the smartphone or your Wear OS-equipped smartwatch.