After working closely with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand the science behind the physical activity, Google has finally introduced a newly redesigned Fit platform. The new Fit is centered around two simple smart activity goals; Move Minutes and Heart Points.
Google says that it is important to move more and sit less and this way users can earn Move Minutes for all of your activity and get motivated to make small, healthy changes throughout your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. When you’re walking, running, or biking, Google Fit will automatically detect these activities using your phone or watch sensors like the accelerometer and GPS to estimate the number of Heart Points you earn.
You’ll score one Heart point for each minute of moderate activity, like picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing. Google Fit will also count other types of activities like pilates, rowing, spinning and calculate the Heart Points and Move Minutes achieved during the workout.
Google Fit also integrates with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, so you get credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn. It will also suggest you tips and help to adjust your goals over time based on your activity. Your journal will show your activities, achievements and goal progress across all of your apps. These new changes will start showing up this week if you are already using the Google Fit on Android phone or Wear OS by Google watch.