Google has announced the launch of its completely made-over fitness app — Google Fit. In its race to try and keep up with the other popular fitness apps and wearable tech, Google Fit has introduced the popular closing rings design that helps monitor progress with each completed ring. The app has also been redesigned to be more user-friendly.
The users of Google Fit will have two goals based on what the designers call Move Minutes and a new concept of Heart Points. These fitness tracking concepts have been added to make tracking simpler with the Move Minutes tracking much more than just the number of steps taken by the user and the Heart Points motivating the users to indulge in activities like brisk walking or taking the stairs instead of the elevator to get their heart rate up.
The app also offers the American Heart Association’s (AHA) explanation of the concept of Heart Points for better clarity. The Fit app is set to utilize as many sensors as possible to track these metrics, but it can be complemented with a Wear OS watch that can automatically detect heart rate throughout the day.
Based on expert inputs from the AHA and the World Health Organization (WHO), the app recommends a weekly goal of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity (e.g. 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week) and 75 minutes of more vigorous exercising. This is where the two tracking metrics come to play. While the Move Minutes track the moderate exercises, the Heart Points focus on the vigorous exercises. This is, of course, apart from the regular step and calorie tracker.
The revamped design will also help users set goals based on their needs and help them advance to higher levels eventually. It can motivate users to complete their goals by suggesting activities that help them reach their target for a day or week.
Apart from these new tracking metrics, Google Fit also features a journal that can keep track of daily activities, heart rate, weight and more to help users evaluate their progress and successfully achieve their goals.
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