Google Fit gets a complete revamp with new UI and fitness goals

Google Fit app gets a hearty overhaul

Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

There are a plethora of fitness apps on the Play Store, and Google's in-house solution Google Fit hasn't caught on like that. Well, two new focuses.

Google has updated Google Fit with activity rings that track your "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points". 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. Move Minutes can be earned for all activity like taking the stairs or going for a walk.

The new Google Fit will be rolling out to Android phones and Wear OS by Google devices this week.

Google Fit is the go-to app for fitness enthusiasts on the Android platform: made by Google itself, Fit gives you an overview of your daily activities and stimulates you to move more and lead a more healthy lifestyle.

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.

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This new experience will be rolled out to users around the world starting this week. One reason for this, said Hollendoner, is that a large set of users have found the flexibility of Fit overwhelming, while the widely-embraced 10,000 step target was too daunting. "These things don't get translated very well".

I'm curious to see the changes as the current app is pretty basic.

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 also lets users score points regardless of what activity they prefer, like rowing or pilates, and integrates with popular fitness apps like Strava and Runkeeper. Heart Points is the more important of the two, and this is created to reward you for increasing your heart rate during exercise. The interface pictured above on an iPhone is part of the Wear OS app.

Both Apple and Google are also taking steps to improve wellbeing and cut smartphone usage by introducing new screen time tools to help users track their phone use habits and cut down where necessary.

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