Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

Google Fit update focuses on upping your heart rate with your phone or Wear OS watch

Google Fit is not a new feature in itself, but the company behind the health and fitness platform has chose to give it a pretty big update that also brings new features. A new Google Fit update was announced today, but it doesn't appear to have those features.

Technology firms have become increasingly health-conscious in recent years, with fitness tracking apps, wristbands and smartwatches growing in popularity.

Google Fit, while functional hasn't been quite on par with competitors since its launch.

Fit should now help you get the amount and intensity of exercise you need to improve your health. There's a daily goal for you to reach as well. Move Minutes is aimed at getting you to add little exercises to your routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. A minute of "moderate activity" such as quick walking yields one Heart Point, whereas more intensive tasks like running, swimming, or playing sports will double those returns. So, if you pick up the pace during a walk, you'll earn a point for every minute of brisk activity. With the new Fit, Google is focusing on two primary areas: Move Minutes and Heart Points. If you want to keep an eye on your fitness or are just interested in checking out the new Google Fit keep an eye out for it landing this week or head over to the Google Fit website to join up.

Google also confirmed that the new version of the Fit app would support data from other fitness apps and trackers, including products by Nike, Strava and Runkeeper. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app.

Google Fit, the tech giant's health and fitness tracking app, has been simplified and streamlined in consultation with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization.

If you don't use Google Fit for your fitness tracking, worry not as the app also integrates with nearly every other popular fitness app out there like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal. Instead it will live inside the Wear OS app, where you'll be able to see the same overview of your activity, but won't be able to log workouts without a Wear OS smartwatch.

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