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

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To improve its official Android health and fitness app, Google has redesigned Fit from the ground up. The new Google Fit experience is centered around two simple and smart activity goals: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Google Fit has been in dire need of a major update for quite a while now, and less than two months before Google's expected fall hardware event where we're anticipating the company's first Pixel Watch, our prayers have been answered.

The new features are called "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points". Apple's three-ring design - which tracks and sets goals for daily movement, exercise and time spent standing - has made the pursuit of closing those rings an obsession for some Apple Watch fans.

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.

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, or catching up with a friend over a walk instead of a coffee.

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Google has updated its fitness tracking app Google Fit.

Fit will be available for all Android devices and any watch that has Google's Wear OS, such as those from Fossil, LG and Huawei.

The new Google Fit is also seeing a refresh in its UI, with a big tracker up top with those two metrics, followed by a breakdown of the rest of your health stats, including your history for the past week. Or if you do more intense workouts like playing basketball or kickboxing, you'll earn double points. Google Fit will also integrate into other fitness tracking apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal so that every single piece of activity is recorded and counted towards your Move Minute and Heart Point total.

To reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity, it takes just half an hour of brisk walking for five days a week.

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.