Google Redesigns Fit, Adds New Features


Another feature of the redesigned Google Fit: you'll get customized tips and actionable coaching like pointers on ways to rack up more Heart Points. According to a Google announcement for the "new" Google Fit, your fitness goals will now be measured by your Move Minutes and Heart Points. The idea is to have folks move more often, which means little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or just walking more often. Similar to the Apple Watch, your goal is to close your rings each day.

Google has worked with the World Health Organisation and American Heart Association () to create its new metrics. It's also proven a key area for partnerships between Google, Apple and the growing industry of health and wellness apps that rely on smartphone sensors to track activity. People will earn credit for every "move minute" they log, which tracks lower-intensity movement like walking. Move Minutes are just the old step counter over time, but now separated Heart Points are earned for more vigorous workouts, as detected by accelerometers, speed, manual logging, and the heart-rate monitor of a Wear OS smart watch. Heart Points are earned by activities that get your heart pumping harder. You get double points for more vigorous activity like running or kickboxing.

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. "It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week to reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity, which is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental well-being", said Hollendoner. The app has also been upgraded with data on more than 120 other activities. The platform will also integrate with other health and fitness apps, including MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, Runkeeper, and Strava.

The new Google Fit app will start rolling out to Android phones and wearables this week, and it shows that the company is still committed to mobile health and smartwatches running the Wear OS platform.