Google announce the all new Google Fit

Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

Google Fit adds new tools to entice you to exercise

In the new version that's rolling out this week-I'm not seeing it yet on either of my Android phones-Google Fit picks up a nice design refresh that includes a vastly-improved logo.

The new Google Fit has been redesigned to be centered around 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. Similar to the Apple Watch, your goal is to close your rings each day.

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. This system focuses not only on smartphones and fitness trackers, but on mobile wearable devices too. The journal in Google Fit will show your activities, achievements and goal progress across all of your apps.

If you're running, cycling, or anything more intense like HIIT workouts, you'll then receive two points for every minute you've been exercising. And you can earn double points if you take part in more rigorous activities, including kickboxing or going for a run. The goal is to hit an amount of activity equivalent to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week, in line with AHA and World Health Organization recommendations. These ideas are represented in the Move Minutes meter.

Exactly how accurate the data will be for your Move Minutes or Heart Points when you're just using your phone is now unclear.

In addition, Google Fit will also automatically detect other activities like walking, running or biking.

The Google Fit app is also getting a redesign, with activity rings that look a bit like the ones in Apple's Health apps. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening. And it integrates with other fitness apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal so that you can get credit for activities you track elsewhere. Those who use it already should see the changes roll out from this week.

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