Google announces the redesigned Google Fit experience

Google announces the redesigned Google Fit experience

Google has worked with the World Health Organisation and American Heart Association () to create its new metrics. Well, two new focuses.

The new Fit is rocking Google's Material Design theme, but the main focus is on activity goals. Get your heart pumping, meanwhile, and "Heart Points" gives you credit for those activities - one point for each minute of moderate activity like walking your dog but making the pace a little more brisk. Fit rewards more rigorous activities such as biking, running or other workouts with something called "Heart Points".

As you use the app, it'll provide customized tips and advice on how to increase the amount of heart points you score, and allows you to set adjustable goals.

This new experience will be rolled out to users around the world starting this week.

All this physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and improve mental well-being. The update for Fit should roll out to Android users sometime over the next week. And those who have been meeting the 10,000 steps haven't necessarily been getting the right amount of intense exercise to meet the recommended guidelines.

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'When it comes to your health, it's important to move more and sit less, ' the technology giant said.

While 150 minutes is the ideal target, Google is letting users start from 75 minutes of activity a week - and work up to 300 minutes.

I'm curious to see the changes as the current app is pretty basic. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app. Third-party app integrations will be able to log Heart Points, too. 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.

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. The interface pictured above on an iPhone is part of the Wear OS app. The update will be rolling out to all devices - Android, iOS and Wear OS - this week.

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