HealthTech has beome a booming tech sector with Apple, Fitbit, Garmin and Google leading this revolution. Google noticed that their Fit app was growing stale, so they decided to do something about it, announcing that their popular Google Fit app is getting a major overhaul. This will be centred around two simple and smart activity goals based on AHA and WHO’s activity recommendations shown to impact health: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

When it comes to your health, it’s important to move more and sit less, as sitting is widely seen as the new cancer. 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 lift, or catching up with a friend over a walk instead of a coffee.

Activities that get your heart pumping harder result in even greater health benefits. Heart Points give you credit for these activities. You’ll score one point for each minute of moderate activity, like picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing. 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.

Doing various activities such as walking, running or biking throughout the day, Google Fit automatically detects these activities using your phone or watch sensors—like the accelerometer and GPS—to estimate the number of Heart Points you earn. If you’re into a different type of exercise, you can choose other activities like gardening, Pilates, rowing or spinning, and Google Fit will calculate the Heart Points and Move Minutes achieved during your workout. Google Fit also integrates with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, so you get credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn. You’ll get tips and help to adjust your goals over time based on your activity. Your journal will show your activities, achievements and goal progress across all of your apps.

If you already use Google Fit on Android phone or Wear OS by Google watch, you’ll see these changes on your phone or smartwatch beginning this week. If you’re new to Google Fit, learn more at google.com/fit and join us on our way to a healthier and more active life.

So what’s new in Google Fit?

  1. The biggest update yet

It’s hard to know how much or what kind of activity you need to stay healthy. That’s why Google have worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop two activity goals to coach you toward the right amount and intensity of activity needed to make meaningful changes to your health. This is Google Fit’s biggest update since its launch in 2014, and focuses on how to make healthy changes easier to achieve.

  1. Activity goals to improve health

To get you more health benefits from your physical activity, the new Google Fit is designed around two activity goals based on physical activity recommendations from the American Heart Association and World Health Organisation: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

  • Meeting the physical activity recommendations from the WHO and AHA has tremendous health benefits. Getting to the recommended levels is associated with a 40% lower rate of type 2 diabetes; a 35% lower rate of heart disease; a 25% lower rate of falls, depression and dementia. Even cancer rates are lower – about 20% lower rates of colon cancer and breast cancer. There are also short term benefits as well such as improved focus, mental wellbeing and better sleep. (Source)
  • Move Minutes:When it comes to your health, it is important to move more and sit less. Earn Move Minutes for all of your activity and get motivated to make small, healthier 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.
  • Heart Points: Activities that get your heart pumping harder result in even greater health benefits.  Heart Points give you credit for these activities. You’ll score one point for each minute of moderate activity like picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing. It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week to reach the AHA and WHO’s recommended amount of physical activity shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental wellbeing.
  1. Coaching to a healthier and more active life

With the redesigned Google Fit, you’ll get customised tips and actionable coaching such as pointers on ways to earn Heart Points. Up for a bigger challenge? You can adjust your goals over time based on your activity to help you stay motivated and healthy.

  1. However you move, make it count

Google Fit has kept a lot of the same features that you know and love. Google Fit will still automatically track your walks, runs, or bike rides using your phone or watch sensors like the accelerometer and GPS. If you enjoy a different type of workout, select it from a list of 120+ activities like Pilates, rowing, or spinning, and Google Fit will actively track the Heart Points and Move Minutes earned during your workout. Google Fit also integrates with your favourite apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal to give you credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn.

  1. A new design from top to bottom

Google Fit has been redesigned to focus on making AHA and WHO’s physical activity recommendations clear and achievable, and to create the right activity goals for coaching users towards a healthy and more active life. Tracking your goal progress, getting tips and coaching, and checking your activity history has never been easier.

 

 

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