Google's Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking Into A Game

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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.

Google today announced a major redesign of its Google Fit health-tracking app and service.

I'm curious to see the changes as the current app is pretty basic.

That example comes from Margaret Hollendoner, Head of Product, Google Fit.

Google's revamp simplifies its tracking program, which it first launched in 2014 as a competitor to Apple's HealthKit.

Move Minutes stimulates you to sit less and move more on various occasions throughout the day. Move Minutes can be earned for all activity like taking the stairs or going for a walk. The tool now revolves around Heart Points and Move Minutes, with the latter being a self-explanatory unit of activity.

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Google's trying to get you off the couch, by simplifying the look of its "Fit" app to measure just two things: how much you move, and how good that is for your heart.

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.

'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.

Google Fit, the tech giant's health and fitness tracking app, has been simplified and streamlined in consultation with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization. And inside Google Fit, exercise will be automatically detected and added, using the sensors built in the phone. You can also manually choose activities such as gardening, pilates, rowing, or spinning in the app.

As with the original version of Fit, the app will be able to draw data from other, more popular fitness apps such as the dieting app MyFitnessPal or running tracker Strava. "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.

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