Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings

Google Fit screens showing Heart Points and Move Minutes features

Google Fit screens showing Heart Points and Move Minutes features

Fit should now help you get the amount and intensity of exercise you need to improve your health.

The new Google Fit has been redesigned to be centered around Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Google Fit, while functional hasn't been quite on par with competitors since its launch. There's a daily goal for you to reach as well. Speaking of those goals - there's a visible component to meeting them that includes closing activity-tracking rings, as users of Apple Watch are already familiar with. Move Minutes are earned for any physical activity you partake in, including a brisk walk, jogging, yoga, etc. There is a new Journal feature within Google Fit, too, which will track your fitness history, achievements, and future goals.

Google Fit is available as an Android app only, and it's not included with the platform, so you must first download it from the Google Play Store.

The second element of the update is called Move Minutes, which will just record your active time.

The new Google Fit is rolling out "beginning this week" on Android and Wear OS. iOS users with a Wear OS smartwatch will be able to track their Google Fit progress through the Wear OS app.

In some more detailed documentation, Google explains that "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". Users score one point for each minute of moderate intensity, like walking the dog. In addition to new health and fitness tracking, Google Fit has been updated with an all-new design and UI as well.

According to the AHA and World Health Organization, 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week will get you enough exercise to hit the recommendation for your weekly exercise. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening. Google Fit also integrates with your favorite apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal to give you credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn.

The technology firm has announced a new version of its Google Fit app that works on smartphones and wearables.

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