Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

The new Google Fit has you earning Move Minutes and Heart Points

The new Google Fit has you earning Move Minutes and Heart Points

The update will roll out beginning this week to Google Fit and Wear OS. We're still not sure on every app that will connect to it, but we know it works with Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.

Today, Google announced the redesigned Google Fit experience for Android phone and Wear OS by Google watch. With the new Fit, Google is focusing on two primary areas: Move Minutes and Heart Points. You can now earn "Move Minutes" for making changes to your daily routine, like walking up stairs instead of taking an elevator, or taking a walk instead of driving somewhere.

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Google has worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an app that coaches you towards more beneficial physical activity based on the science out there. Instead, the app has two main goals for you to accomplish -Move Minutes and Heart Points.

"The AHA has had the scientific guidelines since 2008 and people don't understand them, doctors don't adopt them", said Patrick Wayte, senior VP at the Center for Health Technology & Innovation at the American Heart Association. Heart Points tracks how often you raise your heart rate and then awards you points-one minute of moderate excessive is worth one point, while more intense activities like swimming or boxing will yield double the points. And if you happen to hit the gym without your phone or a watch, you can add the activity in after and Google will estimate how many of those Heart Points you've earned. There will also be recommendations sprinkled through the app to keep you on target. "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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Heart Points is a different measurement that focuses on the benefit you get when you push yourself.

The new Google Fit is also seeing a refresh in its UI, with a big tracker up top with those two metrics, followed by a breakdown of the rest of your health stats, including your history for the past week.

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