Google’s revamped fitness app tracks ‘move minutes’ and ‘heart points’


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. With the new Fit, Google is focusing on two primary areas: Move Minutes and Heart Points. 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.

Google has announced that it is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Heart Association (AHA) to bring a new new Google Fit experience to the fore. The update will roll out beginning this week to Google Fit and Wear OS. But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy. This will be easier to track if you have a smartwatch with a heart rate sensor, but if you don't Google will use a combination of accelerometer and (if available) Global Positioning System data to predict the intensity of your movements.

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

For easily identified activities like walking or biking, Google says Fit can automatically track your activity. For each minute of moderate activity (like jogging), you'll get one 'Heart Point.' The points are doubled for more intense activities, like running or kickboxing. There will also be recommendations sprinkled through the app to keep you on target. People can also manually tell the app if they're doing activities that are more hard to detect, such as Pilates or gardening.

Heart Points is a different measurement that focuses on the benefit you get when you push yourself. "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.

Tapping the health and fitness market is a priority for Apple and Google, which both consider movement and health tracking as a key selling point for their wearable devices.