New Version of Google Fit Emphasizes WHO, AHA Fitness Goals

Google has released a revamped version of its health-tracking app, Google Fit. The new app’s emphasis follows recommendations from the World Health Organization and American Heart Association that encourage movement and exercise.

The app’s primary activity goals are Move Minutes and Heart Points. Move Minutes are accrued for all movement, such as walking. Heart Points are awarded for moderate intensity exercise—anything aerobic like running, biking, and so on. The AHA recommends 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week.

Google Fit coordinates with your phone’s GPS and accelerometer as well other devices like Google’s Wear OS for smart watches (like those made by LG) and other wearables. The app syncs with more than a dozen fitness counterparts for a more complete picture of health.

SportTechie Takeaway

As sophisticated and beneficial as the technologies for elite athletics have gotten, apps for everyday people that encourage basic health and wellbeing may offer a much greater societal impact. Google Fit promises a clean, accessible interface centered on the simple objectives set forth by two leading health organizations, while adding fitness tips and revised goals along the way.