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

The new Google Fit experience is centered around two simple and smart activity goals: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Google has begun rolling out what it says is the biggest update to Google Fit since its launch in 2014, taking the lid off a redesign of the Google Fit app for Android and the Fit section inside Wear OS. So, if you pick up the pace during a walk, you'll earn a point for every minute of brisk activity.

"We've worked with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to understand the science behind physical activity and help you get the amount and intensity needed to improve your health", Google's Margaret Hollendoner writes. They are separate from Move Minutes because the higher intensity of the activity results in great heart health benefit.

All this physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and improve mental well-being.

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". Google Fit's newest updates will be available through the Google Play store, and users can attain said updates by heading in through Google Fit as well. And those who have been meeting the 10,000 steps haven't necessarily been getting the right amount of intense exercise to meet the recommended guidelines. "These things don't get translated very well".

The app has had a redesign to follow Google's Material Design style, and the way it records your daily health data has changed too.

Aside from the new features, you'll still be able to track all the same workouts from the app, some of which will be automatically tracked, as well as manually input data from blood pressure monitors, weighing scales and more.

The technology firm has announced a new version of its Google Fit app that works on smartphones and wearables. This system gives one point for "each minute of moderate activity". The interface pictured above on an iPhone is part of the Wear OS app.

  • Santos West