Google's trying to get you off the couch, by simplifying the look of its "Fit" app to measure just two things: how much you move, and how good that is for your heart.
The new Google Fit app will start rolling out to Android phones and wearables this week, and it shows that the company is still committed to mobile health and smartwatches running the Wear OS platform.
Points can also be gained from activity recorded in other apps; Google says Fit is integrated with Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal.
Now it focuses on two areas which Google has decided on thanks to research conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). But as Apple builds out its own fitness features with an upcoming Watch OS update, keeping pace won't be easy. In regards to Heart Points, you'll get one heart point for each minute of moderate activity and two points for each minute of intense activity. It takes 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. 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.
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".
"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. There will also be recommendations sprinkled through the app to keep you on target. Third-party app integrations will be able to log Heart Points, too.
To test calorie's burned, testers wore a face mask that was linked to a gas-analysis system.