Google Fit gets ready to take on the Apple Watch

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Google is revamping its fitness tracking app, Google Fit.

Google has updated Google Fit with activity rings that track your "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points".

Google's blog post says, "It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking five 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".

The Journal page that shows your latest activity. In addition to new health and fitness tracking, Google Fit has been updated with an all-new design and UI as well.

"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. Move Minutes is aimed at getting you to add little exercises to your routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. 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. Google Fit also integrates with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, so you get credit for every Move Minute and Heart Point you earn.

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What do you think of the new Google Fit? Fit rewards more rigorous activities such as biking, running or other workouts with something called "Heart Points".

Fitbit isn't the only company making waves in the digital fitness community this week. Google has built this platform for those who want to go over that recommendation too, as well as for absolute beginners. Instead it will live inside the Wear OS app, where you'll be able to see the same overview of your activity, but won't be able to log workouts without a Wear OS smartwatch.

Global Positioning System models are more accurate - but Which? results showed some that overestimated distance travelled by up to 20 per cent. The interface pictured above on an iPhone is part of the Wear OS app.

This measured oxygen intake and carbon dioxide production for each breath, meaning calories were measured as accurately as possible.

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