Since You Like Fit, Google’s Put a Ring on It!

Google Fit gets a whole new makeover with Google introducing health rings to keep a track of your fitness goals. The Android app, which is also available for iOS devices, focuses largely on closing rings to complete the goals. While this is not a new concept, considering that Apple has been doing pretty much the same, it is the heart points, which is a brand new addition to the application.

Heart points are centred around boosting activities that will elevate the user’s heart rate without the involvement of a gym. For example, just increasing your walking speed!

The fitness goals are designed as per the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American heart Association (AHA). The other set of goals are based on move minutes. “Move Minutes” is all about the activity that a person may indulge in, not necessarily just walking, thereby making a better metric for measuring activity than simply counting steps. “Move minutes” also includes those for whom walking may not be a feasible option.

Using both these units (Heart points and Move minutes) Google Fit will try to capture as much data as possible to give an accurate activity report. You can make use of a Wear OS watch or any other compatible wearable device, which will collect the necessary data and send it to Fit. The company aims at motivating users to complete at least 75 minutes of vigorous activity and 150 minutes of moderate activity in a single week.

The user interface of the Fit app has also undergone changes, making it simpler, easy to use, and appearing like a page out of a sci-fi novel. Once the user completes a ring, it will transform into an octagon, which is a jewel presented to you by Google. You can access your previous activity logs in a journal layout. Furthermore, the app will try and keep you motivated to meet your daily goals. Say, it will inform you that you have just another 15 minutes of activity to complete to meet your goal. In contrast, the app will also save you from feeling guilty about having a lazy day.

This is important since the sudden trend in wearable fitness devices has led to a phenomenon called the “worry well” where users start feeling demotivated for not meeting their daily goals, which sets of a demotivated cycle. Fit is diverging from this fitness obsession and is concentrating more on getting everyone to participate in at least some exercises resulting in small habit changes that are practical and achievable. Since the user can now set their daily goal, they can choose something that is safe and scalable without putting their health at stake.

Thus, Google covers not only the fitness freaks but also those suffering from chronic diseases who wish to exercise and lead a fitter life.

Bradon Wilson is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.

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