MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – An update to the Google Fit exercise app now features heart health tracking goals, based on recommendations from leading health organizations. “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,” wrote Margaret Hollendoner, head of product for Google Fit, in a recent blog post about the update. She said the new Google Fit is centered around two simple and smart activity goals based on AHA and WHO activity recommendations shown to impact health: Move Minutes and Heart Points. Users can earn Move Minutes for all activity and get motivated to make small, healthy changes throughout the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Heart Points will give the user points for heart-pumping activities. When you’re walking, running or biking throughout the day, Google Fit will automatically detect activities like walking, running or biking using phone or watch sensors to estimate the number of Heart Points earned. It will also calculate the number of Heart Points or Move Minutes earned from other activities. Google Fit also features an exercise journal to track activities, achievements and goal progress across other fitness apps.
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