Checklist: Smart Moves Want to makes strides in your overall health and wellbeing? Google Fit may be the tech inspiration you need for a daily active lifestyle.
Posted on Aug 21, 2019 12:20pm

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According to the American Heart Association, as well as the World Health Organization, just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week is enough physical activity to reduce your risk of heart disease. And even small daily-routine changes, they say—taking the stairs instead of the elevator—will not only further lower your heart disease risk but increase your overall wellbeing.

With that in mind, say the folks at Google Fit, it's time to stop fretting about "getting your steps in" and get real about all the movement that matters. Focused simply on Heart Points and Movement Minutes, the handy Google Fit app—with the help of your Android phone or Wear OS by Google watch sensor—tracks both big increases in activity levels and smaller ones, using a point system that keeps you easily apprised of when you've met your daily goals.

The app gives you a Heart Point for each minute of moderate heart rate-increasing activity, like picking up the dog-walking pace, and doubles the points for the big beat-boosters like running or kickboxing. Additionally, you get Movement Points for less-strenuous activities, whether they’re part of your workout or a completely different aspect of your day. You can set Google Fit to assess points based on any type of exercise you prefer (Pilates, anyone?), and it's designed to coordinate with other fitness apps like Strava, Runkeeper, and Endomondo, so you won't miss any well-deserved credit.