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Everything you need to know about the Google Fit fitness app


Fitness apps and wearables have become one of the most popular technologies for users in recent times, with many features that help track physical fitness and health, the most popular of which is the simple-focused Google Fit app, such as helping to set your goals based on your physical activity in a very easy way.

What is Google Fit and how does it work?

There are a lot of fitness apps on the market now, some of which come with too many features that require a special guide to know them, while some have a simple, uncomplicated design, and then we find that the application (Google Fit) falls into the last category, depending on how you use it you may find that the application is one of the best applications, or it is just a simple application that helps you to track your health and fitness.

As for how to use, after entering basic data about yourself in the app, which includes: gender, date of birth, weight, and height, you'll see the app's two main activity metrics: Move Minutes, and Heart Points, right after that you'll see the app's home screen.

You find three main sections of the Google Fit app:

Home : Here you can get an overview of today's activities — weekly and monthly data are available — and health metrics, including: movement minutes, heart points, steps you've taken, calories burned, mileage, heart rate, weight, recent workouts, sleep, and YouTube tutorials.

Journal: This section can be referred to as an agenda that shows you a simple and passable list of all your recorded activities, whether it's a short distance or a long swim activity.

Profile: In this section, you can adjust the features (movement minutes) and (heart points) as well as personal information.

The Google Fit app also has a Dark Mode feature, which helps you save battery power, applying app-level mode with a dark gray background with green and blue accents on every page you move to in the app.
What are the movement minutes and heart points in the app and how do you use them?


Google Fit deals with things differently from other fitness apps, where you can still check common metrics, such as heart rate and a number of steps, but at the same time makes them meaningful.

Google has worked with the American Heart Association to include two features in the app based on the heart association's activity recommendations, to teach users valuable ways to maintain their health, namely:

Move Minutes: Google aims to include this feature in the app to make it easier to understand your workout results by earning extra minutes of movement for every physical activity you engage in, such as walking, running, swimming, and yoga.

Heart Points: With this feature you can earn extra points when performing physical activities at a higher pace, earning one heart point per minute when exercising moderate intensity, such as: brisk walking, while earning double points if you're engaged in more intense activities, such as running long distances.

What are compatible apps?


Although Google Fit is itself a fitness app, you can read it with any other fitness app, why?

For example, if you're using a wearable device to track your workouts through another app like Strava, but at the same time you find that the metrics provided by The Minutes of Movement and Heart Points are useful, you can connect your Google Fit account to the Strava app to automatically transfer your fitness data to Google Fit.

There are a lot of popular apps compatible with the app, you can check them in the Google Play Store via this link, in addition, you can schedule frequent exercises, such as running, hiking, or yoga using the app through the Google Calendar app, which is a great way to integrate them into your schedule if you use (Google Calendar) basically to follow your daily tasks.

What are compatible devices?


There is a lot of fitness and health trackers that are compatible with Google Fit, most of which are on Wear OS, such as smartwatches, but remember that the data the app records will depend on the watch you use.

For example, the app won't be able to record heart rate data if you're using a smartwatch that doesn't have a heart rate sensor meter, but if you're using an independent heart rate sensor, such as a chest strap or armband, you can connect this device to the app for heart rate data.
Do you need an app if you already have a compatible device?

Smartwatches and fitness trackers don't have large screens, making it more difficult to display detailed physical activity information, so installing the app on your smartphone will ensure you get as much data as possible, too, if you want to link your app account to another fitness app that isn't available in your smartwatch, you should install the app in your phone.
What are the main drawbacks of Google Fit?

The power of Google Fit is simple, as it's basically a way to track physical activity and health in a very simple way, but the biggest missing aspect of the app is its support for social media sites and communities where you can reach people with similar thinking to help you and motivate you to continue your activities.

The app also lacks training programs, and although it's an advanced feature that isn't available in all fitness apps, it can sometimes be considered necessary, so instead of getting specialized training programs from professionals, you get links to youTube videos.