The Google Fit app for iOS offers everything the Android version has to offer, including minutes of movement and cardio points that help you build smarter, healthier habits throughout the day.
Last year, Google updated its Google Fit health and workout monitoring platform for Android devices, “translating the science behind physical activity into two simple and intelligent activity goals”: Motion minutes and Cardio points. Now, the Google Fit app becomes available to more people with the new app for Apple iOS devices.
Move Minutes and Heart Points help build smarter, healthier habits throughout the day. The more you move, the more minutes of movement you earn. The more you move, the more cardio points you earn. And the more heart points you earn, the closer you get to achieving the recommended amount of weekly physical activity to achieve health benefits. In fact, being more physically active in everyday life can help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep and increase overall mental health.
To keep fit it is important to have a less sedentary and more active life. You can gain minutes of movement for all activities and find the motivation to make healthier little changes throughout the day, such as taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator or meeting with friends for a walk instead of a coffee. Activities that increase heart rate bring great benefits to heart and mind health, so you earn one cardio point for every minute of moderate activity, for example if you increase your gait when you take your dog for a walk, and twice as many points for more intense activities such as running.
REMEMBER: A 30-minute quick walk a day, five days a week, is enough to achieve the amount of physical activity recommended by the AHA and WHO organizations.
Monitoring your progress throughout the day should be simple and easy. Regardless of the apps or devices you use to monitor your workouts, sleep and general well-being, Google Fit collects data in a single place. Google Fit can display information from many of your favorite apps and devices compatible with the Apple Health app to give you a complete picture of your health status, so you can always keep track of your progress: including Lifesum, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Headspace and more.
Apps that connect to Apple Health, such as Sleep Cycle, Nike Run Club and Headspace, synchronize with Google Fit to provide a holistic view of your health status and show you the heart points and minutes of movement you earn through other activities. And if you own an Apple Watch or smartwatch with Google’s Wear iOS operating system, Google Fit keeps track of your training sessions. All activity data is collected in the in-app diary, where you can also find personalized tips and a workable training plan, such as changes to recommended goals based on your activity.