Another year, another chance to restart, or in some people’s case, actually start. Instead of helping you come up with health-related resolutions, Google Fit instead wants to challenge you to challenge yourself. The 30-day challenge is designed to help you have a head start on getting fit for the new year ahead and it all begins on January 1, 2019 of course. The app, which was refreshed over the summer, will help you keep track of all your activities and therefore, your fitness goals, for the year.
Basically, the challenge, depending on the goal or goals that you set, is to earn yourself as many Heart Points as you healthily can over the course of 30 days. Obviously, your goals should go beyond 30 days so it’s just a start. If you don’t know it yet, Heart Points is a metric that Google is using to assess how much exercise you are able to do. For example, biking for 30 minutes will get you 30 Heart Points. The more rigorous the activity, the more points you get. The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommended physical activity per week is equivalent to 150 Heart Points.
In parts of the world where it is winter in January, Google has some recommended physical activities to still help you moving despite the weather. Things like sledding, shoveling snow off your backyard, skiing, brisk walking, and even spin class should help you earn Heart Points. Google Fit automatically detects and logs some of these activities but you can also log them in manually.
And because we all know how hard it is to do fitness activities, Google has also teamed up with 36 influencers from 9 countries who will show you how they are earning their Heart Points. To see them, follow the hashtag #GetFitWithGoogle on Instagram and YouTube and you can share your own and see how others are (struggling) working on theirs too.
If you haven’t tried Google Fit yet, you can download it from the Google Play Store. You can connect selected fitness trackers and other fitness apps to it too.