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Google Fit releases an update to create a better fitness experience

Google Fit–a very popular fitness tracking app–has announced an update that supports more aspects of fitness, the company announced on Thursday.

The update is being released for the Android mobile operating system, and it will now enable users to track walks, runs, and bike rides in real time–including how long the workout has lasted, how much distance you’ve covered, how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, what route you’ve taken, and what speed you’re travelling.

The Google Fit app will now be compatible with the Android Wear smartwatch–enabling users to track strength training. The software will be able to detect and track activities such as push ups, sit ups, and squats. It will then automatically add them to your daily workout stats.

The Google Fit app will now conveniently pair with a variety of popular nutrition and weight loss apps such as MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Fastsecret, and Lifesum.

Google has also added a very popular feature to the app: sleep tracking. You’ll be able to use Google Fit with the sleep tracker on the Android app and more activity trackers such as Sony SmartBrand 2, Basic Peak, and Xiamoi Mi Band.

Google is stating that the updated app will provide users with a better insight into their fitness and health, and the update will be available within the next couple of days.

The main selling points of Google Fit–according to the app’s page on Google Play–include the ability to:

  • “Effortlessly track any activity. As you walk, run, or cycle throughout the day, your phone or Android Wear watch automatically logs them with Google Fit.
  • Get instant insights. See real-time stats for your runs, walks, and rides. Google Fit will record your speed, pace, route, elevation, and more so you can stay motivated and on track.
  • Reach your fitness goals. Set goals based on steps, time, distance, calories burned. Receive personalized recommendations and coaching for activity goals.
  • Measure your wellness. Aggregates info from other apps to track fitness, nutrition, sleep, and weight: Android Wear, Nike+, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Lifesum, Basis, Sleep as Android, Withings, and Xiaomi Mi bands.
  • Check in from anywhere. Track your progress from your phone, tablet, the web ( and even your Android Wear watch.”

About Alyssa Knoop

Alyssa Knoop
Alyssa is a Communications student from Edmonton, Alberta. Her biggest passions are reading, writing, music, and oxford commas.