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Google Fit - Step up your fitness

Google Fit - Step up your fitness
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions has to be related to fitness. Most people want to be in shape, but getting on board is incredibly difficult. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle nowadays is incredibly difficult thanks to fast food and uncomfortable office furniture.

Eating better is the first step to improving one’s health, however there isn’t a valid replacement for physical exercise yet. We’ve seen various muscle stimulation gadgets advertised on television that use electrical current to activate your muscles, but we’ve yet to see anyone with rock-hard abs from using one of those. The fact is, if you want to maintain your body’s delicate balance, there is simply no replacement for good old exercise. With that out of the way, what happens if you want to modernize your exercising routine by tracking vital stats and patterns in order to get a more graphic representation of data? Google’s Fit app might be the perfect solution to that. Available on Play Store for free, it tracks physical activity and allows third party app integration. Let’s see how you can get started.

 

Google Fit


The basic premise behind Google Fit is tracking your activity using sensors built into nearly every smartphone on the market or through using a dedicated fitness band. Most people are looking for stats such as distance covered, calories burned, steps taken, and time spent exercising. What’s neat about Google Fit is that it automatically detects walking, running, or biking. You don’t have to go through extra steps to inform it about the aforementioned activities. If your routine involves sports such as weightlifting, yoga, basketball, swimming, and anything else that is difficult to track, Fit enables users to enter data manually so it can be included in the activity overview. All one needs to do is specify activity type, duration, date, and time.

 

Google Fit
 

Google Fit’s best feature is cross-integration with other fitness applications such as Android Wear, Nike+, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Lifesum, Basis, Sleep as Android, etc. Each mentioned app provides users with valuable data, however if you’re using more than one application to track your activities, juggling between them is tedious. The best solution naturally is too have all the data consolidated in one place and presented in a meaningful way. Like all Google apps, Fit is designed with tons of attention to detail and a straightforward user interface. The interface is clean, showcasing data in extremely understandable charts and graphs.

 

Google Fit
 

Maximizing Google Fit’s potential requires a fitness tracker or a smartwatch with fitness oriented features such as a heartrate monitor. Phones are a decent place to get started, however fitness oriented smartwatches offer much greater flexibility. For starters, you don’t have to carry around a smartphone when running or cycling because Fit has an Android Wear version available. Setting Fit as the default fitness tracker on your smartwatch will enable data sharing between your smartphone and smartwatch. The interface on Android Wear is very informative, allowing users to investigate activity in great detail.

 

Google Fit
 

Keeping track of all accomplishments is incredibly simple thanks to an inclusion of a web interface. We love the practicality of our smartphones, but when it comes to crunching the numbers, nothing beats the good old PC. In terms of maintaining a steady interest, we found it best to set goals in order to stay engaged. Routine exercise isn’t easy, so having any tool to help out with motivation is incredibly valuable. Setting goals that can be accomplished will leave you with a healthy dose of satisfaction each week and evoke a huge smile when you realize how much you’ve exercised.

 


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