Fitness is cardinal in today’s time when people spent thousands and millions on their body throughout their lifetime to achieve a healthy body, reduce fat, to get slim, to get flexible and what not. Although not everyone is like that but a majority of people are obsessed with analyzing their fitness regime by counting the number of variations, number of reps and if you are doing cardio exercises, calorie count, distance covered, time spent are just a few of the parameters that dictate if a person has successfully achieved it’s daily goal or not.
Well, there are plenty of apps that can help ascertain parameters such as distance covered, steps, duration, speed, etc. I personally love Google Fit since I use it every day when I am at my gym or while moving somewhere or say anywhere since it is an app in your phone and a phone is something people never forget to carry. Here’s what I think about Google Fit and it will double as your second opinion before choosing a fitness app since the home screen on a smartphone is a hot commodity in the app world where every app is fighting for it.
The startup process
Now, when you download the Google Fit app from the Play Store or App Store for iPhone users. Once it is installed, it will prompt the user to enter the credentials and login since it is Google and everything you do on any Google app resonates everywhere where you use the same Google email address.
Once you sign up, you need to enter the height and weight so that the app can calibrate accordingly. You can enter the weight and height at intervals so that the app knows about your vital stats from time to time while you get to have a glimpse at what your stats have been over the course of fitness regime that you have been following post downloading this app.
There are basically three tabs that you can toggle from the bar situated on the bottom of the screen. The tabs are Home, Journal, and Profile where each has its own features and others.
This is the homepage of the app where you can have a glimpse on your activities i.e. ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’ display right away. It ‘Move Minutes’ is the term used by Google Fit to describe how much time you took to move while the ‘Heart Points’ basically track your activities all-over as tracks your both light and intensive activities according to which, you know if you have earned the target set by WHO and AHA or not which is the basic that every human being should achieve to live a happening life.
Then we have the total steps taken today, calorie burnt and kilometer covered. Although Google Fit is pretty awesome in counting the number of steps or the distance covered, it tends to fall out on the calorie burnt since it sums up the calories burnt during activities performed while it also keeps tracks of calories burnt at rest or when there is no motion while could be little misleading if not totally.
There is a ‘+’ button on the bottom left side of the screen while opens menu like ‘Add blood pressure’, ‘Add weight’, ‘Add an activity’, ‘Track workout’. Although the app tracks activities by itself, you can initiate the app to track your workout session using the feature called ‘Track Workout’. The previous app has only a few options but the latest update for Google Fitness has bought a slew of workouts like weightlifting, windsurfing, Zumba, treadmill walking or running, volleyball, etc. Since the algorithm for tracking these activities is different based on how it is performed or played, etc, it enables the app to track workout at a real-time and as close to the reality as an app can. For example, if you are playing tennis, you may not get an option to select tennis on other apps before tracking the session but you have an option to do the same thing on Google Fit.
What’s the point of a fitness app if you aren’t keeping a tab on your activities. The Journal tab on Google Fit keeps a tap on activities performed from the date you installed and started using the app. The sessions are complete with all the parameters, calories burnt, steps taken, etc so that you can mark your improvements using the data taken a month ago for instance.
This is basically the center where you can tweak the Gmail account in use. You can also sync the account with other devices to get detailed data which is something Google is known for. Next is an option to set up activity goals where you can tap on the Move Minutes and Heart Points to increase or decrease your daily quota or goal. Next, you can alter the weight and height to keep the app informed about yourself so that it can calibrate properly and track sessions at real-time and as close as possible.
Google Fit tracks the calories that you burned while doing any activity and when you are you at rest. It tracks the distance you covered and since there are various activities to select from, the app can produce the data accordingly. It also tracks the duration of any and every activity and the time and finally, it tracks the steps taken.
It has a heart rate counter that works using Smartwatch paired with it. Google Fit is compatible with a slew of smartwatches so that you can simply pair it up and track your progress and heart rate and more.
Apart from the distance and steps counter, the calorie counter dictates the calorie burnt but it tends to track the calorie at rest which could be little misleading as aforementioned. But you can always track the calories that you burnt on individual sessions and subtract the overall calories to get a somewhat real count.
Google Fit has recently received an update which changed its look and various features. First, it was a little colorful but now, it is white-washed which isn’t bad. But the thing that matters is that it doesn’t give input on the location on a map since the update used to trace the route you took on a map which may not have any use but it was still a great feature.
You can’t expect any app to track 100% of your workout because there’s always something or the other that it will skip somehow. The other day, I used the Mi Band to track my workout and found out that the band calculated 2000 steps while running on a treadmill but only 200 and 300 steps when using the stepper and cycling for the same duration.
Thus, you can’t expect Google Fit to be 100% accurate but at least it tracks most of the data which is almost near accurate. Since it is from Google, you can expect it to receive endless updates and upgrades with new features and add-ons in the coming weeks.
Data availability: 10/10
Current app update: 5/10
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