Earn Heart Points to stay healthy

To keep your heart healthy, the American Heart Association (AHA) and World Health Organization (WHO) encourage you to stay active. Each week, they recommend you do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. To help you follow these recommendations, Google Fit tracks your exercise in the form of Heart Points and Steps.

How to earn Heart Points

You get Heart Points from activities that increase your heart pumping. You can earn Heart Points from activities such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, taking exercise classes, or playing tennis. Make sure you track or log your activity.   

How Fit measures your activity

The method of measuring your activity depends on the devices you have and use. Google Fit uses your phone's sensors or a heart rate monitor to track your Heart Points and Steps.

Based on your heart rate

If you have a heart rate sensor on your Fit-compatible device, like a smartwatch, Google Fit calculates your Heart Points and Steps while you exercise.

To best track your heart rate, on your device, tap Start a workout.

  • One minute at a moderate intensity heart rate (50%-69%) = One Heart Point
  • One minute at a vigorous intensity heart rate (70% or higher) = 2 Heart Points

Tip: This is the percentage of your estimated maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate is based on the formula 205.8 - (0.685 x [your age, if provided]).

Wear OS devices have a heart rate zone gauge that ranges from positions such as Low, Moderate, or Intense. You can earn heart points when your heart rate zone is in the Moderate and Intense zones.

Based on motion detection

If you don’t have a heart rate sensor on your device, Google can still try to recognize the type of activity you’re doing.

  • Activity for more than one minute (at 30 steps per minute) = One Move Minute
  • One minute of cycling = One Heart Point
  • One minute of brisk walking (100 steps or more per minute) = One Heart Point
  • One minute of running (130 steps or more per minute) = 2 Heart Points

Converting exercise into points

Google Fit uses the following guidelines to convert your activity into Heart Points using Metabolic Equivalent of Task, or METs. You earn bonus points for vigorous activity.

  • One minute of any activity that is 3.0 to 5.9 METs = One Heart Point
  • One minute of any activity 6.0 METs or greater = 2 Heart Points

How long you should stay active

Google Fit gives you a Heart Point for each minute of activity you do. While the WHO and AHA recommend to stay active for at least 10 minutes, recent science suggests that any moderate to vigorous exercise is helpful, no matter how long you do it.

Add your last activity and find the points you earned

Based on your last exercise and the info you add, Fit can calculate your Heart Points. To add your last workout:

  1. On your phone, open the Google Fit app Google Fit.
  2. Tap Add Add data and then Add activity Activity.
  3. At the top, select your activity.
  4. Add how long you performed that activity. At the top, you’ll see how many Heart Points and Steps you earned.
  5. To go back without saving the workout, on the top left, tap Cancel Close menu.
  6. If you want to add this activity to your history, at the top, tap Save.

Check your points history

  1. On your phone, open the Google Fit app Google Fit.
  2. At the top, tap the number for your Steps or Heart Points.
  3. To see your points on different dates, at the top, select a day, week, or month.
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