Earn Heart Points to stay healthy

To keep your heart healthy, the American Heart Association and World Health Organisation encourage staying active. Each week, they recommend that 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 Move Minutes.

How to earn Heart Points

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

How to earn Move Minutes

You get Move Minutes from any activity that gets you moving. Examples include yoga, dancing, gardening or household chores. If you go for a walk, you’ll earn a Move Minute every time you take at least 30 steps within 60 seconds.

How Fit measures your activity

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

Based on your heart rate

If you have a heart rate sensor on your Fit-compatible device, such as a smartwatch, Google Fit calculates your Heart Points and Move Minutes while you exercise.

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

  • 1 minute at a moderate intensity heart rate (50%-69%) = 1 Heart Point
  • 1 minute at a vigorous intensity heart rate (70% or higher) = 2 Heart Points

Note: 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]).

Based on motion detection

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

  • Activity for more than 1 minute (at 30 steps per minute) = 1 Move Minute
  • 1 minute of cycling = 1 Heart Point
  • 1 minute of brisk walking (100 steps or more per minute) = 1 Heart Point
  • 1 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.

  • 1 minute of any activity that is 3.0 to 5.9 METs = 1 Heart Point
  • 1 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 that you do. While the WHO and AHA recommend staying 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 see the points that you earned

Based on your last exercise and the info that 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 Add 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 Move Minutes 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 Move Minutes or Heart Points.
  3. To see your points on different dates, at the top, select a day, week or month.
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