Google Fit removes step goal | Is your 10,000 step goal worth it?

Google Fit removes step goal | Is your 10,000 step goal worth it?


Rather than encouraging their users to hit 10,000 steps a day, Google Fit is now turning their attention to the amount of time people spend exercising. 

This change comes from an investigation by medical journalist Michael Moseley and Professor Rob Copeland into whether or not the 10,000 steps a day goal was really worth it. 

Their BBC One documentary, The Truth About Getting Fit, revealed that engaging in short bursts of moderate to vigorous exercises is more beneficial than aiming to hit 10,000 steps. 

The new features on Google Fit, replacing the 10,000 step goal are Move Minutes and Heart Points. 

Move Minutes will focus on encouraging the user to spend more time moving and can be gathered by simply talking the stairs or parking further down the car park than usual. 

Heart Points, on the other hand, will track more vigorous activity so your gym session doesn’t go uncelebrated. 

The question is, will this change help with the fact 1 in 4 of us are not spending enough time exercising according to a recent report from WHO? 

By encouraging users to increase their time spent exercising, Google Fit is definitely taking steps in the right direction (excuse the pun) when it comes to helping people hit to recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. 

Do you aim for 10,000 steps a day or are you more interested in how much time you spend exercising? 

Let us know what you think in the comments below.  


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