Google Fit picks up new strength training tools, instant feedback, and more

Can you believe that it’s really been since all the way back in May that we’ve stopped and checked in with what’s new for Google Fit? Plenty of wearables have launched in the interim, and Fit has kept on doing its thing, helping users track their stats and use that data to gain insight about their workouts. But behind the scenes, Google’s been working on adding even more features to improve Fit’s usefulness, and today it finally pulls the curtain back on just what the app’s about to do next.

Fitness trackers have always been pretty good about gathering data about activities like running, but we don’t always think about what they can offer in terms of exercised designed for strength training. In this week’s new Google Fit update, Google lets you easily add sit-ups, push-ups, and squats to your daily challenge, tracking each one you perform and keeping you on-track for your goals.

We also see integration with sleep-tracking and diet apps, and adding this info to what Fit already monitors should help give users a more complete “big picture” look at their health.

Finally, there’s real-time feedback available on your phone, giving you at-a-glance stats and details on your route.

The updated Google Fit app is out now, and that integration with sleep and diet apps should be coming in the days to come.

Source: Google

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