In 2018, WHO launched Global action plan on physical activity to help make more people active for a healthier world. With this line of action WHO is also leading global agenda on digital health.
In bringing both streams together, the WHO is working with Google to share health advice through new and innovative platforms. This is part of WHO’s broader ambition to work closely with the digital world to promote and protect the health of all people.
For improved health, the WHO recommends that adults, aged 18-64, should each week do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity, aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
Being physically active – from walking to work to cycling to school – can benefit health in many ways, from preventing hypertension, overweight and obesity, to improving mental health and overall well-being and quality of life.
Google fit app is used to track the physical activities of the users like walking or cycling to measure against the user’s fitness goals and provide a comprehensive view of their fitness.
Google has also introduced two rings to the Fit called Move Minutes and Heart Points. The Move Minutes tells you that it is important to move and sit less. The second metric is the Heart Points. It will give you credits for doing activities that get your heart pumping harder.
Dr Abhijeet Lodha, physician at Ruby Hall Clinic, said, “The app will ask you to take stairs instead of the elevator, or catching up with a friend over a walk instead of a coffee. While we are so dependent on technology, it will be interesting if these apps become popular and teach and discipline people on how to live a healthy life style.”