Google Fit is getting an early start on all those New Year’s resolutions.
The latest update to Google's fitness app brings a number of new features that can make it a more involved part of your workout routine. Google says the app now provides real-time stats for runs, walks, or bike rides while also tracking data like the speed, pace, route, and elevation of your journey.
Fit also pulls in data from a larger group of app and hardware partners to track your diet: MyFitnessPal, Fatsecret, Lifesum, and LoseIt are on the list. You can also track your sleep or other movements with Sleep as Android, Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 1S, Sony Smartband 2, or the Basis Peak.
Some of these features are already in Google's My Tracks app. But with Fit getting the bigger push, My Tracks could be on the way out.
There's also a new, digital watch face that joins an existing traditional face. Each offer a color-coded circle to indicate how active you've been that day.
There’s also a new series of workout challenges. You can push yourself to do more push-ups, sit-ups, squats, or other painful activities. Each of the challenges put you on a 30-day course to ramp up the number of physical feats you can perform. When you're punishing yourself, your Android Wear watch can track your progress.
Why this matters: Google Fit is slowly growing into a helpful hub for all your health and workout data. While these additions give Fit a more complete feature set, the app's main strength is how other fitness platforms can share their data with Fit, so all your information is stored in one place.
This story, "Google Fit update adds more workout tools, improved Android Wear integration" was originally published by Greenbot.