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Student stories: Setting goals and improving motivation with Google Fit

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Hi! I’m Liv! I’m a 3rd year student at Cardiff University and I’m also the Western Area Coordinator for the BPSA. I’m currently isolating with my family and revising for my end of year exams. Other than that, there’s not a lot to do! To break up my day, and to burn off all the quarantine calories, I have been trying my best to stay fit and workout.

For the past few weeks, I have been using the Google Fit app to track and log my workouts, activities and steps. I also found out recently that I can link the Google Fit app to other apps that I have been using, such as the ‘Fastic Fasting App & Intermittent Fasting Tracker’.

I’m not usually one for using apps because I forget to input my data and struggle to work it around my daily routine but now I have so much spare time, I no longer have any excuses! I’m trying my best to remember to use the Google Fit app daily and this is getting more cemented into my routine as the days go on.

The Google Fit app tracks your daily calories burned, your daily steps, distance travelled and your move minutes. Currently today I am only on 12 move minutes, proof that I have spent most of the day doing absolutely nothing… it’s an excellent way to kick yourself up the butt and get you moving!

You can also input your sleep patterns, heart rate and weight to keep on top of that all-important data. My favourite feature is the ‘Heart Points’ that you can earn for doing different activities. Every time you record an activity, alongside increasing your calories burnt, move minutes and steps, you get rewarded Heart Points! The greater the intensity of the exercise, the more Heart Points rewarded.

The app is also connected to the World Health Organisation and is currently notifying me of ways to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus.

Google Fit is making me more aware of my daily activity and allows me to set goals to motivate myself. I’ve learnt that even small amounts of exercise contribute to a good number of Heart Points that has a big impact on my overall wellbeing. It’s easy to use and most of its features run in the background, so don’t necessarily require you to regularly input data.

There are several similar apps out there, so do a little research and decide which one works best for you. It is never too late to start!

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