Love Your Heart: Use A Bicycle Daily For “Heart Points”

Android devices have a neat feature called Google Fit. Google Fit has teamed up with the World Health Organization to produce two activity goals: Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Move Minutes are basically defined as minutes when you’re being physically active. Heart Points are awarded for every minute of moderate activity like “a brisk walk that’s over 100 steps per minute”. Two Heart Points are awarded for every minutes of more intense workouts.

Why Does This Matter?

People are not active enough. The World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, or a combination of both every week.

Sound like a lot? It might be if you have to go out of your way to make time for activity. It’s not so difficult when you integrate bicycles as transport.

Google Fit counts a minute of modest cycling as 1 Heart Point. If a bicycle is used just for commuting for 5 days per week, 30 minutes per day, you would only have to travel for 15 minutes each way to meet the minimum amount of recommended exercise. Using a bicycle for additional transport trips such as shopping and other errands — including going to the gym — is a bonus.

For Valentines Day, show yourself some love. Consider how to integrate a bicycle as transport into your life to earn points for your own heart. The Bikeport offers Cycling Courses that can help with this goal.

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