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This article was published on January 6, 2017

Google Calendar wants to help you lose all that holiday weight with new fitness features

Google Calendar wants to help you lose all that holiday weight with new fitness features
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get in shape, you might find Google Calendar handy, thanks to its latest update.

Last April, the company added a Goals feature, which allowed users to set targets like ‘Hit the gym thrice a week’ or ‘Practice guitar for 20 minutes a day’. It’s clever enough to reschedule your sessions if you have other appointments at the same time.

Now, the service is integrating with Google Fit and Apple Health, so it can follow your fitness activity from your phone and track your progress within the app. Once it’s connected to either of them from your phone (and by extension, to your fitness app of choice), it’ll automatically mark your goals as ‘done’ when you complete your scheduled workouts.

There’s also a new visual performance tracker to show you how far along you are with each of your goals. Plus, Calendar will get even better at rescheduling your goal times by monitoring when you actually begin exercising, based on your fitness activity. With that, the app should be able to help you find the best times to work out without interrupting your schedule.

The new features are available on Google Calendar’s Android and iOS apps. Let us know how you get on with them in the comments.

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