Google Fit Screenshot of 34 Heart Points and 5010 Steps

My car’s in the shop, so I had to take a Lyft to my dentist appointment.

Afterwards, I had a choice:

  • Hail another Lyft ride to get home (~$9 USD), or
  • Walk ~2 miles in 30-something °F to get my Heart Points/Steps for today

Sometimes the benefits of doing things the hard way outweighs the convenience of doing them the easy way. But you’ve got to pick and choose those opportunities wisely.

Renpho Scale & Google Fit Updates

Old Weight Watchers bio-impendence scale and new replacement Renpho scale, sitting in a cardboard box with lid propped open, juxtaposed on a wooden floor background.

It’s been a significant week in my health/physique transformation goals.

I’d been using an old Weight Watchers scale to track my weight/body fat loss, but began having issues with the bio-impedance functionality failing repeatedly during my weekly weigh-ins. I tried replacing the batteries, but that didn’t seem to successfully resolve the issue. Finally, after a frustrating morning of spending 15 minutes weighing and re-weighing myself just to get any data beyond my total body weight, I’d decided I’d had enough and ordered a replacement scale.

That’s where the “RENPHO Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App sync with Bluetooth” (what a mouthful) comes in. It measures more metrics than the older WW scale, uses a combination of Bluetooth connectivity and an Android app to update Google Fit, and the price was around $30 USD (after tax, free shipping).

Although the process of setting up a user account on RENPHO’s site was a little awkward– basically, the initial attempt timed out/failed, but the subsequent attempt told me my account already existed– but everything after that has just worked wonderfully. I’ve used it twice already, and the Android app seamlessly updates Google Fit after you grant it permission to do so once. You open the app on your phone, step on the scale and wait for it to do its bio-impedance scan (don’t do this if you’re pregnant or have implanted medical devices like a pacemaker, by the way) and everything else happens automatically so you can get on with your day.

And speaking of Google Fit, the most recent update adds heart and respiratory rate measurements to its features list. That missing heart rate data in particular was one of the few things which irritated me, but I wasn’t thrilled about dropping $200-300 USD on a watch, ring, what-have-you just to fill in that incomplete data. But with this latest Google Fit update, I just put a fingertip over the camera lens and hold still for less than a minute, and voila! It turns out my resting heart rate is comparable to what it was back in 2003, much to my surprise.