Xbox Fitness console app now syncs with Microsoft Health

By Aditi Pai
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Microsoft HealthMicrosoft has updated the Xbox One console's fitness app, called Xbox Fitness, to sync with Microsoft Health, the cloud-based health integration platform that Microsoft launched with the Microsoft Band.

Xbox Fitness launched with Xbox's newest console, Xbox One, in November 2013. By early January 2014, the company reported that nearly 1.5 million people used the fitness app, which offers users workout videos from celebrity fitness trainers Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, Insanity’s Shaun T, and P90X’s Tony Horton.

In addition to playing the workout videos, the Kinect sensor on the Xbox One monitors the user and displays tips on the screen to help the user better match the trainer’s instructions. It also monitors the user’s heart rate using minute changes in skin pigmentation, and displays it on the screen.

At the time, the company said they aimed to take Xbox Fitness to other platforms, like smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Microsoft Health is available online and for iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones. It connects to the Microsoft Band as well as several other apps and devices including Jawbone, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, and MyFitnessPal. The platform also syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health devices like blood glucose monitors, weight scales, and other fitness and medical devices.

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft added a dozen new guided workouts to the Microsoft Health app. The workouts are stored in the phone, but users can download them into the band to get workout feedback right on their wrists.