**Mar 2019 Update** Added video instructions on how you can make a copy of this dashboard and create + swap in your own Google Fit data. Thanks for requesting it!

Google Data Studio has a wonderful feature called Community Connectors, which I’ll talk about in more detail in another post. The basic premise is, with a bit of technical and API know-how, anyone can create their own data sets to connect to, and then allow others to connect using their accounts.

A newly released one that caught my eye was the Google Fit connector. I use the Google Fit app on my phone to track my steps, activity time and weight – but I’m not a big fan of how the app natively visualises the data.

But with the connector and Data Studio, I can build a dashboard to view the data on my terms and make it accessible to me wherever I am (one click and I can see it in my mobile browser). See the embedded dashboard below:

At the top I have some summary metrics and sparklines to track my immediate activity and progress. Below that are monthly aggregated figures, compared to the same period last year to see how I’m benchmarking against past activity. Lastly on the right hand side table enables me to work towards reaching my 90 minutes walking a day goal.

Have you used Data Studio’s community connectors yet? Would you like a copy of the dashboard above with your own Google Fit data in? Let me know in the comments below!

P.s. don’t be too worried about me being nearly 100kg at the time of me posting this. I’m 6’8″/2m tall, so my BMI is still ok, but I could definitely benefit from losing 5-10kg.

17 COMMENTS

  1. It’s amazing, thank’s for the post,

    I created a personalized dashboard but i’m missing my BPM from google fit. Is there a war to add it?

    Thank you,

  2. Hello David, I like your Dashboard. I played with it for a while and I also connected it with tons of data from my smart scales. One think still missing – have you figured out how to import calories from google fit? It is not in Studio datasets, but it is definitely in the Fit app (there is a choice to erase the calories dataset). Even if it would have to be exported and imported through file, it would be good.

    Thanks, Jan

    • Technically yes – you can use my dashboard as a template but add in multiple data sources to create more charts within the dashboard e.g. 2 users vs each other. I’ve now made a video with the steps on how to add in your own Google Fit data: http://bit.ly/2TapN84 Let me know how you go

    • The Google Fit data connector I use only has Activity, Steps and Weight data inside of it. However, the beauty of Data Studio is you can connect multiple data sources into 1 dashboard. If their Data Connector library doesn’t have the kind of data you’re looking for, you could look to record the data in Google Sheets and bring the data in that way. Hope that helps!

  3. Can you use it to pull and display heart rate data? I’d be interested in both displaying it on a graph with heart rate zones marked and in displaying time in zone figures, both on a per workout and daily/weekly aggregate basis.

    • The Google Fit data connector I use only has Activity, Steps and Weight data inside of it. However, the beauty of Data Studio is you can connect multiple data sources into 1 dashboard. If their Data Connector library doesn’t have the kind of data you’re looking for, you could look to record the data in Google Sheets and bring the data in that way. Hope that helps!

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