Active Calorie Burn vs. Total Burn

Active calorie burn and total burn are distinctly different. The difference between the two is explained in this article.

Active Calorie Burn

Active calorie burn is an estimate of the calories you burn over the course of the day through exercise or other activity. It captures the calories you've burned while walking, training, or partaking in other physical activities.

Tracking your active calorie burn can help you balance your activity output and calorie intake. Active calorie burn can be found on your home and Activity tabs and appears as the numerator in your Activity Goal Progress.


If you’re looking to boost your Activity levels in general, or achieve higher fitness goals, monitoring active calorie burn by paying attention to your Activity Goal Progress may help. When this numerator is higher, it means you’ve engaged in more intentional movement and activity. Paying attention to the days when your active calorie burn is higher can also help you recognize the need for additional recovery time and proper refueling through nutrition and hydration.

Total Burn

Total burn, on the other hand, is the total number of calories you burn over the course of a full day, resting or otherwise. This consists of what it takes to sustain your body (your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR) and any calories on top of that (active calories burned) that result from movement like walking or jogging.

Total burn can be found on your Activity tab, above your step count.


Keep in mind that if you don’t wear your ring while exercising or engaging in physical activity, your active calorie burn may be slightly off. This is why we recommend manually adding workouts or importing your workouts from Apple Health or Google Fit to ensure that your active calorie burn is reflective of the efforts you’ve put forth (if you decide to not wear your ring while partaking in specific physical activities).

Please follow the links to gain a better understanding of how to get set up with each of these features.

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