Manually Logging Your Workouts

If you're looking for information on Oura's Activity metrics, try starting with this Comprehensive Activity Guide.

Still have questions? Search for an answer below. 

The ring uses a 3D accelerometer for activity tracking which measures how your ring moves up and down, side to side, and back and forth. This system captures most of your daily activities well, however, all accelerometers have more difficulty with activities that involve limited hand movement in one direction (e.g, an elliptical, lifting weights), no hand movement (e.g., cycling), or intense movement that is isolated to your hands (e.g., drumming).

Learn more about how activity trackers measure movement in this New York Times piece.

When to Manually Log Workouts

Manual logging works best for workouts that don't require taking steps, such as cycling, yoga, or strength training. 

How to Manually Log Your Workout

To add a workout for the current day, tap the + button in the home view.

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Next, select "Add a workout".

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Find the appropriate workout from the ready-made list, or add a custom workout by selecting "Other".

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Next, enter the start time, duration and intensity of your workout. If you need help evaluating the workout intensity, you can see examples listed at the bottom of the view.

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Save your workout by tapping "Done". 

All your manually logged workouts are visible in the home view and in the activity detail view and daily movement graph. 

Things to Know

  • You can add and edit workouts only for the current day. 
  • Workouts can only be added once the ring has been synced with the app during the current day. 

 

Defining Your Workout Intensity

Oura shows your activity intensities as METs, metabolic equivalents. MET is a measure that expresses the energy expenditure and intensities of physical activities. The graph in the activity detail view shows your activities in three MET intensity categories: high, medium, and low. 

Each activity on the manual workout list has its own specific MET values. The MET value for your workout depends on whether your workout was easy, moderate or hard. For example, easy level strength training shows as low-intensity activity in the graph, whereas moderate level swimming shows as high-intensity activity.

For the activity category 'Other', Oura uses walking and running as the point of reference for evaluating the workout intensity. The METs are calculated accordingly.

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The MET calculations for manually added workouts are based on classifications available at Compendium of Physical Activities.

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