It’s no secret that I adore wearable fitness trackers; at the moment, I have three an Oura Ring, a Whoop, and an Apple Watch. Even while I rely on my Apple Watch to keep track of my exercises and the time, and I find my Whoop numbers fascinating, the Oura Ring stands out—and in more ways than one.
It’s a sensible ring, to start. Not just any boring jewellery, but a hefty, glittering gold ring with flat edges that appears noticeably fashionable. Putting aside appearances, the Oura Ring has some very amazing abilities. The Oura Ring doesn’t require any manual input (aside from initial set-up), unlike most fitness and sleep trackers.
You simply wear it, it records your stats (sleep, activity, and readiness as determined by daytime heart rate, workout heart rate, blood oxygen, body temperature, and period prediction), and you can view them quickly in the app.
And those statistics are what spur me on more than ever before to open the app. Since its simple interface contains the solutions to all of my energy problems, I wear my Oura Ring almost constantly and have for the past eight months.
This is in contrast to my Apple Watch, which I rely on for time and activity tracking, and Whoop, which I adore for its journal prompts and activity motivation.
A Quick Look at Oura Ring Generation 3
Ring Sleep Tracker: a type of tracker.
Size and Fit: Eight sizes are available (you can request a sizing kit for accurate fit)
Life of battery: four to seven days
Features: Tracks sleep, daytime heart rate, exercise heart rate, and blood oxygen levels (among other things)
Your resting heart rate, amount of time spent in bed, and overall sleep quality are all measured.
In order to comprehend sleep efficiency, readiness, and activity better, it provides standard scores.
Your period can be predicted by it.
It is compatible with Google Fit and Apple Health.
Possibly the most fashionable sleep tracker available is this one.
Despite being fashionable (and lightweight), it is somewhat hefty in comparison to delicate rings.
Even though the REM sleep tracker examines sleep patterns in great detail, it isn’t always the most precise.
Pricey, but not significantly more expensive than the typical fitness or sleep tracker (unless you choose the Gucci x Oura collaboration, in which case, cha-ching!)
After the initial six-month free trial, a membership ($5.99/month) is required in order to use your ring.
It is not scratch-resistant.
Not all finger sizes are supported.
Rebecca Norris and Oura Ring
By permission of Rebecca Norris
At its essence, the Oura Ring Generation 3 is a sleep monitor. In order to assess your general level of preparation for the day, it considers your sleep, activity, body temperature, heart rate, and heart rate variability (HRV).
The Oura app assigns a score between 0 and 100 for each of the three major categories (Sleep, Activity, and Readiness), with 85 or higher being optimal (meaning you’re ready for action), 70 to 84 being good
(meaning you’re decently recovered), and below 70 earning a message to pay attention (which means you need to be aware of your level of alertness to avoid making mistakes or injuring yourself). Even when you’re napping, Oura can recognise it and add points to your Sleep and Readiness rankings.
These ratings might initially seem arbitrary, but with regular use, they quickly become guiding principles. This is mainly due to the fact that when you achieve an optimal score, you are awarded a crown, and if you achieve optimal scores in all three categories,
you are awarded a triple crown, which is displayed as three opaque blue dots on your calendar’s monthly view (where period prediction also exists, appropriately, as red circles within a three-day window; see below for more information).
Of course, the Oura Ring might not be all that interesting if you’re not into keeping track of things and don’t feel accomplished by getting such information. But for me, it makes a huge difference in whether or not I want to keep wearing it and getting information from it.
Let’s talk about period prediction as promised. The Oura Ring Generation 3 monitors your body’s temperature and records changes by highlighting deviations from your baseline or usual temperature.
It is said to be able to predict when your next cycle will be based on plus and minus readings. However, it also asks you on the app if your period has started yet, which it then considers while building your personal period prediction file.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to determine whether it is actually (and exclusively) based on temperature data or if it heavily relies on your most recent period. However, being able to see your due date on a calendar can be useful if you’re organising a trip or are just so busy that you forgot.
It’s important to note that many activists advise against using period tracking apps, and you can choose not to utilise period prediction within the Oura Ring app given the awful state of affairs regarding women’s reproductive rights in the United States.
The Oura Ring has additional features, such as guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep noises, and more, in addition to Sleep, Activity, and Readiness. It tracks your ring’s movement up and down, side to side, and back and forth using a 3D accelerometer. It really does everything.
Because the Oura Ring lacks a screen, using it effectively requires companion software. Having said that, it’s simple to use in terms of apps. The five major divisions are: Home, Readiness, Sleep, Activity, and Explore. Users can check their readiness score, sleep score, activity goal progress, heart rate, finished activities for the day, and bedtime from the night before on the Home screen.
Then, users can go through a more detailed overview of each category in the Readiness, Sleep, and Activity sections. The primary factors of Readiness are highlighted on the page, including resting heart rate, HRV, body temperature, and breathing rate.
The programme analyses factors like total sleep time, efficiency, restfulness, REM sleep, deep sleep, latency (also known as how quickly you fall asleep), and scheduling for sleep (how consistent your sleep is with your average bedtime and wake times).
Then, under Activity, it essentially keeps track of your level of activity (or lack thereof), your training load, and your recovery period. Overall, it offers you a lot to think about and makes it clear where you need to improve.
Fit and Size
Eight sizes (6–13) of the Oura Ring Gen 3 are available; it is made to snugly fit your finger. Three sensor-filled bumps are lined inside the ring, but they don’t protrude in a way that reduces the comfort of the ring.
The Oura Ring Generation 3’s larger design, although being quite light—almost imperceptibly so—reminds me of the nostalgic and massive BONBONWHIMS rings that are popular on TikTok.
I prefer to wear the Oura Ring on my forefinger because the middle finger feels a little awkward due to the silhouette. (That’s okay though; for the most accurate readings, the brand suggests wearing it on one of those two fingers.)
There are four hues available for the Oura Ring Generation 3: gold, silver, black, and stealth (a type of slate chrome). I adore my gold Oura Ring, which I now own.
It’s reasonable to say that my Oura Ring is sturdy because I wear it all day, every day, while I write, cook, exercise, and do other things. It is not, however, scratch-proof. The Oura Ring tracks sleep in its primary function, but it also monitors activity. I like to wear it to Orangetheory exercise classes and use it as a fitness tracker.
It has acquired numerous minor scratches as a result of grasping rough dumbbells during this process. The ring can combine with Apple Health to record essential data if you don’t want to take a chance on wear and tear.
Now that the ring has a workout heart rate monitor, I personally like to wear it all the time. The Oura Ring Generation 3 is water-resistant up to 100 metres, so you may shower in it, sweat in it, and swim in it. I only take it off to shower, but not out of necessity.
The battery can indeed last for between four and seven days, as Oura claims. A full charge, which takes less than an hour, still lasts me almost a full week even after I’ve worn it for about a year.
This is a significant improvement over my Apple Watch. Before frequent use, the battery would last a few days, but now it needs to be recharged every night.
What if a top-notch sleep monitor was covered up by a thin, stylish ring? Since the moment I put the Oura Ring Generation 3 on my finger, I’ve been a fan. It may be a bit bulky, and it frequently informs me that I’m getting little to no REM sleep,
which my WHOOP and a study by the research institute SRI International contest (and show that Oura’s sleep stage readings are only 60% accurate; for that reason, I consider tracking metrics a potential con), but overall, it’s very motivating.
I’m thankful for being able to observe firsthand how my body responds to different amounts of stress, sleep, and movement because it makes it simpler to determine when to push myself and when to ease off. Any upcoming updates to the features and notifications are eagerly anticipated by me.
Is Fitbit More Precise than Oura?
Similar tracking and software technologies are offered by both wearable gadgets. However, the Oura Ring and any Fitbit gadget differ most in terms of how you like to wear and use your fitness tracker. The Oura Ring is the answer if you want something discrete.
Oura Ring Charges a Monthly Price, Right?
The first six months of the Oura membership are free, while the subsequent months cost $5.99 each. Full access to the Oura app, including individualised insights and recommendations, guided audio sessions, educational materials, and more, is provided by the Oura Membership.
Your heart rate is monitored via Oura Ring.
Yes. The Oura Ring Generation 3 provides blood oxygen monitoring, exercise heart rate monitoring, daytime heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking (among other things).
How Much Does a Generation 3 Oura Ring Cost?
Starting at $299 for silver and black, stealth (a matte black), and gold are the most expensive options.
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