Oura tracks all your daily movement and exercise with a 3D accelerometer, allowing you to get a good view of your overall daily activity, inactivity and energy expenditure.
The ring automatically captures activities such as walking and running, but for non-step based workouts, and workouts that don't require a lot of hand movement, you can use manual entry to further improve the accuracy of your Activity Score and daily calorie count.
When should I log workouts manually?
Manual logging works best for workouts that don't require taking steps, such as cycling, yoga, or strength training.
How do I log a workout manually?
To manually enter a workout for the current day, select Add an activity on the app timeline.
Find the appropriate workout from the ready-made list, or add a custom workout by selecting "Other".
Next, enter the start time and duration for the workout, and select whether this was a hard, moderate or easy workout for this particular type of activity.
Save the workout by tapping "Done".
All your manually logged workouts are visible on the timeline, in the activity detail view and daily activity intensity graph.
Note: You can add and edit workouts only for the current day.
How to define the workout intensity?
The Oura app 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.
When you add a workout manually from the pre-selected list, its intensity as METs has been pre-calculated. The METs depend on whether the workout was an easy, moderate or hard exercise for this particular type of a workout. For example, an easy level strength training shows as low intensity activity in the activity intensity graph, whereas a moderate level swimming training shows as high intensity activity.
For the activity category 'Other', the app uses walking and running as the point of reference for the workout intensity: was the workout as intensive as a brisk walk, jogging or fast running. The METs are calculated accordingly.
The MET calculations for manually added workouts are based on classifications available at Compendium of Physical Activities.