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

Next, select "Activity".

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

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

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.

Good to know

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

How to define the 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.

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

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