Connecting to Health

To start sharing your Oura data with Apple's Health app, enable Connect with Health in the Oura iOS app settings. 

Currently Oura can export the following data to Health.

  • Sleep Analysis - This includes both 'in bed' and 'asleep' times.
  • Resting Heart Rate -  Night-time resting heart rate
  • Active Energy - The calories you've burned by walking, training or doing other activities (activity burn), excluding your BMR.
  • Respiratory rate - Average respiratory rate from the night
  • Weight
  • Height

Oura can import the following data from Health.

  • Workouts
  • Weight
  • Height

After you’ve connected to Health, you can control what you import and export from within the Health app.

Import your workouts from Health

Oura supports importing workouts from Health. If you’re using another app to track your training sessions, and have synced it with Health, your workout will automatically appear in your home and activity views – just allow workout imports when installing or updating the Oura app. Note: the Oura app syncs workouts only for the current day. 

If the workout imported from Health includes calorie data, it’ll be added to Oura's activity burn and total burn calculations. Note: if the imported workout includes calorie data, you can't manually edit the data in the Oura app. You can edit it in the original app.

If calorie burn data from Health is unavailable, you can manually adjust the workout intensity in the Oura app to get a better estimate of your calorie burn. The default intensity for the workout is 'moderate'. 

Known issues

If you import the same workout to Health from multiple devices/sources, the Oura app shows the workout twice in the home view. It won't affect your daily calorie calculations: active calories are added to calculations only once (the import with higher amount of active calories).

How calories from imported workouts are calculated

Sometimes you might notice differences in the calorie calculations between Oura and other fitness trackers. 

When tracking your exercise, Oura logs your active calories. These calories only include the extra calories you burn during exercise, and not your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR, i.e. the calories you would burn anyway while resting). 

Some other fitness trackers and health apps calculate both active calories and BMR. As a result, their calorie burn value may be slightly bigger compared to the value given by Oura.

Here's an example for a moderate intensity 30-minute run for a 35-year old woman (126 lb/57kg, 5 ft 5 in/164 cm).

Oura

  • Active calories: 216 cal
  • Total calorie burn from workout: 216 cal

Other health apps

  • Active calories: 216 cal
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (30 min): 28 cal
  • Total calorie burn from workout: 216 + 28 = 244 cal

Fitness trackers that take BMR into account when calculating calorie burn for a workout will export this calorie count to Health. In our example, a manually added activity in Oura would add 216 calories to your total daily calorie burn, while a workout tracked with a fitness tracker and imported into the Oura app would add 244 calories to your daily calorie burn.

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