Should You Combine Oura Ring and Apple Watch for Fitness?

There are so many different options that you have for tracking your workouts, daily activities, sleep and diet these days, that the options are impressive. If you’re an iOS fan, then you’ve likely already done your homework on the new Apple Series 7 watch, and you probably already are using a late model iPhone to connect it to. But one thing you may not have considered is pairing your Apple watch with another popular device: the Oura Ring.

Here’s why more people are doing just that.

Benefits of Using Oura Ring

The Oura ring is a popular activity and sleep tracker that has made waves in recent years, edging its way to viral popularity among smart device fitness enthusiasts. It is stylish, durable, and reliable, using infrared sensors to communicate to a corresponding app. The ring looks nearly like any other, and most people wouldn’t guess that it’s a smart device when seeing it on a finger. It can be taken for a swim, worn at the gym, in the shower and so forth.The Oura ring is available in Heritage with different styling options determined by the end user (a popular one is the grey matte finish). The company has recently announced Oura Ring 3.0 which offers a host of new and improved tracking measures, including HR and blood oxygen as well.

Before you can get your Oura ring, the company will send you a sizing kit. These include various plastic rings that you wear to determine which size is the best for your preference. Oura does advise that new users test these plastic rings for at least a day to be certain the sizing is proper. Once you’ve determined the correct size, your ring is shipped out.

The ring features infrared sensors that measure and report things like your heart rate, respiration rate and body temperature to the corresponding Oura app. A built-in accelerometer can track your movement during sleep, and can even identify different stages of sleep you’ve had, including light, deep and REM.

Oura also tracks things like steps, walking distance, calories you’ve burned and more. It helps you better understand your own health and fitness goals using a three-stage system that rates them based on: Activity, Readiness and Sleep. These different stages and your personal model are presented in various charts, which include trends and more.

Combining Oura Ring with Apple Watch

You can combine Oura Ring and Apple Watch for fitness, and there are a few ways that both can benefit your regiment. The Oura Ring 3.0 does feature daytime HR tracking but may not be ideal for activities such as golfing, cycling, weightlifting and or anything where the ring itself becomes a burden to wear during the activity.

Under these circumstances, the Apple watch makes sense to add, so you can get a clearer picture of your daily numbers. On the other side of the coin is the fact that most people don’t use the Apple Watch to track sleep because the battery life isn’t good enough to wear all day and night. Combining the two can give you a more usable, 360-degree solution.

Apple takes things to the next level, and like the Oura ring, offers blood oxygen level tracking and a heart rate monitor, with added features like a bedtime reminder, wake up reminder and more, but it doesn’t monitor your sleep cycles. Instead, you can use the in-depth information you gather from your Oura ring to have a deeper understanding of your sleep cycles, helping you improve your rest and physical health over time.

The watch’s built-in heart rate monitor comes in handy as well because the Oura ring only reads out on an app, which isn’t ideal when you’re in the middle of a cardio workout. Additionally, the Apple Watch allows you to take an ECG and tracks this information in the Health app in real time. Another thing to consider is that the Apple Watch can gently buzz you with added benefits of detailed displays, readouts and more vivid reminders that help you stay the course with your workouts.

Oura & Apple Health Sync

Another benefit to using Oura Ring and Apple Watch for fitness is that both of these devices are able to sync and share data in Apple Health.

According to Oura, the following data is shared when synced to Apple Health:

  • Sleep Analysis – this includes both in bed and asleep times.
  • The calories you’ve burned by walking, training, or doing other activities (activity burn), excluding your BMR.
  • Average respiratory rate from the night
  • Average nighttime resting heart rate
  • Presence sessions from Moment
  • Weight
  • Height

Imported From Apple Health to Oura

Oura also says that these following features can be imported from Apple Health to Oura:

  • Workouts (Steps & Walking + Running Distance cannot be imported into Oura)
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Calories

Sync Oura & Apple Watch to Modo Bio

Modo Bio and the Apple 6 watch combine to help you make the most of your health and fitness goals. We connect you, your wearable data, a dedicated health team and those you love on one platform… all so you can work together, set goals and achieve your best health yet.
Modo Bio also syncs with Oura Ring to help you improve your entire sleep regiment. Connect with providers on our platform to use the biodata from Oura Ring to learn how you can:

– Improve sleep hygiene
-Better maintain a consistent bedtime
-Set a bedtime alarm
-Better maintain a consistent wake time
-Get more morning sunlight
-Improve your daily exercise routine
-Get more steps into your day
-Create daily goals
-Manage your sleep journal
-Stick to your goals with strong social connections

Best in Class: Apple 6 Watch Wellness and Fitness Capabilities Are Astounding

The Apple Watch 6 is still rolling big more than a year after its initial launch date, which touted impressive wellness and fitness functionality, and vast hardware improvements, including a S6 System in Package (SiP) and an always-on altimeter, to name a few. Undoubtedly, the Apple Watch 6 is a technologically advanced, high-tech wearable device with a strong emphasis on personal wellness. As such, it has been well-embraced by fans and critics.

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, accurately described the device prelaunch by stating: “Apple Watch Series 6 completely redefines what a watch can do. With powerful new features, including a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, Apple Watch becomes even more indispensable by providing further insight into overall well-being.”

Blood Oxygen Sensor and App

One of the most lauded additions to the newest generation of Apple Watches is the blood oxygen sensor and app. This new sensor feature can monitor the saturation of oxygen in a user’s bloodstream, delivering pertinent vitals and information (via the corresponding Health app) to help users improve their personal wellness.

The sensor measures SpO2, or the saturation of oxygen in the blood, representing the percentage of oxygen that is being delivered to the lungs and the body via red blood cells. The advanced oxygen sensor relies on clusters of infrared LEDs as well as photodiodes that work to measure light reflected from blood. Using custom algorithms, the watch can deliver real-time blood oxygen level measurements, as well as tracking these levels during activity, inactivity, and sleep.

Users are then able to monitor their stats via the corresponding Health app, which gives them detailed statistics and graphs illustrating their levels over set periods of time.

Sleep Tracking

In addition to impressive blood oxygen level tracking, the Apple Watch 6 offers an array of other wellness-focused features, including sleep tracking and monitoring. To use sleep tracking, Apple does require that your battery level be at 30% or greater to ensure that the watch has enough power to last the duration of your slumber.

The sleep tracking feature lets users set their bedtime in the watch or via the Health App. It tracks the number of hours that a user sleeps as well as their heart rate during their sleep session. All this information is relayed over to the Health app to give users a better, if not limited, understanding of their sleeping habits.

Adding to this feature set is something Apple calls “Wind Down” – a pre-bedtime feature that sends you notifications on when it is time to start getting ready for your nightly sleep. Of course, Apple lets you pair your favorite playlists, viewing lists or reading lists with this feature to help you prepare your brain (and body) for some shuteye.

When it is time to wake up, the watch sends you gentle reminders, vibrations, and soothing morning music (which also goes to your synced phone) to give you a gentle nudge up the next day. It is important to note that the sleep tracker does not track different cycles of sleep like REM, or other stages of sleep, and isn’t designed for that.

Handwashing Detection

It was only a matter of time – all things considered from the happenings of the past two years – before a handwashing feature would be destined to be added to a smart device for end users. So, it comes as no surprise that Apple is the first to the finish line with theirs.

This automated wellness feature in Apple Watch 6 immediately senses whenever your hands are underneath a faucet in a sink. It then starts a timer that encourages or reminds you to keep washing and lathering them for 20 seconds. Of course, the Health app also tracks this data for users, letting them know about trends in their hand washing routine, including instances where they failed to wash their hands long enough to sanitize them.

Other Wellness Features

The above features are not the only health and wellness features that you’ll find in this watch, it actually has quite a few.

Here are a few others you’ll want to know about:

  • Heartrate Monitor: This watch comes with a built-in heart rate app that will monitor your heart rate in real-time. It will notify you periodically (depending on your settings) about your current or past heart rate, including giving you options to compare it versus latent and physical periods of your day.
  • ECG: You can take an ECG, electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart rhythm, with this watch. To do so, merely access the Health app and select: Health Data > Heart > Electrocardiogram. AN ECG takes about 30 seconds to complete, with data sent to your app to monitor it.
  • Hearing Protection: Varying exposure to different decibels of noise can damage your hearing over time, and in some cases can lead to loss of hearing. Using the Noise app, your watch can not only measure the noise levels around you, and anywhere else you may go, but it will also warn you if the noise is loud enough to cause damage to your ears.
  • Track Menstrual Cycles: A complementing feature to the one that already comes with your iPhone, the watch will also track your menstrual cycles, with the ability for you to keep a real-time menstrual journal (on your phone/in-app) that helps you predict and prepare for your next cycle.
  • Track Your Workouts: Of course, Apple Watch 6 will track your workouts, with a variety of options for tracking activities ranging from running to dancing to strength training, and nearly everything in between.

Connect Your Apple Watch 6 to Modo Bio

Modo Bio and the Apple 6 watch combine to help you make the most of your health and fitness goals. We connect you, your wearable data, a dedicated health team and those you love on one platform… all so you can work together, set goals and achieve your best health yet!