How Do I Add Workouts to Oura to Make Every Activity Count?

By Lokesh Jaral | Updated on June 5, 2024
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Sometimes, I dash off to the gym and realize I’ve left my Oura Ring behind, or I’m halfway through a workout when I notice my ring’s battery is dead. It’s frustrating, right? I mean, if it’s not tracked, did it even happen? I used to get a little anxious about my Readiness Score taking a hit because of this.

But those days are behind me! I’ve figured out how to manually add my workouts to Oura. Honestly, it’s not just about the steps. It’s about acknowledging the sweat, the effort, the heart-pumping action, and the energy I’ve put in. And there is real happiness in seeing my efforts translated into my Oura app’s crisp, clear graphs and stats.

Now that I’ve got it figured out, let me guide you through the steps. It will ensure everything is captured for you as well. 

Add Workout to Oura on iOS & Android

Here’s how I add a workout on both platforms:

  1. Launch the Oura app on your smartphone.
  2. Click on the + Plus icon in the bottom right corner of the Home tab.
Add Work Out To Oura - Tap On Plus Icon
  1. Click Add a Workout.
Add Work Out To Oura - Tap On Add A Workout
  1. This window shows your three most recent workouts (likely Running, Walking, and Cycling at first). Select the best match (if listed) for your activity.
Add Work Out To Oura - Select The Workout

For iOS:

  1. If your desired workout isn’t among your recent activities or you want to add something more specific, tap More Workouts to reveal a searchable list with over 50 different activities to choose from.
Add Work Out To Oura - Tap On More Workouts
  1. If you can’t find your specific workout even in the expanded list, tap Other at the bottom and enter a descriptive name for your workout.
Add Work Out To Oura - Tap Others

For Android:

Upon searching for these options within the Android app, I contacted the official support team, and they confirmed that these options are not available on Android yet.

  1. Fill in the details: Start Time, Duration, and Intensity.
Add Work Out To Oura - Add Details
  1. Tap Done in the top right corner to save your workout.
Add Work Out To Oura - Tap Done

What Workouts Need to Be Manually Added on Oura?

While Oura’s Automatic Activity Detection (AAD) is impressive, there are times when I need to take matters into my own hands and manually add workouts to my activity log. Here’s why and what I add manually:

Less Common Activities: Activities like rock climbing, kayaking, or martial arts might not be automatically recognized by AAD, even though Oura can detect over 40 unique activity types.

Short Bursts of Movement: Workouts under 10 minutes might not be captured by AAD. If I squeeze in a quick HIIT routine or a short jog, I usually need to add it manually.

Ring-Free Activities: If I forget to wear my Oura Ring during a workout, obviously, there won’t be any automatic detection. Manually adding it ensures my activity data remains complete.

New or Niche Activities: AAD is constantly evolving, but there might be some new, unsupported, or niche activities it hasn’t learned to recognize yet.

When in doubt, I always manually add a workout to make sure my activity data is complete and reflects my full range of movement.

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Wrap Up

That’s it! Tracking my workouts with the Oura Ring was easy and user-friendly. Apart from the Android app not having the same 50-item workout list as the iPhone, another thing I noticed is that Oura allows only adding workouts for the current day and does not allow editing past entries. It would be great if Oura allowed users to edit workouts for at least a week back. But overall, adding workouts is a smooth experience! I hope this article helps you make the most out of your Oura app!

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