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When I was in high school, I was obsessed with health tracking apps and fitness watches (only in their early days at the time) that would do things like count my steps, measure energy burned, and track sleep hours. Most of all, they sold a promise to help me get healthier, have more energy, and simply feel better day by day.
But they never really worked for me either: I ended up losing the watch (a very sad day), and never built the necessary habits to get the benefits of using these apps. In college I gave up. (I tried an Apple Watch and respectfully hated it. While it was beautiful, the constant buzz on my wrist drove my notification anxiety through the roof.) Fast forward a few years, and Oura ring has won over my heart, health and habits at the same time.
Back in November, Oura gave me one of her signature rings. The brand aims to woo potential customers (and recipients like myself). its flashy technical featuresas is its ability to track mine sleep cycles, measure my blood oxygen and monitor my heart rate. I doubted that something so stylish yet small could support this big talk. Here’s how it got me: Your readiness, activity, and sleep all get a score out of 100 every morning. It’s like waking up to a health report, and nothing motivates me like not seeing straight A’s.
Other features I like: a mobile notification about exactly when I’m going to bed, an activity score that encourages me to detach myself from my laptop and keep moving, and maybe what I at least expected to appreciate on, a readiness score that helps with how I feel on a daily basis, tracking my body temperature and resting heart rate.
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The Oura Ring might not tell the time or nag you with every notification, but it’s a subtle gadget that’s actually fashionable, offers useful information, and only needs to be charged every five to seven days. To me, it achieves what other fashion technology has failed to do.
Yes, it’s expensive at $349, plus a $6 monthly subscription, without which you lose a lot of the ring’s best features. But like most people, I want the most benefits with the least effort, and the Oura ring has given me that. And did I mention how stylish it helps me look?
Oura Horizon Ring Gen3, $349, available here.
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