Can I say how much I love how jewelry stacks are back? I was there for the bubble necklace days and the era of rose gold – but right now I’m in healthy high-quality jewelry era. I’m mixing metals and even throwing in a wearable in the form of my Oura ring! I’ve been wearing my Oura ring non-stop for several months now and let’s just say – it took me this long to decide whether it’s really worth it or not.
Today on the blog, I’m sharing all about the Oura ring pros and cons and ultimately – would I really repurchase? From anesthetic, functionality, and budget perspective – there is a lot to consider here.
Before we dive in, here are a few other reviews I’ve posted lately…
I don’t think I’d wear the Oura Ring if it wasn’t able to blend in with my everyday jewelry stack. The Oura Ring is a is essentially a thick band that comes in plenty of colors – and mine is gold. It’s definitely chunkier than my set of dainty rings which can look more like a statement piece. Don’t worry, it’s not too overpowering, but I also don’t want you to think it will be your more coveted piece of jewelry…it’s somewhere in the middle. I think it’s most comparable to a cigar band (which I’m loving these days!).
In an era where every other person seems to flaunt an Apple watch (which, between you and me, might one day get the side-eye just like a pager does today), the Oura Ring slips onto your finger like a stylish secret. It doesn’t scream, “Hey, I’m tracking my steps!” which is a huge plus for me.
Let’s get real for a second. I’m not about to say that people drop their coffees and come running over to ask about my ring every day. But on the rare occasion, someone does throw a, “Oh, I love that ring! Where’d you get it?” my way, and it feels pretty dang good!
The Oura Ring has become pretty popular, so there are lots of times that someone will point to their ring in solidarity. Trust me, you won’t be the only one wearing one!
The Oura Ring isn’t just a pretty face, it’s got some serious tech prowess too. Designed primarily for sleep tracking, it dives deep into the quality of your sleep, body temperature, and overall readiness for the day. For all my ladies out there, understanding your body’s patterns can be super empowering. More than just steps or calories, this ring tries to give a holistic view of health.
I live and breathe by this daily score. When everyone else is focused on calorie counting and step goals, having this readiness score for the day feels like a grade on my self care.
Am I sleeping enough?
Am I taking care of my body both physically and mentally?
Am I fueling my body for sustained energy?
The readiness score takes all of these into consideration and presents you with a number than can indicate how you may feel the rest of the day. If I’m staying up late working or not taking enough time to recover between workouts (that’s rare haha), my score will be lower than on nights where I’ve gotten my 8 hours. The lower score isn’t a game or a punishment, but it helps prepare my mind for how to improve the following day. If I wake up to a low readiness score, I might take a raincheck on happy hour to get to bed a little earlier and drink water instead of alcohol. That’s just one example of how this data really can impact my health decisions if I choose to!
Let’s address the elephant in the room. When I splurged on the Oura Ring, I’d heard whispers that its activity tracking wasn’t top-notch. And well, those whispers weren’t wrong. While it’s great for monitoring sleep, it’s not the best app for those intense workout sessions or step tracking. A bit of a bummer considering the price tag, but it’s always better to know what you’re signing up for.
This part is SO cool. Our body temperature can give us a ton of clues about what is going on with us hormonally. The Oura Ring senses those subtle body temperature shifts, ensuring you’re always in tune with your cycle. You can even pair it with apps like Natural Cycles to track this data over time. Personally, I don’t do that just yet (you have to pay for access to the fertilitiy apps). The info provided by my Oura Ring is perfect for this stage of life. No more guessing when my cycle is going to start? Yes yes yes!
It comes with a small wireless charging dock that I keep on my nightstand. To charge the Oura Ring, you simply place the ring onto a dock like a wireless charger. Charging the ring to full typically takes a few hours and provides battery life that can last up to a week!
You heard that right – I’m only charging it once per week!
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So, is the Oura Ring worth adding to your daily routine? If you’re looking for something that blends seamlessly with your wardrobe, offers insightful sleep tracking, and makes a statement (both in style and tech), then absolutely. But if you’re hunting for an all-in-one fitness tracker, you might want to explore a bit more. This is where an Apple Watch of FitBit might be a better choice for goals.
In the world of wearables, Oura certainly carves a niche for itself. With a dash of elegance and a sprinkle of tech magic, it’s a device that looks just as good at a brunch date as it does at the gym. I’m a fan and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon!
It’s such an easy way to add one healthier habit to your day. Sometimes with just a little bit of information, it creates enough accountability for us to make meaningful change. I’m really happy with the habits its created for me (mainly getting enough rest), and I hope you have the same experience!