Kiki Korushitz is the health director of the goop editorial team and leader of the group Goop book club.
I ran the track in high school, and did well on my events. But this is not a story about my nostalgia for a high school track. Once, in the car on the way to meet, my mom stopped at a light and turned around to look at me. She said, “You don’t seem to be enjoying this.” (I’ve spent the past 20 minutes talking about how much I hate the inner path.) “You know, you don’t have to do that. You can quit smoking.”
I never left the indoor track, and in my final year, I also ran the outdoor track. But at least it stopped there. In college, I used to play soccer, which I could do while I’m forcibly smiling. For a while, I was still wearing the digital watch that I had been using for racing training. It was once lime green and is now dirty. One of my teammates threatened to cut it off, but the tape collapsed on its own.
As an adult who was no longer competitively exercising, I was not interested in racing and physical tracking devices of any kind. I just didn’t trust me to be natural enough to enjoy it. In my opinion, signing up for a half-marathon or looking at a log of my daily activity could put me back in the seventeen-year-old who was trying to run five minutes and not getting cold about it. Then we entered a pandemic, and walking simply became a revelation for people. How did they spend 10,000 steps a day? I wonder. Were they lying? No one had jobs to do? I launched the Health app on my iPhone – I rarely make 5,000 steps on a day of the week.
Then goop started selling Aura ring, A wearable device that uses advanced technology to monitor your body’s pulse, movement, and temperature and then organizes that data into a description of your overall health. When I read “advanced technology” in the report prepared by our scientific team, I read it as “too advanced for me”. I found out that an editor on our team could meet someone from the staff who actually had a Oura ring. I posted on our entire company’s Slack channel to see if anyone was using one, and the GP replied four minutes later: “I. Love it.” Some other messages were exchanged and I reworked the story for myself and decided I wasn’t going to interview someone else. I have got Oura Ring Sizing Kit, Decided on my right ring finger, and placed an order for a size 7.
It turns out, wearing a Oura ring isn’t the same as looking at split-ups captured across your high school aisles when it’s too cold to run outside. Oura ring is fun. Although the algorithms he uses are outside my understanding and desire to understand, the information presented is easy to understand. Here’s what happened to me in the three months since I put one:
I walked at least 10,000 steps every day. (I hope some people won’t believe me and others find me annoying because I wouldn’t have believed me before Aura and found me annoying.) For accuracy, Oura ring measures your pulse from your finger, not your wrist. It can track workouts and recovery time, yes, but also small, precise movements. I have a new appreciation for: standing out of my chair, taking out the trash, bags of groceries that require the most of a ride from the car to my apartment, and a walk in the dark with hot tea. Walking is now non-negotiable on the same level as CocoflossingI enjoy these activities more than I admit, and I don’t go to bed until I do them.
Every day, Oura gives you an activity score that you can see on the app. (Your Oura Ring syncs with an app on your phone over Bluetooth. I like that bluetooth is only active on the ring for short periods – usually about 1 percent of the day.) Your activity score depends on six factors. How long are you active throughout the day? Does it move every hour? (The app can send voice messages to remind you, if you wish.) Are you achieving your daily activity goal? Frequency and volume of training: How many times did you do moderate to high-intensity activity during the past week, and how much? Recovery time: Have you had enough of the easier days? On any given day, you can see – on a wide scale from attention to the optimum – how you perform these various metrics. You can also click on any factor in the app for more context and read what that data point can tell you about your health. My average monthly activity score is ninety-five. And yes, it started with my best news.
I didn’t enter my sleep stats for the first few weeks that I got a Oura ring, but now I see why it’s wearing it. The ring determines the amount of time you spend awake during your sleep, in light sleep, in deep sleep, and in REM sleep. There’s a chart in the app that shows when you’re at each of these stages – so if you wake up at 3:17 and think about the text you forgot to send, you’ll see that. You can also get a sleep score each day, based on total sleep, efficiency (percentage of time you spend asleep after going to bed), rest (fewer sleep disturbances mean a higher score), REM amount, amount of deep sleep, and latency (range The speed of your sleep), and timing (the optimum by our Oura is when your midpoint drops between midnight and 3 in the morning).
What’s exciting (to me) is that I sleep better than I thought. My average monthly sleep is eighty. On average, according to Ora, I am in bed for eight hours and sleep about seven and a half hours. Some days, I wake up wanting to be in bed all day and then look at my sleep data and see “Good” or “Perfect” next to the “Rest” line – and I’m convinced I’m not all that stressful. I know I am not getting enough rest when my response time is red. Oura says an ideal sleep takes fifteen to twenty minutes, but if you fall asleep in less than five minutes, it could be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep. Last night, I fell asleep in three minutes. And the night before, two minutes.
I’m not strict about monitoring all the changes in my sleep, but even looking at the data in a quick way finally motivated me to take the advice that is popping up all over the internet and leaving my cell phone out of my bedroom. Around this time, I began to see fewer sleep measurements in the red region and creep more into the blue zone. It also means I read more books and spend less time scrolling on Instagram in bed. That means I have to get out of bed to turn off my alarm in the morning, which is much more than half the battle. Through anecdotal stories, I have heard that some people sleep better with an air purifier, so my next experience may include buying Air Doctor.
The last daily result is called predisposition. This depends on seven factors: how well you slept the night before, sleep balance (this measurement looks at the past two weeks because sleep debt is a monster), the previous day’s activity, activity balance, body temperature, resting heart rate, and heart rate variance ( An indication of changes in heart rate that can be used as a measure of autonomic nervous system activity), and an indicator of recovery (how long it takes for the resting heart rate to stabilize during the night). I was surprised to read about how accurate some of these measurements are. When was Oura ring Comparison For a medical-grade ECG, it was rated a 99.9 percent reliability score for resting heart rate and a 98.4 percent confidence score for heart rate variability.
My average degree is seventy-five. Areas of improvement are resting heart rate, HRV balance, and recovery index. According to the app, some of the things that can affect these areas are drinking and drinking alcohol right before bed and stress.
Will these be easy things for me to change? No.
But nothing about using a Oura ring gets you down. Yesterday, my grade was sixty-seven. Today, seventy-three years old, and on my home screen it says, “Good,” then “You can do it,” “Your readiness is getting better, going well! To reach your full potential, remember to keep your sleep schedule steady and your activity levels balanced.” Right. Also on my homepage, I can see that I sleep from 11:31 PM to 7:14 AM and the ideal bedtime tonight is between 9:30 PM and 10:45 PM
Now I’m glad I stayed up last night to finish reading Burnt sugarThe novel that I started earlier in the week, because I’m not going to be forced to do it tonight. But before bed, I’m going to take a few thousand steps.
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