Last month I gave you the scoop on why health trackers have been helping my clients battle burnout. If you missed it, you’ll want to go read Can Health Tracking Apps Reverse and Prevent Burnout? to understand why they’re such a fantastic tool in burnout recovery.
So, now that we’ve established that health trackers are important tools for the stressed-out entrepreneur…the next logical question is “Which one should I get?”
Not all health trackers are created equal, and some are better than others when it comes to tracking what we need them to.
Today we’re going to take a look at the WHOOP Band, the Oura Ring, and the Apple Watch, all of which I’ve worked with and how they relate to Burnout Recovery.
By the end of this post, you’ll have a solid idea of how these trackers measure up and which one could be right for you.
1. The Best Trackers for Data Collection and Diagnostic Testing
The ideal data to help us fight burnout is recorded while you’re sleeping.
Why? When you’re awake, changes in your environment, things you eat and drink, and how you’re spending your time can, what’s happening around you and more affect your measurements in ways that make the data harder to interpret.
The best health trackers work when you’re asleep and record the following data:
HRV (Heart Rate Variability – How your body recovers from stress)
Latency (how long it takes you to fall asleep)
Once size does not fit all when it comes to burnout recovery solutions.
Tracking your data when we coach you through burnout recovery allows us to stop guessing on the right solution for you, directing our focus towards strategies that we see improve your sleep and recovery data. Not only saving you time and money on what’s not working, but exceling your progress in your burnout recovery journey so you can gain back energy, focus and drive and get back to building your business and making an impact on the world.
Of the three trackers on our list, the Whoop band and the Oura ring were both designed to track exactly the data we want. They also refine and improve their data collection methods continually.
The Apple Watch wasn’t originally designed to measure complex sleep data. They’ve added tech to help track the stats we need, using two different apps, but they’re not perfect. For example, they still can’t tell the difference between REM sleep and deep sleep. It’s not ideal.
2. Health Tracker Functionality—Which Tracker Works for Your Preferred Activities?
When you’re deciding which health tracker to get, another important factor is functionality. You want to be able to wear it and not worry about whether it’s able to do its job. And while nighttime data is crucial, you want to be able to wear your tracker during the day as well so you can get the full picture.
The Oura Ring is an actual, literal ring that you wear.
I’m a fan of this because it’s subtle. You really can’t tell I’m wearing a health tracker at all. However, the downside to the Oura’s design is that you need to remove it if you’re playing sports where the sensors may get damaged.
Being that my husband and I met playing beach volleyball, spend our summers at the beach and carry a ball with us everywhere we go (to pepper while our kids are playing), I I often have to take my ring off. A few friends work out with theirs on, but I also take mine off when lifting weights.
The WHOOP Band tracker is multifunctional and has a range of different bands and straps available.
A bicep band
Pants with a custom holder
A bra strap
Practically speaking, this means that you can dive, play beach volleyball and contact sports, pretty much do whatever you want to do, without taking it off. The Whoop R&D team figured out how to change the tracker’s settings based on its location on your body, which means that your readings stay accurate no matter where you wear it.
You can also wear the Whoop band to charge it, so your readings never have to be interrupted.
Because the Apple Watch wasn’t designed with these tracking metrics in mind, the apps may not connect as readily with the sensors on the watch. It may not be as consistent as the Oura or WHOOP. And because it’s a wrist-based tracker (it’s in the name, really), you wouldn’t want to wear it to play volleyball or dig in the sand.
3. Health Tracker Cost (Up Front, Subscription. Or Both?)
Obviously, the cost of a health tracker is an important factor—and the Oura, the WHOOP, and the Apple Watch are all priced differently.
The newest Oura ring (the series 3) costs $299USD, then you pay $6.99 US per month for the app. They’re currently offering 6 months free membership on their site, so it’s a good time to jump in if you’re leaning towards the Oura and can handle the initial investment.
The WHOOP band has no up-front cost. The cost of the band is built into the monthly fee, which varies depending on the length of your subscription. It’s currently about $30 US ($40 CDN) per month for a 6-month membership if you want to try one out. Membership includes band upgrades any time they release a new version.
The Apple Watch doesn’t have a monthly fee, and the apps are free. If you already have an Apple Watch, then getting started will cost you nothing. If you’re thinking of getting one, the new version (the Series 7) starts at $529 CDN and goes as high as $959 CDN depending on the finishes you choose. All your cost would be upfront, but it’s a pretty hefty investment for a health tracker that doesn’t have everything you need.
4. Health Tracker Customer Service
Our final criterion for determining the best health tracker is customer service. If something goes wrong, will they help you fix it? Again, there’s a range of results here.
The Oura Ring team is incredible.
I upgraded to the 3.0 version 2 weeks ago and they sent me a sizing kit immediately. When I had questions, they followed up within hours, and the ring arrived just over a week after I sent in my ring size.
The instructions to save my data and transfer my old 2.0 to my son, were detailed along with how to set up my new 3.0. 10/10 for user experience.
The WHOOP band is a different story.
I ordered one on September 8, 2021 and wasn’t given any kind of hint that the new version was being released later that month. When new hardware comes out, every existing member gets one first, so it can cause significant delays for new members—or at least it has for me. It’s been three months and I still don’t have it.
It’s not just the delay that’s annoying, it’s the lack of communication. WHOOP is both hard to get in touch with and terrible at sending updates. When you do get a reply, it’s a template from someone not working close to their delivery team.
This seems to be a typical experience based on feedback from those I coach in my BioStressHacker Burnout Recovery Program who have a WHOOP Band. They LOVE their WHOOP, but the few that have to get in touch with customer service seem to experience a nightmare all round to get the problem resolved.
The Apple Watch is a bit of an odd one here.
Since the apps aren’t made by Apple, it’s unclear who you should contact if you have problems. I don’t have firsthand experience with this, but I can see someone getting stuck between the app creators and Apple and not being able to find the help they need. And that would be frustrating.
The Best Health Tracker for Beating Burnout: The Verdict
I’m not going to give you a single winner here because each of these trackers has its strengths, and because one might work better for you than another. But let’s recap our findings.
Best Diagnostic Testing: Oura and WHOOP both shine here
Best Functionality: WHOOP is suitable for almost any activity
Cost: This one really depends on whether you mind an up-front cost, and how much you’re willing to invest.
If you already have a health tracker that’s not on this list, never fear. We can start with whatever you’ve got, and if we find they’ve reached the end of their capabilities, we can talk about finding a replacement that will work for you.
Are you struggling with burnout? I know it’s hard to imagine feeling better, but it is absolutely possible!
A great place to start is my video training series, How to Find the Right Burnout Recovery Solution for You.
Learn more about how burnout may be affecting your life (in more ways than you expect!) and how to find the solutions that work for you.
Are you in? Start now and kick burnout’s ass!
Andi Clark is known for her success and expertise as an Optimal Performance Coach. With over 30 years of experience coaching Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, CEO’s and and other C-Suite Professionals focusing on maximizing their energy, focus and making sure they are strong enough to withstand all the stress thrown at them each and every day so they can remain calm in the chaos.
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