Motiv measures the work you put in towards your cardiovascular fitness. We track Active Minutes through a combination of elevated heart rate and activity. Any time you are moderately active for greater than 10 minutes, you start to accumulate active minutes. Taking a brisk walk, cruising around on a bike, and even dancing can qualify as moderately active.
When you are at 40% or above of your aerobic capacity, or taking 100 steps or more per minute – it counts as moderate activity.
Monitoring your heart rate day and night will help Motiv customize your Active Minutes to your fitness level.
To personalize your active minutes threshold to you, Motiv Ring measures your resting heart rate each night. For example, a 40-year-old with a resting heart rate of 65 bpm will have to get their heart rate above 111 bpms for 10 minutes or more to start earning active minutes.
Want to know more? Check out our Active Minutes blog post.
We designed Motiv Ring to track your sleep seamlessly and consistently. Our app was designed to give you information that’s meaningful and actionable, not just a bunch of data points you don’t know what to do with. By looking at your movement patterns during your sleep, Motiv is able to give you an easy-to-interpret snapshot of what’s happening to you when your head hits the pillow.
The Sleep Detail screen is where you can see your last night’s sleep as well as the past 7 days of sleep, which we use to show you your average sleep and wake times. The white bar means you were sleeping. Gaps in your sleep are when you were awake or had restless sleep.
Sleep matters! The science is pretty clear: getting enough quality sleep has positive effects on our health. Sleeping right can prevent illness, increase energy levels and productivity, and improve brain function.
Motiv iOS requirements:
Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).
The Motiv App can be downloaded here.
One of the metrics that your Motiv Ring tracks is your calories burned. The Motiv Ring counts calories in 2 main ways. The first is calculating your Basic Metabolic Rate, or BMR, which motiv does using your basic profile, including height, age, and other data points. Your BMR is counted 24-7, even while you sleep, which is why you may see calories even when you just wake up. Once you create your profile in the Motiv App, it will calculate your BMR calories even without the Motiv Ring, so if you downloaded the app before receiving the ring, you will likely see calories for days before pairing your ring.
The second way Motiv calculates calories is during your activities. Each type of activity has a specific 'met score' and will result in a different calorie count for the same duration and intensity level as other types of activities. Activities also increase your BMR for a period of time after the activity. You could work out longer one day and see a lower calorie count than a day you worked out less time, but with a more intense activity with a higher met score.
Things that affect your calories are:
To get the most accurate calorie count, please make sure your weight is accurate and if you change weights, please remember to change the weight in your settings in the app.
The Motiv Ring is built and tested to stand up to everyday life and is encased in an outer titanium shell with a scratch-resistant coating. The ring will stand up to normal use including exposure to water, most household soaps, detergents, and lotions.
Over time you may see cosmetic wear, especially if gripping hard rough surfaces, such as the grip of a barbell. This wear will not affect the function of the ring. However, to maintain the surface finish it is recommended to wear gloves or removing your ring during these activities.
Every day is different, so your goals should be flexible. Motiv adjusts daily targets based on your week so far – keeping you motivated to achieve your weekly goals. Miss a day? No problem. The remaining days in your week automatically adjust to meet your weekly goal. Alternatively if you beat your goal, any extra active minutes are subtracted from your weekly goal, and your remaining daily goals will be reduced by the same amount. View your week at a glance to see your progress throughout the week. You can always raise or lower your weekly active minute goals to fit your lifestyle. If you wish to adjust your weekly Active Minute goal tap on the Motiv Ring icon in the upper left corner and select your profile. Then tap Weekly Goal to set a new weekly Active Minute goal.
In app settings, you can view the battery level of your ring. You can also update your user profile, look up your ring size and serial number, and set your ring notifications. If you need help, you can also reach out to customer support through the app.
National health and fitness groups and government departments – like the American Heart Association, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, USDA and NIH – all recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week to maintain good health. Few things provide as many health benefits as regular physical activity. The data suggests if you achieve 150 minutes a week you are at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events. Motiv tracks active minutes through a combination of elevated heart rate and activity. Any time you are moderately active for greater than 10 minutes, you start to accumulate active minutes. When you are at 40% or above of your aerobic capacity, or taking 100 steps or more per minute – it counts as moderate activity. You earn an Action Card for any qualifying activity greater than 10 consecutive Active Minutes. You can tap the card to see heart rate, steps, calories, and distance for the activity completed along with credit for the active minutes you earned.
To personalize your active minutes threshold to you, Motiv Ring automatically measures your resting heart rate each night. For example, a 40-year-old with a resting heart rate of 65 bpm will have to get their heart rate above 111 bpms for 10 minutes or more to start earning active minutes.
Motiv Ring is at the cutting edge of low-power technology. The ring will broadcast Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) periodically during the day to sync with the Motiv App but is not on all the time. The sensors and electronics will not interfere with TSA requirements and the signal uses less power than a set of Bluetooth headphones and far less power than a smartphone. While the Motiv Ring does not have an 'airplane mode' you can disable Bluetooth on your phone, which will prevent the ring from uploading data.
Distance is a calculation of your steps and stride length. If you are taking longer strides or shorter strides than the average for your height, you may see slightly different distance than other wearable devices that have GPS.
You installed the Motiv app on a supported device. To see the most current list of supported devices, please check the list of supported devices. Motiv frequently adds support for new devices, so if yours isn't listed, check back soon.
Your device software is updated to the latest version. You can check for software updates in your mobile device settings.
iOS—tap Settings > General > Software Update.
Bluetooth is enabled on your device. You can verify that Bluetooth is enabled in your phone settings.
iOS—tap Settings > Bluetooth.
Your device is not managing multiple Bluetooth connections at the same time. You can experience interruptions with any consistently streaming Bluetooth connection such as headsets, car kits, stereo audio, tethering, and file transfers.
Your resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at rest. It’s an important metric to monitor, because it’s both a strong indicator of your overall health and fitness level as well as highly correlated to disease and mortality. Motiv Ring measures your heart rate every night while you’re asleep in order to get the most reliable and least confounded measurements. This makes it easy to consistently measure data the same way, with the same conditions, every night. We use your heart rate data from when you’re asleep to calculate your resting heart rate.
Monitor how your RHR changes over time. If you see your RHR go down over time as a result of exercise, that is more important to track than how your RHR compares to other people’s and can indicate improvements in your fitness. By tracking changes in your RHR over time, you can see what lifestyle choices - good or bad - have an impact on your overall health.
We've designed Motiv Ring to fit seamlessly in your life without having one more device vying for your attention. We believe you should have information available to you when you want it, not when it comes in. That's why Motiv Ring doesn't vibrate or display any notifications. We utilize our proprietary app to provide all notifications through your phone. We think this is a less obtrusive experience.
Resting heart rate (RHR) is one of many critical measurements that can determine your overall health. Motiv Ring tracks your RHR every night and shows how you’re trending over time. Because it’s comfortable and won’t disrupt your sleep habits, we’re able to collect your RHR while you’re sleeping, which is the best time to get an accurate reading. It’s important to keep an eye on your RHR, as sudden changes could signal different things. For example, overtraining, dehydration, or stress levels could all cause your RHR to increase. On the other hand, increased aerobic activity and better sleep habits can lower your RHR. You can track your resting heart rate clearly and easily on the Motiv app and use that data to make more informed decisions. For more on heart rate tracking, check out this blog post.
If you find that you have trouble getting a solid heart rate signal, here are some things you can try that tend to increase available signal:
The Motiv App will be stand-alone at launch. It's one of our top priorities to integrate with third party apps in the future. Additional features and functionality will be pushed directly to the Motiv App, at no additional cost. You can stay up to date on new features and integrations by joining our mailing list.
The outer Ring is ultra-light titanium with a scratch-resistant coating. The inside is medical grade plastic, and there is steel and gold plating on the charging contacts on the inside of the Ring. More detail on Ring specifications can be found on our Ring Page. There is no Nickel in the Motiv Ring.
Motiv Ring's custom-built curved lithium ion battery provides up to 5 days battery life; typical battery life is 3-5 days dependent on use. The Motiv Ring will fully charge in less than 90 minutes.
We optimized our system to sample heart rate when it matters most, in order to maximize battery life. When we sense step activity, the heart rate sensor activates. For all those times you’re not generating steps, we check your heart rate every few minutes and if your heart rate is elevated, the Motiv Ring will engage the sensor to track continuously those times you are active. For more on heart tracking, check out this blog post.
Motiv Ring is waterproof up to 5 ATM, which is 165 feet, or 50 meters, in both the ocean and fresh water.
We designed Motiv Ring to track your sleep accurately and consistently — not from when you go to bed, but from when you fall asleep. By monitoring your resting heart rate, and providing concise and useful data, we help you create a detailed picture of your sleep habits. Our app was designed to give you information you can work with, not just a bunch of data points that are impossible to understand. What does a good night or bad night’s sleep look like for you? By looking at how many times you woke up, how long you were awake for, and when you fell asleep and woke up, Motiv is able to give you an easy-to-interpret snapshot of what’s happening to you when your head hits the pillow. For more on sleep, check out our sleep blog post.
National health and fitness groups and government departments – like the AHA, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, USDA and NIH – all recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week to maintain good health.
Few things provide as many health benefits as regular physical activity, and the recommendation to have at least 150 active minutes a week has stood the test of time. The data suggests if you achieve 150 minutes a week you are at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events. Aside from being effective in preventing and even treating disease, the health benefits include:
-Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
-Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
-Reduce risk of some cancers
-Strengthen bones and muscles
-Improve mental health and mood
-Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
-Increase chances of living longer
Want to know more? Check out our active minutes blog post.