…and start measuring this instead:
See, I recently came across an article on health.harvard.edu on that is SUPER cool and useful when it comes to:
- Improving performance
- Boosting testosterone
- Improving recovery time
- Curing performance anxiety
- Decreasing fatigue
- Helping sleep problems
HRV is simply a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat.
It is the best non-invasive measure of ANS (autonomic nervous system) activity and balance.
From the article (I’ll post the link below):
“If a person’s system is in more of a fight-or-flight mode, the variation between subsequent heartbeats is low. If one is in a more relaxed state, the variation between beats is high. In other words, the healthier the ANS the faster you are able to switch gears, showing more resilience and flexibility. Over the past few decades, research has shown a relationship between low HRV and worsening depression or anxiety. A low HRV is even associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease.”
So monitoring and working with HRV is something top performers in many fields do, because as you can see, it’s a key metric.
However, it can be tricky to track. The gold standard is to analyze a long strip of an electrocardiogram, the test we frequently do in the medical office where we attach wires to the chest. There are apps and heart rate monitors that do it too.
But the method, and entire method outlined in this course:
Is super simple and effective.
I recommend you check it out!
Let me know how it works for you.
And have a great day!
PS – This is your natural protocol for health and performance:
PPS – Here’s the link to the article I referenced above: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/heart-rate-variability-new-way-track-well-2017112212789