Heart Rate Variability (HRV) & Training Readiness

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Heart Rate Variability (HRV) & Training Readiness

Are you training in a stressed state? If yes, you could be damaging your performance – and your health.

At Move Strong, we have adopted a scientifically-proven method to assess our trainees’ readiness to train by measuring heart rate variability.

HRV can objectively show you if your body is in a sympathetic nervous system (stressed) state – and if it is, it would be better to REST or to do more working-in movement such as stretching, mobility, yoga and breathing exercises.

HRV can be affected by stressful events such as over-training, under-recovering, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, emotional & mental stress, hidden inflammation, toxins, pain and health issues.

Training, especially High Intensity Training (HIT), is stressful, and deliberately so, as it provides a powerful stimulus for adaptation. The stressed state of the body persists for many hours, or sometimes days after the training stimulus has been applied. This is normal and healthy, IF you are recovering appropriately.

If, however, you continually push your body to train when it is in a stressed-state, you will not only see diminished performance and lack of results, but you will also be at a higher risk of injury, inflammation, and adrenal fatigue.

We encourage all our members to measure their HRV every morning, to objectively assess whether they are in prime shape to train that day. If you’d like assistance in learning more about how you can begin measuring your HRV to optimise your performance, feel free to get in touch!

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