HRV Tutorial – Introduction

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the most accessible measurement of stress and health for someone who is not in the medical profession, and there are a shortage of plain English explanations of what it is, how to capture it, and how to use it to improve your life.

It took me almost a year to playing with HRV measurements using numerous devices and different apps before I felt I understood it enough to explain it to others. Along that way I had some very generous help from colleagues and friends who shared key concepts with me. And I went down many unproductive paths that wasted a fair bit of time. My goal here is to help you past those unproductive paths and give you the summary benefit of the great advice I have gotten.

With the purchase of some inexpensive items and reading through this summary you should be able to have some fun taking readings that are specific to your physiology. The interesting element of measuring your own HRV is that the baselines and tolerances are uniquely yours. Aggregate data from others gives you tips on where to look for those readings that are yours and yours alone.

The best thing to do is get some simple kit and start playing with it. You’ll learn as you go and I am happy to share as many tips as possible here. Enjoy!

Find out more by reading about Variable Interval Heart Beats.

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