Monitor Recovery With HRV4Training
As I entered by 40's, day-to-day recovery has become almost as important and the training. As a result, I have been on an almost two year mission to find the best way to monitor overall condition and level of recovery from a hard workout, or from a hard block of training.
I've tried almost every modality, device, app and method (well, not every one, but a ton). When all was said and done, one simple, inexpensive and easy to use app has become my "Gold Standard" for recovery monitoring: HRV4Training.
What is HRV4Training?
It is a simple app that you can download to your iPhone from the App Store for $9.99. If you are an athlete, especially an endurance athlete, it should be part of your training arsenal. The app simply uses the light and camera from your mobile device to monitor your heart rate and calculate your Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
If you are not familiar with HRV, I'm not going to go into it here. Instead, check out the Wikipedia page about it.
By simply placing your finger over your phone's camera, the app with measure your day-to-day HRV, take a baseline over a couple of days or weeks, ask you a couple of questions about how you feel and provide you a numeric value showing how recovered you are.
Best yet, for the endurance athletes out there, you can connect it to Strava to automatically pull your workout data and then have the app use that data to further monitor your recovery and give recommendations as to how hard you should train that day.
Access your phone's Bluetooth connection, the app can also use a Polar, Wahoo or other Bluetooth-connect heart rate monitor to measure your HRV. Personally, I find the optical/finger method easier to use and if you travel a lot so you don't have to cart around with you a HRM.
I've used the app since May of 2016 and it has proven extremely accurate in measuring my overall recovery, as well as my day-to-day recovery.
It's the first thing I reach for every morning.
Check it out. You will not be disappointed.