The 1-10 Relative Balance Score (Morning Readiness)
The Morning Readiness gauge indicates your state of relative balance. In other words, it is comparing your HRV values to your recent past and telling you whether your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is in a similar state or if it is swinging widely outside of your norm.
The 1-10 Relative Balance Score tells you how close you are to balance compared to your own personal Morning baseline.
1-3 is the red zone. This indicates a wide swing in balance either towards the Sympathetic or Parasympathetic side. A wide acute swing in either direction is usually in reaction to a strong acute stressor or reaching a threshold of accumulated stress.
4-6 is the yellow zone. Yellow indicates a similar, but not as drastic, change in relative balance as a red indication. Yellow days are often nothing to worry about in isolation.
7-10 is the green zone. Green indicates that your relative balance is very close to your norm. A perfect 10 score is achieved when your relative balance is slightly Parasympathetic leaning. This means that if you normally score around a 45 on your HRV score, then a HRV score of 46 may produce a relative balance score of 10.
The sensitivity of the 1-10 relative balance score depends on your individual patterns. If you often fluctuate widely day-to-day, then your relative balance gauge will become less sensitive to change. If your HRV scores hardly fluctuate at all, the relative balance gauge will become more sensitive to small changes.
It’s important to note that the Morning Readiness 1-10 score currently assumes that long term progress is the most important goal. If your goal for a given day (say, competition day) is not long term progress, then the Morning Readiness 1-10 score may not be the most appropriate value for decision making on that day.