When HRV Indicates You Should Be Prioritizing Recovery
HRV is a valuable tool for individuals to gauge their physiological state and make informed decisions about their daily activities. The Morning Readiness score, HRV Coefficient of Variation, and the importance of tagging contextual information all contribute to a more personalized approach to recovery.
The Morning Readiness score provides a straightforward indicator of your readiness for the day. A green, yellow, or red indicator helps you understand when to prioritize recovery activities. This score can signal illness-related distress or other stressors in your life. For many people, this is sufficient information to know when they should prioritize recovery. Please read more about it here: https://help.elitehrv.com/article/58-what-do-the-green-yellow-and-red-indicators-mean-on-the-morning-readiness-reading-analysis
Higher heart rate along with higher respiration rate and lower HRV can indicate some illness-related distress. That could be a cold, flu, or something like that. It could also be completely unrelated to illness and be caused by another stressor in your life (work, lack of sleep quality/quantity, dietary changes).
For some individuals, analyzing the Coefficient of Variation in HRV may be more informative. This approach may be suitable for those who need a more detailed understanding of their HRV patterns and how they change over time. This article describes who this may apply to and includes further reading: https://help.elitehrv.com/article/236-coefficient-of-variation
It's crucial to tag your HRV readings with contextual information such as sleep quality, duration, exercise, and any other relevant factors. This helps you gain insights into how lifestyle factors impact your HRV and recovery needs. This article has more information: https://help.elitehrv.com/article/350-why-should-you-use-tags
When your HRV indicates the need for recovery, the specific actions can vary based on your lifestyle and goals. This might include staying hydrated, avoiding inflammatory foods, adjusting workout intensity, opting for relaxation activities like walks or stretches, and incorporating guided breathing sessions.
Using guided breathing techniques is an excellent way to improve HRV and enhance recovery. It can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Please see this article about using guided breathing for recovery and other goals: https://help.elitehrv.com/article/130-when-to-use-guided-breathing-with-hrv