Relative Balance Outlook Categories
We break down the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems into categories that reflect your daily HRV reading and what that means for you on that particular day. We call this your Relative Balance Outlook.
We divide Sympathetic Nervous System activity into 2 categories:
Stress Response – Your most recent HRV reading is much lower than your HRV Baseline Range. This may mean that your body is under significant strain from common life stressors or a high intensity workout. When in this category, we recommend activating your Parasympathetic Nervous System by getting rest, staying hydrated and practicing calming activities such as yoga or meditation.
Optimal Performance – Your most recent HRV reading is within the Sympathetic Range of your HRV Baseline Range. This is known as the fight-or-flight response and your HRV values mean your body is in its optimal state to perform high intensity activities.
We divide Parasympathetic Nervous System activity into 2 categories:
Recovery Response - Your most recent HRV reading is within the Parasympathetic Range of your HRV Baseline Range. This means that your body’s recovery response has been activated, however you are able to perform light exercise efficiently without hurting your recovery. Completing Active Recovery activities when in this zone have been found to bring you back to optimal faster. AR activities include a walk or very light jog, easy bike ride, yoga, dynamic stretching, or foam rolling.
Rest & Digest – Your most recent HRV reading is much higher than your HRV Baseline Range, which is a sign that your body is in full recovery mode from a stressful event or activity. We recommend that you allow your body to fully recover and repair itself.
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