As promised, I'm back to talk to you more about HRV and how to measure it. In my last blog, I explained what HRV was all about and how effective it is at helping to predict or diagnose overtraining. Now, I'm going to tell you what you need to buy/get in order to measure HRV. The first thing you need is a good Heart Rate Monitor (HRM). There are dozens on the market and they include finger monitors, optical arm bands, wrist watches, chest monitors, etc. Obviously, the most accurate would be a wired monitor. However, you'll only see them in a lab setting and most are cost prohibitive. So, I'm not going to even talk about those. Of the wireless HRMs, I believe the best are made by Polar. Why? Because they're the pioneers in athletic HRMs, and an industry leader with over 30 yrs. experience, and they seem to be one of the most accurate over the years..especially their wireless chest monitors. I bought all kinds of Polar HRMs over the years, coded, non-coded, ANT+, Bluetooth, etc. and the best one for monitoring HRV is the H7 pictured below:
The software App for my iPhone is EliteHRV. They have a great website and a great .pdf file that you can download telling you everything you need to know about HRV. Go to www.EliteHRV.com Best of all, the App is FREE!