Holiday Wish List: The Heart Monitor That Can Tell if You're Ready to Train Hard

Measure your HRV with the ithlete Finger Sensor to see if you're ready to train hard or need to take a break.

If you could measure only one thing on your body every day, heart rate variability would win hands down.

Heart rate variability, or HRV, refers to the amount of time that elapses between heart beats. In general, a higher HRV (i.e., more time between beats) is better, because it indicates less stress on the body.

This information is invaluable for athletes. If you measure your HRV and it's high, you're ready to kick butt during a tough workout. If it's low, you should take it easy and focus on recovery.

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