Last week I mentioned that I was going to get a Heart Rate Variability device to help monitor my health, workouts and recovery.
When I received the kit it contained a Polar RS100 lap watch / heart rate monitor, a transmitter and chest strap, a receiver that plugs into my iPhone, the iPhone app and a training book.
I bought the kit specifically for the HRV app and peripherals, but since the watch came with the package I figured I’d try it out to evaluate how my daily behavior affects my heart. To that end I have actually worn it for two straight days, even sleeping with it. When I awake, I check the HRV on the iPhone and sure enough, the Beats Per Minute (BPM) rate is identical on both devices.
Today (May 7th) was my first day at CrossFit 2a this week. When I walked in the Box my heart was at 68 BPM. After the 400m run, I was at 116 BPM. Throughout the entire WOD my heart never went over 120. By the time I got showered and dressed I was back down to 70. Then I went to work.
For the entire work day, my heart rate hovered between 80 and 85. Every time it hit 85, the device emitted a beep. As I sat through a meeting this afternoon, it beeped throughout the meeting. Then I left work and headed home.
I arrived home an hour before Suzanne, so I poured myself four ounces of red wine and I went outside and sat on a bench on my dock and just basked in the sun. I figured I’d get a good dose of Vitamin D being outdoors in the sunshine.
Suzanne joined me a bit later. As I sat there relaxing in the sun with my Sweetie, I glanced at my wrist. My heart rate was 50 BPM.
When it comes to my heart, going to work – costly. Being at home – priceless!