Heart Rate and Recovery

Did you know that changes in your waking heart rate can be used to predict your body's recovery status?

 
Take your waking heart rate for a few days before you begin an extra-intense workout schedule (this will be your baseline). Continue taking your waking heart rate as you increase your activity level -- be sure you are doing this right when you wake up. If your heart rate is suddenly elevated by 3-5 beats/minute (above your baseline), then it's likely your body is not completely recovered and needs more rest (i.e. more nightly sleep or a quick nap). If your heart rate is elevated by more than 5 beats/minute, you should take the day off from your scheduled workout to let your body rest and recover.
 
Use this technique to ensure your body is recovering sufficiently between workouts -- it's a great way to minimize the stresses of over-training!

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