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FEATURE ARTICLE Greg Johnson

www.varimaxfitness.com

THE OTHER 23 HOURS

Integrating 24-hour wearables to optimize outcomes | By Greg Johnson

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n average client sees a fitness professional three times a week; that’s a total of about three hours. Three hours out of 168 hours in a week; 12 hours out of 672 in a four-week span. One of the most challenging tasks as a trainer and coach is to monitor and optimize the hours and days we don’t see our clients. As a result of the strides and accessibility to technology, particularly wearables, it makes it easier than ever to not only see how your clients are performing, but creates the opportunity to create more consistent lifestyle patterns and optimize training sessions. Over the past five years, wearables have been one of the top fitness trends every year and will likely continue to be for some time. The consecutive growth is a result of the ability to more accurately measure data, the advanced research on this data, and most importantly, the cost of attaining this data has significantly decreased. This technology is now more acces-

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sible to the general public without advanced testing. What used to only be measured in doctors’ offices or high-tech sports labs for thousands of dollars, are now measured at the click of a button from an app or a convenient wearable device at a fraction of the cost. The most popular current wearables and technology primarily focus on what is happening to your body in the current moment. Some examples are heart rate monitors, step counters, GPS trackers, or self-reporting apps such as calorie counters and fitness apps. These are great options to look at several aspects such as distance traveled, effort given, overall calories burned during workouts or even to simply remind us to stand up after sitting too long. But what about the value of a person’s overall health trends that is happening over a course of a day, week, or month? Enter the 24-hour wearable technology! The latest and most advanced wearable technology is now focused on overall

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body health. To do this, this technology is not only looking at real-time data such as current workout heart rate, calories burned, miles completed, pace, intensity or steps; this wearable technology focuses on other variables that are designed to be analyzed as trends. The two most significant numbers are resting heart rate (RHR) and heart rate variability, (HRV). As fitness professionals, we understand the value of these numbers as valuable indicators of health, but we now have the opportunity to easily integrate this technology to educate our clients and adjust our programming. HRV is a measure of the variation in the time between each heartbeat in milliseconds. For example, if your RHR is 60 beats per minute (BPM), that doesn’t actually mean your heart beats once per second. You could have consecutive beats of 0.90 seconds, 1.10 seconds 0.89, 0.95, 1.13, and so on. A healthy heart rate has healthy variability to it,

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