Balancing sleep, physical recovery and activity is easy – every morning when I wake up and check my wearable’s APP on my phone which tells me how I’m doing before I get out of bed …
Some question, “can’t you tell that by how you feel?”
Generally, true – but WHOOP gives me more, tells me when to go hard, when to go easy and when I’ve done well. Device on my wrist is my data collection tool, connects to my phone which in turn connects to computers in Boston where algorithms produce athletic activity advice.
Why am I using a tool designed for elite young athletes?
Likelihood I’ll be an elite athlete for any age group is unlikely. So many wearables in the marketplace – my thinking is that anything which gets me exercising more when I should, resting when I should and managing sleep better is a good idea.
I’m at an age where the focus of many of my contemporaries isn’t on their wellness, but on their illnesses and diseases. I don’t have any guarantee I’ll avoid that ‘club’, I’m trying to stay out of it. I won’t keep up with the elite athletes either, but I’ll keep going. And doing.
Like everyone I have days when I feel like I could lounge in bed longer, but my device is telling me to get up and get doing hard. No better cheerleader than reading results of your own body saying ‘train hard today’ because you’ve recovered and rested, because your heart rate is indicating variability (takes into account, high-low and resting rates) required for optimum performance.