Hi there. I travel quite a bit for work. I have noticed a pattern where my HRV drops the day after I fly (sometimes by 12 points) and it takes a few days to recover. The more I travel, the lower my HRV stays. My training is still okay, but I wonder if there's something I can do to aid post-travel recovery. Any thoughts?
Jill, my HRV responds the same way after traveling. It made me realize how flying and changing time zones stresses and affects the body.
In the Training Guide, Joel outlines recovery strategies for when your HRV is out of range high or low. I imagine you have checked it out, but it's good to reread that section every now and then to get some recovery ideas.
I work with Joel and I am surrounded by HRV and still find myself rereading the Training Guide as there is so much information that can be easily looked over.
I do know that if you HRV is low you want to eliminate any stressors. A good strategy is to cut back on any stimulants that you may be taking, caffeine, etc. Hot water baths are good as well as therapeutic massage (no deep tissue in this case). We also have many people who show improve recovery practicing daily meditation.
I hope this give you some ideas to help with your post travel recovery. If you find a strategy that works for you, please share it on the forums. Have a good day.
Thanks for your response Howie. I will definitely re-read the section of the Training Guide you suggested. It's so interesting ... the only thing that really impacts my HRV significantly is air travel. Even a short flight (1 hour) saw me dropping by 11 points! I will work on playing around with less caffeine to see if it impacts it at all. A hot bath is also an excellent idea!
I actually meditate 2x per day. Lord knows what my HRV would look like if I didn't do that! ;-)