Exercise Recovery provides
an assessment of user's ability for optimal recovery after physical
exercise and tracks how user's exercise program improves their physical
resilience and health.
The Exercise Recovery module gives
the users an accurate evaluation of their body's ability to recover from
physical strain caused by a short exercise.
Depending on individual
settings the test may take up to 20 minutes to complete. This test
can be used to learn how the user's exercise program improves their
physical resilience and health condition from their exercise or wellness
For beginners or well-trained athletes who are concerned
about their health and fitness and want to improve it, the Exercise
Recovery Test is a "must have" tool to ensure safe and optimal exercise
How the Exercise Recovery test works
During the test after a short
baseline heart rate recording a short exercise (up to 2 minutes of walking
on a treadmill, cycling or taking stairs) is applied followed by an
"after-exercise" recovery. Heart rate is being measured during the
recovery phase as well. When exercise starts the heart rate begins to
raise because the body's internal regulatory system adjusts cardiovascular
function to make sure that the body continues receiving and adequate blood
supply and oxygen consumption. Once the exercise is stopped the regulatory
system changes cardiovascular control to return it to its resting
condition in a quick and efficient manner. Being under control of the
body's regulatory system the heart rate drops and continues declining
until full recovery (when heart rate achieves its baseline level) occurs.
In healthy organism this process happens very quickly. The longer recovery
process takes the less efficient the cardiovascular system is and the less
capable the body is to recover. It is known that the most dramatic drop in
heart rate should occur within the first minute of recovery phase. This
1-st minute drop in heart rate is considered as a key indicator of
cardiovascular health along with the time of its full recovery.
Doing the Exercise Recovery test
Prepare for the test. The Heart Wizard™ provides simple-to-follow
instructions to get started including visuals. Plug-in the Heart Wizard™'s
USB pulse wave sensor, attach the ear-clip to your earlobe or a finger,
sit down, relax for 1-2 minutes and be ready to perform the test.
Once you're ready click the "Start" button for recording. The
device will start recording your baseline heart rate and send it to your
After 1 minute you will be asked to begin selected
exercise. Depending on your test configuration you may continue recording
your heart rate during the exercise or take the sensor off.
the exercise phase is over you will be prompted to sit down, attach the
sensor (if it was taken off) and continue the heart rate recording during
the recovery phase. This recording may be automatically stopped once you
achieve full recovery. Otherwise it will be continued until maximum
recovery time is elapsed.
Once the test is over the Heart Wizard™
will analyze your body's ability to recover from physical
The Exercise Recovery Test Report
After you completed the test the
Heart Wizard™ compares your results with predicted values from a large
normative database of healthy individuals of your gender and age group and
generates an assessment report. The report includes information about your
current exercise recovery rate and time of full recovery. This will help
you to track the ability of your cardiovascular system to recover after
physical exercise and show positive changes caused by your health
improvement efforts like nutrition, fitness programs and other exercises
that affect your body.
Test results shown in the report:
Time of Full
Recovery shows how quickly your cardiovascular system recovers
after a dosed physical exercise. Full recovery occurs if your heart rate
drops to the baseline (before exercise) level. If cardiovascular system is
not in best shape full recovery may not occur within a maximum of 15
minutes provided by the test to measure recovery. If this happens, do not
panic – carefully consider your lifestyle, diet and exercise habits.
Changing your lifestyle to more positive may help to restore capability of
your cardiovascular system to recover. Do not forget to consult your
doctor before you begin any exercise regimen.
Recovery Rate shows how fast your heart rate drops
after the 1st minute of recovery phase comparing to your baseline heart
rate. This parameter is considered as a best indicator of your
cardiovascular health. The higher your recovery rate the more robust and
strong your cardiovascular system is.
Intensity shows if you had enough challenge during the exercise
phase. The test assumes that you must achieve a top limit of fat burning
heart rate zone (close to 100%). If this parameter is too low then the
accuracy of your test results may be questionable.
Resting Heart Rate shows your overall cardiovascular
state at rest. The higher it is the more your cardiovascular system is
strained at this time. This could be a result of health condition, your
body is fatigued, you are stressed, etc.
Target Heart Rate shows a suggested level of heart
rate you should achieve during the exercise to hit an upper limit of fat
burning heart rate zone.
Exercise shows how long you actually did exercise during the test.
Insufficient physical strain during the test may not create enough
challenge for your cardiovascular system to produce reliable test results.
Try to commit exercise of suggested length.
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