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More and more devices over the last 1-2 years have begun to include the ability to record your heart rate (HR) data around the clock. Further, does it really matter which device you use? The trend of gathering 24×7 HR data was really started with Basis, back a number of years ago with the Basis B1 watch.
No longer are you limited to just workout HR data, but now you can get it while you eat, sleep and work (and practice Valentine’s Day). And in many ways, they continue to be the company that does 24×7 data gathering the best (now with the newer Basis Peak).
But I could also zoom in and get more clarity if I wanted – down to just a few minute slice.
One could see the exact moments your team struggled at the Super Bowl, for example.
Of course, by itself none of this was particularly earth-shattering or unexpected.
Some of us had worn various HR straps for long periods of time to gather this data, but Basis made it effortless (just wear a watch), and without any uncomfortable chest strap.
Remembering that you usually want to lie down for 2-4 minutes to let things calm a bit.For me, on most days the difference between an RHR value at sleep versus just being awake is only about 2-3bpm – so not enough to be of major concern.But if it’s 10bpm due to data gathering wonkiness, then that’s more problematic.Now, there are two core factors to be aware of when choosing a device that measures 24×7 HR: A) Accuracy (duh) B) Update frequency In most cases, the vast majority of the devices on the market today actually nail the first part without issue.Measuring your HR optically when not in sport/exercise isn’t terribly difficult.