Habit #5: You Can Sleep When You’re Dead (which will happen a lot faster if you don’t get enough sleep while you’re alive).
Oura Ring, Whoop Band, FitBit, Apple Watch, etc.
Joel Jamieson just posted an interesting perspective, and it ties into data from your wearable technology.
Tracking strength gains is pretty straightforward. If you added weight to the barbell, used a bigger kettlebell, or performed more reps with your bodyweight... BOOM! You got stronger!!
Tracking conditioning gains isn't always that straightforward, particularly since we don't often repeat the exact same conditioning routine (constantly varied, right?). So how do you know if your conditioning improved?
USE THE DATA FROM YOUR DEVICE!
Tracking such metrics as Resting Heart Rate (RHR) or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) can give you a very valuable perspective on the "success" of your conditioning over a longer period of time.
In addition to a graphic from Joel Jamieson, I included three screenshots from my Oura Ring.
Looks like the SHOP programming is working ??
If you don't currently use some form of wearable tech, this might be a good reason to start. It's tough to beat real, objective data to show you that you're on the right track.