Orthostatic Test

The Orthostatic test is a generally used tool for monitoring the balance between training and recovery. It allows you to track how your body responds to training. In addition to training induced changes, there are many other factors that can affect your Orthostatic test results, such as mental stress, sleep, latent illness and environmental changes (temperature, altitude) to mention a few.

The test is based on measuring heart rate and heart rate variability. Changes in heart rate and heart rate variability reflect changes in the autonomic regulation of the heart.

Performing the test

You can perform the test using either a paired Polar heart rate sensor or the wrist-ECG measurement on your watch. The test lasts for four minutes, and to make sure that your results are as reliable as possible, you need to perform the test in similar conditions every time – we recommend that you take the test in the morning before breakfast. Do the test regularly to establish your individual baseline. Sudden deviations from your averages could signify that something is off-balance. See the instructions below:

Orthostatic test with Recovery Pro

The Orthostatic test is also an integral part of the Recovery Pro feature that tells if your cardiovascular system is recovered or not. It compares your Orthostatic test results to your baseline gathered over time, and also takes into account your subjective recovery, as well as your long-term training history.