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For our most demanding clients (we love them to bits and pieces) we offer a Datadriven solution for Sustainable High Performance.
This means that we tailor individual development advice/support to each participant or key person (eg. CEO, mgmt teams, top salespeople etc) - where the expectations and demands for performance of them are so high that the person’s Sustainable High Performance could be a killing factor for overall company performance.
The datadriven solution for SHP consists of the standard approach for Sustainable High Performance, but with the addition of two elements - Blood or DNA sampling, and Heart Rate Variability monitoring.
Blood or DNA testing
Blood sampling is done in order to mitigate lifestyle risks involved with being a High Performance individual. Happy stress is still stress, and prolonged stress will damage even the sturdiest physique.
Blood sampling will provide +40 biomarkers, forming a baseline which can be monitored with regular intervals. The biomarkers will be analysed by our head of nutrition in order to provide specific, individually tailored performance nutrition advice to each participant.
DNA sampling can be used in order to make sure individual development protocols become individualized and preventative to the actual DNA of the participant, rather than generalized and reactionary.
There exists a wealth of knowledge on the role that many genes play in increasing disease risk, and more importantly, the role that nutrition and lifestyle play in ameliorating these risks.
Tailoring a nutritional plan based on nutrigenomics can help in stress management, support high performance, preventing cardio metabolic disease, cancers and lifestyle disease related to the environment the high performer operates in.
Heart Rate Variability
Heart Rate Variability - HRV - is considered to be one of the best biomarkers for understanding how the body, health, and fitness are affected by a whole range of factors like training load, sickness, alcohol, nutrition, sleep, and air quality to name a few.
Psychologists have used HRV through activities like meditation and guided breathing to treat psychological issues and reduce the impact of stress through faster recovery.
While it’s mostly been used by elite and Olympic athletes to gauge their training stimulus, training-/workload and recovery, it has become a useful data point for sustainable high performance too.
HRV data can be used to help high performers look at how certain lifestyle changes will impact their performance. For example, by measuring HRV, we can see correlations in how a previous day of hard work, a night of poor sleep or a few glasses of wine can affects the HRV value the next day. HRV recovery support can mitigate the effect of such stress.
By adopting new habits whilst tracking one’s HRV-biomarker, one can quickly get bio-feedback to see if one is getting the traction desired, or if a change of strategy is required.
There are a bunch of HRV devices out there, but they are mainly chest-strapped bands that only pro athletes have the commitment to use.
We use the easy to use CorSense finger-sensor device (available in our shop) and the HRV Elite app to support management teams and high performance individuals in organisations.
Dealing with long-term extreme stress should not be a killing factor for High Performers in our organisations (pun intended, really).