Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Stacey Doan



HRV is an accurate, useful, non-invasive, and inexpensive internal load metric to gain insight on physiological changes induced by lifestyle choices. Previous literature reviews have demonstrated the beneficial use of HRV in sports training (Makivic, Nikic & Willis, 2013). Reactivity HRV measurements can be used to evaluate fitness level and intensity of exercise. Additionally, monitoring daily resting HRV readings can help fend off overtraining syndrome. In this review, 13 studies showed daily choices like exercise, nutrition, mediation, journaling, and yoga impact resting, reactivity, and recovery HRV measurement. This review showed common trends that regular exercise improves reactivity HRV, diets with high Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics increase resting and reactivity HRV, and practices like meditation, gratitude journaling, and yoga typically increase reactivity HRV when paired with personalities that enjoy such activities.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.