Track your heart rate in live WONE sessions
Today, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of heart rate tracking in live WONE sessions, a new way to measure the physiological impact of mind and body practices. It’s been a labour of love for many months by many people and a topic close to my heart.
When I started Walking on Earth, I wanted to bridge the worlds of cutting edge science and technology with ancient preventative health practices, to help empower individuals living busy, stressful working city lives to experience the positive effect of proactively managing your health.
And now you can. By connecting wearable devices to WONE, we can monitor how your heart rate changes during a meditation or yoga session. And you can start to not just feel your progress but measure it too.
Heart rate tracking only just launched and we’re already gathering transformational results from our beta group. ‘I joined the Guided Deep Rest session with WONE, and watched my heart rate decrease by 22 bpm in just 10 minutes’ said one of our learners.
The timing of this release is important. It’s May and it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. I believe it’s crucial that we use this time to translate awareness into action. I urge you to become the CEO of your own health, and to take meaningful action and responsibility to manage the stress in your life.
The heart (rate) of the matter
Why have we focused on heart rate? Your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. It's often called a pulse. In a resting state, an adult’s heart rate is normally between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm). Usually, if you have a lower resting heart rate, it means your heart is working more efficiently and you have better cardiovascular fitness.Your heart rate goes up during exercise or in stressful situations. It goes down when relaxing, meditating or during good sleep. By tracking your heart rate, you’ll be more in tune with how your body responds to environmental triggers of stress and notice how engaging in preventative health practices can move you from a state of stress to calm.
Plus, now you can objectively measure the effect of all those hours spent meditating ;)
Sessions you could feel working, now you can measure them too
We asked some of our team members working on the project why the release is so special. I’ll go first.
1. It measures the difference WONE is making to your health
Reeva Misra, CEO
I started WONE to bring the power of the latest science and technology to ancient preventative health practices. As a society, we don’t prioritise our health until it’s broken. We’ve normalised stress and a culture of burnout and it’s leading to chronic illness. This needs to change. By allowing individuals to measure the real time impact of engaging in just a 10 minute meditation or yoga session on our platform, we are demonstrating the direct link between meditation and changes in physiology. We’re building a rich dataset to scientifically substantiate the impact of preventative health practices on reducing stress and preventing ill health.
2. It’s both personalised and private
Isabelle Pitman, Head of Operations
We say at WONE that we’re tackling the workplace stress epidemic one person at a time. Biometrics are a big step towards recommending targeted sessions for individual needs. But I know there can be concerns about personalisation, especially when it’s a health benefit provided through a company. Rest assured, we’ve designed biometrics in WONE with a firm commitment to your privacy and employers don’t have access to individual biometric scores.
3. It helps you measure your WONE results over time
Duncan Thompson, Head of Product
Once you connect your wearable to WONE, each activity based session that you attend while wearing it will start tracking your heart rate. At the end of a session, you’ll see a “before & after” reading. That’s helpful for sure, but the real power of biometrics is in seeing trends. In session history, you’ll be able to see your biometric results over time, showing you how you’re responding to the programme longer term.
4. It makes you curious about your body
Marion Chomse, Head of Marketing
I wasn’t an early adopter of wearables, but once you start tracking your biometrics, you can’t stop! Like many of us at WONE, I love knowing how many steps I took, or how long my sleep cycles are. What’s special about the WONE release is that it gives a unique focus to your practices – you know precisely, and in the space of a session – how your body responds. Getting curious about your body is a key step in getting control of your health.
5. It’s only the beginning
Velislav Gerov, Senior Full Stack Developer
We have an ambitious roadmap combining biometrics data with AI. We are working with clinicians and data scientists on iterating on biometrics in an even more personalised WONE Index. We can’t wait to tell you more about that soon.
In the meantime…
To our WONE members: Do you have a fitness tracker or smart watch?
Connect your wearable to WONE and
- learn how your heart rate changes during a mindfulness or movement session
- track heart rate changes in your biometric session history
- choose when to measure and what data to keep – you’re in control of your biometric data
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