Product Overview

Stress Measurement
 

Physical Activity and Exercise

Features and Technical Requirements


Bodyguard 2
 


Reports
 

Lifestyle Assessment is a Hands-on Tool for Well-being Professionals

Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment is a cost-effective tool for wellness promotion services and employee health programs. The Lifestyle Assessment can be used to measure stress and recovery, physical workload, energy expenditure and the effects of physical activity, as well as to evaluate various lifestyle-related risk factors.

The Lifestyle Assessment can identify the early signs of stress and overload before more serious exhaustion or burnout, allowing healthcare and wellness professionals to design targeted and customized steps to help their clients. Key application areas of the analysis include supporting the overall coping of employees, development of work conditions, physical activity guidance and comprehensive lifestyle evaluation.

The assessment is based on accurate analysis of the heartbeat. The effects of various stressors on the human body are reflected in the regulation of the heart and heart rate variability, which allows in-depth evaluation of physiological reactions in the body.


Stress Measurement

Verifying the Balance between Stress and Recovery

Firstbeat Lifetyle Assessmenet is a unique tool for measuring and demonstrating daily periods of stress and recovery.  The Lifestyle Assessment report shows, for example, if a person gets enough recovery in a 24-hour period and if the resources consumed during the day recover sufficiently during night sleep.

Stress and recovery chart

Example. A normal work day includes some stress and it is not necessary to eliminate that. Regular recovery should be ensured by paying attention to sufficient sleep, relaxing leisure time and short breaks to intercept the stress cycles.

One of the central goals of stress measurement is to avoid prolonged stress, which can lead to serious overload and exhaustion. The risk can be reduced by taking care of regular recovery and replenishment of resources, which can be monitored with the Lifestyle Assessment. Other benefits of stress measurement:

  • Support coping at work and personal well-being
  • Reduce sick leave associated costs
  • A tool to guide and support discussion with a client
  • A tool for collecting information to support medical decisions

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Physical Activity and Exercise

Are You Active Enough?

Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment shows if the physical activity that you engaged in was of sufficient intensity and duration to improve fitness and promote health. With the Health Promoting Physical Activity report you will get a detailed analysis of the intensity of your physical activity session and the sufficiency of its duration. In addition, the analysis will look at the relation of health benefits versus possible risks. Separate reports are available for health promoting physical activity and fitness/training. For fitness and well-being professionals, the reports are an excellent planning and follow-up tool. The Lifestyle Assessment is an outstanding motivational tool for recreational exercisers and fitness enthusiasts, as well as for previously inactive people.

Health promoting physical activity chart

Example. Most of this 1-hour run was at a sufficient intensity to improve the client’s current fitness level as well as to produce positive health effects. The amount and intensity of physical activity fulfilled the daily health promoting physical activity recommendation.

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Features and Technical Requirements

Firstbeat Analysis Server Features and Technical Requirements

Firstbeat Analysis Server is designed for efficient delivery of heart rate measurement based services. The solution is a multiuser environment that combines physiological measurement, automated heart rate variability analysis and reporting into an optimized process.

Firstbeat solution consists of an online service and Firstbeat Uploader software or plugin installed locally on a computer. Measurement devices are prepared for assessments and heartbeat data is transferred to server with Firstbeat Uploader.

     

Firstbeat Analysis server features

Measurements

  • Dedicated devices for beat-by-beat 24h  heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV) measurement (Firstbeat Bodyguard)
  • Support also other R-R recording devices and data file uploads
  • Device management tool (device availability, usage rates, reliability)
  • Efficient data upload from Bodyguard 2 device to Server (Uploader plugin)
  • Automated device preparation and checks

Automated heart rate variability (HRV) analysis

  • Analysis has been developed based on physiological research on autonomic nervous system (ANS) function
  • Results are scaled according to 24h HRV assessment and laboratory assessment databases
  • Underlying physiological model  produces detailed second-by-second information on exercise and physical activity, energy metabolism, and stress and recovery
  • Quantified indexes on stress, recovery, workload and exercise
  • Built-in stress and recovery state classification and interpretation tool
  • Built-in detection of HRV irregularities
  • Automated measurement error correction and quality checks

Reporting

  • Following reports in pdf format: Stress and recovery, Lifestyle inspection, Health promoting physical activity, Training effect, and Physical workload
  • More reporting options: 1 day per report or multiple reports per day
  • Creation of custom reports
  • Specialist reports on HRV based stress classification
  • Group reporting tools
  • Customer specifiable graphical elements and branding
  • Available report languages: English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian
  • Export of detailed data for research uses
  • Note! A color printer is required for printing Lifestyle Assessment reports!

Communication tools and diaries

  • Web-based electronic diary and personal information request tools
  • Tools supporting feedback session and personal lifestyle goal setting
  • Client communications by email
  • Customizable email forms for system-generated automated messaging with the customers

Optimized processes for services delivery

  • Process for managing individual assessments
  • Project management for group assessments
  • Support for different types of reporting and assessments
  • Reminder emails on workflow
  • Built-in step-by-step process to improved quality in service delivery

Administrative tools and security

  • Professional users accounts management
  • System statistics and access logs
  • Customization tools and system options
  • SSL secured communications and password access security
  • Built-in user instructions and guidance
  • Technical architecture supports dedicated servers and high volume use

Technical requirements for using Firstbeat Analysis server

System requirements

  • The Web browser must be armed with Adobe Flash Player (can be downloaded free of charge from www.adobe.com)

Firstbeat Uploader plugin

Firstbeat Uploader plugin enables preparing Bodyguard 2 device and uploading measurement data with the browser instead of using the Uploader software. Uploader plugin is both Windows and Mac (OS V version 10.6 or newer) compatible. Uploader plugin enables: 

  • Preparing Bodyguard device
  • Uploading measurement data from Bodyguard device
  • Changing Bodyguard settings

Firstbeat Uploader requirements

Uploader software is needed for preparing devices for assessments and transferring heartbeat data to analysis server.

  • Operating systems Windows 7 & 8, Vista and XP
  • Internet connection
  • RAM memory at least 512 MB
  • Processor speed minimum 1 GHz
  • Free hard disk drive space at least 50 MB
  • Display resolution at least 1024x768
  • Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or newer
  • USB port

Compatible measurement devices

  • Firstbeat Bodyguard & Bodyguard 2
  • Suunto Memory Belt
  • Suunto t6 and Polar RS800 Heart rate monitors

Download Uploader plugin or software here or from Analysis Server > Tools > Download plugin.

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Bodyguard 2

An Accurate and Reliable Measurement Device for Heart Rate Variability Data

  • Accurate and reliable method for measuring heart rate variability 
  • Easy to use: Attaches with two electrodes and starts recording automatically
  • Suitable for demanding conditions: Unobtrusive and ergonomic design

Firstbeat Bodyguard 2 is a reliable R-R interval and movement data recording device for short and long-term measurements. Bodyguard 2 is designed for round-the-clock recordings and can be used during exercise, leisure time and sleep. The device is unobtrusive and easy to use as it attaches directly to the skin with two chest electrodes and starts recording data automatically. The measurement data is uploaded directly to Firstbeat Analysis Server or SPORTS software and the battery is charged via USB without any additional cables.  

Learn more about the technical specifications of the Bodyguard 2, Bodyguard 2 warranty and the use of Bodyguard 2 in HRV research.

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Reports

Reports Available in the Firstbeat Analysis Server

Individual Lifestyle Assessment reports illustrate the link between lifestyle and well-being

Lifestyle Assessment report, case
Busy Mum
Lifestyle Assessment report, case
HR Manager
Lifestyle Assessment report, case 
Steel Fixer
Lifestyle Assessment Summary

Additional reports provide individuals with specific information on different areas of well-being

Stress and Recovery overview Health Promoting Physical Activity Lifestyle Inspection Training Effect Report Physical Workload Report

Custom Report
(additional feature)

Anonymous group reports summarize the results of a group

Lifestyle Group Report Physical Workload
Group Report
Summary of the Firstbeat
Assessment
Pre-Questionnaire
Group 
Summary

Service provicers' specialist reports support the interpretation of results

Specialist Report Specialist Group Report

Available report languages: English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian.

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