Making healthy choices in everyday life isn’t always easy. And, as individuals, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s where personal health data and recommendations from the Firstbeat Life corporate wellness solution can give you some welcome support.
If you are building a house, you can’t put the roof on before laying the foundations. A home arrives one brick at a time. And that is true when building our own well-being, too. It’s better to take small steps than try to change everything at once.
Lifestyle and behavioral choices make up 40% of our well-being.¹ That’s a bigger impact than socio-economic, healthcare, or even genetic factors. So, making small changes to your daily routine can have a real impact on wellness and health – from reducing stress and improving fitness, to boosting recovery. For instance, approximately 20-25 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (a walk or taking the stairs instead of the lift) per day, has been linked to reduced daytime tiredness and improved concentration.
Personal data unlock small improvements
But there isn’t a magic ‘one-size-fits-all’ checklist to achieving perfect well-being. We’re all individuals. Our bodies respond to situations differently and our different lives mean we can’t all follow the same routine. The key is understanding how your body reacts to daily activities, learning which areas need the most focus, and targeting them with small changes rather than trying to overhaul everything at once.
Introducing a healthier diet, running every day, and sleeping for an extra two hours a night may seem like a good idea but A) it probably isn’t realistic to do all of that at once and, B) it could cause more stress because of the amount of sudden change.
Firstbeat Life’s personal video recommendations
Firstbeat Life is a corporate wellness solution that helps end-users reach their health and performance potential with science-backed confidence by turning sleep, recovery, stress, and exercise data into actionable insights.
After measuring during everyday life (for between 1-5 days), users see their personalized health and well-being results in the Firstbeat Life app. Firstbeat’s accurate and reliable data pinpoints which aspects of an individual’s well-being are thriving, whilst giving every user truly personalized recommendations about where introducing small change can produce positive results.
Rather than being left with a lot of numbers and even more questions, Firstbeat Life’s Video Recommendations feature helps users decide on actionable next steps they can take to see real results.
The videos users receive are based on their individual health and well-being scores and Fitness Levels results. In them, qualified Firstbeat specialists provide context, advice, and suggestions for small changes users could make to their daily routine. The videos focus on the areas the data has shown could benefit from a change to unlock improved health and lifestyle.
For example, if your Restorative Effects of Sleep score is low (e.g., 40/100), you will receive a video recommending ways to improve your overnight recovery such as cutting out evening exercise or removing blue light from the bedroom. A poor physical activity score? Your video will focus on ways to increase activity.
By implementing these recommendations into your everyday life, and repeating the Firstbeat Life measurement, you can see their impact and decide if they work for you. Of course, future measurements will mean new recommendations so you can continue to develop healthy habits.
This ensures Firstbeat Life’s personalized insights go beyond giving you individual data and provide you with next step advice that truly is specific to you.
Firstbeat Life is a corporate wellness solution for employees and employers. Learn how it can help you, and your company, reach your health and performance potential.
¹McInnis et al (2002). The Case For More Active Policy Attention To Health Promotion. Health Affairs, 21 (2): 78-93
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