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HeartMath, Fitbit and COVID-19 - Tracking Movement in Stillness and Stillness in Movement

Version 1 : Received: 16 August 2021 / Approved: 17 August 2021 / Online: 17 August 2021 (08:32:16 CEST)

How to cite: Edwards, S.D. HeartMath, Fitbit and COVID-19 - Tracking Movement in Stillness and Stillness in Movement. Preprints 2021, 2021080352 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0352.v1). Edwards, S.D. HeartMath, Fitbit and COVID-19 - Tracking Movement in Stillness and Stillness in Movement. Preprints 2021, 2021080352 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0352.v1).

Abstract

1. Background: The global COVID-19 lockdowns are unique psychological factors, requiring adjustment and coping. This illustrative, South African case study investigated the influence the COVID-19 lockdown context would have on meditation and physical activity. As these were lifestyle patterns the null hypothesis was of no change. 2. Method: The methodology consisted of quantitative and qualitative phases. The quantitative phase was an empirical, case study review of data from the author’s HeartMath and Fitbit electronic devices, as from 9 November 2019 to 31 July 2021. This consisted of coherence and achievement data from the HeartMath Inner Balance application (app), as well as distance and activity data from the Fitbit app. The qualitative phase consisted of the selection and illustration of meditation sessions documented over lockdown. 3. Results: The highly significant increases in physical activity and meditation coherence and achievement collectively indicated significant health promotion over the COVID-19 Lockdown period. Subtle energetic, experiential descriptions of meditation apprehensions resonated and supported these quantitative findings. 4. Conclusions: COVID-19 lockdown has meant transformation, humility, and reordering of priorities. The meditation descriptions amplified information from the HeartMath and Fitbit electronic devices, together co-creating conscious, embodied, relationship science for discussion, instruction, and further research.

Keywords

HeartMath; Fitbit; COVID-19; Meditation; Physical Activity

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