Helping your head listen to your heart with Firstbeat
Firstbeat was founded in 2002 in Jyväskylä, which is the hub of sports sciences of Finland with the University and physiology labs. Its mission is to use physiology and science to unlock human potential in health, performance and productivity. It’s now the leading provider of physiological analytics with hundreds of wellness professionals, and millions of consumers worldwide using Firstbeat to enhance performance and wellbeing.
Its story began 20 years ago when its founders combined physiological science with mathematics to understand the language of the heart. They wanted to discover how this knowledge could help people to reach their life aspirations. A breakthrough in a Finnish sports-sciences research lab revealed how heart rate variability (HRV) could be used to translate human physiology into a mathematical model.
This research enabled Firstbeat to create a window into inner body functions, allowing people to map stress, recovery, and exercise performance.
What does it do?
The Firstbeat Life solution is the new way to support your employees’ mental and physical health, and to get a complete picture of your company’s well-being status through anonymous company-level data.
How does it help employees?
Employees can measure their stress, recovery, sleep, physical activity, and fitness using a highly accurate personal sensor that monitors heart rate variability (HRV). After measuring, they can view insights via the Firstbeat Life app to understand their body’s reactions to different life events and introduce meaningful changes, one small step at a time.
How does it help employers?
Employers receive anonymous company-level data via the Firstbeat Life Admin tool – a detailed reporting platform that lets you monitor company-wide health and wellness, identify potential risk areas, achieve healthier and happier employees and verify the effectiveness of well-being actions and investment.
Rob Rigby, Director at Nugent Santé commented on why they recommend Firstbeat to clients. They said, “We use Firstbeat ourselves, and it’s a fantastic system that’s designed to support employee risk management while promoting health and wellbeing.
“The data it provides removes the guesswork and gives powerful information on how your employees can help manage stress, exercise correctly and sleep better. From its intuitive software, you can get a complete picture of how healthy your workforce is and then develop strategies that create a caring work environment. It is a powerful tool that helps you design the wellbeing programmes bespoke to your organisation.”