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197: Optimizing Heart Rate Variability with Don Moxley

May 30, 2023 | Season 3


Join us for a deep dive into the science of performance and longevity with Don Moxley, a sports scientist and HRV expert. He shares powerful insights into HRV testing for athletes, the best time to test HRV for a recovery assessment, the essential lifestyle factors to increase HRV, the role of cannabinoids & inflammation, and more!

Don Moxley is Director of Applied Science at Longevity Labs Inc. in the United States. Dedicated to helping people live vibrant, fulfilling lives at all ages, Moxley draws upon his career as an professor of exercise physiology, athlete, a sports scientist, to lead and educate on the science of performance, autophagy and longevity. Don is a regarded longevity science leader known for making the complex simple.

Whether it’s a one-on-one podcast interview heard by thousands, a presentation at a wellness conference or plain talk to people who want to live their best lives as they grow older, Don personal mission, helping individuals understand the changes necessary to alleviate suffering and contribute to the betterment of well people, all based in the most up-to-date science of human performance. 

Throughout his life and career, Moxley has applied science to enhancing human performance. A former captain and Big 10 Champion with the Ohio State University wrestling team, Don then went on to serve as the university’s first sport scientist. By giving athletes the ability to track their progress in strength, cardiovascular and resilience training, he helped the wrestling team win a national title and three Big 10 Championships. He has helped athletes achieve two Olympic medals, four World Championships, seven National Championships and 23 All-Americans.

Moxley has been married to his wife Laura since 1990. They sold their home in Granville Ohio and moved full time into a 43' fifth wheel trailer and are exploring the United States giving their next home a chance to find them. When he’s not sharing knowledge about HRV, spermidine, cell renewal or longevity, he’s studying human performance.


0:51 Welcome to the show!

1:49 Pop Quiz of the Day

3:20 Biggest contributors to high HRV

4:11 Today’s topic: Heart Rate Variability

6:47 Don Moxley’s bio

7:47 Welcome Don to the podcast!

8:54 His experience in looking at HRV

9:48 How it was discovered in Russia

11:55 Should we check HRV during a workout?

14:16 Measuring HRV at night & true recovery

16:45 How poker players are using HRV

17:20 Using HRV testing in athletes

22:42 Study on police officers & HRV

24:53 Emotional & survival responses

29:09 Impact of video games

31:07 *LightPathLED*

34:23 Renee’s glucose

34:47 Relationship between training & HRV

38:44 Psychological state of flow

39:44 “Key Rocks in the Jar” for HRV

48:17 *Sleep Breakthrough*

47:00 Cleaning up your environment

47:58 Why live to 100?

52:56 How do we increase access to health?

55:35 Increasing motivation & self-love

1:02:08 Cannabinoids & HRV

1:10:12 Getting started with Mode + Method

1:12:36 Is inflammation the mechanism of action?

1:17:49 His Olympic gold medalist

1:21:50 Sleeping with a partner & “Sleep Divorce”

1:24:31 His final piece of advice

1:25:42 Thanks for tuning in!


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