The Daily Readiness Assessment provides you, and your trainer or coach, with valuable insights into your overall well-being and how effectively you—and your body—are responding to the different stressors in your life, which is indicated by a readiness score.

Physical training and exercise is one obvious stressor, but there are other sources of stress that can impact your recovery and subsequently your overall readiness for physically demanding activity like mental and emotional stress from personal hardship, work, relationships, internal and external pressures, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, and many others, which can all compound each other.

Readiness is a measure of your individual behaviors and overall recovery response to stress—whether physical, mental, or emotional.

The objective of the NASM Daily Readiness Assessment and associated score is to create awareness about your ability to recover from the effects of physical, mental, and emotional stress and help you better understand your individual preparedness for exercise and physical activity on a daily basis as well as over time.

Your readiness score is based on a short and simple daily survey consisting of questions related to energy, mood, stress, sleep, and body soreness; responses are averaged into a number between 1 and 5, which is your overall readiness score.

A higher overall readiness score indicates your body is ready to take on higher intensity, more stressful activities, and a lower score indicates you should prioritize lower intensity activities and recovery.

Regularly tracking your readiness over time will provide you, and your trainer or coach, enhanced awareness of yourself and your stressors, and ultimately help you manage them better to ensure you’re continually making informed choices about when to push harder, and when to back off, which will allow you to maximize the results from your training program.