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Polar Loop

The Polar Loop is the very first activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also has the ability to connect to Polar Heart Rate Monitors, such as the Polar H7 Heart Rate SensorPolar Loop, allowing you to track steps, calories, sleep and other activities. This removes having to guess how many calories have been burned during your workout.

Opening your package, you may notice minor alterations may be required. With the maximum circumference of the band being 9.3 inches, you may have to cut it to your size. Please carefully follow sizing instructions. The minimum circumference will be 5.7 inches. Once properly sized, no additional adjustments are required. The Loop can be paired with the iPhone via Smart Bluetooth and have access to the companion app’s dashboard. If you’re an Android user, you must remove the device and sync it with a computer using the supplied USB cable. Polar says that an Android app is due out soon. The software, called Polar FlowSync (flow.polar.com) is designed to allow you to sync your activities to the web, as well as update the firmware on the unit.

If you’re heavily into exercising then adding on the H7 Heart Rate Transmitter is great for you. This allows you to your heart into the target zone and keep it there. A good thing to point out is that “the Bluetooth Smart doesn’t allow multiple devices to connect to the HR strap at once.  This means that if you have a phone app that’s otherwise using the strap you’ll need to disconnect that app from using the strap.  The inverse is true as well if you want to use it with your phone, you’ll need to disconnect it from the Loop.” The Loop doesn’t require a given starting point or ending point.  It just knows you’re wearing a strap and records the data from it, a feature setting not seen in many other activity monitors. Now when you’re cycling or running you can get the actual calorie information from the HR Data.

We have not forgot about the swimmers either. Most activity trackers are barely even rain proof, let alone the lame IPX7 standard (which is 1 meter for 30 minutes), but the Loop is waterproofed up to 20 meters (60feet). Polar Loop has a capacitive touch button that reacts to water as well as to a human touch. The soft strap, included with the H7 Transmitter, is not machine washable. The Polar H7 transfers heart rate information while swimming with products which support 5kHz transmission.

So, what are you waiting for? Order your Polar Loop Activity Monitor and H7 Heart Rate Transmitter NOW!

The Importance of H20

Did you know that water makes up more than 50 percent of your body weight? It is one of the main components your body relies on to survive. Proper hydration allows the heart to easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. It also allows the muscles to remove waste so that they can function normally. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t haThe Importance of H20ve to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport, and an American Heart Association volunteer. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to properly function.

Water comes packed with health benefits as well. Proper hydration is, by far, one of the best solutions to decreasing wrinkles. H2O also promotes stronger teeth, while the additional fluoride now added to most treatment facilities promotes extra bone density to the bones and teeth.

Because synovial fluid contains water, it is also crucial to the joints, keeping them properly hydrated.

Due to the amount of sweat lost while exercising, it’s essential that everyone, athlete or individuals should keep hydrated to help ward off the possibility of “cramping”.

Drink more to promote a healthier mind as well. The human brain is composed of 95% water, blood is 85% water, and lungs are nearly 90% water.

It is generally recommended that most people drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Carrying something like the Camelbak 1L Chute BPA Free Water Bottle with you as you go about your exercise regimen will help you stay hydrated. Even the elderly may have to consume more water than average. They may have a medical condition requiring more water intake.

Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water needed daily as well. Sports drinks are helpful for those exercising due to the carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar, but water is more than enough to keep you hydrated.

Is exercise safe during pregnancy?

Women are often torn over whether they can work out while they are pregnant or not. There’s always people around who say “Sit down!” “Let me get that.” I’m sure we all have more that we can add. You can be confident telling these people that pregnancy does not mean sick. You can exercise!! Of course, you’d want to be sure to use caution. Pregnancy itself can leave you feeling tired, but regular shifts of eIs exercise safe dur​ing pregnancy?xercise can help you gain some of that energy back.

In the beginning, you should start slow, especially if you were not very fit prior to pregnancy. Aiming for 10 minutes each day should suffice, until you’re able to build this up to 20-30 minutes. Because you are with child, you’re not pushing to feel the burn, as this causes exhaustion. Your goal is to be fit. Be careful to eat properly and get enough fluids. Being pregnant means you need approximately 300 extra calories each day, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. You also want to be sure to stay hydrated!! This cannot be stressed enough. Lose fitting clothing is also recommended on hotter days.

Women who are active during pregnancy usually have the normal pregnancy complaints such as back pain and sleep troubles, it also triggers the flow of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, making you feel good overall, in addition to keeping off extra baby weight and making labor itself easier.

Sports that may cause you to fall or be thrown off-balance, such as horse-riding, skiing, gymnastics, waterskiing or skating should be avoided. Diving is also unsafe during pregnancy. Contact or collision sports, such as football, rugby, tennis and squash, are also risky, because you may be hit in the stomach. Studies also show that if you develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), exercise can help you to manage your blood sugar levels.

It has also been shows that as long as you have a low-risk pregnancy with no contraindications, such as high blood pressure or symptoms of premature labor, exercise is good for you, and aiming for a target heart rate adding a heart rate monitor may be beneficial, while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women use the “talk test” when exercising (if you can talk normally, your heart rate is acceptable). For a list of safe pregnancy exercises check out http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-best-kinds-of-exercise-for-pregnancy_7880.bc! And as always, consult your doctor before you begin any exercise routine!

Over the last few weeks, I have come across quite a few different articles promoting physical fitness to increase the brain, and decided to look into this a little bit more. Sure, working out will make you feel better about yourself, look better, and maybe even boost your confidence, but does it really make the brain more “fit?”
Exercise benefits the brain in a number of ways. One of the main examples of this is that it increases the heart rate, which in turn pumps more oxygen to the brain. Physical activity also releases hormones which “participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells.” USNews.com recently posted an article in which a team, led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman researched this exact subject. “We know from previous work that higher fit children outperform lower fit children on tasks of attention, memory and school performance,” Chaddock-Heyman says. “Thus, it is possible that white matter structure is another pathway by which fitness relates to improved cognition.”
Physical fitness, to promote a healthier brain, is now making its way around the world. In Iowa, gym students will now be required to wear a heart rate monitor in order to pass the class. Livermore Elementary School has also implemented a special fitness element into their classrooms in the form of desk cycles. Children will be able to cycle, at their leisure, as they sit at their desks. The desk cycles keep track of distance and calories burned. Regular physical activity boosts memory and ability to learn and retain new information. An added tidbit of information for you, Studies show just one hour’s exercise a week can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease by almost half, according to a landmark study which ranks the seven lifestyle threats fuelling rising levels of dementia. Although the brain is an organ, it’s safe to think of it as a muscle. Use It or Lose It!

Never Be In The Dark Again!

Ok, you’re camping, throwing an outside party or just having a get together with friends on your deck. When the sun starts to set the one thing that all of the above have in common is that you’re going to have to turn on some lights.

A great way to provide a light source for every occasion is the Luci Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern

Luci Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern

There are various models of the Luci Lux from straight white led light to a model that provides various colors that fade in and out for a soothing mood that can help set the tone for any gathering or celebration.

The Luci Lux is very portable, lightweight and can be used indoors and out! It’s great for taking on a hiking/camping trip in that it only weighs 4 ounces and collapses to only 1 inch. Contains a solar charged lithium ion battery, which makes it a great energy saving alternative to candles or conventional batteries. This solar battery can be charged from either sunlight or incandescent light and produces light from 10 led bulbs, this will provide you with up to 12 hours of illumination.  It will easily provide enough light for a 10 sq. foot area.

Another great feature is that the Luci Lux is also completely waterproof.  So you don’t have to worry about any rain events or possibly dropping it in a body of water while you are camping!

With the Luci Lux, you will never need to worry about not having enough light at hand for any outdoor function.

 

High Blood Pressure and Exercising, Why You Need It!

Adopting a regimen of exercising into your daily life style can help lower your blood pressure! Not only can it lower your blood pressure but it can also provide the means to lower your stress levels, which in turn can make your day a happier one!

As always, before starting any exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure you are ready to begin an exercising program.  If you currently are not physically active they will make sure you are in good shape to begin one.  Since an active lifestyle is good for your blood pressure, your doctor will likely be all for it.

You can do any activity you like, and you don’t need to go to a gym. As long as you’re moving around and making your heart beat a little faster. That includes brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, lifting weights, or doing yard work.

Know Your Numbers: Whatever exercise program you choose to do, make sure it will be something you are happy doing.  This is a “Key Factor” in keeping you committed to your new exercise routine.  If you don’t like what you are doing you’re going to have a hard time keeping to it!

Keep in mind, blood pressure does increase with age. So it is important that you ask your doctor what blood pressure numbers are right for you at this time in your life.  There are many portable devices today to help you keep track of your numbers.

To help monitor your blood pressure, check out the ADC 6015 Automatic Advantage Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor  It enables very fast and reliable measurement of the systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as pulse. It’s very portable and has an easy to read screen.

When starting your exercise program you will also want to track your overall performance.  One way to do this is by the use of a daily monitor like the Lifetrak Move C300 Activity and Heart Rate Monitor The LifeTrak Move C300 automatically tracks your calories burned, steps taken, and distance traveled. Your data displays right on your wrist for easy viewing. No extra parts or charging required! The Move C300 can also sync to some of your favorite health and fitness apps using Bluetooth Smart technology.

How Often Should You Exercise?

Go for moderate activity, like brisk walking, at least 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If you’re short on time, vigorous activity, like jogging, gives you the same benefit in 20 minutes, 3 to 4 days a week.

If you’re not active today, gradually work up to this amount of exercise. If it takes you a few weeks to get there, that’s absolutely fine.

Remember the key to staying committed to an exercise program is to make it a part of your daily routine.  Make a plan to schedule it.  Keep sight of the overall goal of getting your blood pressure numbers down to where your doctor recommends them to be.

Most of all look at the time that you spend exercising, as your “personal time”.  If you do this, you will not have to push yourself to exercise, you will be looking forward to doing it.

Lowering your Blood Pressure, Lowering your Stress = Happier Days and better Health!

Pear Training Intelligence and Your I- Phone

Never second guess at a workout routine again!  Pear Training Intelligence uses the advanced Bluetooth heart rate monitor to measure your body’s response to a workout and provides real-time audio coaching through the Pear Stride earphones to ensure that you train at the right intensity.

The Pear Stride Earphones feature the exclusive “Earlock” by Surefire Retention System used by Special Forces, utilizing seven contact points to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, even for long workouts.

 
Plans from the Pros
With a wide range of unique workouts and training plans from world-class coaches, PEAR has something for everyone and is continuously adding new content. PEAR lets you train efficiently and effectively, whether you’ve started running for the first time, or if you’re a Boston Marathon qualifier. Choose your favorite activity and let your coach take it from there.


Personalized
Unlike any other heart rate monitor or exercise device, PEAR guides you step by step, telling you when to speed up or slow down, provides useful tips to improve your form, explains the purpose and benefits of the workout, and keeps motivating you. Using PEAR Stride earphones, advanced Bluetooth heart rate monitor and PEAR’s fitness assessment workout, PEAR will learn your fitness level and create custom heart rate zones that ensure you do every subsequent workout at the right intensity.

 
Train Smart by Heart Rate
Training effectively by heart rate requires customized workouts based on how your heart responds to exercise. Using five narrow heart rate zones, based on your calibration, and PEAR’s advanced Bluetooth® heart rate monitor, PEAR helps you dial in the intensity of your workouts very precisely to get the maximum intended benefit. With PEAR, you don’t have to calculate or remember any numbers to perform your workouts effectively. PEAR does it all for you.

 
Real-Time Audio Coaching
With PEAR, forget the nagging uncertainties of “Am I pushing myself enough?” or “Am I in the right zone?” or “What are my zones anyway?” PEAR interprets your biometrics for you, delivering you an effective and efficient workout. After choosing your workout, whether it be a kettlebell workout or a 5K training plan, PEAR will coach you from start to finish, telling you exactly what to do. PEAR will also deliver real-time stats like time, distance, heart rate, current zone, pace, calories burned, and more, with the simple touch of a button.

 
Track Your Stats.
PEAR makes working out not only fun, but also rewarding. Track your progress and review your stats within the PEAR Sports app or online through the PEAR web portal. Over time, as you build speed and endurance, you will start to see improvements such as your average speed increasing and fitness level improving. Proud of a particular workout? PEAR lets you share your stats with your friends via social media and email.

The Sun, The Tan, The Burn?

With summer upon us, everyone should be thinking about sun protection. In fact, those of us who spend many hours outside during the early day walking, running or hiking those deep wood trails, should already be ahead of the curve.

Still, many people misunderstand both the dangers and the necessary steps to protect their skin from sun damage, which includes skin cancer and acute damage like sunburn and sun poisoning.

There’s no ‘safe’ tan
Probably the biggest misconception people have about sun care is that suntans are healthy. The fact is, a suntan is the body’s response to damage. When the sun’s rays are absorbed by the skin, cells called melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment that gives the skin color. The added melanin offers increased protection for future exposure.

However, it’s important to emphasize that if skin tans, damage has already occurred. Moreover, sunburn is a severe response to excessive sun exposure, which exceeds the skin’s melanin production response.

What’s a little burn?
We hear all the time, “I got a little sunburn, but it’s no big deal.” Unfortunately, while tans and burns are signs of damage, each time we burn we greatly increase our risk for skin cancer — one blistering sunburn doubles your risk for malignant melanoma, the most dangerous and ever-increasing form of skin cancer.

Athletes, everyday people exercising in the hot sun in particular should keep in mind that sunburns and acute sun poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, fever and fatigue. Nevertheless, a ‘healthy tan’ is often popular,

Sunscreen, clothing ?
The human body can be considered a near-perfect black radiator, absorbing 97 percent of radiant energy directed at it, regardless of skin color. So while it may sound implausible, wearing both sunscreen and clothing can actually enhance performance by reducing the amount of radiant energy absorbed by the skin; even small increases in body temperature can adversely affect performance.

Additionally, wearing sunscreen on covered areas during hot and sunny days can be beneficial too, since those great wicking fabrics are also great at letting more sun in.

Sun block or sweat block?
While use of sunscreen can reduce radiant heat absorption, people  are concerned that sunscreen will also hamper sweating. However, data from a 2000 research study published in the Journal Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness showed that use of sunscreen doesn’t affect thermoregulation — in fact, it may actually enhance overall body cooling. This data, while preliminary, should convince those who believe sunscreen will compromise their performance to start protecting their skin.

Managing your risk
Take advantage of the early morning or early evening hours when the sun is not as intense as it is during the hours of 10a.m. and 5p.m.  Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen even at these times, the sun may not be as intense, but you can still get a burn if not treated.

The bottom line is that we all need to do the best we can to reduce our risk while we go about our daily exercise routines.  The most important thing to understand is that sunscreen can actually improve your performance by protecting against burns and keeping you cooler in the heat.

 

 

 

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

When you’re on the move, whether it’s to bike, hike, walk or run, it’s of the utmost importance, especially in the hot and humid July and August temperatures, to stay hydrated. Keeping water on-hand and drinking often is necessary to your health (your heart will thank you!), but also a requirement to perform at your peak. We often hear about the important of staying hydrated and drinking 8 glasses of water per day, but it’s easy to forget how much you’ve consumed when you’re on the go, which is why we’re sharing with you some tricks to staying hydrated this summer.

Forget the 8 glass rule – Sixty-four ounces may be too much for inactive people or far too little for those who exercise or work outdoors. Hydration needs can change daily and are highly individual.

Drink more above 70/70 – When the temperature and humidity are both above 70, you enter the dehydration danger zone. Sip frequently from a water bottle, and drink before, during, and after vigorous activity.

Hydrate first – Begin exercise well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after your exercise session.

Stay away from energy drinks – They contain large amounts of sugar and stimulants that can be counterproductive and dangerous.

Turn to fruit – Many fruits are a great source of both electrolytes and fluids. Bananas and dates are known for having high levels of the electrolyte potassium, making them a great option for refueling during an intense workout.

Muscle fatigue – Pay attention to your body. Lean muscle tissue contains more than 75 percent water, so when the body is short on H2O, muscles are more easily fatigued.

Heart happy – Your blood is 80% water; if you don’t replace what’s lost every day, blood thickens, forcing your heart to work harder and raising your risk of a heart attack.

No matter what kind of workout you participate in, one thing remains the same: hydration. At HRM, we make it easy to stay hydrated while exercising.  Camelbak water bottles are made to be your perfect workout companion. Camelbak Podium water bottles and Vapur water bottles are just two options that every athlete will love. For bikers and hikers, hydration packs from Camelbak, Geigerrig and Deuter allow for continuous, easy, comfortable hydration while you’re on the move.

Compete, Connect and Navigate with the Garmin Edge 1000

Do you dream of strapping on your helmet, mounting your bike and setting off for wide open spaces? Do you thrive on competition and pushing yourself to the limit? If you dream of racing the pros or want to see how you stack up against other riders on a climb in real-time, meet the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer.

This advanced GPS bike computer lets you connect, compare and compete through dynamic in-ride challenges and connected features. Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect segments and seeing real-time results on your Edge, including alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings. The segments feature keeps you motivated and helps you push for continual improvement.

Stay Connected: Keep a pulse on the outside world with Edge 1000’s incoming calls and text message alerts, and LiveTrack, which allows friends and family to follow races and training activities in real time. Instantly share a ride on social media and Garmin Connect, or download software updates with Edge 1000’s Bluetooth Smart wireless and Wi-Fi capabilities that allow easy upload and download.

Navigate the Roads: The Edge 1000 comes with preloaded maps and points of interest, including parks and trails, to help you find your way. Working like a GPS navigator for a car with bike-specific features, Edge 1000 provides courses and can guide you back to start or calculate the most direct route and provide turn-by-turn directions to get you where you need to be.

Exceptional Display: Adopted from the renowned Edge 810 and 510, Edge 1000’s display is fully customizable with performance monitoring, advanced workout/training compatibility, and activity profiles, saving data and routing preferences to allow easy transition between different types of riding, such as road, mountain or touring.

Compete, connect and navigate your rides with the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.