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10 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

10 Tips for a Healthy HolidayIt’s that time of year when families come together and enjoy the holidays. Some have their own personal traditions that they follow, while others float from house to house, paying a visit or dropping gifts to everyone they can think of. The one thing, besides gifts, that most locations will have in common is food, and an abundance of it. If you’ve been trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, this can wreak havoc on your diet, but it does not have to. Check out these 10 Tips for a Healthy Holiday:

1. Stand Further Away From Snacks
If there are finger foods like chips or M&M’s. try to stand further away. In the midst of conversing, it is easy to be tempted to just reach over and grab a handful. Purposely positioning yourself further away helps to reduce this urge, as you wouldn’t usually end your chat just to grab chips, would you?

2. Plan Time for Exercise
Exercise helps reduce the stress of the holidays, and also prevents weight gain. Try to moderately increase your exercise routines to compensate for the extra eating that you may do. A 10 to 15 minute brisk walk twice a daily would be a great start. Try adding a Fitbit One to track your progress.

3. If You Overeat at One Meal Go Light on the Next
With so many delicious options spread out, I know it can be hard to watch your consumption. If you go heavy the first go around, and you must have seconds, go light. Perhaps a slice of pie or some celery sticks would satisfy that craving.

4. Bring a Healthy Dish to Holiday Gatherings
If you’re preparing a dish, make sure yours is healthy. Try something with whole grains, vegetables, beans, or fresh fruit. This at least guarantees that you’ll have at least one healthy dish to chose from at pot luck parties.

5. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking
Similar to the step above, this applies in general. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Try to incorporate healthy ideas into mom’s traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.

6. Get Your Sleep
Sleep deprivation can contribute to weight gain, cloudy thinking, and diminished immune health. Between activities, try to get as much sleep as possible. If you don’t have any plans on a specific night, try going to bed a little bit earlier. A hot bath and BattleCreek Bedwarmer definitely does the trick for me.

7. Keep Your Body Active During Gatherings
Walk around and mingle, or stand up while socializing. When your favorite songs play, dance away some calories. This kind of activity adds up and helps to negate some of your food and drink choices.

8. Tame Your Appetite Before Parties
Try snacking on a fruit salad before supper. Those raw carrots and celery sticks would also be a great healthy snack to nibble on. This will help tame your appetite before the main course arrives, allowing you to eat less.

9. Indulge in Holiday Favorites
I would never say to stay away from Aunt Betty’s once a year Peach Cobbler, or Grandma’s seasonal Boston Cream Pies, as they’re to die for. However, if you are going to partake in these amazing desserts, try to limit your intake of chips or cookies, and other items that are readily available year round.

10. Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is a definitely a NO NO! Alcohol also comes with additional calories. Consuming too much alcohol can also impair your judgement, making you feel the need to consume more food. Try carrying a Breathometer Breathalyzer for your Smart Phone to check you alcohol consumption.

The holidays are a time that you should be able to enjoy. Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean that the fun has to stop. It simply means that you have to plan accordingly. Have a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday!

Must Have Gifts For Your Fitness Friends

Must Have Gifts For Your Fitness FriendsAre you one of those people who are very laid back? Not really much into fitness, but have a few friends who hit the gym a few times a week? Perhaps you’re that couple who goes to the gym together? Or the couple that should, start going to the gym together? Well it’s the holiday season, and we’re going to help you narrow down the “ this year.

The first thing you want to do is shop around for the best prices. Of course, HeartrateMonitorsUSA.com is always competitively priced and offer the best products to keep you motivated and on track. Next, you want to think of your friends and what type of gift they would most benefit by. If your friend is a runner and is looking for a simple way to keep track of his/her fitness routine, you’d want to gift the Garmin Forerunner 110. This easy-to-use unit requires virtually no setup, so you can just get it started and get on your way, and it is listed as a Best Seller! See what other customers say about it here.

I have a few friends who often work out with their spouse. They say that it keeps them motivated to work out with each other. If you have these fitness friends that often exercise with their significant other, his  and hers Polar FT7 Fitness Heart Rate Monitors are a great idea! I guarantee it’s something your friends will enjoy using for years to come.

Maybe you have that one friend that’s not necessarily into fitness, but gadgets are a completely different story. Anything that has buttons, gives off information, and is electronic is right up his/her alley? I have two things for you. First, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch is a gadget everyone loves. It’s also the only all-in-one, GPS-enabled device that provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling.

Next in Gadgets, we’re going to go to the beautiful GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera. I mean anybody who knows GoPro knows that this item speaks for itself. “HERO4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature an integrated touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is now ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. HERO4 Silver captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video with lifelike clarity, plus 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second. Waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO4 Silver combines versatility and pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.” If your buddy doesn’t want the HERO4, you surely should own it!

These are just a few selections that I happen to like. With Free Shipping on all orders in the US, and holiday Returns extended until 1/15/15, you have no reason to not shop around. Maybe you’ll also find a good water bottle for your friends who walk or some great Stocking Stuffer ideas, or maybe even something for the children. Just go to www.heartratemonitorsusa.com to see all they have to offer in the way of fitness for not only your friends but for the whole family. To take advantage of the items “they” have selected as the top gift giving products this holiday season, you can click here:

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday! Happy Shopping!

6 Great Christmas Ideas for Fitness

garmin-forerunner-310xt-waterproof-running-gps-watch-9Christmas shopping can be a hassle for even the most happiest of Santa’s Helpers. Long lines, crowded stores, empty racks, and you don’t even know exactly what it is that you’re looking for. Relax, take a deep breath and let us help. Here are 6 Great Gift Ideas for Fitness:

Garmin Vivofit Activity & Sleep Fitness Tracker
No matter how you live, make every step count with vivofit. It’s the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move. vivofit monitors your sleep and shows your steps, goal countdown, calories, distance and the time of day on an easy-to-read display. You can also pair it with a heart rate monitor1 for heart rate data during fitness activities. If you are an existing Forerunner or Edge user, you can use vivofit to track your activity and recovery between training sessions.
(Available Here $79.99 plus Free Shipping)

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Chest Transmitter
The Polar H7 heart rate sensor connects to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth Smart, keeping the battery drain low on both devices. It can also be connected to many other Polar devices as well as compatible gym equipment. The H7’s soft fabric chest strap seamlessly adapts to your body shape, bringing full freedom of movement to your training. The Polar H7 heart rate sensor provides live heart rate data on the Polar Beat application. When used together you can gain access to even more of the app’s features, including smart calorie tracking, Sport Zones for finding the right intensity for your workout, and deeper analysis of your workout’s training benefit.
(Available Here $56.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications (Black with Heart Rate)
Stay active and connected with vívosmart wearable technology. Each time you receive a text, email or call from your compatible Bluetooth device, vívosmart gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. Vívosmart features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. Then the OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day and more. Vívosmart automatically syncs your data to Garmin Connect, our online fitness community, when you use the free app on your compatible Bluetooth device. You can also access Garmin Connect on your computer.
(Available Here $199.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GPS Watch
The Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Optional Heart Rate is a must-have for any tri-athlete. As a GPS-enabled training device, the Garmin Forerunner 310XT offers so much more than the competition. Its rugged design makes it an indispensable training tool for triathletes, offering superior data tracking as well as water-resistance up to 164 ft (50m). Finally a heart rate monitor that can work with you while you are in the water. You can also take advantage of weight, body fat, body water, and other body composition data using the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale. Track your body’s changes as you train or set goals for your fitness level. Once you’ve taken a reading, you can upload your stats automatically to Garmin Connect.
(Available Here $139.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch
Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, the fēnix 2 is the ideal multisport athlete’s training partner. Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, paddling, skiing or swimming, the fēnix 2 lets you easily switch between feature sets for easier access to the information you need. Switch from advanced fitness training features like VO2 max, Virtual Partner and recovery advisor to high-sensitivity GPS tracking features like 3-axis compass and TracBack®. And with Smart Notification you can stay in touch, even while you’re out testing your mettle.
(Available Here $399.99 plus Free Shipping)

GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera
Capture your world in an all-new way with HERO4 Silver, the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is now ultra convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. HERO4 Silver captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video with lifelike clarity, plus 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second. New experience-enhancing features include HiLight Tag, which lets you mark key moments for easy playback, editing and sharing, and QuikCapture, which allows you to power on the camera and start recording with the press of a single button. Waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO4 Silver combines versatility and pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
(Available Here $399.99 plus Free Shipping)

There, wasn’t that easy? All you have to do is lift a finger. We’ll handle the rest! Don’t forget to check out our extended return policy. Any item ordered on or after 10/1/14 is eligible for return until 1/15/15. Happy Shopping!

Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate Monitor

Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate MonitorHeart rate monitors are beneficial during exercise for everyone from beginners to professional athletes. You will find many people from joggers and runners, to walkers and cyclist toting some of the best monitor tracking devices. Heart rate monitors can double as a life-saving device for those with conditions that put them at high risk of heart attack. So, Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate Monitor?

Measure your workout:

Measuring your exercise or heart rate is the most accurate way of determining how much you’re benefiting from your workout. Heart rate monitors are usually pretty dependable, when used properly.

 

Monitor Your Health:

A heart rate monitor not only helps you keep track of your heart rate, but also of your general health. A heart rate monitor allows you to detect health problems that you would not notice otherwise. For instance, you might find your heart rate going up rapidly even though you are doing light exercises. This is an indicator that something could be wrong with your health.

See if you’re Fitness Level Is Improving:

Your level of cardiovascular fitness is reflected in your recovery heart rate. As you become more aerobically fit, your heart rate should come down more quickly after a workout. A heart rate monitor makes it easier to monitor your recovery heart rate.

Track your progress:

Some monitors, like the Polar RCX3 BASIC Heart Rate Monitor, are able to store and display weeks worth of training sessions, allowing you to be sure that you are staying on course. Having a device that shows you what your goal is will usually push you to reach the mark.

Motivation:

Using wearable’s could provide the extra push that will get some off the couch, away from the television and out for some good exercise. Incorporating a heart rate monitor into your workout will show you where you may be slacking off. This is usually the motivation needed to spruce up your workout.

Calories Burned:

Some people love to see how many calories they have burned during their workouts. Having that little screen show you how many calories you have burned for the day will surely leave you feeling better. There are many different monitors that will count calories. One that I would look into is the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch.

Fitness trackers provide an easy way to keep track of your daily steps as well as other points such as calories burned, water intake, sleep and more. They’re relatively inexpensive, depending on the model and features. A heart rate monitor also acts as a great substitute to a trainer, allowing you to stay disciplined during your workout.

Here are 5 Great Calf Exercises (with and without equipment) That Tone and Shape Your Legs

Are you bulky, toned, with abs of steel up top, but unable to get the same effect for your calves? Chances are you’re the guy that constantly gets called out for skipping leg day. Some of us really don’t care about the mismatch between legs and arms, figuring they’re never really seen. Then there are those of us who do try to get our calves in tip top shape, but are either stumped at what exercises to do or where to start.

You can find tons of articles on how to build muscle mass. There are hundreds more on proper eating, not including the millions of diet options found on the internet, and millions more on how to get the perfect abs. But when it comes to leg or calf exercises, it usually requires a lot more searching.

 

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Something that we should already be doing is going for walks, jogs, and runs. You can tour your neighborhood, walk the dog an extra few blocks, or even walk/run/jog in place in your home. Anything that strains and gets your legs moving. The stairs in your home can be treated as built in exercise equipment. Go up and down a couple of times, if you’re not up to being outside. It’s important to work a little bit harder with every workout. Try including a Polar Loop into your walk, and track your steps and distance. Challenge yourself to go further and achieve more steps in the next walk. If you repeat the same routine, you won’t get the results you want.

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A bike is exercise equipment, and can usually be found in many households. If you have a sunny day, ride your bike to work for the day and leave the car at home. It’s a great way to target the muscles in your calves. Switching gears can heighten the intensity of your bicycle workout, as well as riding over hills and rougher surfaces like grass instead of pavement. Another advantage of biking is that you’ll save on gas.

 

                                          Calf Raises 

Calf-Raises-BasicAnother great calf exercise is the calf raise. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, your back straight and your hands at your sides. Contract the calf muscles, while lifting your heels off of the ground so your weight is on your toes. Hold for a second, then release back to the floor.
Repeat for twenty raises, or until you can feel a sore strain in your muscles.

 

Seated Calf Raise

or_bc95b316126642248312988This is a workout that is necessary for the calf muscles to reach their maximum capacity. While this movement is similar to the standing calf raise, the seated calf raise will actually target the lower muscles of the calf. Sit with the machine pads resting on your thighs. Again, drop your heel to 2-4 inches depending on how flexible you are. Raise again and squeeze the calf muscles once you reach the top. The rep range for this workout, as well as the standing calf raise, should between 10 and 20 depending on the needs of your body and what you can tolerate.

 

                                         Jump Rope
jumping-ropeWe’re going to go back to the basics. Get yourself a jump rope and perform either timed sets or sets for a specific number of reps. Bounce on the balls of your feet and keep your ground contact time as short as possible. Make it a game, or a competition with the family. First see who can jump the longest. Another fun game is seeing who can get more jumps in.

When working on building muscle in the lower legs, it’s important to remember to take in the proper amount of nutrients and protein to sustain your exercises. Give your body the appropriate time to rest and recover between each workout session. Never push yourself beyond your daily limit. Damaged muscles don’t serve any purpose.

8 Exercises for Pets That Get You Moving

8 Exercises for Pets That Get You MovingIs your dog as fit as you are? Dogs, both big and small, require daily exercise, just like we do. While some dogs get more than enough daily exercise, many dogs get nothing more than their daily walks, if that.

 
Without daily exercise and stimulation, your dog becomes bored, antsy, agitated, some even unhealthy and depressed. Daily fitness activities helps keep muscles toned, while adding elasticity. The same activities also promotes a healthy metabolic system, and keeps the mind stimulated. Lack of physical activity usually results in your four legged friend becoming destructive.

 
I believe many pets do not get the proper exercise they need, simply because a lot of pet owners don’t realize how important it is that their pets receive it. Another reason could be that pet owners aren’t really familiar with exercises that will keep their canine buddies in shape. Here, I will outline 8 exercises for you that will not only get your dog active and fit, but in turn will be a benefit for you as well.

 

Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Wherever she goes, you go. Think of your dog as a four-legged, furry, walking GPS that isn’t letting you know where the final destination will be. You’ll be amazed where that nose will take the two of you.

 
Running
Running is something that comes natural to most dogs. If you give my little girl an open field, without question, she’s taking off. Next time you’re going on your daily run, suit up your pooch and let him/her come along.

 
Fetch
A simple game of fetch can be all that is needed for your dog’s daily exercise fix. Fetch is easy to squeeze into busy schedules, as there is no need to travel far to fit in a game. A close-by park or backyard works great and on rainy days, fetch can be an indoor sport, played from the comfort of your couch.

 
Group Exercise
The best forms of exercise for any animal are the activities they would naturally do. For dogs, playing with other dogs fits that definition. Set up a play date for your dog, or visit the local dog park, and watch them have a blast.

 
Take your dog for a swim
Swimming is as great for dogs as it is for humans. If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, I was told a great way to get your dog into the water is to train him/her to chase a ball. Jump in the water with her and do a few laps. Perhaps you can even try racing, after you’ve thrown her ball and provided her a target.

 
Walk it out
Walking, of course, tops the list as one of the greatest doggy exercises. This is something that they should be getting every day and walking has been proven to be one of the best exercises for both you and your dog. Every so often, challenge yourself and your dog to walk a little further than normal. I suggest strapping on a FitBit to keep track of your steps.

 
Dog Stairs
A simple way to exercise indoors is to utilize your stairway. Put your dog on a leash and walk up and down the stairs. Take two steps at a time, jog up and down, or walk up sideways to vary the routine.

 
Doga
Dog yoga, often called “doga,” is a wonderful way to stretch and relax – for both owner and dog. Practitioners of doga say it helps them to de-stress and feel connected to their pups.

 
There are many more exercises available for your pet that are not listed here. If you’ve found a fitness routine that your dog is fond of, please continue. The important point of all this, is that your little buddy receives the fitness stimulation needed. This will enable him/her to have a healthy more energetic lifestyle.

 
There is one other perk out of all of this. As your pet benefits from all of this exercise, guess what? You’re benefiting from it as well. What are you waiting for, get up, grab that leash and head out the door!!

The Almighty Pumpkin

As far The Almighty Pumpkinas I can remember, the Jack-o-lantern and Halloween have gone hand in hand. Year after year, families taking a ride to the pumpkin patch, looking for the perfect orange melon or melons. Once picked, they’re taken home, gutted, and cut into a scary looking facial figure- usually with a candle burning on the inside, thus becoming the Jack-O-Lantern.

Aside from sitting on the front porch, as a Halloween ornament, many families also take the seeds from the pumpkin and roast them in the oven for a snack, bake pies, cakes, even pumpkin soup. However, there are many people who simply discard the insides of this fruit, not realizing the nutritional value they provide and dumping it into the trash. Today, we will take a look at 8 Health Benefits you may not know that the Pumpkin Offers:

Cancer
Pumpkins, and their seeds, are saturated with zinc and carotenoids, which help protect against prostate cancer. These compounds prevent growth of the prostate and over-stimulation of the male hormones that cause prostate problems. Similar to their cousins the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash, pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute. Food sources of beta-carotene seem to help more than a supplement.

Cholesterol
Pumpkin contains high amounts of phytosterols- plant-derived compounds that are similar in structure and function to cholesterol.  It can replace and or reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol, taking it back to a healthy level.

Potassium
A cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium than a banana, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422. A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Immune System
It does wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistance to various kinds of infections. Packed with Vitamin C, one cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams, or nearly 20 percent of the 60 milligrams the IOM recommends women need daily. (Men should aim for around 75 milligrams.)

Depression
One of the cause of depression is the lack of tryptophan- precursor of serotonin and was used formerly as a dietary supplement especially to promote sleep and relieve depression in our diet.  Pumpkin is rich with L-tryptophan. When this chemical compound is supplied, it activates the feeling of happiness and well-being, reducing the depressed mood.

Kidney Health
Pumpkin seeds are also great for the kidneys. By taking about 5 – 10 grams of pumpkin seeds daily prevents stones formation in the kidneys.

Skin
The high quantity of anti-oxidants in the form of vitamins A, C and E, and zinc, provide the synergistic healing virtues that are great for the skin. These healthful properties are best obtained by drinking of its juice regularly.
Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that are very useful against the arthritis and joint inflammation.

The next time you’re carving your favorite Halloween masterpiece, keep in mind of the nutritional value that is available when you hollow out the insides. Keep the seeds, as they are a rich source of nutrients, including unsaturated fat, antioxidants, and fiber. Boasting almost 12 grams of protein per cup, pumpkin seeds also include many other vitamins and minerals, especially zinc (almost half of the daily recommended intake). Simply roast your pumpkin seeds in the oven with a little cooking spray, then toss them in your salads, mix them into your granola, or eat them alone for a snack.

Take advantage of all the benefits the “All Mighty Pumpkin” has to offer this Halloween season and all the ones that follow! And did I forget to mention Thanksgiving as well… Pumpkins are great at any time.

Fitness and Supplements

The supplement in384x324-images-stories-supplements_702_277_s_c1dustry has become inundated with ineffective supplements, with false claims of helping you reach your fitness goals, making it even harder to figure out which supplements actually work. It is vital that we do our research and consult our physicians before adding any supplement to our diets. While you gather your questions for your next doctor visit, we’ll take the hard part out… The research. Here’s a list of supplements that can actually help you reach your fitness goal.

Whey
Whey tops the list of mass-gain supplements because it’s the most crucial for pushing protein synthesis. Whey is a milk protein that has a high level of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs, No. 4 on our list). Bottom line: Whey takes the crown because it digests fast and gets to your muscles rapidly to start building muscle. Whey also contains peptides (small proteins) that increase blood flow to the muscles. This is why we always recommend consuming whey protein immediately after training.

Green Tea
Green tea fights fat. Animals who are given the extract in studies gain less weight and burn substantially more fat than animals getting a placebo. You can drink the tea, experts ideally recommend about eight glasses a day-or go the easier route and just take a supplement. Aim for 90 milligrams three times daily.

Creatine
Creatine is perhaps the most efficient supplement if you’re doing a high-intensity activity. There are very few supplements that have the solid scientific foundation available that creatine has. Experts say that creatine is beneficial to 80% of the people who have used it. Since creatine is found naturally in meat, the more meat you eat, the less likely you’ll need creatine supplementation. However, vegans or those who rarely eat meat can get huge boosts from these supplements.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids is the one type of fat you don’t want to cut back on. Two crucial ones — EPA and DHA — are primarily found in certain fish. ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits. Fish oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride (Blood fat) levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease. Omega-3s also help prevent several types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancers.

Keeping our testosterone levels high when we are training is important for building muscle mass. Testosterone is the leading hormone that is largely responsible for building lean muscle mass and increasing strength. One of the best bodybuilding investments you can make is to consume all natural test boosters.

8 Tips to Maintaining Fitness in the Cold Season

The colder 8 Tips to Maintaining Fitness in the Cold Seasonseason is upon us. For some, that means their workout sessions will slow down, while for others it will come to a complete stop until next season. Don’t allow the cold to frighten you from your daily routines. Exercising in the cold can have its benefits. Sometimes the chill allows you to do a more thorough workout than you would get in the warmer weather. If you’re exercising in particularly frigid temperatures, your body will expend more energy to regulate core temperature, increasing your heart rate and boosting the number of calories you burn during a workout. While it may be a challenge, here are a few tips for getting through a winter workout:

Warm Up Wisely
Before any workout, walk around or jog in place indoors for five minutes, recommends Olympian Jeff Galloway, coauthor of A Woman’s Guide to Running. When you head out, give your body time to adjust to the conditions by taking 30-second breaks every few minutes for the first 10 minutes.

Hydrate
Even if it’s not as obvious as in the summer, you’re still sweating during cold-weather workouts and pushing yourself, so stay hydrated. Mayo Clinic suggests drinking water before, after and during your runs, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Dress Warm
Dress in removable layers, sometimes two or three. Wearing a sweater adds inches to the bar, making it harder on exercises like Front Squats to put the bar correctly. I remove my sweater during work sets, and put it back on between sets. Try also a wool hat to avoid sinus & ear infections from the cold weather.

Don’t forget your hat and gloves
Keeping hands and feet warm is key in the cold temperatures since your body will shunt blood away from extremities to keep your internal organs warm. Gloves will help prevent skin damage and frostbite in sub-zero temperatures. To keep your feet warm, make sure your torso is properly insulated. That will drive blood back down to your lower extremities. About 50 percent of body heat is lost from an uncovered head when the temperatures hit the freezing mark. Wearing a hat will help your body retain heat.

Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia
Symptoms of hypothermia include an inability to think clearly or move easily, shivering, exhaustion, memory loss, drowsiness, fumbling hands, slurred speech, pain in the extremities, a slow and weak pulse, as well as collapse or unconsciousness.

Don’t Overdress
Wearing too many clothes during a workout can cause you to sweat more. In the winter, sweat being soaked into your clothing may leave you feeling a bit more chilled. If you notice that you are feeling colder, immediately remove an additional layer of clothes. Try to stay away from heavy cottons, as they’d promote and soak up more sweat.

Check the weather
knowing the forecast allows you to properly prep for the next workout, adjusting your wardrobe accordingly

 Plan your route
Having a set destination is important for any exercise, regardless of weather conditions. During the colder season, try on planning a route with heavily lined trees or buildings. This allows some protection against the wind. Another great practice is to be sure there is a store or cafe along the way, in case you need to step in and warm up a little.

There are some safety risks to consider when exercising in the cold. The most dangerous conditions to work out in are those that involve extremes in temperature. Cold weather exercise can lead to hypothermic symptoms. When exercising in the cold, you need to think more about your clothing and your exposure to the elements.

 

Halloween Fitness

It’s that timHalloween Fitnesse of year again, the “Fall Season” the smell of fresh leaves in the air, daylight begins to fade earlier each day and of course Halloween will be peaking around the corner. Halloween allows us to dress up as our favorite character, animal, thing, or whatever creative costume you’re able to come up with. We have fun, take pictures, laugh at each other’s costumes, and attend parties and other functions. We also spend a great deal of time walking around the neighborhood, allowing the children to knock on each door one by one, screaming, “Trick or Treat!” Are you ready for this much physical activity? We’ll help get you there.

First, if you’re not usually into fitness, you’d want to start out slow and easy. Simply walk out the door and take a walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. Do this routine every day for a week. When this becomes easy for you to maintain, add five more minutes to your walk the next week. Each week add an additional 5 minutes, until you are walking at a brisk pace for 30 mins. Be sure to keep your posture upright. Hold your head up and eyes forward. Your shoulders should be down, you’re back relaxed. Tighten your abdominal muscles and buttocks and fall into a natural stride.

The quicker you walk, the farther you can go and the more pounds you’ll melt off. An amazing routine you can try is, after warming up for 5 minutes, walk as fast as you can for 10 minutes. I suggest using a pedometer like the Garmin Vivofit, to keep track of distance. Then turn around and walk back at a brisk pace, slowing your speed to cool down as you get closer to your starting point. Each time you do this workout, aim to walk faster and go farther than your initial turnaround point. Get into the habit of logging your time and pace after each workout and you will soon be surprised at what you have accomplished after a few weeks.

Another great way to get walking is shop. That’s right, go to the Mall! Several malls open early for walkers, as do some larger stores. Gather a group of friends, or go alone and make some along the way, and window shop. Check out the prices of the newest items. If your local mall has more than one level, try to refrain from taking the elevators or escalators, and opt for the stairs. Walking the mall allows you to walk in a more social environment, potentially forgetting the fact that you’re even working out. The floors are usually concrete, so you may want to wear a more cushioned shoe than you would for a treadmill. Time your walk to finish when the stores open, especially during the holiday season when the mall will fill up fast with shoppers.

Now the day has arrived, Halloween is here and the little ones are ready to go trick or treating. Even better, so are you! Keep in mind all of the calories in those little Halloween candies. We know you may want to do a quality check on your child’s bag or basket but for their sake and your calorie intake, limit your sampling.

Also, make sure your trick or treaters brush thoroughly after they have had their limit, as that’s plenty of sugar in those candies, but we’ll save that for another blog post. Have Happy, Safe, and Fit Halloween!