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Tips on Choosing New Running Shoes

You find yourself at a crossroads –do you keep your beat up, old pair of trusted running shoes or opt for buying brand

Need help finding a new pair of running shoes? HRMUSA has some tips to keep your feet ready to run!

new ones? After you weigh the costs and realize it’s time to retire those trusty running companions, there’s a few things that you need to keep in mind.  HRMUSA has some tips on find a brand new pair of running shoes that will be just as great as the old ones.

  • Consider what kind of ground you’ll be running on the most – uneven, rocky ground or pavement. Then decide based on what you’ll be running through what kind of support you’ll need to keep your feet and ankles safe.
  • There are trail running shoes and road running shoes. Trail shoes have a bit more traction and offer more support to your arches, ankles, and the rest of your foot. Road shoes are used more for those who will be running in an urban area and have a bit more cushioning when it comes to the heel.
  • Consider what kind of ankles you have – are they weaker from years of running or are they a bit more supported? You also should know which way they roll if you were to stumble over something. This also helps you determine if you need more support on the outside or inside of the shoe.
  • If you use a shoe insert or orthotic when you’re running, bring them along with you when you go shopping. Making sure that the orthotics fit in your new running sneakers is essential; along with making sure that the shoe leaves you a comfortable amount of room with them inserted as well.
  • If you have a high or low arch in your foot, making sure you find a sneaker that accommodates that is also really important to supporting your foot. Make sure you find a sneaker that fits your arches comfortably.

Have any more tips on finding new running shoes? Leave it with us in a comment below, fellow runners!

Want to see what we have to offer when it comes to heart rate monitors for runners? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

What the Garmin Forerunner 620 can do for you

If you’re looking for a new GPS watch to accompany you on your next run, we have the perfect one for you – the Garmin Forerunner 620. This brand new GPS watch from Garmin has incredibly advanced ways of showing you the progress of your workout, as well as being water-resistant, having 10 hours of battery life, and three new heart rate monitor metrics. Want to know more about this awesome GPS watch? We have the details!

 

 

 

 

 

Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Watch

New Features:

  • Three new heart rate monitor metrics – cadence, ground contact, and vertical oscillation
  • Recovery Advisor – This new feature gives you an accurate indication of your state of recovery within the first few minutes of your run, depending on how hard the run was.
  • VO2 Max – This metric helps you see how much athletic ability you have, as well as where runners are at your age, gender, and body weight.
  • Race Predictor – This one-of-a-kind feature shows you, based on the VO2 Max metric, what your times will be for a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon run – so you can stay on track with your training progress.

Want to learn more about the Garmin Forerunner 620? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com for more info!

How Yoga Can Improve Your Stamina, Strength, & Overall Well-being

Find out how yoga can reduce your risk for certain diseases, improve strength, and keep you healthy.

Have you ever wondered just how much yoga can increase things like your upper body strength, your stamina as an athlete, and your stress levels? Grab your Aurorae Synergy Yoga mat, and get ready to get into that warrior pose – because we have some awesome reasons why this exercise should be at the top of your workout list.

  • Yoga helps increase your flexibility through a variety of poses. This can help to increase blood flow to muscles that haven’t been used in a while.
  • Yoga helps to stretch muscles like your hamstrings, your hip flexors, and your shins, which can all become increasingly sore or tired from cardio exercises like running.
  • Many yoga poses help to build strength not only throughout your core, but your upper body as well. Holding your own body weight during a yoga sequence helps to build muscles in those parts of your body.
  • Yoga is also really great for your joints too. When you’re going through a yoga class, your joints are being used at their full potential – which helps to reduce diseases like arthritis from happening.
  • Not only does it help out your joints, but your heart too! Increased blood flow to areas of your body that do not necessarily receive it on a regular basis helps to improve your heart rate and strengthen that ticker.
  • In many studies it has been shown that yoga decreases the levels of cortisol, or the stress hormone, and helps to reduce other things like memory loss, depression, and fatigue.
  • Practicing yoga helps to increase your ability to focus throughout the day.

Want to see our full range of Aurorae Synergy yoga mats? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Boost Your Immunity with these with these Tips

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Find out seven different ways to stay healthy during cold & flu season!

The winter flu and cold season have your immune system kicked? At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we want you to stay on the right track with healthy living – including the health of your immune system. That’s why we have some great tips on how to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, so you can enjoy the winter season!

  • Remember take your vitamins every day. Your levels of Vitamin D naturally decrease in the winter time because there is less natural light, so help to boost this vitamin – as well as others essential to your immune system.
  • Extra sleep is essential. Rest is required for your immune system to function properly.
  • Make sure that you’re getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day. They’re chocked full of antioxidants and minerals to help fight off these seasonal illnesses.
  • Getting in your daily workout can help to keep your immune system working properly as well. A 30 minute workout of vigorous activity is a lifesaver in more ways than one!
  • Get your flu shot (if possible). Many pharmacies and clinics offer free flu shots to people during this time of year. However, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not sick when you go to get it because it may heighten your chances of getting the flu.
  • Washing your hands after every time you come in contact with your mouth, nose, and after you use the restroom is very important this time of year. Getting rid of these germs can prevent you from getting sick or if you’re already ill, spreading it to others.
  • Make sure you’re cleaning areas of your living space frequently – like your bathroom, kitchen, and door handles.  This will also help to stop the spreading of germs.

Have any more tips on how to keep your immune system in great shape during the cold season? Leave it with us in a comment below!

How You can Manage Holiday Stress with a Specialized Fitness Program

Find out how exercise can help you decrease the holiday stress and get you back into the swing of things!

During the holiday season, stress is almost inevitable for most of us – from the shopping, to the wrapping, to the travelling. But what if we told you that having a specialized fitness program, just for you, could help cut down on this stress and keep your ticker healthy too? We have some tips on just how much exercising during this busy season can help to keep you happy and healthy.

  • Making time to exercise during the holidays can help to boost your endorphins, which is the feel-good hormone that your body produces when less stressed out.
  • By exercising for 30 minutes a day, whether you’re walking or running can help to clear your mind and make time for your brain to catch up with the rest of your body.
  • Feeling good about yourself when you work out is a great way to boost your mood, self-esteem, and overall outlook on life.
  • Exercise also helps your brain function better, producing neurohormones that have been linked to activate and stimulate your brain.
  • Along with the way your brain functions, exercise also helps to improve your body’s reaction time to stress as well.
  • Yoga, among other types of exercise, can help to control your breathing during times of stress, as well as increases blood flow to various parts of your body.

Have more tips on how a specialized fitness program can help beat your holiday stress? Leave it in a comment below!

6 Heart Healthy Tips for Using Up Leftover Pumpkin

Find out some heart healthy uses for this seasonal treat!

Getting overly excited about the fall season happens to the best of us, and at Heart Rate Monitors USA, we know that you have stocked up on all those seasonal treats it has to offer. Our favorite out of all these autumn specialties is – you guessed it – Pumpkin. Whether it’s from a can or still in its natural form, we have some tips on how to use this heart healthy vegetable to your benefit without being wasteful.

  • Mixing pumpkin in with some chickpeas and garlic can result in a healthy, tastier version of traditional hummus.
  • Add pumpkin to your spread, whether it’s butter or margarine, for some extra flavor on a bagel.
  • Partial to a bowl of heart-healthy oatmeal before you start your day? Stir in some pumpkin for a seasonal and weight-friendly taste. Plus – it’s chocked full of vitamins, so it will help to start your day with even more of a kick start!
  • Have a whole pumpkin at your house that hasn’t gone bad yet, but has not quite made the transformation to a Jack-o-Lantern? Dig out the seeds and roast them for a healthy, protein-filled snack.
  • Perhaps you’re looking for an alternative to marinara sauce on your pasta. Try out some pumpkin puree, a bit of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and some skim milk for a delicious and unique way to jazz up a traditional dish.
  • Saving your seeds from the pumpkin you have lying around and planting them for next year is a fun, resourceful, and easy way to recycle.

Have any more heart healthy pumpkin uses for our list? Share it with us in a comment below!

National Kale Day: How this Leafy Green Can Help You Be Heart Healthy


Healthy eating or not, there’s one green vegetable that can make your life better: kale. In honor of today, National Kale Day, we have some of the most heart healthy benefits for you so that you can kick off October the right way!

  • Not only is this tasty superfood a treat for many, but it is also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Kale is filled with iron, which is an essential for your blood’s health. Actually, kale has more iron per serving than beef. This is also good for your heart too, keeping it in tip-top shape with the best blood pumping through it.
  •  It’s a great snack for when you’re feeling a little low on energy. Since it’s pumped full of fiber, Kale can keep you full for a longer period of time.
  • Not only does kale make a great, healthy snack, but it also helps to fight inflammation throughout your body. This comes in handy if you suffer from arthritis, Crohn’s disease or any other IBD, and asthma.
  • Kale has high levels of Vitamin K, which help to prevent blood clotting. This is especially healthy for your heart to keep it pumping regularly, efficiently, and without any problems.
  • This delicious green vegetable has more vitamin C per serving than an orange. So when you’re feeling like you may be getting a cold, take the kale over the citrus!

Want more heart healthy facts and recipes? Visit our blog today at blog.heartratemonitorsusa.com!

Title: How to Prevent Stress from Damaging Your Heart

Your heart is the center of all your bodily functions: pumping blood to all the right parts, pushing oxygen through the

Learn ways to reduce your stress and keep your heart healthy with these tips!

blood to the needed parts, and keeping you breathing. Stress is often a huge contributor when it comes to the damage done to your ticker, so it’s important to eliminate it when you can. Heart Rate Monitors USA has some ways that you can reduce stress and promote healthy living!

  • Venting some of your stresses to your friends or family can help get them off of your chest and get it out in the open.
  • In the same way, staying positive and talking about the good stuff, like achievements and blessings, with your loved ones can also help eliminate stress too!
  • Making sure that a good 6-8 hours of sleep a night is in your plans is important to reducing stress. It lets your brain reset!
  • Laugh at something funny, silly, or just something that makes you happy! Laughing really does make you feel a little bit better when you’re stressed.
  • Do something nice for someone. Taking the time to slow down your day and pause to do something nice can help improve a bad mood.
  • Reduce stress by trying not to worry as much! Worrying is like a rocking chair: you can do it for as long as you like, but it doesn’t get you anywhere!

Have more tips on how to reduce stress, for your heart’s sake, and promote healthy living? Leave it in a comment below and we’ll add it to our list!

Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Staying hydratedcan hardly be overestimated, especially in the heat of the summer months. The advice for avoiding

Don't skip out on the H2O this summer and stay hydrated!

dehydration seems straightforward: drink a lot of water, stay out of direct sunlight if possible, and save strenuous activities for the coolness of the morning or evening. Yet, millions of people around the world suffer from dehydration and some cases can be fatal. Heatstroke is caused when the body’s internal temperature rises to extreme temperatures, and can cause fainting, hallucinations, or seizures.

Though these consequences of poor hydration are severe, dehydration can be easily prevented. As long as you take the proper precautions, your fitness routine will not have to change as the weather warms so here are some tips to keep you hydrated this summer:

Keep water with you at all times and drink more than you think you need. Experts suggest you drink at least 6-12 oz. of water for every 10-15 minutes you are exercising outdoors. To replace the water you’ve lost as sweat, drink 2-3 cups of water when you return indoors. Avoid alcohol or drinks with high caffeine levels. Fruit juices and flavored drinks can also hinder your body’s water levels.

The best hydration treatment is prevention, and since drinking water helps all of your body’s operations run more smoothly, you’ll feel better by ditching the sodas and energy drinks.

So whether you’re training for a marathon or mowing the lawn, grab a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. Staying hydrated allows you to stay outdoors and enjoy the warmth of summertime safely.

Safety Tips When You’re Camping this Summer

Get camping this summer with our GPS systems and these safety tips today!

Heading out into the wilderness this summer to get in touch with nature and your more rugged side? Don’t worry: to be rugged and live on the edge, you don’t have to be exactly like Bear Grylls to go camping this summer! We’ve got the best tips, GPS systems, and other outdoor gear for you so that you can enjoy your time away from the chaos life brings on.

  • Always have a physical map of where you’re going before you head out, marking exactly where you’ll be setting up camp.
  • Tell someone, whether it’s a family member or a coworker, where you’ll be going. It’s important for a third party to know exactly where you’ll be going in case of emergency.
  • Having some sort of digital directional guide to help you find trails and other points of reference is essential. One of our GPS systems, such as a Garmin eTrex, can help you not only with finding your location but also helps with geocaching as well.
  • Pack extras of almost every necessity, such as water bottles, socks, flashlights, and other important camping materials.
  • Having an adapter for your necessary electronics is also very important.
  • And of course, pack an emergency first aid kit for all the bumps, bruises, and scrapes along the way.

Have more tips for camping out this summer? Leave us a comment below!