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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!

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!

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.

 

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!

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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!