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!

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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!

We’re in SHAPE Magazine!


That’s right!
Recently, Heart Rate Monitors USA was featured in SHAPE Magazine as part of the story, The Best Fitness Gadgets to Monitor Your Vitals. In the gallery of gadgets, we had two of our very own featured: the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch and the Omron HJ113 Multifunction Pocket Pedometer. Our prices on these fitness gadgets are the best on the web, plus, these products speak for themselves!
The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is one of the most highly-anticipated gadgets to be coming out in 2012 and when it arrives in February, we know that multisport athletes will be dancing in the streets! Okay, maybe not really, but you get the picture. This triathlete’s dream features monitoring capabilities for swimming, biking, and running in an interface that’s a huge upgrade from the 310XT. 
As for the Omron HJ113, it’s one of our best sellers. With a convenient pocket size and 99% accuracy, it’s no surprise that this pedometer is a favorite amongst our customers. Clip it to your purse, pants, or pocket and start moving! 
Looking to monitor your vital signs? Check out the SHAPE Magazine piece, as well as the two products we featured in the story: the Garmin Forerunner 910XT and the Omron HJ113 Multifunction Pedometer.
P.S. – Thanks to the reporter, Ysolt Usigan, for including us!

Using Heart Rate and Exercise for Weight Loss

Polar FT7This is a guest post by Nelson Martins.

Many people want to lose weight through miraculous methods that have absolutely no effect or that make you lose some weight at the cost of also losing your health. Reality is quite different and if you want to lose weight, you’re going to have to exercise and change your regular diet into a weight loss diet. Along the way, you’ll also need to consider your heart rate. In this post, let’s cover how heart rate is relative to exercise and weight loss.

There certain exercises that are appropriate to gain muscle mass, like the ones bodybuilders use. Strength training and weight lifting can be great ways to add bulk – but if you’re looking to slim down, there are other exercises appropriate to just trying to lose weight. The best exercises for weight loss must involve a lot of muscles or body segments; the more muscles you use the better. When you’re using a variety of muscle groups, it means that you’ll have more muscles burning the fat you have stored in your body.Some of the best exercises for weight loss include running, rowing, riding a bike, swimming, and so on, as long as you’re using the most muscles possible.

The next point that you must pay attention to is that you need to do exercises at a certain heart rate for burning fat . The heart rate for burning fat will help you control the intensity of the exercise while ensuring you’re exercising at a level that’s right for your body. To lose weight, you want to use moderate intensities so that you only burn fat. To control your heart rate for burning fat, you’ll first need a heart rate monitor, like the Polar FT 7 for example. Next, you’ll need a bit of math to know at which heart rate should you exercise.

If your heart rate monitor doesn’t have heart rate guides for you to follow, you’ll need a bit of math. First you calculate you maximum heart rate by calculating (208 – 0.7 x Age). To know at which heart rate you should exercise to burn fat, you just multiply your maximum heart rate with 0.4 to 0.6 that means 40% or 60% of your maximum heart rate. This formula is used by many athletes and trainers alike.

If you follow these guidelines, you can improve your chance of losing weight and getting toward a wellness level that’s right for you. Exercise can mean better energy levels, as well as boosted self-esteem. Try to be creative until you find the best exercise for weight loss for yourself because each person is a different. Find what works for you and stick with it. Heart rate training is only one piece of the weight loss puzzle, but it can be a powerful one when done effectively!