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!