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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!!

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.

 

Does Exercise Build the Immune System?

As of September 22, 10:29 P.M we have officially said “so long to Summer,” and welcomed in the Fall Equinox. The color of the foliage will offer somDoes Exercise Build the Immune System?e of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer. Unfortunately, this season usually brings the cold and flu with it. Many people will protect themselves with the flu shot, but did you know that working out can also help to fight off the common cold? Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
Scientists do not really know how exercise increases your immunity to certain illnesses, but different theories are being tested. Exercising regularly improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Another theory is physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs, decreasing the chance of a cold and flu, or other airborne illness. This same process may flush out cancer-causing cells by increasing output of wastes, such as urine and sweat. Others may argue that exercise sends antibodies and white blood cells through the body at a quicker rate. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they could detect illnesses earlier than they might normally. The increased rate of circulating blood may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.
Be careful of exercising too much. Yes, there is such a thing as too much. “People who already exercise regularly are cautioned not to develop too vigorous a workout program in the hopes of increasing the immunity benefits. Heavy, long-term exercise (such as marathon running and intense gym training) could actually decrease the amount of white blood cells circulating through the body and increase the presence of stress-related hormones,” according to an article published by Medline Plus.
Some scientists are trying to take the next step to determine whether exercise directly affects a person’s susceptibility to infection. For example, some researchers are looking at whether extreme amounts of intensive exercise can cause athletes to get sick more often or somehow impairs their immune function. According to Harvard Medical School, “While some changes have been recorded, immunologists do not yet know what these changes mean in terms of human immune response. No one yet knows, for example, whether an increase in cytokines is helpful or has any true effect on immune response.”
Have a little cold or the flu? Do you usually get the cold or flu like symptoms this time of year? Maybe you don’t have either, but don’t want to take any chances. Grab your Vivofit by Garmin and challenge yourself to a nice 30 minute walk, or maybe you’d like to grab yourself a Polar Loop Activity Monitor and put together a workout routine. Whatever you do, Be Active, Be Fit, Be Healthy!

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!

The Importance of H20

Did you know that water makes up more than 50 percent of your body weight? It is one of the main components your body relies on to survive. Proper hydration allows the heart to easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. It also allows the muscles to remove waste so that they can function normally. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t haThe Importance of H20ve to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport, and an American Heart Association volunteer. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to properly function.

Water comes packed with health benefits as well. Proper hydration is, by far, one of the best solutions to decreasing wrinkles. H2O also promotes stronger teeth, while the additional fluoride now added to most treatment facilities promotes extra bone density to the bones and teeth.

Because synovial fluid contains water, it is also crucial to the joints, keeping them properly hydrated.

Due to the amount of sweat lost while exercising, it’s essential that everyone, athlete or individuals should keep hydrated to help ward off the possibility of “cramping”.

Drink more to promote a healthier mind as well. The human brain is composed of 95% water, blood is 85% water, and lungs are nearly 90% water.

It is generally recommended that most people drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Carrying something like the Camelbak 1L Chute BPA Free Water Bottle with you as you go about your exercise regimen will help you stay hydrated. Even the elderly may have to consume more water than average. They may have a medical condition requiring more water intake.

Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water needed daily as well. Sports drinks are helpful for those exercising due to the carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar, but water is more than enough to keep you hydrated.

Compete, Connect and Navigate with the Garmin Edge 1000

Do you dream of strapping on your helmet, mounting your bike and setting off for wide open spaces? Do you thrive on competition and pushing yourself to the limit? If you dream of racing the pros or want to see how you stack up against other riders on a climb in real-time, meet the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer.

This advanced GPS bike computer lets you connect, compare and compete through dynamic in-ride challenges and connected features. Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect segments and seeing real-time results on your Edge, including alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings. The segments feature keeps you motivated and helps you push for continual improvement.

Stay Connected: Keep a pulse on the outside world with Edge 1000’s incoming calls and text message alerts, and LiveTrack, which allows friends and family to follow races and training activities in real time. Instantly share a ride on social media and Garmin Connect, or download software updates with Edge 1000’s Bluetooth Smart wireless and Wi-Fi capabilities that allow easy upload and download.

Navigate the Roads: The Edge 1000 comes with preloaded maps and points of interest, including parks and trails, to help you find your way. Working like a GPS navigator for a car with bike-specific features, Edge 1000 provides courses and can guide you back to start or calculate the most direct route and provide turn-by-turn directions to get you where you need to be.

Exceptional Display: Adopted from the renowned Edge 810 and 510, Edge 1000’s display is fully customizable with performance monitoring, advanced workout/training compatibility, and activity profiles, saving data and routing preferences to allow easy transition between different types of riding, such as road, mountain or touring.

Compete, connect and navigate your rides with the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

HRMUSA Exclusive – What’s so great about the Polar V800?

Competing in your first triathlon ever? Chances are that you’re training for this huge athletic event pretty rigorously,

Find out how the Polar V800 watch can help optimize your triathlon training.

and it being your first one – you’re wondering if you’re doing it right. You’ve read all the running blogs on how to train, but you’re still unsure of if you’re doing enough. We have a secret for you, Triathlon Newbie, and it comes in the form of a watch – the Polar V800 Triathlon watch to be exact. Take a look at why we think this cutting-edge device can help you train above and beyond!

Polar V800 Watch features:

  • It shows you where your heart rate falls within five different zones, from very light to very hard
  • It’s able to measure your heart rate in water
  • It will show you just how hard you have to work to achieve your triathlon goals, while also showing you the proper amount of time your body needs to recover
  • It also comes with immediate feedback on your work out, as well as the maximum oxygen uptake of your body, which is essential in training for a triathlon
  • The orthostatic test shows you just how much your workouts are improving your performance towards your goals, as well as helping you optimize your future workouts to reach them.
  • It shows weekly summaries, distance speed, and race pace
  • It has GPS features that allow for route guidance
  • It also has barometer features that measure things like altitude, scent, descent, temperature, and inclinometer

Want to see what else the Polar V800 has to offer you in training for your first ever triathlon? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

What’s in a Fitbit Flex?

The Fitbit Flex activity monitor

Find out what makes the Fitbit Flex a great activity monitor.

Are you in the market for a new activity monitor? No worries – HRMUSA has you covered with the Fitbit Flex. Want to know what’s in it? We have all the details about what makes this awesome activity monitor one of our best sellers!

What’s in the Fitbit Flex Box?

  • Flex Tracker
  • Large and Small Bands
  • Charging Cable
  • Wireless Sync Dongle
  • Free Fitbit Account

What kind of things does the Fitbit Flex do?

Tracks your goals – With the LED lights on the front of the monitor, it will show you by 20% increments how much you’ve completed your daily activity goals.

Wireless Sync – Not only does it help you track your goals, but it makes sure that all the data is synced across all platforms using Bluetooth® technology. It gives you real-time data and metrics through your Fitbit dashboard – which can be accessed on more Smartphones and other devices.

Awards you badges – Need help being motivated? On your Fitbit Dashboard, you can find certain badges that help you track the achievements you’ve made in fitness. It shows you just how awesome you are every single day!

Want to learn more about the Fitbit Flex activity monitor? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Gearing Up for Spring Cycling

Spring is quickly closing in and many bicycle enthusiasts are rejoicing and beginning to say sayonara to the boring old indoor stationary bike and are ready to hit the trails. If you’re an avid bicyclist, the gratifying feeling of being able to ride outdoors again is unlike any other feeling in the world. If you spent time indoors at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike, you’re probably ready to grab your bicycle and hit the road in a flash. However, before you take your bicycle out for the first time, it’s important to check a few things to ensure safety and a satisfying ride. Below are a few things to look out for:

  • Check your Air: Tires naturally deflate over time, so it’s extremely important to thouroughly check the tires and air pressure before heading out on a ride. It’s also important to make sure the tubes are still sturdy with no rot.
  • Check your Brakes:  Having functional brakes is extremely crucial to your safety. Be sure to adjust or change brakes depending on their existing status.
  • Check your Chain and Cranks: Make sure your gears and chain are in working order! Make sure all moving parts are moving freely and no rust is present!

It’s also important to check other components of your bicycle. If you depend on a cycling computer for your ride, be sure the batteries are changed and working. If your cycling computer is in poor condition or not in working order, consider purchasing a new one. The Cateye CC-RD200 Strada Cadence Cycling Computer is an exceptional cycling computer that will last you all season long, and then some!