Diet and Nutrition

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.

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Spring Fat Torching Tips

Summer is around the corner, and who isn’t trying to get the perfect beach body? If you’re looking to torch fat and get ready for the warmer weather, try these spring fat torching tips and spring into weight loss action today:

  • Start walking or running! It’s no secret that we’re crazy about walking and running at HRM USA. If you’re looking to jump start your summer weight loss journey, now is the perfect time to strap on that heart rate monitor and hit the pavement! If you’re just beginning, stay mindful of your step, your rhythm, the sound, and become aware of your body.
  • Keep a journal! The best way to stay on track is to document your journey. In addition to tracking your food, you can write down motivational quotes, recipes, and other bits of motivated material you’ve learned along the way. Reading back on your progress can keep you motivated to the finish line.
  • Get outside and play in the dirt! Gardening is actually a very healthy activity that will keep you from being sedentary. Even better, gardening is a great stress reducer.
  • Fill up on the rainbow. Spring and summer bring a plethora of delicious fresh and in season foods. Be sure to load up on healthy foods in a variety of colors to help keep fat off and keep you healthy all year long.

Reaching your fitness goals doesn’t have to be impossible. It’s important to find your comfort level and keep building from there. If you want to achieve greatness, let HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com help take you there.

Over 100 Different Quick & Healthy Dinners on a Budget

Find 100+ heart-healthy recipes here!

Being heart healthy is tough – especially when you’re on a budget. Making dinner every single night, for one or for four, can be tough when you want to eat healthier. Don’t worry – we have some delicious, budget-friendly and healthy meals to keep in your recipe box!

  • Looking for some carnivorous, affordable dinners for your family? The Sprouting Seed blog has 15 different ground meet dinners for budget-friendly families. Check them out here!
  • Better Homes and Gardens is one of our favorite online magazines, and they always have heart-healthy recipes for you to try out. We found an article that was Healthy Dinner Recipes under $3 – which to us sounds like a steal! You can look at all the recipes here.
  • HelloGiggles.com is an all-around lifestyle blog, but we keep an eye out for when they have some waistline-friendly recipes. We found an article that allows you to completed skip that high-sodium, packaged soup aisle and use what you have when you’re on a budget. You can find the 10 meal recipes here!
  • Vegetarian? No problem! Amuse Your Bouche is a vegetarian-friendly blog with tons of recipes. If you’re on a budget and love black beans, we found a blog post that has 60 different vegetarian recipes for you to try out. You can look through all of them on this blog post.
  • If you’re on the Paleo diet, finding food to cook for dinner each night can be tough. Paleo on a Budget is a great resource to find recipes for dinner – for an affordable price! POAB has a three week meal plan for you that are easy on your wallet. Check it out here.

Want to see more of what we have to offer when it comes to heart-healthy recipes? Check out our blog today at blog.heartratemonitorsusa.com!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Glutes

GlutesDown near your buttocks exists the king of all gluteal muscles, the magnificent and royal gluteus maximus! We all know about our glutes, and probably even put them through strenuous amounts of squats, lunges and dead lifts, but there are things you don’t know about your glutes. Here are 5 true (not really) facts about your glutes!

  1. With every squat or lunge, your glutes become more and more powerful. Eventually, your glutes can get so strong; you have to wear custom pants just to contain their sheer muscularity and strength. Normal pants often rip just my merely touching defined and rock hard glutes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  2. Back in the Victorian era, a man once worked out his glutes so often that his body was consumed by his muscles, and all that was lift was a well-defined buttocks. The man’s name was Sir Gluteus Maximus, hence where the scientific name for glutes comes from.
  3. Defined glutes equal power! Some of our most powerful leaders had extremely well-defined glutes. You may not have seen them, because it’s illegal for a powerful leader to show off their beautiful glutes, as to not cause anarchy throughout their governed nation.
  4. Your glutes are the body’s largest and most powerful muscle group. With great power comes great responsibility, so always use your glutes safely and in open spaces.
  5. Legislature is currently underway to make it a must for people with defined glutes to wear a warning label on their behinds. Because of the sheer power of glutes, it’s important that everyone knows that they may be in danger.

How to Start a Walking Contest at Your Workplace

How to Start a Walking Contest at Your Workplace

Find out how to start a walking program and contest with your coworkers, and commit to wellness!

Looking to get yourself in shape and want to rally others around you for support? Start a walking program or contest at your workplace! Walking not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, but it’s also a great stress reliever during the work day. Heart Rate Monitors USA has some great tips on how to get your coworkers to walk with you, and maybe even stir up some healthy competition along the way!

  • Start by setting a goal or working with your HR department to determine a prize – whether it’s an actual, physical prize or time off from work. Whoever walks the most wins the prize!
  • Set a time of day –whether it’s a scheduled break or your lunch – to get together and walk.
  • Make sure that you’re tracking your distance each day: either through a pedometer or a heart rate monitor, or just by where you walk (if it’s outside).
  • Progressively increase the amount of walking you do each day.
  • Have a weekly roundup of the amount of miles walked – you can try doing this by team, or by the individual. Then – plot them out on a scoreboard. This increases the competitiveness of the competition, and shows your progress throughout the week.

Have any more tips on how to start a walking program in your workplace? Share it in a comment below!

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!

Easy Healthy Tips to Get You Going Before Work

Many people prefer to get workouts done in the earliest part of the day before breakfast, before work, and before the sun even rises. However, many people can’t find the motivation or the time to get their workout in first thing in the morning. There are many advantages to morning workouts, as they can reduce stress, increase energy, maximize your metabolism, and keep you feeling great throughout the day. What if there were other healthy things you could do in the morning that don’t require too much time? Consider trying this tips and tricks when the alarm clock goes off and before you’re in the car for work!

  • Put down the coffee and try warm lemon water! Warming up water and adding lemon activates digestion which will jumpstart your day for the better. Even better, it tastes great!
  • You don’t have to strap on your heart rate monitor and run a marathon first thing in the morning to benefit from morning physical activity, but it is important to move a little! Consider minor stretching in the morning, a quick yoga session, or a quick run around the blog, just to relieve stress and clear your mind for the day.
  • Start out your day in a positive way. Try meditating to clear your mind and prepare for the day ahead. Meditation will not only improve your mind, but reduce built up stress.
  • Eat breakfast! Your mom was right all of those years. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Filling yourself up with fiber and protein in the morning is a great way to ensure you don’t over eat or snack on bad foods throughout the day.

Instead of pulling the covers over your head when your alarm clock goes off, try adding these steps to your morning routine!

Try These Fitness Resolutions in 2014!

It seems every year you make a resolution to get healthier and in better shape, however, many people never really stick to their New Year’s resolution.  If you’re hoping to get in the best shape of your life in the New Year, consider these fitness goals to help guide you down the path to better overall health.

  • Add more cardio to your life! Increasing your cardiovascular endurance is a great way to jumpstart your health. Try going for a run in the morning and increase your distance gradually over the year. You’d be surprised how much you’ll look forward to strapping on your heart rate monitor and hitting the pavement.
  • Incorporate more stamina based training into your fitness regimen. Having great stamina will make working out easier, and dare we say, more fun?
  • Try yoga! Yoga will increase your flexibility, which is a great way to improve your overall strength and fitness.
  • Get more rest! Stress and exhaustion are huge contributors to poor health. In the New Year, try getting more rest.
  • Breathe! Stress is a huge health risk for people of all ages. Exercise however can help reduce stress.
  • Stay motivated! There are many ways to stay motivated. Consider working out with a friend or significant other. When you find a support system, your 2014 New Year’s resolutions are highly attainable.

Don’t Lose Motivation During the Holidays

Don’t Lose Motivation During the HolidaysFor many, the holiday season is full of parties, celebrations and just a lack of time for every day activities. This includes your fitness regimen. We know how hard it is to fit in exercise with all of the holiday preparation and running around, but it’s essential to keep up with your normal workout as to avoid the holiday bulge, or become undisciplined with your fitness goals. Below are a few tips and reasons to keep you going during the holiday season:

  • The holidays are a stressful time, and stress is the last thing you need for your health. Exercising helps reduce stress, which in turn will help you calm down and enjoy the holidays.
  • Starting your days with exercise will make you more productive and charged to get your holiday tasks down quick.
  • Working out during the holidays can reduce or even ensure you won’t suffer from the dreaded holiday weight gain.
  • Keeping up with your regular fitness regimen will ensure you don’t fall off the wagon.
  • Think of all you’ve accomplished with your fitness over the past year. This is a great way to motivate you to continue on and keep going, even during the holidays.

When it comes to keeping up with your fitness goals, don’t forget HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com has the tools you need to measure your success.

Keeping the Holiday Bulge At Bay

During the holidays, it’s incredibly easy to put on extra weight, and even keep it on. The holidays only come once a year, so why not splurge, right? Splurging isn’t necessarily the worst thing you can do this holiday season, but it’s important to consider the following before chowing down on that lion’s share of sweet potatoes.

Keeping the Holiday Bulge At Bay

 

  • Get Active!  Create a calorie deficit by exercising off those extra calories before you even sit down for your holiday meal. Before the family comes over for your holiday celebration, lace up those running shows, strap on that heart rate monitor and beat the holiday bulge before it has a chance.
  • Don’t skip breakfast! Many people think that by skipping meals throughout the day justifies binging on their holiday meal. However, by starving yourself throughout the day, you’ll be more inclined to over indulge with sweets and other undesirable foods.
  • If you’re the cook of the house, consider altering your favorite holiday dishes to be a little healthier and waist-band friendly.
  • Try and resist the temptation of seconds. By eating one balanced plate, you’ll have more room for a delectable dessert, and feel less guilty doing so.

 

When it comes to the holiday season, enjoy yourself, but consider making healthy decisions to ensure you don’t succumb to the dreaded holiday bulge.