Fitness

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!

 

Proudly Introducing the Scosche RHYTHM Strapless Pulse Monitor

It feels like Christmas morning every time a new product comes to Heart Rate Monitors USA! We’re proud to announce the addition of the Scosche RHYTHM Strapless Pulse Monitor to the HRMUSA family! This amazing little gadget allows you to control your favorite music with simple integrated buttons that can simply be attached to your forearm! With Bluetooth sync ability, this little gadget is simple, bulk free and ready-to-go when you are! The Scosche RHYTHM works exclusively with the RHTHM Fitness APP to manage your pulse, distance and overall speed. What other awesome features are included with the RHYTHM?

  • Personalized Home Screen: Customize the look of your home screen stats to reflect your own quirks and personality!
  • Real-Time Pulse Statistic: The amazing integrated LED sensors produce real-time and accurate pulse rates.
  • Control Your Favorite Music: Adjust volume, change tracks and control your music player with the push of a button.
  • Social Sharing: Share your workout with your friends, and let them be envious of your new fitness tool!
  • Route Mapping Data: Easily review your run and distance with a handy and useful map view.
  • Access RHYTHM Web Dashboard: Access your dashboard from any computer device to view all of your workout stats.

Find out more information about this amazing device, here! We love when technology can take our workouts even further!

Why you Should Own the Fitbit Flex

When it comes to heart rate monitors and other neat fitness gadgets, there’s nothing more exciting than the products being put out by Fitbit! Their tiny fitness gadgets are impacting fitness in a big way, and we’re proud to carry the new Fitbit Flex. This amazing pedometer is worn around the wrist and tracks how many steps you’ve taken, distanced traveled, calories burned, and even how much sleep you get. Staying on track with your fitness goals has never been easier or more high tech! The Fitbit Flex is priced extremely low, making it affordable for any fitness freak or novice fitness beginner. Here are just some of the amazing features of the Fitbit Flex and why you should get one today!

  • The Fitbit Flex allows you to set personal goals, and syncs to all devices in real time! You’ll never have an excuse for missing your fitness goals ever again!
  • Fitbit Flex allows you to track all progress through your computer, phone, or tablet device! Now that’s integration!
  • Fitbit Flex is worn around the wrist and is comfortable and stylish. Its low-key appearance makes it not stand out.
  • Unlike other pedometers of the same nature, the Fitbit Flex is priced much lower. Affordability and functionality make the Fitbit Flex the perfect fitness tool for everybody.
  • Unlike ordinary pedometers, the Fitbit Flex is always with you and always tracking. Because it tracks sleep quality, you’ll never have to take it off. The Fitbit Flex is a fitness revolution!

Snack Hard: Eating Healthy to Help Your Fitness Program Succeed

Hungry after a great run? Learn what snacks to munch on when starting your fitness program!

If there’s one thing we love at Heart Rate Monitors, it’s a great fitness regimen. However, we all know that no matter how great you work out, run, or lift weights, eating healthy is the key to a successful fitness program. We’ve put together some of our favorite healthy snacks for you to pair with your work out so you can get the most out of your exercise!

Edamame: This yummy green bean looking treat can be a great snack on the go! It doesn’t matter if you decide to cook it or eat it raw, this snack is a great source of protein to keep your work out steady, efficient, and strong!

Eggs: Being a low-calorie snack packed with tons of protein, eggs can be a great post-work out snack or pre-work out snack. We recommend that you either hard-boil them or cook them up before hand for easy transport!

Nuts: Any kind of these tasty snacks will do. Whether you prefer almonds, cashews, or walnuts, any kind of nut is a great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which help reduce inflammation!

Skim Milk Cheese Sticks: Low-fat string cheese is a great snack to half with you when you’re working out if you crave something salty afterwards. It’s high in protein and low in calories, making it the perfect treat to munch on!

Have more tasty snacks to have around when you’re working on your fitness program? Leave us a comment below!

Simple Heart Healthy Tips for American Heart Month

Your heart beats around 3 billion times during your life.  The heart is considerably the most important organ in our bodies, and helps send life-giving oxygen. Nutrients, and other import chemicals that our bodies need to thrive! February is American Heart Month, and the time to love your heart and make it stronger is now! Pay attention to your heart, and in the process become a stronger, healthier person. Here are a few tips on how to get heart healthy for American Heart month:

  • Exercise: Exercise to support your heart, not strain it. Lower-intensity exercise is great for your heart, and great for your body! Concentrate on cardio and other exercises that will help keep your heart rate and a higher than normal level. Using a heart rate monitor can help keep track of your heart rate so you know exactly where to be.  A Polar Heart Rate Monitor is reliable and perfect for monitoring your heart rate during exercise.
  • Relax: Take time out of your day and rejuvenate. Stress is bad for the heart, and can cause problems in the future. It’s important to take time and breathe. Go outside, take a hike, and sit in a park. It’s been proven that nature can help de-stress us and calm us down.
  • Call your friends: Having a bad day? Give your best friend a call. Talking to your friend and having a good laugh can help keep a positive attitude which can help fight stress and calm the body down.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods: Eat a diet rich of omega 3 fats and other healthy fats! Fiber and phytonutrients also help keep the heart tissue healthy. Excellent food choices include; salmon, flaxseed, oatmeal, beans, almonds and walnuts, brown rice, broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus and blueberries.

Get Grooving While You’re Moving with AfterShokz Sports Headphones

AfterShokzHave you ever noticed that there’s something about music and exercise that just feels so right together? Whether you’re training for a marathon or just looking to improve your overall health, the addition of music to the mix can make all the difference. And when you’re working out, you don’t want to fuss with your headphones—that’s where our AfterShokz Sports headphones come into play. They’re designed especially to keep joggers, bikers, skateboarders, and other athletes plugged in while they work out. So why is music so important to your workout? Let’s take a look.

Music and your workout: A match made in heaven

It’s not just music in general—you need to think about picking the right music, too. When it comes to exercise, there are a few factors that contribute to the song’s motivational qualities: rhythm response, musicality, cultural impact, and association. The first two are internal—how do YOU feel about the music? The other two are external—how does the world interpret the music?

Syncing beats per minute with your workout can actually increase your efficiency and pace. A recent study shows that cycles that rode in time to the music required 7 percent less oxygen to do the same work as opposed to those biking without music. If that’s not a reason to get yourself some AfterShokz Sports headphones, we don’t know what is!

The Hottest Thing to Hit Fitness: Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex Activity TrackerFor athletes that want tracking for not just their workouts but also their lifestyles, the Fitbit Flex Activity Tracker is the most exciting thing to happen to activity tracking since GPS. The Fitbit Flex works into your daily routine with ease. Just wear it on your wrist all day and all night to track it all – wirelessly. Sleep. Steps taken. Calories burned. Distance traveled. Active minutes. Quality of sleep. Plus a silent wake alarm, water resistance, and 5 to 7 days of battery life before you need to recharge.

The Fitbit Flex is also able to sync with your iPhone 4S (and higher), iPad (3rd gen and higher), iPod Touch (5th gen), PC, Mac, Samsung Galaxy S III, and other devices. Keep track of your data and never stop moving with the new Fitbit Flex – now available in the selection at HeartRateMonitors.com.

Get yours today.

Shed the Pounds with Fun Group Exercise Classes

Regular cardio exercise is important for your heart, body and mind. Not only does it help reduce body fat, but it also helps lower cholesterol, keeps your heart healthy and is an overall mood-booster. However, a problem many people encounter is that they find their workout routines to get dull and mundane. The thought of having to drag yourself to the gym every other day for the same jog on a treadmill can be a big roadblock to reaching your fitness goals.

So what is the solution? Group exercise classes are fun, social, challenging, and some are very new and unique to the fitness industry. So skip the stationary cardio machines, and try attending some of these top group exercise classes at your local gym.

  • Zumba classes are designed for everyone, even if you’re not a dancer! The combination of Latin music with a fun and effective workout, will surely make you break a sweat.
  • Water Aerobics includes classes such as Yoga, Kickboxing and Pilates that have moved into the pool. These classes are varied, exciting, and many may use props that help with strength building, as you resist each move you make against the water.
  • Kickboxing includes a series of repetitive punches, kicks and other self defense moves to give you an effective resistance training and cardio workout.
  • Z-Box Fitness is one of the newest fitness crazes around. It blends hip hop dance moves with boxing moves. The class ends with Z.E.N., for the perfect relaxation experience.
  • Hot Yoga classes are taken in a 95 degree Fahrenheit room. The heat promotes intense sweating, which will loosen your muscles and help cleanse the body.
  • CrossFit group classes will give you a full body workout with its varying exercise routines. Whether you are jumping rope, weightlifting or utilizing gymnastic rings, this strength and conditioning class can help improve your overall fitness.

With the holidays coming up fast, many gyms and fitness facilities may be offering discounted memberships. This makes it the perfect time to sign up and experience some of today’s most enthusiastic group exercise classes.

The Benefits Of Wearing Compression Clothing

compression clothingWhenever you spot runners or cyclists, many of them are sporting tight, form fitting garments. This type of apparel is called compression clothing, and it is worn by the finest athletes everywhere. While they may look basic, compression clothing is highly recommended within the fitness industry and offers several benefits to athletes.

Compression garments consist of tights, shorts, arm sleeves, calf guards or leg sleeves. Made from a spandex or power-weight flex material, compression garments can serve multiple purposes and are preferred by most avid athletes. They are geared to offer superb power, flexibility, and a 360 degree stretch. Even though cycling, field hockey, and running are different types of sports, these athletes share the same benefits from wearing compression clothing.

The main benefits of compression clothing are that they reduce the risk of sports injuries. They keep the muscles warm to prevent strain and fatigue, and they also keep sweat off your body to prevent chafing and rashes. Research has shown that compression garments help athletes recover faster, too. They can help reduce muscle soreness, minimize the duration for muscles trying to repair themselves, and reduce swelling.

Compression garments have also been shown to increase athletic performance, enabling athletes to increase the duration or intensity of their workouts. The elasticity of the garments enables easier movement of the body, resulting in easier hip movement to obtain more strides.

Whatever fitness activities, sports, or fitness training you are involved in, compression clothing can help you to perform at your peak. Heart Rate Monitors USA offers a variety of compression garments to suit your own needs. Be sure to choose a size that will firmly fit your body without cutting in to the body. Once you begin wearing compression clothes, you should start feeling the difference immediately!

Recognizing A Fitness Plateau & How To Overcome It

Fitness Plateaus are Hard to Tackle - But These Tips Can Help!It happens to all of us – You get into an intense and great workout groove, and suddenly you stop seeing results and drop your fitness regime all together. Overcoming a fitness plateau can be difficult, but it is important to start by understanding what caused this rut in the first place. Are you bored or experiencing fatigue with your workouts? Have you stopped seeing results? The following tips can help you overcome your exercise plateau and get you back to reaching your goals:

  • Buy Proper Workout Attire. Buying proper exercise clothing will encourage you to get up and start moving. Be sure to buy a good pair of sneakers as well, as the wrong type of shoe can cause injury.
  • Switch Up Your Routine. If you normally walk on your treadmill, head outside for a jog or hike instead. If you usually stick to your fitness DVDs, join a gym and participate in group exercise classes. A change of scenery can be very motivating for your workout plan. Similarly, you can always inspire each other when working out with other people.
  • Change Your Diet. Healthy eating habits are important for fueling your body. Make sure you are getting enough protein from your meals, as protein will help build muscle and increase your metabolism.
  • Take A Break. Your body needs rest after workouts. Stick to a workout plan of no more than 1 hour or so a day, for 3-5 days each week.
  • Sleep. Be sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night so your body can perform at its max.
  • Have Fun. Most importantly, exercising should be fun. Whether it’s running on the beach or playing football with friends, you are still exercising even though it may not seem like it.

Above all, always remain positive and determined. You will find yourself having a better mindset and being closer to your goals.