Fitness

Spring into Shape!

The weather is warming up, and beach season is quickly approaching. Everyone wants to look their best in their swim suits, and some just want to get healthier and in better shape. The transition between spring and summer is the perfect opportunity to make healthy positive changes in your life, and the best time to get out and move. If you’re hoping to get in better shape this spring/summer, follow these helpful tips:

  • Find a workout buddy that is willing to enjoy the beautiful weather with you and get in shape while doing so. Jogging and running is a great cardio workout, and can be even better with a partner. Instead of going out for dinner or drinks, opt for a few nights a week to get active with your friends or family members.
  • Use the beautiful weather as a reason to get active. Enjoy the warmth and sun, and try to stay active outdoors. Whether riding a bicycle, playing basketball, or just simply doing yard work, find any excuse to keep yourself outdoors and active.
  • Swimming is excellent cardio, and a summertime must! Try swimming laps and fitting a good workout in while enjoying the summer sun!
  • Consider growing your own vegetables! Growing your own healthy food is a great way to save money and add more vegetables into your diet.
  • If running is too much, consider hiking. Hiking is an excellent way to fit in cardio while enjoying the beautiful weather.
  • Consider purchasing an amazing Fitbit Flex Activity Tracker and see how much you’re actually moving! Try to beat personal records, and stay active. We think the warm weather and sun is an excellent motivator!

Beat personal records with the amazing FitBit Flex!

If you’re ready to take the first step to get into shape and live a healthier lifestyle this spring or summer, considering following the above tips, and even creating your own helpful solutions. The first step to health is making changes! Let us know what steps you’re taking to get healthy this spring!

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.

Get Fit in the Pool This Summer with the Garmin Swim Watch

Beat the heat and get fit with a Garmin Swim watch this summer!

Warm weather signals the opening of swimming pools, and many athletes will take this opportunity to incorporate another style of training into their outdoor routines. The Garmin Swim Watch is designed to get your mind off counting laps and back on your form. It’s sleek and lightweight design cuts through the water without slowing you down. This swim watch tracks lengths, strokes, distance, and pace. It can also recognize what kind of stroke you’re using and calculates your SWOLF score.

When you’re finished in the pool, upload your data to Garmin Connect and receive free online analysis of your workout. View detailed metrics, examine your training progress, and send the information to your family, friends, fellow swimmers, and coaches. The Garmin Swim Watch looks just like a regular wristwatch and many enthusiasts have begun to wear it daily. Most users only have to change the battery about once every year, and they can do so themselves without sending it back to the manufacturer. With the Garmin Swim Watch, swimming doesn’t only have to be a summer activity. With this kind of accuracy, we’re sure you can find a pool to continue swim training during the winter. But don’t let the precious warm weather go to waste—start achieving your fitness goals (both in and out of the water) now!

Capture Life’s Adventures with GoPro HERO3

As the weather warms up, and more outdoor activities begin to spring back into your lives, there’s no better time to document your outdoor adventures. Whether rafting, biking, rock climbing or skateboarding, the GoPro HERO3 Camera is the perfect way to capture your most adventurous moments. Document your warm weather adventures to share with your friends, or keep for your own personal enjoyment with this amazing advanced camera.

The GoPro HERO3

Life is an adventure; capture it in all its glory with the GoPRO Hero3!

With Wi-Fi capability and a waterproof body, the GoPro is perfect for any occasion. With the capability to capture video at 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps, and 720p 120fps, the GoPro HERO3 will turn your adventures into true works of art. Don’t settle for distorted and low quality smart phone video to capture your adventures this spring and summer, consider upgrading to the adventure-proof and durable GoPro HERO3. What else is the GoPro HERO3 capable of?

  • Professional HD video
  • Built in Wi-Fi, as well as remote control via smart phone and tablet.
  • Capability to capture clear and HD video even underwater.
  • Looping video
  • Continuous photo
  • Manual white balance control
  • Allows users to shoot photos while simultaneously capturing video.
  • Immersive and wide angle capture capabilities of even the most extreme adventures.
  • Wearable and mountable capability
  • Super fast image processor for crystal clear images and video.
  • Ultra wide angle 6-element Aspherical glass lens

If you’re the adventurous type and want to relive your favorite summer activities all year long, consider capturing video with the advanced and amazing GoPro HERO3 Camera. HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com proudly carries the GoPro HERO3, as well as other amazing GoPro models! Cheers to the next adventure!

Introducing the MIO Alpha: The World’s First Strapless, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor

It’s here. It’s arrived. And it’s awesome.

MIO Alpha

The world's First Strapless, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor

The team at HRM USA has tested out the MIO Alpha and we have to say – we are most definitely impressed! As you know, the MIO Alpha is the world’s first strapless, continuous heart rate monitor and it touts that it offers accurate monitoring at performance speeds. It’s true – this strapless HRM is a game changer and the technology behind it is truly unique.

So, how does this HRM work? Well, for starters, instead of relying on a chest strap to monitor heart rate, the MIO Alpha uses optical sensors to detect pulse directly from the skin, so it’s key to wear this monitor snugly against the wrist so that it gets a correct reading. But, once it is in contact with your skin, the data it registers is real-time monitoring at its best. Just press and hold the HR button on the right side of the watch until the watch beeps. Then, hold your arm fairly still until the watch beeps again and displays your heart rate. From there, you’re ready to start training. You’ll watch your HR adjust automatically and you can use the user-settable HR training zones to really laser focus on your workout. The MIO Alpha was tested in all types of environments and during all types of activity, so the accuracy is truly best in class. Having seen it in action ourselves, we can confidently say that this is one of the best training tools an athlete can take advantage of.

The MIO Alpha

MIO Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

Another great thing about the MIO Alpha is the battery life. It charges in about an hour and can offer continuous HR monitoring for 8 to 10 hours on a charge. When you turn off the monitoring, it’ll keep its charge for up to 2 to 3 weeks, while being worn as a regular watch (this thing looks sleek and stylish, so it’s perfect for everyday wear). We love that it works with most popular fitness apps, like Runkeeper and Wahoo Fitness, so you can use this with your smartphone to get additional training insight.

All in all, we give the MIO Alpha five stars – and it’s now available at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com in either shadow or arctic. Get yours now.

Introducing the Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

The ALPHA strapless heart rate monitor from MIO is the world’s first continuous heart rate monitor that you can wear on your wrist to accurately read your heart rate! Some are saying this amazing device will change heart rate monitoring forever. Say goodbye to the chest-strap for an accurate reading, and hello to the sleek and stylish Mio ALPHA strapless heart rate monitor. The ALPHA offers essential features with some of the most accurate readings ever. The ALPHA features:

 

Mio Heart Rate Monitor

Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

  • Continuous display of heart rate
  • Workout timer
  • Clock
  • Data Review
  • Settable heart rate zone
  • No annoying and uncomfortable chest strap
  • Bluetooth synchability
  • Wireless transmitter
  • USB charging station and rechargeable lithium battery

 

If you participate in high performance sports, the ALPHA is the heart rate monitor for you! Not only does the ALPHA offer extremely reliable readings, but the monitor is also comfortable and allows for maximum performance. The Mio ALPHA heart rate monitor is simply worn on the wrist like a watch, getting rid of obtrusive chest straps that often slide down and chafe the skin. Change the way you work out with the Mio Alpha strapless heart rate monitorfrom HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com today

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!

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!