Healthy Living

Staying Safe on a Summer Run!

If you’re an avid runner, chances are the summer sun and heat isn’t going to stop you from pounding the pavement. However, there are many safety precautions that should be followed when running in intense heat and sun. Before lacing up your shoes, and strapping on your heart rate monitor, consider the following safety tips for summer runs.

Stay hydrated on your summer runs!

  1. It takes some time for your body to adjust to hot or humid weather. Don’t run at a high intensity at first, but instead start out slow and work your way back up to a higher intensity. Slow and steady wins the race.
  2. It’s no secret that hydration plays a crucial role in overall physical health. In the summer, proper hydration is extra important.  It’s important to stay well hydrated before your run, and properly hydrate directly after. Bring a Hydration pack or water bottle along for your run to ensure you’re body is properly hydrated!
  3. Be aware of your body! Knowing the warning signs of heat exhaustion or other heat related illnesses is extremely important for summer runners.  Much like staying hydrated, knowing your bodies warning signs can help ensure you’re having a safe run! Wearing a heart rate monitor can help you be aware of your vitals, but your body also has its own built in warning signs.
  4. Run early. Running early on in the day is a great way to beat the sun’s extreme heat!
  5. Sunscreen is extremely important for protecting your skin from harmful sun rays. Before hitting the road, be sure to lather up!

Title: How to Prevent Stress from Damaging Your Heart

Your heart is the center of all your bodily functions: pumping blood to all the right parts, pushing oxygen through the

Learn ways to reduce your stress and keep your heart healthy with these tips!

blood to the needed parts, and keeping you breathing. Stress is often a huge contributor when it comes to the damage done to your ticker, so it’s important to eliminate it when you can. Heart Rate Monitors USA has some ways that you can reduce stress and promote healthy living!

  • Venting some of your stresses to your friends or family can help get them off of your chest and get it out in the open.
  • In the same way, staying positive and talking about the good stuff, like achievements and blessings, with your loved ones can also help eliminate stress too!
  • Making sure that a good 6-8 hours of sleep a night is in your plans is important to reducing stress. It lets your brain reset!
  • Laugh at something funny, silly, or just something that makes you happy! Laughing really does make you feel a little bit better when you’re stressed.
  • Do something nice for someone. Taking the time to slow down your day and pause to do something nice can help improve a bad mood.
  • Reduce stress by trying not to worry as much! Worrying is like a rocking chair: you can do it for as long as you like, but it doesn’t get you anywhere!

Have more tips on how to reduce stress, for your heart’s sake, and promote healthy living? Leave it in a comment below and we’ll add it to our list!

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!

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.

Why You Should Never Miss Breakfast

You more than likely probably remember your parents reminding you every morning to eat your breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. The truth is, breakfast is an extremely important way to begin your day and the perfect piece to overall great health. Sadly, more than one-fifth of adults are breakfast skippers!  One thing regular breakfast eaters share: a smaller waistline. Not only is breakfast an important meal to help lose weight and keep it off, but there a variety of other health benefits to starting your day off with a healthy balanced meal!

 

  • Your heart: People who skip breakfast are more common to have higher cholesterol and be at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. Breakfasts that are fiber rich and balanced are excellent for heart health.
  • Concentration: After sleeping throughout the night, your body is hungry. After waking or not eating for a long period of time your body begins to go into famine mode by storing the energy it has left. An empty stomach can lead to concentration issues and loss of focus. Fueling your body in the morning can lead to an overall more productive day.
  • Impulse control: Filling up on a healthy breakfast can actually help fight cravings, which leads to lower body weight. Without breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for that bag of chips.

Breakfast is an essential meal that is more important than many believe, however not all breakfasts are created equal. Try to eat a variety of fruits, egg whites, low-fat dairy and whole grains. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar, like doughnuts and high carbohydrate breads. A healthy exercise regimen combined with regular breakfast eating is an excellent way to create an overall healthy lifestyle.  A day without breakfast is like a work out with a heart rate monitor–incomplete!

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

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!