Healthy Living

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!

Heart Healthy Snacks to Keep Your Ticker Ticking

Get your heart in shape with the help of these heart-healthy foods!

At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we want you to be as physically fit as you can be, but we know that’s not possible without a strong, healthy, and properly functioning heart! Your ticker is important to your overall health, that’s why we have some great heart-healthy foods for you to keep in mind when you’re trying to achieve a wellness-based lifestyle!

  • Oatmeal: This yummy breakfast food is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are excellent for your heart!
  • Red wine: Everything in moderation of course, but red wine’s antioxidants are great to keep your heart healthy and beating!
  • Beans: Whether Kidney beans, Lentil beans, or Garbanzo beans are your favorite, these legumes are a great source of protein. Protein builds stronger muscles, and can help build a stronger heart!
  • Nuts: These tasty snacks are a great way to get your Omega-3 Fatty Acids in! The highest in these would be almonds and walnuts.
  • Sweet Potatoes: These yummy substitutes for regular potatoes are loaded with beta carotenes, which are awesome for your heart as well as the rest of your body!

Have more heart-healthy foods that we missed? Leave us a comment below and share it with us!

Heart Rate Monitors USA Exclusive: What Does a Blender Bottle Do?

Find out what a Blender Bottle can do to make your life easier!

 

Whether you’re a weight lifter who drinks protein shakes on a daily basis, or just an athlete that enjoys a little extra powder in their nutritional smoothie, the Blender Bottle makes your life easier. This sport drink mixer really comes in handy when you’re on the go, in the gym, or pretty much anywhere else. So what does this unique invention do that other wattle bottles don’t accomplish?

The Blender Bottle is an innovation that makes taking protein shakes on the go that much easier. Most of us who drink pre-work out shakes, post work out shakes, or nutritional drinks with added vitamins know that sometimes it can be difficult to achieve a smooth consistency. This can be especially tough if you’re travelling and have to make your drink ahead of time. However, the Blender Bottle keeps whatever you’re drinking smooth so you get exactly what you need from your drink.

Not an athlete? The Blender Bottle is still for you. Use it to mix things that usually require is specific texture: such as pancakes, pudding, salad dressing, and omelets. You’ll never have to worry about having lumps in your gravy when you use this fun device from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

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.

Gearing Up for 2013: Start With a Good Resolution

Toast to choosing a great resolution on New Year's Eve!

With the start of a new year comes the promise of doing things right. But the first step to making 2013 a great year is to make a solid resolution; something that you can keep up with and hopefully keep going for many years to come. The real goal of a resolution is to make a change in lifestyle for the long-term. Unfortunately, most people tend to set resolutions just looking at the year ahead. When making your resolution, remember that it’s a decision to live a better life and that it should stay with you for many years to come.

But besides keeping in mind the long-term nature of your goal, here are a few other tips for setting a good resolution for 2013:

  • Be realistic. Having a realistic goal to approach makes the whole thing seem less intimidating. Choose a goal that seems within reach.
  • Be specific – or not. Specific goals keep you focused and on track, but for some people, they add too much pressure. You can choose something general, like eating better, or you can go more specific, like eating vegetarian meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Choose what works better for you! You know yourself best.
  • Choose a goal you can feel passionate about. So many people choose goals just because they sound good or other people they know are doing it. Instead, choose something YOU want to achieve. Pick something that YOU value. It makes the journey that much more powerful – and it increases your chances for success!
  • Brainstorm. If you’re having a hard time narrowing down your resolution, don’t worry – most people do! Sit down and write down what you want to accomplish in the next year. See if you can narrow down your list or even meditate on the question of what you want to achieve in the coming year. The answer you choose you should feel 100% committed to.

Have a tip for choosing a good resolution? Share it with us in the comments!

10 Tips for a Healthier Holiday

The holidays can be quite the stressor! So many things to do, surrounded by temptation, and so little time to squeeze in a workout. My, my, my – it’s the challenge of the year!

But, there are some things that we can do to make the most of the holidays and to keep things healthy amid all of the stress. If you’re looking to have a healthier holiday season, try some of these tips:

  • Practice portion control. The holidays are a notorious time for overeating. Be smart with portions!
  • Choose healthy meals. Load up on vegetables instead of starchy sides. Choose fruit over cookies. Water over eggnog.
  • Squeeze in a walk after holiday dinner. It’s good for digestion and for getting your metabolism moving.
  • Keep a water bottle with you. Staying hydrated is going to be key not only for your overall physical health, but also for fighting dry winter skin.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator while shopping. It’s something simple that can add a few extra steps to your trip, but it pays off over time!
  • Make time to de-stress. Take a hot bath, meditate, read a good book. Just give yourself time to wind down after the holiday craziness!
  • Breathe. The holidays will be wonderful – and everything will get done. And hey, if it doesn’t, that’s okay too!

Have tips for keeping calm during the holidays? Leave us a comment!

The Fitbit One has Arrived

The Fitbit One

The Fitbit One

The Fitbit One is shaping up to be one of the hottest holiday gifts on everyone’s list this year. Touted as one of the most powerful activity trackers available, the Fitbit One “turns fitness into a lifestyle.”

For those looking to make serious strides (pun intended) toward better health and a wellness-focused lifestyle, the Fitbit One serves as a great motivator. This tracker never rests, taking measurement of your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed by day and your sleep cycle by night. You’ll be able to monitor your body’s wellbeing 24 hours a day – and the data it offers can be unbelievably motivating.

Use the Fitbit One to act as your personal trainer and coach by using its built-in Fitbit.com membership, which allows for you to log and track activity, food, sleep, water, body mass, weight, and much more.

For anyone on your list, it’s an amazing gift – but don’t wait to order yours. Get your Fitbit One today at Heart Rate Monitors USA to have it in time for the holidays.