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Here are 5 Things You Need for the 4th of July

Here are 5 Things You Need for the 4th of JulyFather’s Day has passed, and Independence Day is quickly approaching. There are many people getting their final plans together, doing last minute shopping, fixing the yard up for the annual bbq and arranging travel plans. After all, the 4th of July is usually an exciting holiday, and you want it to be even better than the previous year. We get it! We want you to have the best 4th of July as you possibly can. Because of this, I wanted to point out a few things you may have forgotten. Here are 5 Things You Need for the 4th of July:

Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer
Family and friends will be over, and that grill is already going. However, it’s already hot outside. What’s the point in standing directly over the hot flames waiting for your food to be prepared? Pick up an Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer. The Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer allows you to program your choice of cooking modes on the user-friendly app on your compatible smart device, and it will notify you on your phone once your food has reached its desired temperature. This makes grilling much easier, and frees up your time to enjoy your guests more.

Aquabot By Lunatec
July usually brings the heat with it. While sitting out in the sun, waiting on the next hot dog to come off of the grill, why not cool yourself down a little bit. The Aquabot makes your water bottle spray 25-feet and has shower, stream and mist spray patterns. This is perfect for having impromptu water fights on those really hot days. Now go blast someone and get the war started!

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications
Planning and prepping for the entire family to come over can be very time consuming, and can easily throw you off of your workout routine. However, chances are you’re still getting a workout between cooking, cleaning, bringing out new drinks for the cooler, lifting bags of ice, and more. Because this is an accidental workout, I suggest strapping on a Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications (Blue) and compare your accidental workout to your planned routine.

GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card
We all know that the best moments are usually caught unexpectedly, which is why I suggest having a GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card on hand during the festivities. Mount it onto a wandering dog to pick up random footage, or put it on a camera stand and capture as many memories as possible. You can even send the footage to the family as a keepsake, to remind them of the good times you all shared together.

H2FidO Bottle and Bowls Hydration System for Dogs
Of course, we can’t forget about the pups. Usually, during my bbq’s my girls are out in the yard roaming among the visitors. Because they’re out in the sun as well, their hydration is very important. The H2FidO Bottle and Bowls Hydration System for Dogs are a BPA-Free lightweight, reusable portable hydration system for dogs. It makes it really easy to give them water, without having to pack up their indoor bowls and bring them outdoors.

Now that you’re all prepared for the fourth, get out there and enjoy your independence and freedom. Food, family, fun, and fitness should be your main goals for this day. Happy 4th of July!

Here’s is Your Father’s Day Lazy Man’s Fitness Guide

Here's is Your Father's Day Lazy Man's Fitness GuideSunday, June 21, 2015, is Father’s Day. While many of you have plans and adventures scheduled throughout the day, there are many others who plan on being just being lazy. It’ll just be another day to kick back and put your feet up and enjoy. While this may sound pleasing, your body may be telling you a different story. This is especially true if these “lazy days” are way too frequent. If you’re a self-proclaimed lazy individual, a good idea would be to look into fun ways to be fit or even discover “Lazy Ways To Fitness”. Because it’s Father’s Day, we’re going to do the work for you, that way it’s one less finger you have to lift. Here’s is Your Father’s Day Lazy Man’s Fitness Guide:

Exercise While Watching TV
It’s Father’s Day! Of course there will be many of you sitting back, with your feet up, watching Sports Center, just relaxing the day away. Rather than sit on the chair, replace it with a fitness ball. Maybe not for the entire day, but try 10-15 minutes, or switch from the chair to the fitness ball during commercial breaks. Using a fitness ball will strengthen your core and give you better balance. The beautiful part is you won’t even feel like you’re working out.

Get Out and Play
How often do you really get a chance to get out to play and have fun? Call up a few friends and plan a Sunday Father’s Day Game. This can even be made into a family affair. While all fathers and sons are on the field, wives and daughters can be cheerleaders and even help get water or snacks. While you’re getting a great cardio and strength training on the field, you can also burn up to 800 calories per hour. If you’re really into fitness, strap on your Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Monitor during the game, and really see what you did out on the field. Don’t feel too bad for the girls. Cheering and jumping up and down will surely give them their daily workout too.

Take a Romantic Stroll
After you’ve made all of your rounds, and thanked everyone for the Happy Father’s Day wishes, it’s time for you to take a moment to yourself and your wife or partner. After supper is served, and the dishes are cleaned, take a romantic stroll with your better half. At this point today, many of us are well aware of the benefits and advantages there are to walking. However, this walk is different. It doesn’t even feel like exercise. You’re walking in the summer air, hand in hand, without a care in the world. Do this for 20 minutes, and you can easily burn up to 100 calories from that Father’s Day Dinner. Just for fun, grab a Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications and see how many steps you take.

Walk When You Talk
If you’re anything like me, you cannot stay still when you’re on the telephone. I literally walk around anything from the kitchen or dining room table, to the living room chair or up and down the hallway. Whatever the reason is, I just have to pace while I am on the telephone. On Father’s Day, I’m sure you’ll be receiving an abundance of phone calls from various family members and friends. During each of these calls, just pace a little while you are on the telephone. This is a great way to accidentally exercise, as pacing can burn approximately 90 calories per hour. Yes, those phone calls do add up. You should also try leaving your cell phone across the room. Because we live in an age where many people may text Happy Father’s Day, this will force you to get up and walk across the room to retrieve your phone.

Drink Water
The easiest thing you can do for yourself and your health on Father’s Day isn’t even an exercise. Drink plenty of water. Studies have shown that individuals who consumed two glasses of water before each meal lost more than 4.5 pounds over the course of 3 months. The consumption of water helps you to feel fuller, which has you to consuming fewer calories at a meal. Pick up an Eco Vessel AQUA 24oz Insulated Filtration Water Bottle and keep your water handy. This BPA Free water bottle will keep your water cold up to 36 hours.

Now you have a reason to get off of your butt for Father’s Day, while still enjoying the activities at hand. Don’t be afraid to make changes to these activities. If you’re more of a basketball family than football, a 3 on 3 or a full court 5 on 5 is also a fantastic workout. Chances are you won’t even feel like you’ve had a workout. Happy Healthy Father’s Day!

Here are 10 Fun Ways to Burn Those Calories

Here are 10 Fun Ways to Burn Those CaloriesGetting into top physical shape can be a daunting task for many people. It just seems like they can’t find the best way to burn off those calories, and everything seems like a chore. When you think of physical fitness, the last thing you want is to make your exercise routine seem like hard work. Fitness should be looked at, not only as being fun but also as being an investment in your health and longevity. Here are 10 Fun Ways to Burn Those Calories:

Just Dance
Dancing is an excellent calorie burner. Invite some friends over and cut a rug. Getting up and doing a few fun moves for just 40 minutes has the ability to burn 100 calories, and possibly more. Strap on your Polar A300 Activity & Sleep Tracker and see how many you can burn.

Give Your House a Makeover
It is now bbq season, which is a great reason to makeover your home. Before you call your friends over for that cookout, freshen up your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint. Do it yourself and save not only money but also get a workout. By putting on that new coat of paint yourself, you can burn off over 200 calories per hour. Call up a few friends and have a paint party. You can grill them a thank you lunch while you’re painting, and be notified when your food is ready on your smart phone, if your using your Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer.

Go to the Supermarket
Going food shopping is a workout, even if you don’t realize it. Spending just 45 minutes shopping can burn over 115 calories. You’ll burn another 40 calories carrying your bags into your home and up the stairs, and yet another 40 putting them away. Who knew food shopping could be so physical?

Work on the Garden
Simply uprooting weeds for 25 minutes can burn more than 125 calories. If you decide to plant new plants, this can burn another 75 calories. Combine that with watering the garden, carrying the trash away, squatting down and standing up and you’ll learn that gardening is a calorie killer. If you’re growing vegetables in your garden, you’re putting yourself in an even healthier position. Physical fitness and organic eating is always a good thing.

Shop till You Drop
Grab your Garmin vivofit 2 Fitness Activity and Sleep Tracker and hit the mall for a little shopping. Walking from store to store is exercise alone, but did you know that you also burn 11 calories for each outfit you try on? Track you steps and burn those calories. If you have to shop your way to fitness, I am all for it.

Wash Your Car
Washing and waxing your car can burn 204 calories in 40 minutes. Partner that with cleaning out the inside of the car as well, and you’ll see those calories burning faster. Now your car is shining, and you have quite a few reasons to feel better about yourself.

Cycling
Grab a few friends and go bike riding for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your fitness level. Just 30 minutes of casual cycling can burn over 100 calories from a person weighing approximately 150 pounds. Strap on your Polar RCX3 BIKE Heart Rate Monitor Black and track your progress.

Swimming
Who really doesn’t like to take a dip? Not only is it fun, it’s a great way to physical fitness, and an excellent cardio workout. Just 15 minutes of swimming at a moderate intensity can burn approximately 100 calories.

Water Skiing
Water skiing is not only fun and super cool, but it’s also a great way to burn calories. While it is fun, you can burn over 100 calories by taking 20 minutes out of your day to have fun. Be careful not to fall off, although swimming would still give you a workout.

Mini Golf
Had I known that mini golfing burned as many calories as it does, I would have probably started doing this a long time ago. While you’re having fun with friends and family, you’re also burning well over 100 calories in a simple one hour game. Chances are you wouldn’t even realize it. You know they say time flies when you’re having fun.

Go ride a bike, or paint a wall. Perhaps you’d rather go swimming or water ski. It doesn’t matter which method you choose, as long as healthy is the destination. Burn those calories and enjoy a new you. Happy Fitness!

Here are 8 Gadgets That Will Get You Outside and Moving

8 Gadgets That Will Get You Outside and MovingThe beautiful weather has completely made its presence known. Now is the time to get outside and do as many outdoor activities as you possibly can. After all, who wants to be stuck in the house all summer? There are plenty different events, concerts, sports and activities that will get you outdoors. If that’s not motivation enough, try purchasing different gadgets that will get you up and outside. Here are 8 Gadgets That Will Get You Outside and Moving:

TomTom Golfer GPS Golf Watch (Grey/Green)
The TomTom Golfer GPS Golf Watch allows you to see the precise yardage to hazards, lay-ups, and greens. Know the best way onto the green with unique graphics, and receive course updates wirelessly from your smartphone. Know every inch of the course with the TomTom Golfer GPS Watch. What’s more? The TomTom Golfer GPS Golf Watch is also weather and waterproof, allowing you to play in any weather.

Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer
The summer bbq’s are in full effect. However, none of them would be complete without the use of the Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer. The Oregon Scientific AW133 Grill Right Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer will alert you via your smartphone when the meat is cooked to your customizable perfect temperature. You simply program your choice of cooking modes on the user-friendly app on your compatible smart device. Note : Bluetooth 4.0 is required for connectivity.

Action Cameras
Action Cameras should definitely be enough to get you up and out of the house. Since you never know what you’re going to see, a great idea is to leave the camera rolling and browse your neighborhood. It’s very possible for you to catch really exciting footage. These are also a hit at family gatherings or vacations, the beach, and more. HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com offers both GoPro and Garmin VIRB HD Action Cameras, which are both top of the line.

Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station
The perfect addition to your home, this wireless weather station offers robust data at a reasonable price. At a glance, you’ll see the iconic weather forecast, Atomic time, wind speed & direction, indoor & outdoor temperature & humidity, barometric pressure with bar graph, and rainfall reading with bar graph. An integrated wireless wind sensor tower has separate wireless sensors for rainfall, temperature and humidity for easier setup.

Runner’s Belts
If you’re an individual who doesn’t run as often as you should because you’re always misplacing items, help has arrived. Runner’s Belts straps comfortably around your waist, and keeps all of your personal belongings right where they should be… Which is with you! Smart phones, keys, cash, and credit cards are just a few items that can be held inside of your runner’s belt. Check our full inventory and choose from options like Double or Single Pockets, and several color options.

Red Ledge Unisex Rain Jackets
Waterproof and durable, the Red Ledge Thunderlight Jacket is a good option for budget-conscious hikers and backpackers seeking reliable protection from wet or windy weather at an affordable price. Very lightweight, the Thunderlight Jacket uses a rip-stop nylon shell and offers protection from rain and wind using Red Ledge’s T-Core polyurethane coating.

Garmin Monterra GPS Navigator with US Topo Maps
The Garmin Monterra is a full-featured Wi-Fi enabled GPS navigator that combines powerful mapping with the versatility of Android. Get Android apps for Monterra on Google Play, including Peak Finder, Star Constellation charts and Ballistic Calculator. Or access professional apps such as construction estimators and ArcGIS to extend your office to the field. The rugged and durable Monterra has the power and flexibility to go anywhere.

Timex Ironman Run x50+ Smart Activity Monitor with Heart Rate (Black/Lime)
We love fitness apps too, but it’s hard to see your progress with your smartphone strapped to your arm. Wouldn’t it be nice to stream all that great info to your wrist? We thought so. And we even added music controls and text alerts. You don’t have to be running to appreciate getting your calls and texts on your wrist. Vibration alerts tell you if you’ve got a call, text, email, or notification. Our app works with most smartphones with blue tooth 4.0. You can set the watch, upload your workout data, and even find your watch. Android: 4.4.2 KitKat or higher, Bluetooth Smart compatible or iOS: iOS 8.0.2 or higher, Bluetooth Smart compatibilities are required.

Now you have a few reasons to get outside and enjoy some sun! As always, remember that proper hydration is always required. This is especially true when staying out in the sun for extended periods of time. Grab one of our BPA Free Water Bottles to stay properly hydrated.

Memorial Day Kicks off the Summer Season

Memorial Day is almost upon us and that means “Summer” season is kicking off. Summer time means vacation time! But don’t let going on vacation put a stop to your physical conditioning routines. Where ever your travels take you, from the beaches on either coast, to exploring our countries national parks and monuments you can always fit your daily exercise routines into your daily vacation planner.

omron-hj-203-pedometer-with-activity-tracker-23No matter where you go on vacation you can count on walking being a big part of it. Make sure you pack your Omron HJ-203 Pocket Pedometer with Activity Tracker with you so that you can measure not only how many steps you have walked, while you are taking in the sights but also how many calories you have burned doing it. This way you can feel better about yourself when you have that hot dog while you take in the sites. One hot dog is equal to about 150 calories, which would take about 30 minutes of walking at a pace of 3-4 mi. per hour to burn off.

Enjoying the night life while on vacation can actually aid you in keeping yourself in great physical shape. When your visiting those “Must See” points of interest on your vacationing itinerary, or visiting the areas beach front night spots, let yourself get caught up in the moment and hit the dance floor and show off your favorite moves.

fitbit-charge-activity-wristband-with-heart-rate-3.gifThis is a great way to get your body moving while you’re having fun burning off those extra calories you just consumed by having your favorite cocktail. 30 minutes of active dancing will take care of that one drink. You can find out how much you’ve burned up by glancing at your Fitbit Charge Activity monitor. This way you won’t need to dance the night away,,, that is, unless you want to.

So enjoy this Memorial Day Holiday weekend and get yourself geared up for this year’s Sumer Vacation Season!

Capture The Moment With GoPro

Capture The Moment With GoProHave you ever had one of those moments where you thought to yourself, ‘Man, I really wish I had my camera with me?’ If you answered yes, like many of us have, then a GoPro is right for you. GoPro action cameras are light, versatile, and even waterproof (depending on the model). The GoPro camera can go virtually anywhere with you, making it easy to capture those ‘Wow!’ moments. What do I mean by you can take GoPro virtually anywhere? I mean, you can take GoPro any and everywhere cameras are permitted.

If you live in the inner city then you know the amount of action you can see is priceless. I remember as a child, growing up, I would see some of the best talent around, just by going outside. Riding the bus, you’d hear some of the most beautiful voices known to man, in the back, singing. Going to the park was always an adventure as well. I’d see some of the best sports players (non-professional) playing right there on the city courts, then there were the wild police chases. Every day was an adventure, and there was never a shortage of action. I can only imagine the footage I could catch today with my GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition HD Action Camera With 32GB Hi Def Memory Card. Perhaps I could have discovered the next R&B/Pop sensation. Perhaps I still Can!

How about a weekend getaway to the beach? I’m in! You never know what’s going to happen when you hit the Jersey Shore. This is the exact reason you must take the GoPro Hero3 White Action High Definition Camera! Mary Lee, the Great White Shark, recently traveled past the Jersey Shore, showing up approximately 700 meters off the Coast of Toms River on Sunday before heading past Asbury Park further offshore. Just imagine how cool it would be to capture a quick video on your GoPro Hero3 White Action High Definition Camera, sharing this amazing experience with all of your friends. Don’t worry. Your GoPro would have been fine, as it’s waterproof to 131’ (40m).

I’ll admit it. I’m not a surfer. However, sometimes I wish I could master the sport. Aside from the physical benefits, it just has to be cool to really be able to ride the waves. It’ll be 10 times cooler if the entire experience was captured on film. With the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition HD Action Camera Surf Bundle you can do just that. Ride the waves while wearing a mounted GoPro to capture the most amazing moments. With basic features like: 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video; 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second; Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Protune™ for photos and video; and Waterproof to 131’ (40m) you really can’t go wrong!

Skydiving has always been something that I wanted to do. Believe it or not! But the GoPro Hero High Definition Action Camera makes me want to do it that much more. Sometimes I am a big kid at heart. When I get something new, I just don’t want to stop using it. When I first purchased my GoPro Hero High Definition Action Camera, it was to record my nephews birthday party. After the party, it kind of became my own entertainment tool. I’d take footage of everything and then, when one friend said, “I wonder how I’d look jumping out of a plane!” It was then that the idea was birthed. Now if only GoPro offered courage as another one of their features!

Family bbq’s are usually pretty exciting… And if your family is anything like mine, prepare to be entertained. These are the moments when the precious memories are usually created. You get everything from relay races, to red light green light, a few people playing football and basketball, kickball, and even singers… Or so they think (perhaps adult beverages helped). It is in these moments that you bring out your GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card and capture those memories. Be sure to have the 32GB memory card inserted, you want to make sure you don’t miss anything.

You never really know when life is going to throw a GoPro opportunity your way. Don’t miss out on the chance to record that special moment in time. Be sure to check to see what is included with your GoPro, as some accessories are sold separately. Click here to view all GoPro items and accessories. And get out there and see exciting things that life has to offer. Take your GoPro and Capture Life!

9 Tips to Quickly Build Muscle

9 Tips to Quickly Build MuscleIt’s shirtless season, and everyone is scrambling to try and get into the best physical shape they can before they put on that bathing suite. The beaches will be packed with wash board abs and six packs, and you don’t want to be left out. You’re doing everything you can to build muscle, but you’re just not seeing it happen. Perhaps you’re impatient and want those results overnight. However, I’m more willing to bet that you’re doing something wrong. Here are 9 Tips to Quickly Build Muscle:

Reduce Cardio
If muscle is what you’re looking to build, cutting back on the cardio is one of the first steps you should take. Rather than running every day, try two days of light jogging for approximately 30 minutes per session. Strap on your Garmin Forerunner 210 (Black) Club Bundle with Foot Pod and Premium Heart Rate for your next run and track your results.

Less is More
To gain muscle, you do not have to lift iron all day, every day. In fact, most trainers would advise you against doing so. The next time you go to work out, try doing no more than 20 sets per muscle group, with each rep being between 6 and 12. To make up for the reduced time, try adding heavier weights. Be sure to keep your workout under one hour, as you don’t want to over-work yourself.

Don’t Expect Miracles from Supplements
I am not on a mission to bash supplement use. I’ve used them myself. However, one shouldn’t think that taking supplements alone is going to give them the muscles they want. A supplement should not be looked at as being anything more than a supplement. Exercise and a proper diet will also be required to reach your desired weight. If you are going to include supplements in your workout, try to stick with protein products.

Know the Daily Calorie Intake Needed
The amount of the calorie intake you need, is usually determined by factors such as age, gender, weight, and how active you are. One easy way to determine how many calories you need each day is to take your current weight and multiply it by 20. If you’re a female who weights 120 pounds, multiplied by 20, you should be eating 2,400 calories each day.

Lift Progressively
As your muscles get used to the heavy load, you may need to shock it by constantly changing the weight you lift. If you used 100 pounds on your bench press during your first week of training, try to add 10 pounds for the second week. Add another 10 pounds on the following week and so on. The same goes for other body parts.

Go Multi-Joint
Going multi-joint is another great way to gain muscle. Moves like biceps curls are great routines, but they’re not going to quickly build muscle. Replace single joint movements with other options like bench-pressing, dead-lifts, and even squats. These routines work more muscle groups in less time, while also allowing you to lift a heavier weight.

Rest
You’d be surprised at how many people underestimate the power of rest. Working your muscles too hard, without allowing them a chance to rest can cause the muscle fibers to become damaged beyond repair, prohibiting growth. To quickly gain muscle, try working a specific muscle group until it is exhausted. Then, allow these muscles to rest until there is no sign of pain or stiffness before working these muscles again.

Recover
Proper recovery also plays a vital role in muscle building. Proper recovery allows your body to be in a state where it manufactures some of its best growth. Ice baths or cold showers are great tools used for recovery. Compression Apparel, Thermophore Moist Heating Pads, Ice It! products, and sleep are also great recovery aides.

Protein
Protein is by far the most important macro-nutrient needed for muscle building. Because everyone’s nutritional needs are unique, you should consume one gram of protein per pound of body weight. This provides the body with the nutrients is needs to repair and produce new muscle tissue.

When performing any of the routines mentioned, be sure to not overdue it. As always, with any new routine, it would be wise to check with your physician and get a physical. Now get out there and show us your gains! Happy Fitness!

5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to Home

5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to HomeBurn calories! They say. How? You say! Giving directions without proper instructions is always a recipe for disaster. It’s very often that I hear people say, ‘Just burn calories.’ However, there are never instructions provided. If I were new to fitness, this would leave me scratching my head. The first thing I would think is, ‘What exercises burn calories?’ The simple answer to your question is most exercises are calorie burners. This list will point to 5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to Home:

Cycling
Cycling is one of the best ways to burn calories. It doesn’t have to be your favorite exercise, but knowing that a person can burn up to 1000 calories per hour by simply cycling definitely makes it sound benificial. This means that a 160 pound woman, cycling at maximum intensity, can lose up to 850 calories. This would be about 950 calories for men. Grab your Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch and hit the road. Don’t own a bike? Give the Pedlar Pro 316 Exerciser a try!

Swimming
Taking a dip in the swimming pool is not only fun, but an excellent calorie burner. Men can enjoy burning up to 840 calories per hour, while women can burn up to 720 calories. Grab you Garmin Swim Watch and track your distance, pace, stroke count and more.

Running
Running is one of those exercises that you expected to make this list and we will not disappoint you. Running can burn more calories in the amount of time spent than any other form of exercise, while simultaneously reducing stress and depression, so consider this a win, win for you. A female weighing approximately 130 pounds can burn up to 600 calories running. Even a light jog can burn up to 550 calories. Grab your Polar M400 GPS Powered Fitness Watch and see how much you can burn.

Jump Rope
The art of jumping rope can be seen as a game, sport, and even a talent. It’s also happens to be a great exercise that burns quite a few calories. Get the kids together and make it a game. Challenge each other to see who can jump rope the longest. Be sure to include both mom and dad in the fun, as this exercise would be beneficial to both parties. One hour of jumping rope can help men burn up to 850 calories, while women can enjoy demolishing 750 calories. Jumping rope, a kids activity….  not anymore!

Stair Climbing
There is a reason why you see athletes running up and down the stairs in stadiums. This is a calories killer. Climbing / running the steps not only works your lower body and glutes, but it also makes your upper body strain as well.  Grab your Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Monitor and see how many calories you burn!

Now that you’ve been armed with some helpful calorie burning routines, get out there and burn, burn, burn!

6 Low Impact Exercises That You Can Do In or Around The House

6 Low Impact Exercises That You Can Do In or Around The HouseAs the warmer season makes its presence known, the fitness junkies are beginning to take their workouts outdoors. I am seeing them everywhere from the park, to jogging down the street, and even biking to work. Sadly, there are still plenty of people who take no steps towards physical fitness or health. Maybe they’re just not interested. However, more often than not, the reasons or excuses I hear is limited time, I have children, or something similar in nature. In this blog, I will provide you with :

Take a Walk
Walking is an ideal exercise, that doesn’t cost you anything. On top of that, walking can be done any time of day, and virtually anywhere. With the warmer weather coming in, start taking an extra stroll around the block. If you live in an area that isn’t warm enough for you as of yet, try going to the mall. This gives you a reason to walk and shop. Don’t forget to grab your Pedusa PE-771 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer and Clip to track your steps.

Spruce Up the Yard
You’d be surprised at how much of a workout you can get by getting your yard ready. Raking and mowing the lawn requires you to walk, while tasks like removing the trash bags of accumulated debris from the winter can require heavy lifting. You think the benefits are over? Think again. Try planting new flowers. Each time you have to dig a new hole take advantage of the opportunity to squat and or stretch, this can be a great workout for those leg and arm muscles. Now your yard is beautiful and you just had a day full of burning calories.

Take a Hike
Hiking is a great way to include family and friends into your workout. Pick a weekend and get as many relatives together as possible and hit the trail. If you’re not too familiar with hiking, it would be wise to pick a trail that isn’t too difficult. Grab a Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch to help you navigate, along with a Geigerrig Rig 710 Pressurized Hydration Pack to make sure you stay properly hydrated.

Swimming
Swimming is one of the best exercises there is that will tone your entire body, while using almost every muscle in the body. Because water makes you feel weightless, you can easily breeze through exercises like squats and crunches. While exercising in the water seems easier, the overall results will surely be felt.

Try Yoga
Yoga offers both physical and psychological benefits. Grab your Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat/Towel for Hot Yoga and set the mood with your favorite scented candle, while practicing your yoga poses.

Cycling
Riding a bicycle is an excellent way to lose or control weight. Cycling raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat at the same time. If weight loss is the goal, then you should partner your workout with a healthy diet. Now would be a great time to grab your Polar RC3 Integrated GPS Bike with Heart Rate and hit the road.

Physical health is not only achieved in the gym, but can be achieved anywhere. You simply have to make up your mind that you are going to start being healthy, and be willing to take small steps to reach your goals. Get out there and have fun with fitness!

6 Ways Golf is Good For You

6 Ways Golf is Good For YouThe air is fresh and the sun is shining. The grass is getting green and the flowers are beginning to bloom. My favorite part is that the Outdoor Sports are making a comeback. Football with the guys in the yard, baseball season, and a good 3 on 3 basketball game sounds great. Then there’s good old golf. There are many people who think golf is not a physical sport, but the physical health benefits are huge. Let’s look at 6 Ways Golf is Good For You:

 

Walking Power
Golf is a great way to get your walking exercises. Studies have shown that an 18-hole round approximately burns up 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs or 1,300 calories when riding in a cart. A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk. Grab an Impact Sports Epulse 2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (Continuous Readings) with Pedometer Function and see how many steps you can take while on the course.

Burn Calories
Studies have shown that an individual who weighs approximately 150-200 pounds, will burn between 2,000 to 2,700 calories by walking an 18-hole golf course. It takes 3,500 burned calories to lose one pound.

Fights Against Heart Disease
Studies show that the strong health benefits found in walking can also protect golfers against heart disease. Any form of walking is good for you, even if that means you’re just chasing after golf balls all day.

Stress Relief
Stress can be a pain in the neck for all of us. Of course, a Thermophore Heating Pad or Ice It product can help with that. You can also use golf as a stress reliever. Being in an outdoor area where you can mesh well with others who share your interests is a great way to forget your troubles. Many golfers choose golf courses that allow them consistent access to their favorite types of holes and other benefits to keep them happy.

Stimulates Blood Circulation
Studies suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation with your brain. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay dementia onset.

Bone Health
Weight bearing exercises are great for your bones.  Individuals who do them two to three times a week can create long, lean muscle mass. Exercise of this type can help prevent bone degeneration, including osteoporosis. Carrying your golf clubs is a great way to include weight bearing into your golf game. Try using a double strapped bag to make it easier on yourself.

Now that you’ve been armed with details on how golfing is good for you, it’s time to grab a few buddies and your Garmin Approach S6 Golf Watch and hit the golf course!