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Halloween Fitness

It’s that timHalloween Fitnesse of year again, the “Fall Season” the smell of fresh leaves in the air, daylight begins to fade earlier each day and of course Halloween will be peaking around the corner. Halloween allows us to dress up as our favorite character, animal, thing, or whatever creative costume you’re able to come up with. We have fun, take pictures, laugh at each other’s costumes, and attend parties and other functions. We also spend a great deal of time walking around the neighborhood, allowing the children to knock on each door one by one, screaming, “Trick or Treat!” Are you ready for this much physical activity? We’ll help get you there.

First, if you’re not usually into fitness, you’d want to start out slow and easy. Simply walk out the door and take a walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. Do this routine every day for a week. When this becomes easy for you to maintain, add five more minutes to your walk the next week. Each week add an additional 5 minutes, until you are walking at a brisk pace for 30 mins. Be sure to keep your posture upright. Hold your head up and eyes forward. Your shoulders should be down, you’re back relaxed. Tighten your abdominal muscles and buttocks and fall into a natural stride.

The quicker you walk, the farther you can go and the more pounds you’ll melt off. An amazing routine you can try is, after warming up for 5 minutes, walk as fast as you can for 10 minutes. I suggest using a pedometer like the Garmin Vivofit, to keep track of distance. Then turn around and walk back at a brisk pace, slowing your speed to cool down as you get closer to your starting point. Each time you do this workout, aim to walk faster and go farther than your initial turnaround point. Get into the habit of logging your time and pace after each workout and you will soon be surprised at what you have accomplished after a few weeks.

Another great way to get walking is shop. That’s right, go to the Mall! Several malls open early for walkers, as do some larger stores. Gather a group of friends, or go alone and make some along the way, and window shop. Check out the prices of the newest items. If your local mall has more than one level, try to refrain from taking the elevators or escalators, and opt for the stairs. Walking the mall allows you to walk in a more social environment, potentially forgetting the fact that you’re even working out. The floors are usually concrete, so you may want to wear a more cushioned shoe than you would for a treadmill. Time your walk to finish when the stores open, especially during the holiday season when the mall will fill up fast with shoppers.

Now the day has arrived, Halloween is here and the little ones are ready to go trick or treating. Even better, so are you! Keep in mind all of the calories in those little Halloween candies. We know you may want to do a quality check on your child’s bag or basket but for their sake and your calorie intake, limit your sampling.

Also, make sure your trick or treaters brush thoroughly after they have had their limit, as that’s plenty of sugar in those candies, but we’ll save that for another blog post. Have Happy, Safe, and Fit Halloween!

Does Exercise Build the Immune System?

As of September 22, 10:29 P.M we have officially said “so long to Summer,” and welcomed in the Fall Equinox. The color of the foliage will offer somDoes Exercise Build the Immune System?e of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer. Unfortunately, this season usually brings the cold and flu with it. Many people will protect themselves with the flu shot, but did you know that working out can also help to fight off the common cold? Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
Scientists do not really know how exercise increases your immunity to certain illnesses, but different theories are being tested. Exercising regularly improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Another theory is physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs, decreasing the chance of a cold and flu, or other airborne illness. This same process may flush out cancer-causing cells by increasing output of wastes, such as urine and sweat. Others may argue that exercise sends antibodies and white blood cells through the body at a quicker rate. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they could detect illnesses earlier than they might normally. The increased rate of circulating blood may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.
Be careful of exercising too much. Yes, there is such a thing as too much. “People who already exercise regularly are cautioned not to develop too vigorous a workout program in the hopes of increasing the immunity benefits. Heavy, long-term exercise (such as marathon running and intense gym training) could actually decrease the amount of white blood cells circulating through the body and increase the presence of stress-related hormones,” according to an article published by Medline Plus.
Some scientists are trying to take the next step to determine whether exercise directly affects a person’s susceptibility to infection. For example, some researchers are looking at whether extreme amounts of intensive exercise can cause athletes to get sick more often or somehow impairs their immune function. According to Harvard Medical School, “While some changes have been recorded, immunologists do not yet know what these changes mean in terms of human immune response. No one yet knows, for example, whether an increase in cytokines is helpful or has any true effect on immune response.”
Have a little cold or the flu? Do you usually get the cold or flu like symptoms this time of year? Maybe you don’t have either, but don’t want to take any chances. Grab your Vivofit by Garmin and challenge yourself to a nice 30 minute walk, or maybe you’d like to grab yourself a Polar Loop Activity Monitor and put together a workout routine. Whatever you do, Be Active, Be Fit, Be Healthy!

Polar Loop

The Polar Loop is the very first activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also has the ability to connect to Polar Heart Rate Monitors, such as the Polar H7 Heart Rate SensorPolar Loop, allowing you to track steps, calories, sleep and other activities. This removes having to guess how many calories have been burned during your workout.

Opening your package, you may notice minor alterations may be required. With the maximum circumference of the band being 9.3 inches, you may have to cut it to your size. Please carefully follow sizing instructions. The minimum circumference will be 5.7 inches. Once properly sized, no additional adjustments are required. The Loop can be paired with the iPhone via Smart Bluetooth and have access to the companion app’s dashboard. If you’re an Android user, you must remove the device and sync it with a computer using the supplied USB cable. Polar says that an Android app is due out soon. The software, called Polar FlowSync (flow.polar.com) is designed to allow you to sync your activities to the web, as well as update the firmware on the unit.

If you’re heavily into exercising then adding on the H7 Heart Rate Transmitter is great for you. This allows you to your heart into the target zone and keep it there. A good thing to point out is that “the Bluetooth Smart doesn’t allow multiple devices to connect to the HR strap at once.  This means that if you have a phone app that’s otherwise using the strap you’ll need to disconnect that app from using the strap.  The inverse is true as well if you want to use it with your phone, you’ll need to disconnect it from the Loop.” The Loop doesn’t require a given starting point or ending point.  It just knows you’re wearing a strap and records the data from it, a feature setting not seen in many other activity monitors. Now when you’re cycling or running you can get the actual calorie information from the HR Data.

We have not forgot about the swimmers either. Most activity trackers are barely even rain proof, let alone the lame IPX7 standard (which is 1 meter for 30 minutes), but the Loop is waterproofed up to 20 meters (60feet). Polar Loop has a capacitive touch button that reacts to water as well as to a human touch. The soft strap, included with the H7 Transmitter, is not machine washable. The Polar H7 transfers heart rate information while swimming with products which support 5kHz transmission.

So, what are you waiting for? Order your Polar Loop Activity Monitor and H7 Heart Rate Transmitter NOW!

Say Hello to the Omron HJ-329 Alvita Ultimate

The amazing new Omron HJ-329 Alvita Ultimate is now available for order and is replacing the Omron HJ-112. What Omron HJ-329makes the new Omron HJ-329 Alvita Ultimate one of the best pedometer choices currently on the market? The small and lightweight Alvita Ultimate features Omron’s validated tri-axis technology, that allows you to stow this device in your pocket or bag, and still get an accurate step count, while still providing you the option of wearing it on your hip with the enclosed holder. What other features are found in the new Omron HJ-329 Alvita Ultimate?

  • Four activity modes to help keep you motivated to go further every day.
    • Track steps
    • Aerobic steps
    • Distance
    • calories
    • Tri-Axis technology that counts every step with accuracy, regardless of where the pedometer is located on your body.
    • Automatic stride function
    • Weekly log for accurate analyzing. Log stores up to seven day of information
    • Automatic reset. The pedometer resets every day at midnight
    • Light weight
    • Easy to replace battery, with no tools required

Every step you take is important on your journey to good health and a healthier lifestyle. Let the new Omron HJ-329 Alvita Ultimate help you reach your health goals. Buy the Omron HJ-329 and other amazing Omron products at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com today.

Garmin Forerunner Power Save/ Low Battery Notifications

Forerunner 610

Do you have a Garmin Forerunner 610/620 and noticed that pesky Power Save notification to keep popping up? If this happens to you, don’t worry, it’s very common. The Power Save notification is known to pop up when a user acquires satellites prior to a run or race and is waiting for the start for a long period of time. For most units, this pop up will appear after 5 minutes if the timer was not started. Getting rid of the pop up and correcting the problem is as easy as tapping the screen of the Forerunner 610/620, or hitting any button on the unit.  Both the Forerunner 220 and Forerunner 620 have an extended timeout that can be turned on to extend the power save to 25 minutes. To set this up, simply go to:

Settings-> Activity Settings-> Timeout

The same holds true for the Low Battery notification that pops up when battery power is between 5-10%. When the Low Battery notification pop ups, you can simply tap the screen on the Forerunner unit or hit a button to get rid of the message and proceed as planned. Most Garmin watches do have an OK option or point to the correct button to dismiss the notification, but if you’re unit is touch screen, pressing anywhere will get the job done.

The Wonderful World of Pedometers

Whether going for an intense jog or a vigorous walk, pedometers are the best way to measure your performance and calculate how many steps you’ve taken on your journey! By using a pedometer, you can more accurately determine the highest steps per minute and increase your fat burning and fitness levels! These tiny devices are great for people who want to finally get in shape, and even for expert fitness aficionados.

Pedometers

Pedometers are an extremely useful weight loss tool, and can help you break free from a sedentary lifestyle and put you down the path to a newer, lighter, and healthier you! Pedometers come in all shapes and sizes, and some have features that other lack! If you’re looking for the best pedometer to help you with your fitness goals consider the following:

  • Omron HJ113- This multifunction pocket pedometer is attractive in design, and has a slew of amazing features! Using the memory function of this pedometer, you can review a full week of exercise to better measure your goals!
  • PedUSA PE318- This multifunction pedometer provides the most accurate data! The PedUSA PE318 measures your steps, distance, stride, calories and features motion sensitivity and clock! Inexpensive, powerful, and perfect for any fitness level!
  • Yamax SW-200- This digital walker step pedometer is highly accurate and calculates the number of steps taken throughout the day! One of the most respected pedometers in terms of accuracy, this pedometer is the perfect choice for walking, hiking, jogging or running!
  • LifeSource XL18- This amazing pedometer features a tri-axis motion sensor, step, distance and calorie counter, an advances motion indicator displays the intensity of your run or jog, and features an amazing 14-day memory!

At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we carry the largest selection of amazing pedometers in a variety of different styles and price points! Let us help you get your fitness goals jumpstarted!