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6 Great Christmas Ideas for Fitness

garmin-forerunner-310xt-waterproof-running-gps-watch-9Christmas shopping can be a hassle for even the most happiest of Santa’s Helpers. Long lines, crowded stores, empty racks, and you don’t even know exactly what it is that you’re looking for. Relax, take a deep breath and let us help. Here are 6 Great Gift Ideas for Fitness:

Garmin Vivofit Activity & Sleep Fitness Tracker
No matter how you live, make every step count with vivofit. It’s the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move. vivofit monitors your sleep and shows your steps, goal countdown, calories, distance and the time of day on an easy-to-read display. You can also pair it with a heart rate monitor1 for heart rate data during fitness activities. If you are an existing Forerunner or Edge user, you can use vivofit to track your activity and recovery between training sessions.
(Available Here $79.99 plus Free Shipping)

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Chest Transmitter
The Polar H7 heart rate sensor connects to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth Smart, keeping the battery drain low on both devices. It can also be connected to many other Polar devices as well as compatible gym equipment. The H7’s soft fabric chest strap seamlessly adapts to your body shape, bringing full freedom of movement to your training. The Polar H7 heart rate sensor provides live heart rate data on the Polar Beat application. When used together you can gain access to even more of the app’s features, including smart calorie tracking, Sport Zones for finding the right intensity for your workout, and deeper analysis of your workout’s training benefit.
(Available Here $56.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications (Black with Heart Rate)
Stay active and connected with vívosmart wearable technology. Each time you receive a text, email or call from your compatible Bluetooth device, vívosmart gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. Vívosmart features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. Then the OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day and more. Vívosmart automatically syncs your data to Garmin Connect, our online fitness community, when you use the free app on your compatible Bluetooth device. You can also access Garmin Connect on your computer.
(Available Here $199.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GPS Watch
The Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Optional Heart Rate is a must-have for any tri-athlete. As a GPS-enabled training device, the Garmin Forerunner 310XT offers so much more than the competition. Its rugged design makes it an indispensable training tool for triathletes, offering superior data tracking as well as water-resistance up to 164 ft (50m). Finally a heart rate monitor that can work with you while you are in the water. You can also take advantage of weight, body fat, body water, and other body composition data using the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale. Track your body’s changes as you train or set goals for your fitness level. Once you’ve taken a reading, you can upload your stats automatically to Garmin Connect.
(Available Here $139.99 plus Free Shipping)

Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch
Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, the fēnix 2 is the ideal multisport athlete’s training partner. Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, paddling, skiing or swimming, the fēnix 2 lets you easily switch between feature sets for easier access to the information you need. Switch from advanced fitness training features like VO2 max, Virtual Partner and recovery advisor to high-sensitivity GPS tracking features like 3-axis compass and TracBack®. And with Smart Notification you can stay in touch, even while you’re out testing your mettle.
(Available Here $399.99 plus Free Shipping)

GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera
Capture your world in an all-new way with HERO4 Silver, the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is now ultra convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. HERO4 Silver captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video with lifelike clarity, plus 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second. New experience-enhancing features include HiLight Tag, which lets you mark key moments for easy playback, editing and sharing, and QuikCapture, which allows you to power on the camera and start recording with the press of a single button. Waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO4 Silver combines versatility and pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
(Available Here $399.99 plus Free Shipping)

There, wasn’t that easy? All you have to do is lift a finger. We’ll handle the rest! Don’t forget to check out our extended return policy. Any item ordered on or after 10/1/14 is eligible for return until 1/15/15. Happy Shopping!

Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate Monitor

Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate MonitorHeart rate monitors are beneficial during exercise for everyone from beginners to professional athletes. You will find many people from joggers and runners, to walkers and cyclist toting some of the best monitor tracking devices. Heart rate monitors can double as a life-saving device for those with conditions that put them at high risk of heart attack. So, Why Should You Wear A Heart Rate Monitor?

Measure your workout:

Measuring your exercise or heart rate is the most accurate way of determining how much you’re benefiting from your workout. Heart rate monitors are usually pretty dependable, when used properly.

 

Monitor Your Health:

A heart rate monitor not only helps you keep track of your heart rate, but also of your general health. A heart rate monitor allows you to detect health problems that you would not notice otherwise. For instance, you might find your heart rate going up rapidly even though you are doing light exercises. This is an indicator that something could be wrong with your health.

See if you’re Fitness Level Is Improving:

Your level of cardiovascular fitness is reflected in your recovery heart rate. As you become more aerobically fit, your heart rate should come down more quickly after a workout. A heart rate monitor makes it easier to monitor your recovery heart rate.

Track your progress:

Some monitors, like the Polar RCX3 BASIC Heart Rate Monitor, are able to store and display weeks worth of training sessions, allowing you to be sure that you are staying on course. Having a device that shows you what your goal is will usually push you to reach the mark.

Motivation:

Using wearable’s could provide the extra push that will get some off the couch, away from the television and out for some good exercise. Incorporating a heart rate monitor into your workout will show you where you may be slacking off. This is usually the motivation needed to spruce up your workout.

Calories Burned:

Some people love to see how many calories they have burned during their workouts. Having that little screen show you how many calories you have burned for the day will surely leave you feeling better. There are many different monitors that will count calories. One that I would look into is the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch.

Fitness trackers provide an easy way to keep track of your daily steps as well as other points such as calories burned, water intake, sleep and more. They’re relatively inexpensive, depending on the model and features. A heart rate monitor also acts as a great substitute to a trainer, allowing you to stay disciplined during your workout.

Here are 5 Great Calf Exercises (with and without equipment) That Tone and Shape Your Legs

Are you bulky, toned, with abs of steel up top, but unable to get the same effect for your calves? Chances are you’re the guy that constantly gets called out for skipping leg day. Some of us really don’t care about the mismatch between legs and arms, figuring they’re never really seen. Then there are those of us who do try to get our calves in tip top shape, but are either stumped at what exercises to do or where to start.

You can find tons of articles on how to build muscle mass. There are hundreds more on proper eating, not including the millions of diet options found on the internet, and millions more on how to get the perfect abs. But when it comes to leg or calf exercises, it usually requires a lot more searching.

 

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Something that we should already be doing is going for walks, jogs, and runs. You can tour your neighborhood, walk the dog an extra few blocks, or even walk/run/jog in place in your home. Anything that strains and gets your legs moving. The stairs in your home can be treated as built in exercise equipment. Go up and down a couple of times, if you’re not up to being outside. It’s important to work a little bit harder with every workout. Try including a Polar Loop into your walk, and track your steps and distance. Challenge yourself to go further and achieve more steps in the next walk. If you repeat the same routine, you won’t get the results you want.

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A bike is exercise equipment, and can usually be found in many households. If you have a sunny day, ride your bike to work for the day and leave the car at home. It’s a great way to target the muscles in your calves. Switching gears can heighten the intensity of your bicycle workout, as well as riding over hills and rougher surfaces like grass instead of pavement. Another advantage of biking is that you’ll save on gas.

 

                                          Calf Raises 

Calf-Raises-BasicAnother great calf exercise is the calf raise. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, your back straight and your hands at your sides. Contract the calf muscles, while lifting your heels off of the ground so your weight is on your toes. Hold for a second, then release back to the floor.
Repeat for twenty raises, or until you can feel a sore strain in your muscles.

 

Seated Calf Raise

or_bc95b316126642248312988This is a workout that is necessary for the calf muscles to reach their maximum capacity. While this movement is similar to the standing calf raise, the seated calf raise will actually target the lower muscles of the calf. Sit with the machine pads resting on your thighs. Again, drop your heel to 2-4 inches depending on how flexible you are. Raise again and squeeze the calf muscles once you reach the top. The rep range for this workout, as well as the standing calf raise, should between 10 and 20 depending on the needs of your body and what you can tolerate.

 

                                         Jump Rope
jumping-ropeWe’re going to go back to the basics. Get yourself a jump rope and perform either timed sets or sets for a specific number of reps. Bounce on the balls of your feet and keep your ground contact time as short as possible. Make it a game, or a competition with the family. First see who can jump the longest. Another fun game is seeing who can get more jumps in.

When working on building muscle in the lower legs, it’s important to remember to take in the proper amount of nutrients and protein to sustain your exercises. Give your body the appropriate time to rest and recover between each workout session. Never push yourself beyond your daily limit. Damaged muscles don’t serve any purpose.

8 Exercises for Pets That Get You Moving

8 Exercises for Pets That Get You MovingIs your dog as fit as you are? Dogs, both big and small, require daily exercise, just like we do. While some dogs get more than enough daily exercise, many dogs get nothing more than their daily walks, if that.

 
Without daily exercise and stimulation, your dog becomes bored, antsy, agitated, some even unhealthy and depressed. Daily fitness activities helps keep muscles toned, while adding elasticity. The same activities also promotes a healthy metabolic system, and keeps the mind stimulated. Lack of physical activity usually results in your four legged friend becoming destructive.

 
I believe many pets do not get the proper exercise they need, simply because a lot of pet owners don’t realize how important it is that their pets receive it. Another reason could be that pet owners aren’t really familiar with exercises that will keep their canine buddies in shape. Here, I will outline 8 exercises for you that will not only get your dog active and fit, but in turn will be a benefit for you as well.

 

Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Wherever she goes, you go. Think of your dog as a four-legged, furry, walking GPS that isn’t letting you know where the final destination will be. You’ll be amazed where that nose will take the two of you.

 
Running
Running is something that comes natural to most dogs. If you give my little girl an open field, without question, she’s taking off. Next time you’re going on your daily run, suit up your pooch and let him/her come along.

 
Fetch
A simple game of fetch can be all that is needed for your dog’s daily exercise fix. Fetch is easy to squeeze into busy schedules, as there is no need to travel far to fit in a game. A close-by park or backyard works great and on rainy days, fetch can be an indoor sport, played from the comfort of your couch.

 
Group Exercise
The best forms of exercise for any animal are the activities they would naturally do. For dogs, playing with other dogs fits that definition. Set up a play date for your dog, or visit the local dog park, and watch them have a blast.

 
Take your dog for a swim
Swimming is as great for dogs as it is for humans. If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, I was told a great way to get your dog into the water is to train him/her to chase a ball. Jump in the water with her and do a few laps. Perhaps you can even try racing, after you’ve thrown her ball and provided her a target.

 
Walk it out
Walking, of course, tops the list as one of the greatest doggy exercises. This is something that they should be getting every day and walking has been proven to be one of the best exercises for both you and your dog. Every so often, challenge yourself and your dog to walk a little further than normal. I suggest strapping on a FitBit to keep track of your steps.

 
Dog Stairs
A simple way to exercise indoors is to utilize your stairway. Put your dog on a leash and walk up and down the stairs. Take two steps at a time, jog up and down, or walk up sideways to vary the routine.

 
Doga
Dog yoga, often called “doga,” is a wonderful way to stretch and relax – for both owner and dog. Practitioners of doga say it helps them to de-stress and feel connected to their pups.

 
There are many more exercises available for your pet that are not listed here. If you’ve found a fitness routine that your dog is fond of, please continue. The important point of all this, is that your little buddy receives the fitness stimulation needed. This will enable him/her to have a healthy more energetic lifestyle.

 
There is one other perk out of all of this. As your pet benefits from all of this exercise, guess what? You’re benefiting from it as well. What are you waiting for, get up, grab that leash and head out the door!!

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!