Running

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.

Hit the Asphalt!

Do you often wonder how people can love running as much as they do? Maybe you’ve tried it before and couldn’t get yourself into the groove. You might find yourself asking “what is the appeal of strapping on a heart rate monitor and running like a fool?” Well, if you never really experienced the pleasure and benefits of running, it’s time you gave it another shot! Not only is running physically beneficial, but it has mental and spiritual qualities as well. Try these simple steps to help you get out on the asphalt and change your perception of running for once and for all.

  1. Stop saying you can’t run! If you constantly doubt your ability to run, you won’t ever do it. Start out slow and work yourself into a running regimen at your own pace. Try to beat your personal records every day, and eventually you’ll be a running machine. Beliefs create reality, so it’s important to stop doubting yourself and your ability, before your doubts trump your actual potential. There’s a runner somewhere deep inside, it’s time to let them out.
  2. Running can be uncomfortable, but rid yourself of the idea that it is. Of course there is some pain that is associated with running, but you can push through it and see the positive. Every time you run you’ll experience less and less pain, and that uncomfortable feeling will turn into a comfortable and familiar feeling that you might even grow to love! Remember that classic phrase, “no pain, no gain.”
  3. Don’t let your mood get the best of you! With every type of workout, everyone sometimes isn’t in the “mood” to work out. Never let this be an excuse for not running. Running has the amazing ability to uplift you and change your mood for the better. Don’t believe it? Try it yourself and see.

Get Active This Fall!

Fall fitness| Heart Rate MonitorsSummer has come and gone, for the most part at least. Did you know that the fall is the perfect time to start a fitness program? Beginning a fall fitness program helps create good habits that can prepare you for the upcoming holiday season, and long winter months. Here are a few great tips to get in shape before New Year’s Eve!

  • Take advantage of the cooler weather! Exercising outdoors during the colder months not only gets you out of the house, but it’s significantly more comfortable to do outdoor exercise in the fall then during the dog days of summer. Consider picking up new hobbies, like kayaking, hiking or even cycling. Not only will you have fun doing these activities, but the fall scenery will make it even better.
  • Fall is notorious for bringing new seasons of everyone’s favorite television shows. If you are a die-hard television watcher, consider being an active watcher. During commercial breaks consider running in place, do pushups, or even lift weights. Who said you can’t get fit by watching TV?
  • When running in the cooler water, consider dressing in layers. Not only will you keep warm, but you’ll burn more calories and get your heart rate up! Don’t forget to bring along your heart rate monitor to closely monitor your progress.
  • Most importantly, keep motivated! The days may get shorter, but by staying motivated and active, you can finally meet your resolution before New Year’s Eve is even here!

Helpful Tips for Novice Runners

We’re not all professional runners, and novices are often surprised of how hard running is, and many just don’t know the proper way to engage in this popular and very fulfilling sport. Many new runners are often unprepared mentally and physically for the demands they put on their bodies and the time investment needed to run properly, and benefit from it. The following tips are for beginner runners, but advanced runners might even learn something!

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  • Make a Plan: Many people can’t lace up their shoes and hit the pavement. Set a plan to ease into running. Start out with a run/walk interval five times a week for 30 minutes to help condition and prepare your body. Making a plan is a great way to ease into the sport, and eventually excel in it.
  • Get Geared Up: Proper running shoes, heart rate monitors, socks, shorts, tops and even hydration packs are all basic running gear that are created to help make runs easier and also keep you and your body safe during this high endurance activity. Be sure to get properly fitted for running shoes, as all feet are different, and a running store can help ensure you’re getting support where it really counts. Heart rate monitors should also be a must-buy to help see how hard you’re working, and measure your success.
  • Never Skip a Warm Up: Before engaging in a run, it’s crucial to give your muscles a much needed and beneficial dynamic stretch to prevent injuries. A five-minute walk is an excellent way to warm up your muscles to avoid tightening muscles while running. Post stretches and cool downs are also just as important. Your body will thank you!
  • Fuel Up and Hydrate: Eating complex carbs pre-workout is a great way to fuel your body for a run. Also, eating a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein post-run is an excellent way to feed tired muscles and help them rebuild quickly. A glass of chocolate milk as a post workout drink is a great choice as it falls into the 4:1 ratio. Doing this can help prevent muscle fatigue. It’s also important to drink water after a run to help replenish the water lost during a run.

Running can be fun, rewarding, but it’s also a high intensity sport that takes some getting used to. If you’ve wanted to run, but just aren’t prepared, the following tips are a great starting point.

Staying Safe on a Summer Run!

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

Stay hydrated on your summer runs!

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

Why Cold Therapy Packs Work After a Long Run

After a long run or hard work out, your muscles are most likely feeling a little tired, sore, and shaky. Many athletes often

Learn how cold therapy packs can help you after your intense run!

put their affected body parts into ice or take an ice bath to soothe their achy muscles. This may sound crazy to some who don’t necessarily like the idea of an ice bath, but the freezing cold temperatures do have healing properties that make your muscles feel better after working out. Heart Rate Monitors USA has the reasoning on why ice baths and cold therapy packs can help you recover after an extensive, hard work out or run.

Cryotherapy, or the treatment of submerging muscles in cold water for more than 30 minutes, is used to help sore muscles after a particularly hard or extensive run. What happens during this process is the cold water or ice surrounding the affected area constricts the muscle and gets rid of the lactic acid that builds up during the workout. This lactic acid is the substance that makes your muscles achy, so taking an ice bath or surrounding the area with a cold pack helps get rid of it. In addition, cold therapy can help reduce swilling, stop tissue from being broken down during post-workout rest, and help speed up the recovery process. Putting a cold press on your muscles after a workout can help soothe some of this pain and help you become stronger and faster.

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Spring into Shape!

The weather is warming up, and beach season is quickly approaching. Everyone wants to look their best in their swim suits, and some just want to get healthier and in better shape. The transition between spring and summer is the perfect opportunity to make healthy positive changes in your life, and the best time to get out and move. If you’re hoping to get in better shape this spring/summer, follow these helpful tips:

  • Find a workout buddy that is willing to enjoy the beautiful weather with you and get in shape while doing so. Jogging and running is a great cardio workout, and can be even better with a partner. Instead of going out for dinner or drinks, opt for a few nights a week to get active with your friends or family members.
  • Use the beautiful weather as a reason to get active. Enjoy the warmth and sun, and try to stay active outdoors. Whether riding a bicycle, playing basketball, or just simply doing yard work, find any excuse to keep yourself outdoors and active.
  • Swimming is excellent cardio, and a summertime must! Try swimming laps and fitting a good workout in while enjoying the summer sun!
  • Consider growing your own vegetables! Growing your own healthy food is a great way to save money and add more vegetables into your diet.
  • If running is too much, consider hiking. Hiking is an excellent way to fit in cardio while enjoying the beautiful weather.
  • Consider purchasing an amazing Fitbit Flex Activity Tracker and see how much you’re actually moving! Try to beat personal records, and stay active. We think the warm weather and sun is an excellent motivator!

Beat personal records with the amazing FitBit Flex!

If you’re ready to take the first step to get into shape and live a healthier lifestyle this spring or summer, considering following the above tips, and even creating your own helpful solutions. The first step to health is making changes! Let us know what steps you’re taking to get healthy this spring!

Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Staying hydratedcan hardly be overestimated, especially in the heat of the summer months. The advice for avoiding

Don't skip out on the H2O this summer and stay hydrated!

dehydration seems straightforward: drink a lot of water, stay out of direct sunlight if possible, and save strenuous activities for the coolness of the morning or evening. Yet, millions of people around the world suffer from dehydration and some cases can be fatal. Heatstroke is caused when the body’s internal temperature rises to extreme temperatures, and can cause fainting, hallucinations, or seizures.

Though these consequences of poor hydration are severe, dehydration can be easily prevented. As long as you take the proper precautions, your fitness routine will not have to change as the weather warms so here are some tips to keep you hydrated this summer:

Keep water with you at all times and drink more than you think you need. Experts suggest you drink at least 6-12 oz. of water for every 10-15 minutes you are exercising outdoors. To replace the water you’ve lost as sweat, drink 2-3 cups of water when you return indoors. Avoid alcohol or drinks with high caffeine levels. Fruit juices and flavored drinks can also hinder your body’s water levels.

The best hydration treatment is prevention, and since drinking water helps all of your body’s operations run more smoothly, you’ll feel better by ditching the sodas and energy drinks.

So whether you’re training for a marathon or mowing the lawn, grab a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. Staying hydrated allows you to stay outdoors and enjoy the warmth of summertime safely.

Introducing the Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

The ALPHA strapless heart rate monitor from MIO is the world’s first continuous heart rate monitor that you can wear on your wrist to accurately read your heart rate! Some are saying this amazing device will change heart rate monitoring forever. Say goodbye to the chest-strap for an accurate reading, and hello to the sleek and stylish Mio ALPHA strapless heart rate monitor. The ALPHA offers essential features with some of the most accurate readings ever. The ALPHA features:

 

Mio Heart Rate Monitor

Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

  • Continuous display of heart rate
  • Workout timer
  • Clock
  • Data Review
  • Settable heart rate zone
  • No annoying and uncomfortable chest strap
  • Bluetooth synchability
  • Wireless transmitter
  • USB charging station and rechargeable lithium battery

 

If you participate in high performance sports, the ALPHA is the heart rate monitor for you! Not only does the ALPHA offer extremely reliable readings, but the monitor is also comfortable and allows for maximum performance. The Mio ALPHA heart rate monitor is simply worn on the wrist like a watch, getting rid of obtrusive chest straps that often slide down and chafe the skin. Change the way you work out with the Mio Alpha strapless heart rate monitorfrom HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com today

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This technologically-advanced heart rate monitor is one of our best selling and most accurate. It can track your distance, speed, and give you a specialized workout to do so you can reach the best fitness goals possible. In addition to all these great features, the Garmin Edge 800 series comes in two different types: the Super Cycle computer as well as the Super Cycle Computer plus the navigation bundle. Both of these awesome heart rate monitor/GPS systems come with at $100 mail-in rebate so you receive the best price and the best health possible! Both types of these heart rate and GPS monitors come with the following:

  • Rechargeable Lithium battery
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Customizable screens
  • Speed and cadence sensor
  • And much more!

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