Running

The Importance of H20

Did you know that water makes up more than 50 percent of your body weight? It is one of the main components your body relies on to survive. Proper hydration allows the heart to easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. It also allows the muscles to remove waste so that they can function normally. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t haThe Importance of H20ve to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport, and an American Heart Association volunteer. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to properly function.

Water comes packed with health benefits as well. Proper hydration is, by far, one of the best solutions to decreasing wrinkles. H2O also promotes stronger teeth, while the additional fluoride now added to most treatment facilities promotes extra bone density to the bones and teeth.

Because synovial fluid contains water, it is also crucial to the joints, keeping them properly hydrated.

Due to the amount of sweat lost while exercising, it’s essential that everyone, athlete or individuals should keep hydrated to help ward off the possibility of “cramping”.

Drink more to promote a healthier mind as well. The human brain is composed of 95% water, blood is 85% water, and lungs are nearly 90% water.

It is generally recommended that most people drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Carrying something like the Camelbak 1L Chute BPA Free Water Bottle with you as you go about your exercise regimen will help you stay hydrated. Even the elderly may have to consume more water than average. They may have a medical condition requiring more water intake.

Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water needed daily as well. Sports drinks are helpful for those exercising due to the carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar, but water is more than enough to keep you hydrated.

Tips on Choosing New Running Shoes

You find yourself at a crossroads –do you keep your beat up, old pair of trusted running shoes or opt for buying brand

Need help finding a new pair of running shoes? HRMUSA has some tips to keep your feet ready to run!

new ones? After you weigh the costs and realize it’s time to retire those trusty running companions, there’s a few things that you need to keep in mind.  HRMUSA has some tips on find a brand new pair of running shoes that will be just as great as the old ones.

  • Consider what kind of ground you’ll be running on the most – uneven, rocky ground or pavement. Then decide based on what you’ll be running through what kind of support you’ll need to keep your feet and ankles safe.
  • There are trail running shoes and road running shoes. Trail shoes have a bit more traction and offer more support to your arches, ankles, and the rest of your foot. Road shoes are used more for those who will be running in an urban area and have a bit more cushioning when it comes to the heel.
  • Consider what kind of ankles you have – are they weaker from years of running or are they a bit more supported? You also should know which way they roll if you were to stumble over something. This also helps you determine if you need more support on the outside or inside of the shoe.
  • If you use a shoe insert or orthotic when you’re running, bring them along with you when you go shopping. Making sure that the orthotics fit in your new running sneakers is essential; along with making sure that the shoe leaves you a comfortable amount of room with them inserted as well.
  • If you have a high or low arch in your foot, making sure you find a sneaker that accommodates that is also really important to supporting your foot. Make sure you find a sneaker that fits your arches comfortably.

Have any more tips on finding new running shoes? Leave it with us in a comment below, fellow runners!

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HRMUSA Exclusive – What’s so great about the Polar V800?

Competing in your first triathlon ever? Chances are that you’re training for this huge athletic event pretty rigorously,

Find out how the Polar V800 watch can help optimize your triathlon training.

and it being your first one – you’re wondering if you’re doing it right. You’ve read all the running blogs on how to train, but you’re still unsure of if you’re doing enough. We have a secret for you, Triathlon Newbie, and it comes in the form of a watch – the Polar V800 Triathlon watch to be exact. Take a look at why we think this cutting-edge device can help you train above and beyond!

Polar V800 Watch features:

  • It shows you where your heart rate falls within five different zones, from very light to very hard
  • It’s able to measure your heart rate in water
  • It will show you just how hard you have to work to achieve your triathlon goals, while also showing you the proper amount of time your body needs to recover
  • It also comes with immediate feedback on your work out, as well as the maximum oxygen uptake of your body, which is essential in training for a triathlon
  • The orthostatic test shows you just how much your workouts are improving your performance towards your goals, as well as helping you optimize your future workouts to reach them.
  • It shows weekly summaries, distance speed, and race pace
  • It has GPS features that allow for route guidance
  • It also has barometer features that measure things like altitude, scent, descent, temperature, and inclinometer

Want to see what else the Polar V800 has to offer you in training for your first ever triathlon? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Summer Weather Running Safety Tips

 

Summer Running Safety

Summer is a great time to run outdoors, with crystal clear skies and warm temperatures, it would seem that summer is the perfect season to strap on that heart rate monitor, lace up those shoes, and hit the pavement. However, the warmer the weather, the more challenging it becomes to adequately cool your body, which could wreak havoc on your running pace and body. On a hot day, the body works double time when running, so it’s crucial to follow safety guidelines to ensure you’re not putting too much stress on your body. Try these tricks for beating the heat on your summer runs:

  • Adapt! If you’re used to running in doors in an air conditioned gym, you’re going to need to adapt to running in a warmer temperature. Slow your pace when starting and allow your body to acclimate to running into the heat. Eventually, your body will gradually become better at cooling itself off in hotter weather, and you will be able to continue running at your normal and regular pace. Start with short runs, and work your way up once you feel comfortable enough.
  • What you wear is extremely important during summer runs. Choose light colored and moisture wicking running gear, as most of this gear is designed to allow moisture to pass through them and be evaporated. Always wear sunscreen and opt for a hat or visor to protect your skin and eyes from the hot sun. Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are also highly recommended.
  • Choose cooler times during the day to fit your run in. The morning and night are the coolest times, and can you avoid intense summer heat and still allow you to fit a nice run in.
  • Hydration is important always, but especially during the summer. For normal runs and workouts that are shorter than 45 minutes, water is a perfect hydrator. However, in the summer, sports drinks are a better way to hydrate as they will replace any electrolytes that were lost during intense perspiration.

At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we have the accessories you’ll need to keep yourself safe and on the pavement all summer long. From hydro flask bottles to the newest and most popular heart rate monitors, we have everything to keep you going.

Spring Fat Torching Tips

Summer is around the corner, and who isn’t trying to get the perfect beach body? If you’re looking to torch fat and get ready for the warmer weather, try these spring fat torching tips and spring into weight loss action today:

  • Start walking or running! It’s no secret that we’re crazy about walking and running at HRM USA. If you’re looking to jump start your summer weight loss journey, now is the perfect time to strap on that heart rate monitor and hit the pavement! If you’re just beginning, stay mindful of your step, your rhythm, the sound, and become aware of your body.
  • Keep a journal! The best way to stay on track is to document your journey. In addition to tracking your food, you can write down motivational quotes, recipes, and other bits of motivated material you’ve learned along the way. Reading back on your progress can keep you motivated to the finish line.
  • Get outside and play in the dirt! Gardening is actually a very healthy activity that will keep you from being sedentary. Even better, gardening is a great stress reducer.
  • Fill up on the rainbow. Spring and summer bring a plethora of delicious fresh and in season foods. Be sure to load up on healthy foods in a variety of colors to help keep fat off and keep you healthy all year long.

Reaching your fitness goals doesn’t have to be impossible. It’s important to find your comfort level and keep building from there. If you want to achieve greatness, let HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com help take you there.

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!