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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.

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.

Find Your Inner Balance with Aurorae Yoga Mats & More at Heart Rate Monitors USA

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Heart Rate Monitors USA is proud to announce the addition of Aurorae yoga mats and accessories to our store. When you’re looking for the best yoga mats guaranteed, Aurorae is the way to go. Even better, Aurorae carries a durable yoga mat that is specifically designed to be used for hot yoga. With the popularity of hot yoga, and the demand for quality yoga hot yoga matsproducts, we’re sure you won’t find a better mat for your hot yoga needs.

The Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat/Towel for hot yoga is a uniquely designed yoga mat that features a deluxe slip free mat-towel combination, eco-safe design, and is highly absorbent and lush for comfort. Even better, the Synergy yoga mat is the 1st product of its kind, and is designed to offer better grip as you sweat during your hot yoga session.

Not only do we proudly carry the Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat, but we also offer a classic yoga mat, as well as the unique Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga Mat. We also carry yoga blocks, yoga straps, towels, back packs, and yoga spray mists from Aurorae. When it comes to finding your inner balance, and you demand quality, check out Aurorae yoga products at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

The Polar Loop: What You Need to Know About this Cutting Edge Monitor

The Polar Loop

Get the scoop on the new and exclusive activity monitor, the Polar Loop, only from us at HRM USA!

Heart Rate Monitors USA is excited to announce the very new, cutting edge activity monitor by Polar, the Polar Loop. Not only are we the first to have it, but we also have the scoop on what makes this activity monitor a cut above the rest.

The Polar Loop: Smart, Innovative and the First of Its Kind

So what exactly makes the Polar Loop cutting edge? This small, wrist activity monitor is designed so you can wear it 24 hours a day and track all your activity. When we say all activity, we mean all activity: from your daily workout at the gym to your rest at night. This powerful bracelet can track up to 12 days of important activity data, as well as give you the right feedback on where you should be improving so you can life a healthy, full life.

The Polar Loop includes the following features:

  • A detailed activity guide showing your periods of rest, as well as points in your day where you’re the most active and the least active.
  • Feedback on how to improve upon your physical activity. The Polar Loop acts as a fitness coach, giving you practical advice on how to increase your activity rates the right way, as well as tips on how to reach your fitness goals faster.
  • Activity zones, which are five intensity levels that the Polar Loop tracks your activity at throughout the day.
  • Counts calories and steps, while giving you recommendations on how to improve.
  • Allows you to wirelessly sync your data through the Polar Flow mobile app
  • Provides a Training Diary, or a summary of your workouts, to show your progress and areas of improvement over time.

Other features:

  • Waterproof & custom-fit bracelet
  • Data can be transferred through many different outlets
  • A rechargeable battery with a 5-day life span (continuous use)

Check out the Polar Loop and other awesome, ground-breaking activity monitors today only at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Accurately Measure Your Fitness Success with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

If you’ve set fitness goals, it’s essential to be able to accurately and regularly track your progress. The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale is a useful and highly advanced scale that will help you better reach your fitness goals. The Fitbit Aria takes your body mass index as well as your weight to help give you an accurate and better understanding of your fitness. Using a scale such as the Aria can help you better understand your fitness program, and help decide what to change in order to better reach your ultimate goal. Weight can be measured in pounds, stones or kilograms with the Fitbit Aria.

Track your progress with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale!

One of the most impressive features of this amazing scale is its ability to upload your statistics via Wi-Fi. With impressive charting capabilities and the potential to create up to 8 accounts, the Fitbit Aria is a great fitness tool for the whole family. With a coordinating smartphone app, you can easily log food, other acitivities and closely monitor and keep an eye on your fitness goals. As you progress toward your fitness benchmarks, you have the potential to win awards and badges that are great at boosting your motivation to continue down the path of great health. If you’re looking for the most accurate and high tech way to track your fitness progress, consider the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale!

Introducing the MIO Alpha: The World’s First Strapless, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor

It’s here. It’s arrived. And it’s awesome.

MIO Alpha

The world's First Strapless, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor

The team at HRM USA has tested out the MIO Alpha and we have to say – we are most definitely impressed! As you know, the MIO Alpha is the world’s first strapless, continuous heart rate monitor and it touts that it offers accurate monitoring at performance speeds. It’s true – this strapless HRM is a game changer and the technology behind it is truly unique.

So, how does this HRM work? Well, for starters, instead of relying on a chest strap to monitor heart rate, the MIO Alpha uses optical sensors to detect pulse directly from the skin, so it’s key to wear this monitor snugly against the wrist so that it gets a correct reading. But, once it is in contact with your skin, the data it registers is real-time monitoring at its best. Just press and hold the HR button on the right side of the watch until the watch beeps. Then, hold your arm fairly still until the watch beeps again and displays your heart rate. From there, you’re ready to start training. You’ll watch your HR adjust automatically and you can use the user-settable HR training zones to really laser focus on your workout. The MIO Alpha was tested in all types of environments and during all types of activity, so the accuracy is truly best in class. Having seen it in action ourselves, we can confidently say that this is one of the best training tools an athlete can take advantage of.

The MIO Alpha

MIO Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

Another great thing about the MIO Alpha is the battery life. It charges in about an hour and can offer continuous HR monitoring for 8 to 10 hours on a charge. When you turn off the monitoring, it’ll keep its charge for up to 2 to 3 weeks, while being worn as a regular watch (this thing looks sleek and stylish, so it’s perfect for everyday wear). We love that it works with most popular fitness apps, like Runkeeper and Wahoo Fitness, so you can use this with your smartphone to get additional training insight.

All in all, we give the MIO Alpha five stars – and it’s now available at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com in either shadow or arctic. Get yours now.

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