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5 Reasons Thermophore “Just Ain’t Your Grandma’s Heating Pad”

5 Reasons Thermophore "Just Ain't Your Grandma's Heating Pad"The benefits of moist heat therapy are undeniable and highly impressive. Moist heat can relieve stiffness and improve circulation by opening blood vessels, while relieving pain caused by a multitude of things. However, it seems that many people are under the impression that heating pads are for the elderly. Perhaps you guys have not been properly introduced to the Thermophore Moist Heating Pad. If you have not, that is perfectly okay. I will have you all acquainted very shortly. The Thermophore Moist Heating pad is nothing short of a miracle in a box. While it is true that moist heat is an excellent pain remedy for those suffering from arthritis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even Berger’s Disease, moist heat is also great for sore necks, sprained ankles, and pre-workouts. Check out 5 Reasons Thermophore “Just Ain’t Your Grandma’s Heating Pad”:

Joint Injuries
Moist heat allows an increased movement in stiff joints by providing better mobility and range of motion from the affected joint. This allows you to exercise the joint a little easier, making the workout more effective. The next time you’re on the basketball court, and you notice pain in your knee, first wait 48-72 hours before applying heat, as this can promote swelling. In fact, during this time you should avoid all things that might increase swelling, such as hot showers, hot tubs, hot packs, or alcoholic beverages and remember the acronym R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate). After the initial 48-72 hours have expired, apply your Thermophore Moist Heat Pad. Do a few gentle exercise with the aid of moist heat to help restore and maintain flexibility. If you need a heat treatment while on the go, check out the Good2Go Microwave Heat Pack.

Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms are an involuntary contraction in the muscle tissue. Moist heat opens your blood vessels, bringing more nutrients to the area which promotes healing. Putting ice on muscle spasms would cause more pain than relief. Ice would cause you to shiver, tightening the muscles, while the moist heat soothes them. Usually, you want to keep the heat directly applied to the sore area for 15-20 minutes per session.

Ankle Sprain
Moist Heat can be great when treating a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle is a stretched or torn ligament, which results in pain, swelling, and instability of the ankle. As with Joint Injuries, when you initially sprain your ankle, you want to follow the R.I.C.E acronym. According to the University of Virginia, you should begin to apply heat once you have pain-free ankle motion and you have no new swelling. Check to see if the injured ankle feels like the same temperature as the uninjured ankle. Apply moist heat for 20 minutes per session, as often as possible. If you notice that the heat is causing swelling, stop the heat and try using our Ice It ColdCOMFORT. This may save you soccer and football players a trip to the ER.

Stiff Neck
I’m sure we’ve all slept in that awkward position, or had a long flight or car ride, that caused us to wake up with a stiff neck. If you were thinking that a Thermophore can help with this, you would be absolutely correct. The moist heat penetrates the painful area, increasing blood circulation due to the dilation of blood vessels. The increase in blood flow reduces inflammation, allowing extra oxygen and carrying away waste and toxins. As this process takes place, pain will subside. Since an awkward sleeping position can happen to anyone, at any time, why isn’t a Thermophore in your closet?

Muscle Pain
Because of a chemical called lactic acid, overworked muscles tend to become sore. Lactic acid builds up when the muscles are put under stress and stripped of oxygen. Because of this reduced blood flow, the lactic acid builds up, causing a traffic jam, which results in muscle pain. Moist Heat Therapy helps to restore the flow of the blood, and speeds up the removal of lactic acid. Moist heat therapy can also be used before you exercise to warm up and prepare your muscles for movement, possibly reducing the likelihood of an injury. That’s something to think about before doing your next Cross fit routine.

Fact is moist heat therapy is one of the simplest, safest, and most effective home remedies for injury, pain, or discomfort in muscles and joints. Moist heat can help to loosen injured muscles before you begin any activity or simply stretching. Icing afterward, can minimize pain. If you have a chronic injury, moist heat therapy can relieve pain and stiffness and improve circulation. Moist heat therapy can also be used before beginning to exercise or to warm up and prepare your muscles for movement. If you’ve experienced an acute injury however, apply cold therapy and do NOT use moist heat therapy. Remember, Thermophore Moist Heat Pads “Ain’t Just Your Grandma’s Heating Pad,” reaching a maximum temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Please, be sure to always read the warning label.

Let’s take a look at some 4 Healthy Recipes with Red Meat

Eating healthy is important to the health of any heart. Remembering that February is American Heart Health Month, we need to look into ways to make our daily eating habits work for us in a more healthy way. Many people are completely against eating red meat. We often hear that red meat is bad for you, but is this really true? While too much red meat may not be good for you two 3- to 4-ounce portions of red meat per week can be healthy for you. You can cut back on saturated fats and calories by Let's take a look at some 4 Healthy Recipes with Red Meatbuying more lean cuts and removing the additional fat.

Steak and Pepper Tacos
Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
3 ounces steak strips
1 1/2 cups sliced green and red bell peppers
1/2 cup sliced onion
2 small (6-inch) whole-grain tortillas
4 tablespoons salsa
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream

Directions
In a skillet, saute olive oil, cumin and garlic for 1 minute. Add steak strips and cook about 5 minutes. Add pepper and onion slices and cook for another 8 minutes. Place mixture in tortillas and fold. Top with salsa and sour cream.
Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 1
PER SERVING: 504 cal., 23 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 61 g carb. (9 g fiber), 28 g pro.

Chipotle Beef Wrap
Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 6- to 8-ounce lean steak
1 tablespoon canned chipotle in adobe, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 large whole wheat tortillas
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
Lettuce and tomato

Directions 
Rub olive oil in a heavy skillet. Saute steak over high heat until medium rare to medium, turning once (7 to 10 minutes). Set aside until cool; slice thinly. Stir together chipotle in adobe and mayonnaise; spread on tortillas. Add 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro to each; top with beef and lettuce and tomato. Roll up.
Nutrition Information
PER SERVING: 379 cal., 15 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 43 g carb. (4 g fiber), 29 g pro.

Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak
Ingredients
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1 pound flank steak

Directions
Preheat the broiler and coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients except steak in a small bowl; rub mixture over the steak. Broil 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until cooked. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally across the grain into thin strips. Serve with a green salad.
Nutrition Information (4 Servings)
PER SERVING: 178 cal., 7 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 4 g carb. 24 g pro.

Meatballs and Peppers
Ingredients
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
1 1/3 cups water
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef consomme
1 bay leaf
1 (1-ounce) slice whole-wheat bread
1 pound ground round
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg white
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Directions
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

While the peppers are cooking, place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup. Combine breadcrumbs, beef, and next 6 ingredients (beef though garlic) in a bowl, shaping mixture into 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook for 10 minutes, browning on all sides.

Combine flour and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add to bell pepper mixture in saucepan. Add meatballs; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the basil and vinegar. Remove bay leaf.
Nutrition Information (4 Servings)
PER SERVING: 263 cal., Calories from fat 34 %, Fat 9.8 g, Satfat 2.9 g, Carbohydrate 12.4 g., Fiber 1.9 g, Cholesterol 70 mg, Iron 4.3 mg, Sodium 788 mg, Calcium 34 mg

Too much of anything isn’t good for you, but eaten proportionately, red meat isn’t too bad for you. Enjoy!

Fun Fitness Moves to Keep You in Shape on Game Day

Fun Fitness Moves to Keep You in Shape on Game DayThe Big Game Day is quickly approaching. February 1, 2015 is the day that we’ll see football fans, and even non football fans come together for a day of fun, partying, food, and just a little trash talking (depending on which team you’re routing for). Millions of people will watch this Sunday, to see who will be labeled the champion for the 2015 year. The individuals on the field put themselves through vigorous training and fitness routines, in preparation for this one day. Since they put themselves through such extreme training for this day, why would you allow your training to dwindle? Afterall, you’ll most likely be taking in tons of carbs. Here are a few Fun Fitness Moves to Keep You in Shape on Game Day:

Each Time You See This…     You Do This!

Touchdown                               10 Push-Ups

First Down                                60 Second Plank

Running Play of 25+ Yards      15 Leg Lifts

Passing Play of 25+ Yards       15 Heel Raises

Female Performer on Stage     Thriller Dance (Michael Jackson)

Timeout                                     Run Up and Down the Stairs

Interception                               50 Crunches

4th-Down conversion                25 Squats

Extra Point                                30 Second Knee High Jog

Personal Foul                           15 Sit Ups

Instant Replay                          45 Second Wall Sit

Puppy in Commercial               25 Jumping Jacks

Field Goal                                 25 Reverse Crunches

Beer Commercial                     10 Walking Lunges

Fumble                                     30 Second Jog in Place

Offsides                                    20 Push ups

2-Point Conversion                  10 Burpees

Delay of Game                         10 Single Leg Squats

Reverse                                    10 Pull Ups

Interference                              10 Wall Push Ups

Holding                                      20 Chair Dips

Sack                                          15 Dips

Face Mask                                 30 Second Head Stand (With or without the wall)

Safety                                        10 Squats

If you really want to maximize your performance, grab a heart rate monitor, and track your progression. “It’s Good!”

8 Items You Can Use to Complete Your New Year’s Resolution of Being Healthy and Fit

 

The New Year is officially here, and it’s time to tackle our fitness resolutions. However, many of us don’t know where to start. You know that you want to embrace a more fit and healthy lifestyle, but not really sure of how to go about it or what you need in order to begin? We can help you hit the ground running. Here is a list of 8 Items You Can Use to Complete Your New Year’s Resolution of Being Healthy and Fit:

1. garmin-forerunner-910xt-multisport-gps-training-watch-51 Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch
An upgraded version of the Forerunner 310XT, the GPS-enabled Garmin 910 provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation (via barometric altimeter) and OPTIONAL heart rate for running and cycling. The 910XT is ideal for multisport athletes, distance runners and water sport enthusiasts, being water resistant to 50 meters, and having up to 20 hours of battery life. It records distance, efficiency, stroke type, stroke count and pool lengths. You swim. You bike. You run. You obsess over data and details. So do we. Check out the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Heart Rate Watch here.

2. garmin-vivofit-activity-sleep-tracker-fitness-band-black-1 Garmin Vivofit Activity & Sleep Fitness Tracker
If you want to walk more in 2015, let the Garmin Vivofit Activity & Sleep Fitness Tracker be your guide. Vivofit is 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. When performing fitness activities, you can also pair your Vivofit with the Standard or Premium Heart Rate Transmitter, keeping record of your heart rate and zone data.

3. garmin-forerunner-310xt-waterproof-running-gps-watch-9 Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Premium Strap
If you’re going to do more running this year, you better be using the Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Premium Strap, as it is the #1 Seller in GPS Running Watches. This 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. Having a rugged design, the 310XT is an indispensable training tool for triathletes, offering superior data tracking as well as water-resistance up to 164 ft. (50m).

4. pedlar-pro-316-exerciser-5 Pedlar Pro 316 Exerciser
Unfortunately, there are many of us who are unable to get up and walk when we really want to. Fortunately, the enhanced Pedlar Pro is designed specifically with professional use in mind. The Pedlar Exerciser can be used while seated in a chair or wheelchair or from the side of a bed. You can also place it on a table top and put your hands in the pedal straps to use it for arm and upper body exercise. The Pedlar Pro comes fully assembled, and offers an easy height adjustment feature, allowing you to adjust the angle of the pedals, to provide the proper positioning for any situation.

5. polar-loop-activity-monitor-and-h7-heart-rate-transmitter-23 Polar Loop Activity Monitor
The Polar Loop is a name to be reckoned with, being the number 1 seller in activity monitors. The Loop tracks daily activity and exercise levels, monitors sleep patterns, gives instant motivational feedback and provides alerts to help users achieve personalized daily activity goals, but is also a stylish activity tracker in the form of a smart bracelet. Polar Loop brings precision and unmatched expertise to the activity tracker market. The Polar Loop can also be paired with both the H6 and H7 Heart Rate Monitors.

6. koss-fitbud-s-women-s-earbuds-52 Koss Headphones
If you’re anything like my friends and I, we simply cannot exercise without the help of music. We all have different tastes, so put together a playlist that works for you, plug in your Koss headphones, and enjoy the tunes while you get your exercise on! Every pair of Koss headphones is engineered to deliver impressive sound performance and isolation. With options ranging from Sports Clip Head Phones, to Ear Buds, and even On Ear Stereo phone Headphones, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect pair for you.

7. altra-the-repetition-men-s-running-shoes-23 Altra Running Shoes
Many people often forget about their feet when planning workout routines. If you will be walking or running more in 2015, I highly recommend investing in a pair of Altra Running Shoes. Offering items for both Men and Women, Altra Shoes offer stability, support and natural foot positioning, which is important for any runners. Did I mention that they’re amazingly comfortable?

8. hydro-flask-32oz-wide-mouth-stainless-steel-bottle-with-wide-mouth-straw-lid-11 (1) Hydro Flask 32oz Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Bottle with Wide Mouth Straw Lid 
Last, but certainly not least, we have the Hydro Flask 32oz Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Bottle with Wide Mouth Straw Lid. If you’re going to be performing any workout routine, staying properly hydrated is something like a cardinal rule. Going with the 32oz Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Hydro Flask Water Bottle allows you to fill up and go and keeps drink choice cold for up to 24 hours. It will also keep your hots hot for up to 12 hours. The 32 oz Hydro Flask features food grade 18/8 stainless steel and double wall vacuum insulation. It’s compatible with the Hydro Flip Lid and the Wide Straw Lid, further enhancing its versatility.

We hope this helps you get off to the proper start this year. If you are new to the fitness world, or just coming back from a hiatus don’t overdo it. Listen to your body. It will protest if you’ve done too much. Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.

 

6 Tips for a Healthy New Year

6 Tips for a Healthy New Year:Healthy eating has been on the top of the top New Year Resolution for eons. It is also one of the most forgotten resolutions, along with quitting smoking, once the New Year comes in. Preparing for your personal resolutions prior to January 1st. is one of the best ways to make sure you stick to your goals. Try these 6 Tips for a Healthy New Year:

1. Clean House
The first step to moving forward with healthier eating habits would be to clean out the pantry and refrigerator of anything containing high amounts of salt, carbs, fat, and calories. If you have three boxes of cookies, give two away. Keeping such items will only make you want them more. Try replacing those cookies with a bag or two of grapes or a delicious Florida Oranges.

2. Replace One Beverage a Day With Water
If you’re anything like myself, you have a strong addiction to soda. Try replacing at least one glass of soda with a nice cold glass of water. Feel free to add in a slice of lemon or even a cucumber, for flavor. Soda, is really not good for you with all the different sweeteners that they use. Try two glasses of water, if possible.

3. Eat More Omega-3s
Taking in more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help you keep your blood pressure down. Research also shows that omega-3s can help improve your mood. Shoot for two servings of fish a week, primarily fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines and some types of tuna, which are rich in omega-3s. Not a fish lover? Walnuts and flax are also a great source.

4. Have a Fruit or Vegetable at Every Meal
Including fruits and vegetables into your meals is something you should be doing already. If you’re like cereal in the morning, top it off with a banana or strawberries, or maybe try adding blueberries to your yogurt. Skip the cafeteria, and pack a healthy lunch. Be sure to include some extra vegetables or an apple for dessert.

5. Portion Control
You will never reach your target size or weight if you do not curb overeating. The mission is never to stop eating, but do so in a healthy manner. Studies have shown that smaller portions do actually promote weight loss. Don’t forget to wash it down with water.

6. Sodium Consumption
Studies show many Americans consume close to twice the recommended limit of sodium, which is a teaspoon daily. Sodium can raise blood pressure. Those who usually have a lower sodium diet usually have a decreased risk of heart disease. This in turn promotes lower hypertension and better weight management.

Are you ready to prove to yourself that you are capable of reaching your goals? Whether you’re looking to lose 5 pounds or 30 or just eat healthier, be sure to have a plan. Take the appropriate steps to implement that plan, and enjoy the benefits of healthy eating. Have a Happy, Safe, and Healthy New Year!

Must Have Gifts For Your Fitness Friends

Must Have Gifts For Your Fitness FriendsAre you one of those people who are very laid back? Not really much into fitness, but have a few friends who hit the gym a few times a week? Perhaps you’re that couple who goes to the gym together? Or the couple that should, start going to the gym together? Well it’s the holiday season, and we’re going to help you narrow down the “ this year.

The first thing you want to do is shop around for the best prices. Of course, HeartrateMonitorsUSA.com is always competitively priced and offer the best products to keep you motivated and on track. Next, you want to think of your friends and what type of gift they would most benefit by. If your friend is a runner and is looking for a simple way to keep track of his/her fitness routine, you’d want to gift the Garmin Forerunner 110. This easy-to-use unit requires virtually no setup, so you can just get it started and get on your way, and it is listed as a Best Seller! See what other customers say about it here.

I have a few friends who often work out with their spouse. They say that it keeps them motivated to work out with each other. If you have these fitness friends that often exercise with their significant other, his  and hers Polar FT7 Fitness Heart Rate Monitors are a great idea! I guarantee it’s something your friends will enjoy using for years to come.

Maybe you have that one friend that’s not necessarily into fitness, but gadgets are a completely different story. Anything that has buttons, gives off information, and is electronic is right up his/her alley? I have two things for you. First, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch is a gadget everyone loves. It’s also the only all-in-one, GPS-enabled device that provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling.

Next in Gadgets, we’re going to go to the beautiful GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera. I mean anybody who knows GoPro knows that this item speaks for itself. “HERO4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature an integrated 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. Waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO4 Silver combines versatility and pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.” If your buddy doesn’t want the HERO4, you surely should own it!

These are just a few selections that I happen to like. With Free Shipping on all orders in the US, and holiday Returns extended until 1/15/15, you have no reason to not shop around. Maybe you’ll also find a good water bottle for your friends who walk or some great Stocking Stuffer ideas, or maybe even something for the children. Just go to www.heartratemonitorsusa.com to see all they have to offer in the way of fitness for not only your friends but for the whole family. To take advantage of the items “they” have selected as the top gift giving products this holiday season, you can click here:

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday! Happy Shopping!

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.

download (10)Cycle a Lot
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!