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High Blood Pressure and Exercising, Why You Need It!

Adopting a regimen of exercising into your daily life style can help lower your blood pressure! Not only can it lower your blood pressure but it can also provide the means to lower your stress levels, which in turn can make your day a happier one!

As always, before starting any exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure you are ready to begin an exercising program.  If you currently are not physically active they will make sure you are in good shape to begin one.  Since an active lifestyle is good for your blood pressure, your doctor will likely be all for it.

You can do any activity you like, and you don’t need to go to a gym. As long as you’re moving around and making your heart beat a little faster. That includes brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, lifting weights, or doing yard work.

Know Your Numbers: Whatever exercise program you choose to do, make sure it will be something you are happy doing.  This is a “Key Factor” in keeping you committed to your new exercise routine.  If you don’t like what you are doing you’re going to have a hard time keeping to it!

Keep in mind, blood pressure does increase with age. So it is important that you ask your doctor what blood pressure numbers are right for you at this time in your life.  There are many portable devices today to help you keep track of your numbers.

To help monitor your blood pressure, check out the ADC 6015 Automatic Advantage Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor  It enables very fast and reliable measurement of the systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as pulse. It’s very portable and has an easy to read screen.

When starting your exercise program you will also want to track your overall performance.  One way to do this is by the use of a daily monitor like the Lifetrak Move C300 Activity and Heart Rate Monitor The LifeTrak Move C300 automatically tracks your calories burned, steps taken, and distance traveled. Your data displays right on your wrist for easy viewing. No extra parts or charging required! The Move C300 can also sync to some of your favorite health and fitness apps using Bluetooth Smart technology.

How Often Should You Exercise?

Go for moderate activity, like brisk walking, at least 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If you’re short on time, vigorous activity, like jogging, gives you the same benefit in 20 minutes, 3 to 4 days a week.

If you’re not active today, gradually work up to this amount of exercise. If it takes you a few weeks to get there, that’s absolutely fine.

Remember the key to staying committed to an exercise program is to make it a part of your daily routine.  Make a plan to schedule it.  Keep sight of the overall goal of getting your blood pressure numbers down to where your doctor recommends them to be.

Most of all look at the time that you spend exercising, as your “personal time”.  If you do this, you will not have to push yourself to exercise, you will be looking forward to doing it.

Lowering your Blood Pressure, Lowering your Stress = Happier Days and better Health!

Pear Training Intelligence and Your I- Phone

Never second guess at a workout routine again!  Pear Training Intelligence uses the advanced Bluetooth heart rate monitor to measure your body’s response to a workout and provides real-time audio coaching through the Pear Stride earphones to ensure that you train at the right intensity.

The Pear Stride Earphones feature the exclusive “Earlock” by Surefire Retention System used by Special Forces, utilizing seven contact points to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, even for long workouts.

 
Plans from the Pros
With a wide range of unique workouts and training plans from world-class coaches, PEAR has something for everyone and is continuously adding new content. PEAR lets you train efficiently and effectively, whether you’ve started running for the first time, or if you’re a Boston Marathon qualifier. Choose your favorite activity and let your coach take it from there.


Personalized
Unlike any other heart rate monitor or exercise device, PEAR guides you step by step, telling you when to speed up or slow down, provides useful tips to improve your form, explains the purpose and benefits of the workout, and keeps motivating you. Using PEAR Stride earphones, advanced Bluetooth heart rate monitor and PEAR’s fitness assessment workout, PEAR will learn your fitness level and create custom heart rate zones that ensure you do every subsequent workout at the right intensity.

 
Train Smart by Heart Rate
Training effectively by heart rate requires customized workouts based on how your heart responds to exercise. Using five narrow heart rate zones, based on your calibration, and PEAR’s advanced Bluetooth® heart rate monitor, PEAR helps you dial in the intensity of your workouts very precisely to get the maximum intended benefit. With PEAR, you don’t have to calculate or remember any numbers to perform your workouts effectively. PEAR does it all for you.

 
Real-Time Audio Coaching
With PEAR, forget the nagging uncertainties of “Am I pushing myself enough?” or “Am I in the right zone?” or “What are my zones anyway?” PEAR interprets your biometrics for you, delivering you an effective and efficient workout. After choosing your workout, whether it be a kettlebell workout or a 5K training plan, PEAR will coach you from start to finish, telling you exactly what to do. PEAR will also deliver real-time stats like time, distance, heart rate, current zone, pace, calories burned, and more, with the simple touch of a button.

 
Track Your Stats.
PEAR makes working out not only fun, but also rewarding. Track your progress and review your stats within the PEAR Sports app or online through the PEAR web portal. Over time, as you build speed and endurance, you will start to see improvements such as your average speed increasing and fitness level improving. Proud of a particular workout? PEAR lets you share your stats with your friends via social media and email.

The Sun, The Tan, The Burn?

With summer upon us, everyone should be thinking about sun protection. In fact, those of us who spend many hours outside during the early day walking, running or hiking those deep wood trails, should already be ahead of the curve.

Still, many people misunderstand both the dangers and the necessary steps to protect their skin from sun damage, which includes skin cancer and acute damage like sunburn and sun poisoning.

There’s no ‘safe’ tan
Probably the biggest misconception people have about sun care is that suntans are healthy. The fact is, a suntan is the body’s response to damage. When the sun’s rays are absorbed by the skin, cells called melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment that gives the skin color. The added melanin offers increased protection for future exposure.

However, it’s important to emphasize that if skin tans, damage has already occurred. Moreover, sunburn is a severe response to excessive sun exposure, which exceeds the skin’s melanin production response.

What’s a little burn?
We hear all the time, “I got a little sunburn, but it’s no big deal.” Unfortunately, while tans and burns are signs of damage, each time we burn we greatly increase our risk for skin cancer — one blistering sunburn doubles your risk for malignant melanoma, the most dangerous and ever-increasing form of skin cancer.

Athletes, everyday people exercising in the hot sun in particular should keep in mind that sunburns and acute sun poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, fever and fatigue. Nevertheless, a ‘healthy tan’ is often popular,

Sunscreen, clothing ?
The human body can be considered a near-perfect black radiator, absorbing 97 percent of radiant energy directed at it, regardless of skin color. So while it may sound implausible, wearing both sunscreen and clothing can actually enhance performance by reducing the amount of radiant energy absorbed by the skin; even small increases in body temperature can adversely affect performance.

Additionally, wearing sunscreen on covered areas during hot and sunny days can be beneficial too, since those great wicking fabrics are also great at letting more sun in.

Sun block or sweat block?
While use of sunscreen can reduce radiant heat absorption, people  are concerned that sunscreen will also hamper sweating. However, data from a 2000 research study published in the Journal Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness showed that use of sunscreen doesn’t affect thermoregulation — in fact, it may actually enhance overall body cooling. This data, while preliminary, should convince those who believe sunscreen will compromise their performance to start protecting their skin.

Managing your risk
Take advantage of the early morning or early evening hours when the sun is not as intense as it is during the hours of 10a.m. and 5p.m.  Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen even at these times, the sun may not be as intense, but you can still get a burn if not treated.

The bottom line is that we all need to do the best we can to reduce our risk while we go about our daily exercise routines.  The most important thing to understand is that sunscreen can actually improve your performance by protecting against burns and keeping you cooler in the heat.

 

 

 

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

When you’re on the move, whether it’s to bike, hike, walk or run, it’s of the utmost importance, especially in the hot and humid July and August temperatures, to stay hydrated. Keeping water on-hand and drinking often is necessary to your health (your heart will thank you!), but also a requirement to perform at your peak. We often hear about the important of staying hydrated and drinking 8 glasses of water per day, but it’s easy to forget how much you’ve consumed when you’re on the go, which is why we’re sharing with you some tricks to staying hydrated this summer.

Forget the 8 glass rule – Sixty-four ounces may be too much for inactive people or far too little for those who exercise or work outdoors. Hydration needs can change daily and are highly individual.

Drink more above 70/70 – When the temperature and humidity are both above 70, you enter the dehydration danger zone. Sip frequently from a water bottle, and drink before, during, and after vigorous activity.

Hydrate first – Begin exercise well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after your exercise session.

Stay away from energy drinks – They contain large amounts of sugar and stimulants that can be counterproductive and dangerous.

Turn to fruit – Many fruits are a great source of both electrolytes and fluids. Bananas and dates are known for having high levels of the electrolyte potassium, making them a great option for refueling during an intense workout.

Muscle fatigue – Pay attention to your body. Lean muscle tissue contains more than 75 percent water, so when the body is short on H2O, muscles are more easily fatigued.

Heart happy – Your blood is 80% water; if you don’t replace what’s lost every day, blood thickens, forcing your heart to work harder and raising your risk of a heart attack.

No matter what kind of workout you participate in, one thing remains the same: hydration. At HRM, we make it easy to stay hydrated while exercising.  Camelbak water bottles are made to be your perfect workout companion. Camelbak Podium water bottles and Vapur water bottles are just two options that every athlete will love. For bikers and hikers, hydration packs from Camelbak, Geigerrig and Deuter allow for continuous, easy, comfortable hydration while you’re on the move.

Compete, Connect and Navigate with the Garmin Edge 1000

Do you dream of strapping on your helmet, mounting your bike and setting off for wide open spaces? Do you thrive on competition and pushing yourself to the limit? If you dream of racing the pros or want to see how you stack up against other riders on a climb in real-time, meet the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer.

This advanced GPS bike computer lets you connect, compare and compete through dynamic in-ride challenges and connected features. Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect segments and seeing real-time results on your Edge, including alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings. The segments feature keeps you motivated and helps you push for continual improvement.

Stay Connected: Keep a pulse on the outside world with Edge 1000’s incoming calls and text message alerts, and LiveTrack, which allows friends and family to follow races and training activities in real time. Instantly share a ride on social media and Garmin Connect, or download software updates with Edge 1000’s Bluetooth Smart wireless and Wi-Fi capabilities that allow easy upload and download.

Navigate the Roads: The Edge 1000 comes with preloaded maps and points of interest, including parks and trails, to help you find your way. Working like a GPS navigator for a car with bike-specific features, Edge 1000 provides courses and can guide you back to start or calculate the most direct route and provide turn-by-turn directions to get you where you need to be.

Exceptional Display: Adopted from the renowned Edge 810 and 510, Edge 1000’s display is fully customizable with performance monitoring, advanced workout/training compatibility, and activity profiles, saving data and routing preferences to allow easy transition between different types of riding, such as road, mountain or touring.

Compete, connect and navigate your rides with the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

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!

Want to see what we have to offer when it comes to heart rate monitors for runners? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

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!

Fitness Band Motivator: Meet the Vivofit

The road to better health is never over, and sometimes we need something to help make every step count. The amazing Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is a 24 hour motivator that can help you reach your fitness goals successfully while having a little fun. Comfortable enough to wear 24/7, and stylish enough that you will want to, this easy to use fitness band will help you unlock your hidden potential. What separates the Vivofit from other fitness bands is that the Vivofit greats you with daily personalized goals every day, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to get up and move. Consider the Garmin Vivofit a personal trainer that stays with you all day long. Even better, you can use the Vivofit along with the Forerunner or Edge, to track your activity and recovery between training sessions.

vivofit

Unique Goals for a Unique Individual

The Garmin Vivofit learns your current activity level, and assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet each and every milestone, the Vivofit will adjust your goal for the next day, and eventually help nudge you closer to your healthier lifestyle. With Garmin Connect functionality, you can earn virtual badges and view your progress at any time. The Vivofit makes getting fit easy and fun.

Time to Move

If you find yourself stuck at a desk all day, the Vivofit will help remind you that it’s time to get up and walk around. Using a red move bar, the Vivofit will display your inactivity and encourage you to get up and move. Once you walk around for a few minutes, the red bar will reset and you can get on with your daily tasks. If that isn’t good motivation, we don’t know what is.

Always Working

With a long-lasting battery, the Vivofit is always on! Track your progress 24/7! The Vivofit also tracks sleep quality, and can even be worn in the shower. Even better! The Vivofit can wirelessly synch with Garmin Connect at any time to see a snapshot of your overall fitness progress.

If you’re looking for a big motivation boost and need help reaching your fitness goals, consider the amazing Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band from Heart Rate Monitors USA today.

Suunto Ambit: The Perfect Adventure Companion

The weather is warming up and it’s time for all adventurers to get out of their hibernation and go forth adventuring.  Being an adventurous explorer brings one into the unknown and often presents challenging terrain that might not be familiar. However, with the proper tools any adventurer can take solace in knowing they’re in good hands. At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we offer the tools that every explorer needs, all at the best prices. If you’re looking for the ideal GPS watch for your summer adventures, the amazing Suunto Ambit GPS Watch is the perfect companion. Quench your thirst for adventure and document every step of your trip with an amazing and reliable Suunto Ambit.

The Suunto Ambit is packed with amazing features to accompany you on your adventures. The Suunto Ambit comes packed with the following features:

  • GPS navigation
  • Temperature and barometric altitude readings
  • Route planning features that document every part of your journey
  • Options for different waypoint creation in both the GPS watch and on Movescount.com
  • Location and coordinate systems
  • Accurate and military scale 3D compass

If you’re a trill seeking who just can’t get enough of exploring uncharted territory, the Suunto Ambit is the perfect tool to take on all of your journeys. At HRMUSA.com, we offer a slew of Suunto Ambit options from running watches to GPS watches. Experience the amazing Suunto Ambit today!

Meet the LifeTrak Zone C410 Activity and Heart Rate Monitor

If you’re a fitness buff and like to track your progress with the utmost precision, the LifeTrak C410 is the activity and heart rate monitor you’ve always been waiting for. The LifeTrak C410 automatically tracks your activity during the day and even at night when you’re sleeping. With amazing precision, track your sleep, calories burned, steps taken, and more, without any extra additional parts or charting. Even better, this amazing fitness tool is compatible and easy to synch to today’s most popular health and fitness apps using advanced Bluetooth Smart Technology.  What are more features of the LifeTrak C410?

  • Automatic sleep quality and reporting
  • Graphic reporting for easy analyzing
  • Workout mode
  • Hourly graphs and weekly graphs
  • ECG accurate heart rate reading
  • Bluetooth smart connectivity which is compatible with a slew of iPhones as well as the Apple iPad
  • Automatic tracking- All-day calorie burn- all-day steps- auto-calibrated distance
  • Advanced and accurate calorie tracking
  • Enhanced step filtering
  • Long lasting coin cell battery that doesn’t require charging
  • Dynamic distance calibration which can detect whether you are walking, jogging, or running for even more accurate results

With a waterproof design and the ability to change out the straps, this heart rate monitor is easy to customize and extremely durable. When you need precise tracking to help you along your fitness journey, consider the LifeTrack C410 from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.