Heartrate Monitors Blog

8 Benefits of Cycling

8 Benefits of CyclingSpring has sprung. While there are many ways to get out there to enjoy the weather, one of my favorites is biking. Because many of us have been on our bicycles since we were adolescents, we often overlook the benefits offered from two wheels, pieces of metal, and a chain. While there are numerous benefits to using this excellent machine, we’re going to look at

It’s a Nice Day
Studies show that a simple bike ride, at approximately 10 mph, can burn up to 280 calories per hour. That’s providing you with relaxation and fitness at the same time, which makes it a Win, Win! Grab your Polar RCX3 BIKE Heart Rate Monitor to keep track of your distance, cadence, and more.

It’s a Great Means of Transportation
Biking is a great means of transportation, and is environmentally friendly. Not only are you getting in a great physical workout, and playing your part in saving the planet, you’re also saving money! Gas, car insurance, and maintenance fees can be quite expensive. Grabbing your helmet and peddling is looking much more attractive isn’t it?

Increase Muscle Tone
Cycling is one of the few physical activities, with a low risk of over exercising, and great for your muscle tone. Making cycling a part of your normal routine increases mobility in the hips and knees, and is a great toner for your legs, thighs, and butt.

Improves Heart Health
Riding a bike can have great positive impact on your heart’s health. Studies show that biking an average of 20 miles per week can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by up to 50%. That’s enough incentive to get me on my bike any day. Pick up a Garmin Edge 810 Cycling Computer, and track your distance.

Reduce the Risk of Some Cancers
Studies have shown that cycling can reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer. Other evidence also suggests that cycling regularly can reduce the risks of breast cancer. A simple three to six hours of riding each week can help prolong your life. Are you ready to get rolling yet?

Lower Diabetes Risk
Biking is turning out to be not only a fun way to exercise but it also provides you with more benefits. According to research performed in Finland, people who cycle for 30 minutes or more each day had a 40% reduced risk of developing diabetes. Are you beginning to see the trend here?

Strengthens Bones
Cycling strengthens bones and improves balance. Because it is a low-impact exercise, biking can also be a great exercise for those with osteoarthritis, although it will not prevent this disease, it can help make you more mobile.

Quality Time
Riding a bike is a great way to spend some time with the one you love. If you think about it, it can actually be fun and/or romantic. It’s all what you to make it. Just remember, exercise helps to release good hormones. After that long ride, you two will probably feel really warm and fuzzy towards each other.

Now that you know what you’ve been missing, it’s time to grab your bicycle and get to riding. Plan a date, or do a couple of blocks with the kids or friends. If you’re an experienced cyclist, grab a Garmin Edge 810 Cycling Computer Performance and Navigation Bundle and put yourself to new challenges or let it be your training guide to your next marathon victory!

Spring into Fitness Starter Pack

We’re two weeks away from the much anticipated (for many of us) Spring season. Some of us are happy to shed our winter fur, and show off the body we’ve worked so hard for all season. Others will begin new routines to make sure they have the perfect beach body for the summer. We’ll also see a great deal of beginners exploring physical fitness for various different reasons. Whether you’re just toning up your already perfect body, or jumping into fitness for the first time, HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. wants to help you meet your health and fitness goals. Check out our 2015 Spring into Fitness Starter Pack:

proviz-reflect360-men-s-high-visibility-running-jacket-5Proviz Reflect360 Men’s High Visibility Running Jacket
Stand out on your nightly run in the Proviz Reflect360 Men’s High Visibility Running Jacket. The Proviz REFLECT360 running jacket is designed to be a sleek, great looking and functional. With reflective detailing designed to help you stand out on the roads during hours of darkness or poor light. To help runners keep their body temperature at an optimum level the REFLECT360 running jacket has perforated paneling on the back and under the arms to allow excess heat to escape. The front pocket is designed to house among other items your MP3 players and has a headphone socket to keep wires inside the jacket at all times.

polar-a300-fitness-and-activity-monitor-with-heart-rate-5Polar A300 Fitness and Activity Monitor with Heart Rate
Follow you daily activity, sleep, steps and calories with the Polar A300 Fitness and Activity Monitor with Heart Rate. The A300 also includes daily activity tracking with mobile connectivity to Polar’s Flow application. The A300 monitors your steps, distance, and burned calories, and motivates you to reach your activity goal. Staying still for too long will prompt the A300 to vibrate, signaling you that it’s time to move again. This is basically your personal trainer in a box.

muse-etiger-wireless-headphones-with-microphone-black-4Muse eTiger Wireless Headphones with Microphone
Take your music everywhere you go. Easy to use, fast connection and longer battery life, Muse has it all thanks to its cutting-edge embedded technology. Muse features a built-in microphone so that you can take calls any time you need, and go back to your music without lifting a thumb when your call is over, making them ideal for running, sports, exercise, and everyday living.

eco-vessel-24oz-triple-insulated-stainless-water-bottle-5Eco Vessel 24oz Triple Insulated Stainless Water Bottle
Staying hydrated during the warmer seasons is always important. The Eco Vessel 24oz Triple Insulated Stainless Water Bottle is perfect for traveling, and keeps your colds cold for up to 36 hours. Its secure top will keep drinks inside where they belong, so toss it in a backpack or tote bag and go!

lifesource-deluxe-connected-bluetooth-scale-uc-352ble-4Lifesource Deluxe Connected Bluetooth Scale
Step on this clean, modern scale, and have the results automatically transmitted to your A&D Connect app. It’s that simple! There’s no need to turn it on or remember to turn it off. The Deluxe Connected Weight Scale has an industry leading capacity of 450 lbs. that’s precise within 0.2 lbs., an easy-to-read LCD display, and a long battery life. With Step-On Start technology, you get fast and accurate results you’d expect from the leader in connected health management. And with WellnessConnected and the A&D Connect app, you can now get connected right out-of-the-box.

breathometer-breeze-4Breathometer Breeze
We all know with the spring season comes the parties. After all, isn’t Spring Break right around the corner? Now you can wirelessly transform your smart phone into a breathalyzer in seconds with this sleek, portable product that fits anywhere. Beyond providing dependable blood alcohol concentration levels—the Breathometer app is designed to help you make informed, dependable decisions. But always remember never drink and drive, get that designated driver and have a good but safe time.

camelbak-gambler-100oz-hydration-pack-rooibos-5Camelbak Gambler 100oz Hydration Pack (Rooibos)
Do you plan on doing a lot of camping or hiking this season? You better take your Camelbak Gambler 100oz Hydration Pack with you! The Gambler is designed to keep things light and fast, but carries enough supplies for a full day on the mountain. The Therminator harness keeps your drinking tube insulated from the elements, and the dedicated pockets keep your avy gear handy. We’ve also added a tuckable external gear loop and made sure all of the zipper pulls and clasps are glove-friendly, so you won’t waste time fumbling to get at your gear. Easy in, easy out: shovel, probe, skins and 3 liters of hydration all fit in this low-profile pack. Add intelligent hydration to your antidote with the Camelbak Antidote Insulated Tube with Flow Meter.

Now that you know everything that you need for your Spring Fitness Starter Kit, Go ahead and Spring Into Fitness!

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!

10 Ways to Help You Maintain a Healthy Heart

10 Ways to Help You Maintain a Healthy HeartCupid will be a mighty busy guy this weekend, running around making sure he shoots everyone in sight with a heart arrow. It’s his job to make sure that every valentine receives the gift that was meant for him/her. It was then that I thought, what if you’re your own Valentine this year? Loving yourself, and treating yourself doesn’t require tons of gifts, roses or chocolates. In honor of February being American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day falling in the same month, here are 10 Ways to Help You Maintain a Healthy Heart:

Exercise Daily
Try to exercise daily. Challenge yourself to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. If you do 30 minutes each day, 5 days a week, this should be easy. Fit in a workout anywhere you can. Try wearing a Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS Heart Rate Monitor (Black) with Premium Strap, and track your results.

Eat Fish
Make fish a part of your diet. Including this high protein which is high in omega 3 fatty acids. Mackerel, tuna, and salmon are an excellent source of this, which helps protect against heart disease.

Walk More
If you’re feeling a bit tense or under pressure, go and take a walk. Walking allows you to clear your mind and collect your thoughts, which in turn can reduce tension. When you get the urge to take that walk, grab your Pedusa PE-771 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer and Clip, and see exactly how you helped yourself while on the go.

Reduce Cholesterol
Cholesterol is found only in animal products, such as meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs. Lean and low-fat foods can still be high in cholesterol. Check Nutrition Facts on the labels to keep track of the cholesterol in your food and consume no more than 300 mg daily.

Avoid Stress
Staying stress free is easier said than done. However, avoiding stress when possible is crucial. How you handle stress may directly affect your heart. Too much stress can lead to medical issues such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you’re constantly feeling stressed or overwhelmed, talk to a health care specialist about better ways of dealing with these issues. I would also recommend keeping an Omron BP742N 5 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor in the home, allowing you to closely monitor your blood pressure.

Drink More Water
We can never stress how important it is to stay hydrated. Take a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. To make it easier, I’d purchase a Camelbak Eddy .75l BPA Free Bottle.  It’s spill-proof, so it’s a handy bottle to take on walks, hiking or to the gym.

Eat Healthy
Make it your business to eat healthier. Revamp your refrigerator, placing all healthy items to the front, and removing anything that may stop you from changing your healthy eating habits.

Eat More Fiber
Include fiber in your diet. Oats, whole-grain rice, beans, and potatoes are excellent sources of fiber. Be careful when choosing processed foods, as many of them have large amounts of sugar. As always, be sure to drink plenty of water, as it will prevent constipation.

Sleep Well
Poor sleeping patterns can result in heart disease, just as having heart disease can interfere with sleep. Products such as caffeine and nicotine can heighten these risks. According to the Harvard Medical School, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can help you improve your sleep habits.

Cut Back on Salt
Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Try avoiding items that are too salty such as chips, pizzas, salted nuts, canned vegetables and soups. One thing you can do to help you curb your intake of sodium, would be to check the ingredient levels of your packaged food, before adding them to your shopping basket.

Now that you have the necessary information to maintain a healthy heart, go make cupid jealous. After all, Cupid’s arrows are supposed to bring you the gift of love. By eating healthy and exercising daily, you gift yourself a longer, healthier life.

7 Valentine’s Day Couples Workout Routines

7 Valentine's Day Couples Workout RoutinesValentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and many of us can’t wait to receive our flowers, balloons, and of course the chocolates. While these things have become pretty synonymous with Valentine’s Day, perhaps there are healthier ways of spending February 14. After all, working out in pairs is a great way of spending quality time together, embracing common interests, which offers a deeper bond. Check out these :

Partnered Pull-Ups
There are plenty of women who tackle pull-ups, making use of the pull-up machines. While it’s a great tool, the pull-up machine doesn’t provide you with the maximum effort you could be having by doing them without the machine. If your valentine isn’t ready to go out on their own, in regards to pull-ups, this is a great chance for you to assist her, and possibly even get closer to her.

Ice Skating
It’s the heart of winter, and you’d like to take your better half out on an outdoor adventure, but you’re finding yourself torn on what to do. Consider taking your lovely lady ice skating. Ice skating is fun, athletic, and can be very romantic. Hold hands to keep each other balanced, or gracefully help each other up if there is a fall. Embrace each other, and enjoy the moment. Not to mention, a 155 pound woman skating slowly burns approximately 387 calories per hour.

Go Hiking
Hiking is a great way to not only enjoy the outdoors together but it also provides you with the means to get a great workout which will aid in increasing your heart rate. Hike a few miles, long enough to get the blood flowing. Be sure to laugh and have fun along the way. Don’t forget to grab something like the Vapur .7L Element Collapsible Water Bottle, as hiking can make you thirsty. Enjoy your outdoor adventure together but don’t hike too far, romantic surprises awaits you.

Dance the Night Away
What better way to get close to your other half than a nice Valentine’s Day Dance? Dancing is a great way to get the heart rate going. It’s also a great bonding experience, whether you’re on the club dance floor, or simply in the living room in front of the fire place. Enjoy one another’s time, and laugh. Remember, laughing is healthy for the heart, while dancing has the ability to burn up to 300 calories per hour.

Couple’s Yoga
Couple’s yoga is a great trust building routine. In addition to building trust, you strengthen your relationship. Partner Yoga enhances and cultivates relationships. Studies have shown that pheromones are heightened during exercise, making it easy to be drawn closer together during routines. Roll out your Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga Mat, and show your partner what you’re made of.

Partner Toss
While sitting down and facing your partner, with your knees bent and toes touching, hold a medicine ball to your chest. Keeping the spine long and sitting up on your sitting bones, have both of you hinge back slightly until you feel your abs engage. Hold that position as you throw the ball back and forth. Your partner will catch. Repeat back and forth for 30 to 60 seconds. Pause for 15 seconds, and then repeat 2 to 3 times.

Partner Rows
For this exercise, you can use a chair, a stability ball or just get into a deep squat or lunging position for added leg burn. The only additional equipment required is exercise tubing or an exercise band. Your partner holds the elastic, providing the resistance, and you pull – squeezing your shoulder blades back and keeping your core tight and back straight. Do a few reps and switch, allowing your partner to do a few.

Don’t just strengthen your muscles, but strengthen your bond and your hearts at the same time. Have fun exercising, and have a Happy, Fit Valentine’s Day!

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!”

7 Outdoor Activities To Get You in Shape

7 Outdoor Activities To Get You in ShapeThere is no denying the healthy benefits of daily physical activity. We all see our friends checking into the gym to get into top physical shape. The good news is that you don’t always have to hit the gym to gain physical health. Everyday outdoor activities can be much more fun, convenient, and have the same benefits. Here are 7 Outdoor Activities To Get You in Shape:

Golf
Golf is a leisure activity, enjoyed by many people of all ages. When taken at face value, the health and fitness benefits can seem minor. However, if you take a step back and examine your approach, you’d see that there is ample opportunity for fitness. One option is to skip the golf cart and walk. The average golfer can walk up to four miles in a single round of golf, with potential for more if you have to chase the balls. After playing a couple of games the fitness benefits can be obvious. Carrying or pulling your golf clubs can be a very effective way to promote muscle toning and good cardiovascular health. Golf provides a stimulating mental challenge. You’re already a golfer? Try using the rugged and waterproof Garmin Approach S4 Golf Watch.

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking is a great outdoor sport for kids and adults of all ages, making it a great exercise that families can do together. One primary health benefit of riding a mountain bike is the improvement of cardiovascular fitness. Mountain Biking makes the heart pound steadily, which increases your heart’s fitness by three to seven percent, decreasing the risk of having coronary heart disease. Riding a mountain bike also builds, strengthens and tones your muscles. If you do ride regularly, the muscles on your legs, thighs, buttocks and hips will strengthen, helping to protect your hip and knee joints. Studies have shown that riding a bicycle for at least 20 miles in a week can reduce your risk of having coronary heart disease by almost 50%.

Running
We all should have expected good old fashioned running to make this list. Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, but can also benefit almost every other part of your body, including your mood. Studies have shown that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol, while also increasing your lung use, and boost your immune system. In women, running has also been known to actually reduce your risk of breast cancer. Being one of the best forms of losing and maintaining weight, running can also provide a nice boost to your self-esteem and confidence. Get the most from your experience by tracking your results using the Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Premium Strap.

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a great exercise for cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that the only way to improve your cardiovascular system is by participating in exercise that stresses the heart and accessory organs. Walking, bike riding, and rock climbing are just a few examples of these exercises. Rock climbing is also a great way of promoting weight loss. Rock climbing at a moderate pace for around one hour can burn around 400 calories, while also toning and increasing muscle mass in the arms, chest, back, and legs.

Swimming
People often underestimate the health benefits of swimming. Swimming is a great way to help you to build your heart rate and blood flow, while helping to maintain a healthy weight. Using the water as a tool can also be a great way to tone your muscle, breath better, and even become more flexible. Because water is denser than air, swimming is a far more effective way of toning your muscles than any other form of cardiovascular exercise that you can do on land. With a swimming exercise regimen, you also get the benefits of a cardio workout, while simultaneously working on developing an even body tone. Working out in water provides a certain amount of water resistance, which has a similar effect as using a light weight on a resistance machine at the gym.

Soccer
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and is played in several countries. Playing soccer can be lots of fun, and is also a great workout. It’s quite a challenge pointing out the main benefit of playing soccer, when there are several. Soccer increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health, lowers body fat and improves muscle tone, builds strength, flexibility and endurance, increases muscle and bone strength, and improves health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.

Hide and Seek
Sure Hide and Seek could have perhaps fit into the running section, but I think it’s great to point out specific ways in which you can get the children involved in being active. Put together a play date or take the children to the park for an old school game of hide and seek or freeze tag. Start to make outings like this more frequent. This allows you to sneak in a workout, while promoting child fitness at the same time. The beauty about it is your little boys and girls will never see it as a workout. If you really want to get them involved, give them an iBitz Powerkey Activity Tracker for Kids and make it a contest to see who can take the most steps during the game. Now you’ve really got their attention!

Remember that physical fitness does not have to be a chore. Find ways to include the family in your outdoor activities, and make them fun. Always be sure to stay properly hydrated during any routine. I’d suggest strapping on a Camelbak Unbottle Hydration Pack, or carrying something like the Avex Wells AutoSpout Water Bottle 32 Ounce with you. Always be sure to consult your physician before initiating any new routine.

New Year New You

How often have we heard this statement? Well, it’s now January and most of us have made those New Year resolutions. In fact a study done by the University of Scranton said 45% of Americans make a resolution to lose weight. This was the #1 resolution in 2014 based on the data collected. In fact the top 5 resolutions were:
1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy

If we look at these top 5 resolutions, all of them can be met by adopting a regimen of regular exercise. If you think about it, exercise is probably the key factor in helping us meet all of the top 5 resolutions listed above.

If you exercise and adopt a healthy eating lifestyle the pounds will drop off and you will find yourself reaching your Weight Loss Goal.

Exercise can also help you keep the resolution of Getting Organized. If you incorporate a regular exercise routine into your daily schedule, you will need to plan out your day so that you have time for that exercise routine to take place. This will provide you with the incentive to organize your day.

Spend Less, Save More: Again, exercise can help you achieve this goal as well. Think about it this way. If you adopt an exercise program, usually healthy eating accompanies it. By doing these two things your body begins to react to all the good things that are beginning to happen to it and you end up have a healthier body. When this happens you won’t find yourself going to the doctor’s office as much since your weight loss and healthy eating habits will make you feel better. Thus you will be spending less money.

Enjoy Life to the Fullest: How often have we heard that exercise has a positive effect on your attitude and self-confidence? Well this has been around since the days of Hippocrates, who was the first Western physician to prescribe this treatment 2,500 years ago, and doctors have been recommending it to their patients ever since. So by adopting a regimen of exercise into your daily schedule you will be on the way to helping you to achieve this goal as well.  And who doesn’t want to Enjoy their life to the fullest?

Staying Fit and Healthy: This resolution will be gained by adopting all of the other resolutions above! Exercise is a key component to your resolution of staying Fit and Healthy for the new year and every year thereafter. To help you track your activities and exercise routines during the day try using the Fitbit Flex activity monitor. This great device will even monitors how well you sleep at night!

So, New Year, New You? It can be if you stay on track by adopting an exercise and healthy eating life style change. Your resolutions for the New Year can be met. Then when you are looking back on this year, you can be proud of not only keeping your resolutions but also proud of the results you will see in having a healthier new body and outlook on life.

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.