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5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to Home

5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to HomeBurn calories! They say. How? You say! Giving directions without proper instructions is always a recipe for disaster. It’s very often that I hear people say, ‘Just burn calories.’ However, there are never instructions provided. If I were new to fitness, this would leave me scratching my head. The first thing I would think is, ‘What exercises burn calories?’ The simple answer to your question is most exercises are calorie burners. This list will point to 5 Calorie Burning Exercises that You Can Do At or Close to Home:

Cycling
Cycling is one of the best ways to burn calories. It doesn’t have to be your favorite exercise, but knowing that a person can burn up to 1000 calories per hour by simply cycling definitely makes it sound benificial. This means that a 160 pound woman, cycling at maximum intensity, can lose up to 850 calories. This would be about 950 calories for men. Grab your Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch and hit the road. Don’t own a bike? Give the Pedlar Pro 316 Exerciser a try!

Swimming
Taking a dip in the swimming pool is not only fun, but an excellent calorie burner. Men can enjoy burning up to 840 calories per hour, while women can burn up to 720 calories. Grab you Garmin Swim Watch and track your distance, pace, stroke count and more.

Running
Running is one of those exercises that you expected to make this list and we will not disappoint you. Running can burn more calories in the amount of time spent than any other form of exercise, while simultaneously reducing stress and depression, so consider this a win, win for you. A female weighing approximately 130 pounds can burn up to 600 calories running. Even a light jog can burn up to 550 calories. Grab your Polar M400 GPS Powered Fitness Watch and see how much you can burn.

Jump Rope
The art of jumping rope can be seen as a game, sport, and even a talent. It’s also happens to be a great exercise that burns quite a few calories. Get the kids together and make it a game. Challenge each other to see who can jump rope the longest. Be sure to include both mom and dad in the fun, as this exercise would be beneficial to both parties. One hour of jumping rope can help men burn up to 850 calories, while women can enjoy demolishing 750 calories. Jumping rope, a kids activity….  not anymore!

Stair Climbing
There is a reason why you see athletes running up and down the stairs in stadiums. This is a calories killer. Climbing / running the steps not only works your lower body and glutes, but it also makes your upper body strain as well.  Grab your Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Monitor and see how many calories you burn!

Now that you’ve been armed with some helpful calorie burning routines, get out there and burn, burn, burn!

6 Low Impact Exercises That You Can Do In or Around The House

6 Low Impact Exercises That You Can Do In or Around The HouseAs the warmer season makes its presence known, the fitness junkies are beginning to take their workouts outdoors. I am seeing them everywhere from the park, to jogging down the street, and even biking to work. Sadly, there are still plenty of people who take no steps towards physical fitness or health. Maybe they’re just not interested. However, more often than not, the reasons or excuses I hear is limited time, I have children, or something similar in nature. In this blog, I will provide you with :

Take a Walk
Walking is an ideal exercise, that doesn’t cost you anything. On top of that, walking can be done any time of day, and virtually anywhere. With the warmer weather coming in, start taking an extra stroll around the block. If you live in an area that isn’t warm enough for you as of yet, try going to the mall. This gives you a reason to walk and shop. Don’t forget to grab your Pedusa PE-771 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer and Clip to track your steps.

Spruce Up the Yard
You’d be surprised at how much of a workout you can get by getting your yard ready. Raking and mowing the lawn requires you to walk, while tasks like removing the trash bags of accumulated debris from the winter can require heavy lifting. You think the benefits are over? Think again. Try planting new flowers. Each time you have to dig a new hole take advantage of the opportunity to squat and or stretch, this can be a great workout for those leg and arm muscles. Now your yard is beautiful and you just had a day full of burning calories.

Take a Hike
Hiking is a great way to include family and friends into your workout. Pick a weekend and get as many relatives together as possible and hit the trail. If you’re not too familiar with hiking, it would be wise to pick a trail that isn’t too difficult. Grab a Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch to help you navigate, along with a Geigerrig Rig 710 Pressurized Hydration Pack to make sure you stay properly hydrated.

Swimming
Swimming is one of the best exercises there is that will tone your entire body, while using almost every muscle in the body. Because water makes you feel weightless, you can easily breeze through exercises like squats and crunches. While exercising in the water seems easier, the overall results will surely be felt.

Try Yoga
Yoga offers both physical and psychological benefits. Grab your Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat/Towel for Hot Yoga and set the mood with your favorite scented candle, while practicing your yoga poses.

Cycling
Riding a bicycle is an excellent way to lose or control weight. Cycling raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat at the same time. If weight loss is the goal, then you should partner your workout with a healthy diet. Now would be a great time to grab your Polar RC3 Integrated GPS Bike with Heart Rate and hit the road.

Physical health is not only achieved in the gym, but can be achieved anywhere. You simply have to make up your mind that you are going to start being healthy, and be willing to take small steps to reach your goals. Get out there and have fun with fitness!

6 Ways Golf is Good For You

6 Ways Golf is Good For YouThe air is fresh and the sun is shining. The grass is getting green and the flowers are beginning to bloom. My favorite part is that the Outdoor Sports are making a comeback. Football with the guys in the yard, baseball season, and a good 3 on 3 basketball game sounds great. Then there’s good old golf. There are many people who think golf is not a physical sport, but the physical health benefits are huge. Let’s look at 6 Ways Golf is Good For You:

 

Walking Power
Golf is a great way to get your walking exercises. Studies have shown that an 18-hole round approximately burns up 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs or 1,300 calories when riding in a cart. A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk. Grab an Impact Sports Epulse 2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (Continuous Readings) with Pedometer Function and see how many steps you can take while on the course.

Burn Calories
Studies have shown that an individual who weighs approximately 150-200 pounds, will burn between 2,000 to 2,700 calories by walking an 18-hole golf course. It takes 3,500 burned calories to lose one pound.

Fights Against Heart Disease
Studies show that the strong health benefits found in walking can also protect golfers against heart disease. Any form of walking is good for you, even if that means you’re just chasing after golf balls all day.

Stress Relief
Stress can be a pain in the neck for all of us. Of course, a Thermophore Heating Pad or Ice It product can help with that. You can also use golf as a stress reliever. Being in an outdoor area where you can mesh well with others who share your interests is a great way to forget your troubles. Many golfers choose golf courses that allow them consistent access to their favorite types of holes and other benefits to keep them happy.

Stimulates Blood Circulation
Studies suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation with your brain. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay dementia onset.

Bone Health
Weight bearing exercises are great for your bones.  Individuals who do them two to three times a week can create long, lean muscle mass. Exercise of this type can help prevent bone degeneration, including osteoporosis. Carrying your golf clubs is a great way to include weight bearing into your golf game. Try using a double strapped bag to make it easier on yourself.

Now that you’ve been armed with details on how golfing is good for you, it’s time to grab a few buddies and your Garmin Approach S6 Golf Watch and hit the golf course!

Keep and Reach Your Spring Fitness Goals

Keep and Reach Your Spring Fitness GoalsSpring is in the air, and fitness is one of the main things on everyone’s mind. We get to shed our winter coats and welcome in t-shirts, tank tops, and even more, the shorts (depending on the region you live in). Most of us have one thing in mind, and that’s to be in great physical shape for the summer. There’s plenty of guys who are anticipating going shirtless at the beach, many women are looking to flaunt washboard like abs in their two piece bikinis. Unfortunately, there is a good number of people who will not even come close to their fitness goals. This doesn’t occur because the individual is lazy, but rather they have set unrealistic expectations. Here are a few ways to .

Set Reachable Goals
Setting a reachable goal is the first step. Be realistic when setting your goals. Telling yourself that you want to lose 30 pounds in one week is highly unlikely. If you’re workout isn’t geared towards weight loss, you still want to be reasonable with your expectations. Remember the quote, “It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice. Give it 12 weeks. Don’t QUIT!”

Do it For Yourself
Quite often I hear people attempting a physical fitness regimen in an attempt to attract the opposite sex. The thing with this is its pretty easy to lose this kind of motivation. After all, the very guy or girl that you’re interested in may not have the same interest in you. If he or she was your motivation, you’d now need something new to get you motivated. However, if you were attempting to reach a healthy fitness level for yourself, others would not have an impact on your routines.

Use Pictures
Using pictures is an excellent way to stay motivated. Sometimes seeing our progress gives us an extra push. Start off taking a before picture on Day 1. 4-6 weeks later, take another picture to compare. Every few weeks snap another. This would be a great opportunity to break out your GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card.

Use a Heart Rate Monitor
Using a heart rate monitor is a great tool when practicing new fitness routines. Many of these monitors’ counts steps, calories burned, cadence and more. This allows you to gauge your workouts and see where you can use additional training and also determine which routines are adequate. I would recommend going with the Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Premium Strap.

Now that you have a few tools to reach your Spring Fitness Goals, go out there and get started. Remember, there are plenty more ways of staying motivated, such as working out in a group setting. If you realize that something not listed is working for you, stick to it. After all, you know what will keep you going. Happy Spring Fitness!

Don’t Let Spring Fever Turn Into Spring Injuries

Spring injuriesSpring has sprung, and many people are working hard to obtain that desired beach body look. There are those who are experienced in the fitness world, who will be coming out of hibernation, and there will be the beginners who want to have that sculpted look but aren’t sure how to obtain it. Unfortunately, when we see an uptick in fitness we also see an increase in fitness related injuries. There are many preventative measures that can be taken to decrease injuries associated with exercise. . Here are a few things you can do to decrease you risk of fractures, swelling, pulls, and sprains.

Have a Routine Physical / Fitness Test
Always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise routine. New physical activities have the ability to cause stress on your body, as it is doing movements that the body isn’t accustomed to. You may have certain medical conditions that restricts certain exercises. Visiting your doctor is beneficial because he/she should be able to discuss your limits.

Visit a Personal Trainer
Using a personal trainer can be highly beneficial to your workout. After all, they’re professionals in their field, and can help you determine your limits by pointing out strengths and weaknesses. If a trainer is out of your budget, using a Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Premium Strap during your workout can be a big help.

Warm Up Before Exercise
Warming up is one of the best ways to prevent fitness injuries. Your warm up should be gradual, slowly work your way up. Walking, jogging, or even regular daily activities are great ways to increase your body’s stamina.

Take Time for Rest and Recovery
It is very important to take rest days and even get more sleep. When you don’t take enough time for rest, your body can become over trained, causing reduced immunity which can make getting the common cold much easier .

Dress Properly
Take extra precautions when the weather is very cold. Remember to wear layers, gloves, a hat, and socks.

Stretch Properly
Proper stretching can also be beneficial to reducing fitness related injuries. When stretching, be sure to constantly breathe. Not doing so can cause your blood pressure to rise. Hold your stretch for 10 to 60 seconds, exhaling while moving into the stretch.

Heating Pad
Placing a heating pad for 5-10 minutes on the muscles helps bring blood to the area to warm them up. Heat will also help loosen muscles and tendons. I recommend going with the Thermophore Moist Heating Pads.

Remember, do not overextend your joints during training exercises. Try waiting 48 hours before you work the same muscle group again. If you’ve already had an unfortunate sports or fitness related injury, visit our Sports Therapy section and find everything you need including Mueller Braces/ Body Support, Omron electroTHERAPY Pain Relief, and Ice Packs/ Cold Therapy.

How Much Walking it Takes to Burn Easter Candy Calories?

How Much Walking it Takes to Burn Easter Candy Calories?Easter Sunday, will be here in a matter of days, and the children are more excited about the April 5th date than ever. Many of them know that this is the holiday where they receive gifts in the form of Easter Baskets. While there are often gifts included, most of the children are interested in the candy that will be provided. Who can really blame them? This is one of the few holidays where candy is given to them without them having to ask. After all, who can really resist jellybeans, or chocolate bunnies, or even Chocolate Easter Eggs and Peeps?

While the candy itself may be irresistible, it comes at a price of the calories that comes with them. The key is “moderation”. Too much of anything isn’t good for you, and the exercise it takes to burn off such calories is often times much more than the candy was worth. Let’s check out How Much Walking it Takes to Burn Easter Candy Calories. This is providing you’re able to clear one mile in 2,000 steps.

25 Small Jellybeans
Jellybeans are not huge, but 25 of the small candies comes to 140 calories. You will need to walk 1.4 miles or 2800 steps to burn the calories off.

5 Peeps
No one can usually eat just one of those little sugary Peeps. However, you shouldn’t eat too many. Just 5 Peeps totals 160 calories. It will take 3200 steps or 1.6 miles of walking to burn these calories.

Large 7 oz. Chocolate Bunny
Chocolate is said to be good for you, but that doesn’t mean that you should over-do it. Just one Large 7 oz. Chocolate Bunny comes to 1050 calories. You will need to walk 10.5 miles or 21000 steps, putting you over your recommended 10,000 steps. This would be a great time to break out your Omron HJ-327T Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker and see how many steps you’re able to get in.

1 Cadbury Caramel Egg
Who can say no to a Cadbury Caramel Egg?  Just remember that only 1 Cadbury Caramel Egg comes to 190 calories. It will take 1.9 miles of walking or 3800 steps to burn just 1 egg.

1 Hard-Boiled Easter Egg
Easter eggs, of course, are synonymous with Easter. The colors are pretty, and eggs are actually good for you. However, you still want to be sure not to have too many. One egg comes with 76 calories. To burn the calories of one Easter Egg, it doesn’t require much walking. You will need to walk 0.76 miles, or 1520 steps.

1 Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Egg
Just 1 Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Egg comes to 100 calories. You will need to walk 1 mile or 2000 steps. This would be a great time to get your Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker Plus Smart Notifications and make the steps count towards your daily 10,000.

1 Spongebob Squarepants Hollow Egg
We all love Spongebob Squarepants. However, the Spongebob Squarepants Hollow Eggs may not love us back. Just 1 Spongebob Squarepants Hollow Egg has a whopping 300 calories, which will take 6,000 steps or 3 miles of walking to burn. I recommend getting a Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Monitor and hitting the pavement, if this is your candy of choice.

Having an Easter snack will not kill you. However, too much of any of these candies are unhealthy and unflattering to your figure. Eat in moderation and enjoy. Happy Easter!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntIt’s 6:00am ET, and Tina is wide awake. She grabbed a healthy breakfast, consisting of oatmeal, an egg, a banana, and a nice refreshing glass of orange juice. She has on her Proviz Women’s High Visibility Running Shorts and Proviz Women’s High Visibility Running Long Sleeve Shirt, and her shoes are tied tight. After all, she’s getting ready to go for a hunt. She received word that HeartRateMonitorsUSA was having an Easter Egg Hunt and the winning egg contained a $200 Gift Certificate. The prize is in her sights, and she’s determined to win.

She’s getting her game plan ready. The hunt will last from Saturday March 28th, and expires March 31st at Midnight ET. This gives her a chance to take her time. She straps on her Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch so she can keep track of her daily performance, allowing her to see her strengths and weaknesses. She partners that with her GoPro Hero4 Black Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card, so she can watch the play back and see if there was anything missed. She really wants her name to be announced as the winner.

The hunt is on, and Tina starts off slow. She’s taking her time, combing through every page of HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, looking for all three eggs. You heard that right, there are three eggs. In order for her to claim her $200 prize, she needs to locate at least one. She’s checking the Brands page, and she searched through the Running Shoes section as well. Tina is really in it for the win. She even checked the Shipping page and noticed that there is Free 2 Day Shipping on all orders over $100 and Free Overnight on all orders over $250. This kicked her search into over-drive.

There’s one egg, she found. There’s yet another egg. Where is the third egg? It’s hidden really well, but Tina will not give up. Will she find it? Will you find it? Search the entire HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com website, and locate the hidden egg(s). Once the egg(s) have been located, e-mail the location(s) to rewards@hrmusainc.com. The search will begin on Saturday March 28th, and ends March 31st at Midnight ET. One winner will be announced on April 1, 2015 at 10:00am ET.

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.