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14 Life Hacks to Lose Weight

Today’s guest post comes from Tom Hines. He is the Co-Founder of NutritionGeeks.com, a retired USAPL powerlifter, a youth wrestling coach, the father of 3 amazing boys, and interested in all things health.

Dropping weight is more than running 10 miles a day and counting every calorie.  We need lots of little life hacks that fit our personalities.  Let’s be honest, thousands of small, insignificant decisions got us unhealthy, so let’s turn the tables.  Here are some weight loss life hacks in no particular order:

Go to a farmer’s market – This has the opposite effect as walking into a convenience store… just try walking out of there without buying something good for you.  There’s also something special about meeting the people who grow your food, it’s a connection you can’t with your cereal box.

Keep an activity and food journal – If you’re like most of my friends, you’d say you have GREAT memory.  I have news for you, you probably don’t.  Writing down how poorly you’re really eating, can be the reminder you need.  You might be shocked at just how many sodas you drank last month, or how many times you went thru the drive-thru.  Plus, you might find yourself making better choices…I mean who wants to have to write down “1 supersized burger, large fries, and a jumbo soda”?

Bench your office chair – Using a stability ball is great for your core, and you can’t help but move around more.  While strengthening your core is great for your lower back, too much ball too soon will likely leave with a sore back, so ease into it.  Standing at your desk is another great option and you don’t have to buy a special desk to get started.  Just find something to set your keyboard, mouse, monitor on.  Just think how lazy everyone else will feel.

Go to bed at the same time every night - Most of us need 8-9 hours of sleep each and every night to function at our best.  Not only are you less likely to make an effort when you’re tired, but sleep is directly associated with metabolism and appetite.  Sleep deprived people are hungrier… really, I’m not making this stuff up.

Get a dog (if you like dogs) - Dogs are like live-in personal trainers.  “Walk with me.” “Play with me.” “Go outside with me”.  I will nag the crap out of you, but in the cutest way and you will love me for it!

Stop drinking soda and fruit juice completely - It’s just a wild guess, but I’d bet at least 10% of overweight Americans could lose the weight if they just stopped drinking soda.  A 24 ounce bottle has 80 grams of sugar.  Fruit juices may sound healthier, but they’re not.  And neither is diet soda.

Drink more water - If straight water is just too boring, try lemon water or a cranberry drink sweetened with stevia.

Use a diet supplement – Diet supplements are NOT the silver bullet, nor are they snake oil.  Used correctly, diet products offer a nice edge in your favor.  Some of the products I’d look at are blends like Synedrex, or individual ingredients such as green coffee bean extract, alpha lipoic acid, CLA, green tea extract, and garcinia cambogia.

Take a cooking class - The less processed food you can eat the better.  It’s just that simple.

Enter a 5K run - Or better yet, enter a 5K with a group of friends or co-workers.  It’s motivating to have something tangible to work for, other than just losing X pounds.  It’s only 3.1 miles, you can do this.

Cut out all refined sugars for a month – You’ve already stopped drinking soda, how hard could it be?  I’m not talking about a low carb diet.  If you’re not already, this will really get you in the habit of reading labels.

Park next to the RVs at the back of the parking lot - You will never have to fight for another parking spot and the walk will do you good.

Use a pedometer - Now that we’re parking so far away and recording our daily activity, it only makes sense to buy a pedometer.  Challenge yourself each day and work toward the coveted 10,000 steps per day mark.  Here’s a great pedometer for under $10.00.

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

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

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

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

Staying Safe on a Summer Run!

If you’re an avid runner, chances are the summer sun and heat isn’t going to stop you from pounding the pavement. However, there are many safety precautions that should be followed when running in intense heat and sun. Before lacing up your shoes, and strapping on your heart rate monitor, consider the following safety tips for summer runs.

Stay hydrated on your summer runs!

  1. It takes some time for your body to adjust to hot or humid weather. Don’t run at a high intensity at first, but instead start out slow and work your way back up to a higher intensity. Slow and steady wins the race.
  2. It’s no secret that hydration plays a crucial role in overall physical health. In the summer, proper hydration is extra important.  It’s important to stay well hydrated before your run, and properly hydrate directly after. Bring a Hydration pack or water bottle along for your run to ensure you’re body is properly hydrated!
  3. Be aware of your body! Knowing the warning signs of heat exhaustion or other heat related illnesses is extremely important for summer runners.  Much like staying hydrated, knowing your bodies warning signs can help ensure you’re having a safe run! Wearing a heart rate monitor can help you be aware of your vitals, but your body also has its own built in warning signs.
  4. Run early. Running early on in the day is a great way to beat the sun’s extreme heat!
  5. Sunscreen is extremely important for protecting your skin from harmful sun rays. Before hitting the road, be sure to lather up!

Title: How to Prevent Stress from Damaging Your Heart

Your heart is the center of all your bodily functions: pumping blood to all the right parts, pushing oxygen through the

Learn ways to reduce your stress and keep your heart healthy with these tips!

blood to the needed parts, and keeping you breathing. Stress is often a huge contributor when it comes to the damage done to your ticker, so it’s important to eliminate it when you can. Heart Rate Monitors USA has some ways that you can reduce stress and promote healthy living!

  • Venting some of your stresses to your friends or family can help get them off of your chest and get it out in the open.
  • In the same way, staying positive and talking about the good stuff, like achievements and blessings, with your loved ones can also help eliminate stress too!
  • Making sure that a good 6-8 hours of sleep a night is in your plans is important to reducing stress. It lets your brain reset!
  • Laugh at something funny, silly, or just something that makes you happy! Laughing really does make you feel a little bit better when you’re stressed.
  • Do something nice for someone. Taking the time to slow down your day and pause to do something nice can help improve a bad mood.
  • Reduce stress by trying not to worry as much! Worrying is like a rocking chair: you can do it for as long as you like, but it doesn’t get you anywhere!

Have more tips on how to reduce stress, for your heart’s sake, and promote healthy living? Leave it in a comment below and we’ll add it to our list!

Why Cold Therapy Packs Work After a Long Run

After a long run or hard work out, your muscles are most likely feeling a little tired, sore, and shaky. Many athletes often

Learn how cold therapy packs can help you after your intense run!

put their affected body parts into ice or take an ice bath to soothe their achy muscles. This may sound crazy to some who don’t necessarily like the idea of an ice bath, but the freezing cold temperatures do have healing properties that make your muscles feel better after working out. Heart Rate Monitors USA has the reasoning on why ice baths and cold therapy packs can help you recover after an extensive, hard work out or run.

Cryotherapy, or the treatment of submerging muscles in cold water for more than 30 minutes, is used to help sore muscles after a particularly hard or extensive run. What happens during this process is the cold water or ice surrounding the affected area constricts the muscle and gets rid of the lactic acid that builds up during the workout. This lactic acid is the substance that makes your muscles achy, so taking an ice bath or surrounding the area with a cold pack helps get rid of it. In addition, cold therapy can help reduce swilling, stop tissue from being broken down during post-workout rest, and help speed up the recovery process. Putting a cold press on your muscles after a workout can help soothe some of this pain and help you become stronger and faster.

Want to see our full collection of cold therapy packs? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Spring into Shape!

The weather is warming up, and beach season is quickly approaching. Everyone wants to look their best in their swim suits, and some just want to get healthier and in better shape. The transition between spring and summer is the perfect opportunity to make healthy positive changes in your life, and the best time to get out and move. If you’re hoping to get in better shape this spring/summer, follow these helpful tips:

  • Find a workout buddy that is willing to enjoy the beautiful weather with you and get in shape while doing so. Jogging and running is a great cardio workout, and can be even better with a partner. Instead of going out for dinner or drinks, opt for a few nights a week to get active with your friends or family members.
  • Use the beautiful weather as a reason to get active. Enjoy the warmth and sun, and try to stay active outdoors. Whether riding a bicycle, playing basketball, or just simply doing yard work, find any excuse to keep yourself outdoors and active.
  • Swimming is excellent cardio, and a summertime must! Try swimming laps and fitting a good workout in while enjoying the summer sun!
  • Consider growing your own vegetables! Growing your own healthy food is a great way to save money and add more vegetables into your diet.
  • If running is too much, consider hiking. Hiking is an excellent way to fit in cardio while enjoying the beautiful weather.
  • Consider purchasing an amazing Fitbit Flex Activity Tracker and see how much you’re actually moving! Try to beat personal records, and stay active. We think the warm weather and sun is an excellent motivator!

Beat personal records with the amazing FitBit Flex!

If you’re ready to take the first step to get into shape and live a healthier lifestyle this spring or summer, considering following the above tips, and even creating your own helpful solutions. The first step to health is making changes! Let us know what steps you’re taking to get healthy this spring!

Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Staying hydratedcan hardly be overestimated, especially in the heat of the summer months. The advice for avoiding

Don't skip out on the H2O this summer and stay hydrated!

dehydration seems straightforward: drink a lot of water, stay out of direct sunlight if possible, and save strenuous activities for the coolness of the morning or evening. Yet, millions of people around the world suffer from dehydration and some cases can be fatal. Heatstroke is caused when the body’s internal temperature rises to extreme temperatures, and can cause fainting, hallucinations, or seizures.

Though these consequences of poor hydration are severe, dehydration can be easily prevented. As long as you take the proper precautions, your fitness routine will not have to change as the weather warms so here are some tips to keep you hydrated this summer:

Keep water with you at all times and drink more than you think you need. Experts suggest you drink at least 6-12 oz. of water for every 10-15 minutes you are exercising outdoors. To replace the water you’ve lost as sweat, drink 2-3 cups of water when you return indoors. Avoid alcohol or drinks with high caffeine levels. Fruit juices and flavored drinks can also hinder your body’s water levels.

The best hydration treatment is prevention, and since drinking water helps all of your body’s operations run more smoothly, you’ll feel better by ditching the sodas and energy drinks.

So whether you’re training for a marathon or mowing the lawn, grab a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. Staying hydrated allows you to stay outdoors and enjoy the warmth of summertime safely.

Get Fit in the Pool This Summer with the Garmin Swim Watch

Beat the heat and get fit with a Garmin Swim watch this summer!

Warm weather signals the opening of swimming pools, and many athletes will take this opportunity to incorporate another style of training into their outdoor routines. The Garmin Swim Watch is designed to get your mind off counting laps and back on your form. It’s sleek and lightweight design cuts through the water without slowing you down. This swim watch tracks lengths, strokes, distance, and pace. It can also recognize what kind of stroke you’re using and calculates your SWOLF score.

When you’re finished in the pool, upload your data to Garmin Connect and receive free online analysis of your workout. View detailed metrics, examine your training progress, and send the information to your family, friends, fellow swimmers, and coaches. The Garmin Swim Watch looks just like a regular wristwatch and many enthusiasts have begun to wear it daily. Most users only have to change the battery about once every year, and they can do so themselves without sending it back to the manufacturer. With the Garmin Swim Watch, swimming doesn’t only have to be a summer activity. With this kind of accuracy, we’re sure you can find a pool to continue swim training during the winter. But don’t let the precious warm weather go to waste—start achieving your fitness goals (both in and out of the water) now!

Capture Life’s Adventures with GoPro HERO3

As the weather warms up, and more outdoor activities begin to spring back into your lives, there’s no better time to document your outdoor adventures. Whether rafting, biking, rock climbing or skateboarding, the GoPro HERO3 Camera is the perfect way to capture your most adventurous moments. Document your warm weather adventures to share with your friends, or keep for your own personal enjoyment with this amazing advanced camera.

The GoPro HERO3

Life is an adventure; capture it in all its glory with the GoPRO Hero3!

With Wi-Fi capability and a waterproof body, the GoPro is perfect for any occasion. With the capability to capture video at 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps, and 720p 120fps, the GoPro HERO3 will turn your adventures into true works of art. Don’t settle for distorted and low quality smart phone video to capture your adventures this spring and summer, consider upgrading to the adventure-proof and durable GoPro HERO3. What else is the GoPro HERO3 capable of?

  • Professional HD video
  • Built in Wi-Fi, as well as remote control via smart phone and tablet.
  • Capability to capture clear and HD video even underwater.
  • Looping video
  • Continuous photo
  • Manual white balance control
  • Allows users to shoot photos while simultaneously capturing video.
  • Immersive and wide angle capture capabilities of even the most extreme adventures.
  • Wearable and mountable capability
  • Super fast image processor for crystal clear images and video.
  • Ultra wide angle 6-element Aspherical glass lens

If you’re the adventurous type and want to relive your favorite summer activities all year long, consider capturing video with the advanced and amazing GoPro HERO3 Camera. HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com proudly carries the GoPro HERO3, as well as other amazing GoPro models! Cheers to the next adventure!

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

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

MIO Alpha

The world's First Strapless, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor

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

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

The MIO Alpha

MIO Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

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

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