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Try These Fitness Resolutions in 2014!

It seems every year you make a resolution to get healthier and in better shape, however, many people never really stick to their New Year’s resolution.  If you’re hoping to get in the best shape of your life in the New Year, consider these fitness goals to help guide you down the path to better overall health.

  • Add more cardio to your life! Increasing your cardiovascular endurance is a great way to jumpstart your health. Try going for a run in the morning and increase your distance gradually over the year. You’d be surprised how much you’ll look forward to strapping on your heart rate monitor and hitting the pavement.
  • Incorporate more stamina based training into your fitness regimen. Having great stamina will make working out easier, and dare we say, more fun?
  • Try yoga! Yoga will increase your flexibility, which is a great way to improve your overall strength and fitness.
  • Get more rest! Stress and exhaustion are huge contributors to poor health. In the New Year, try getting more rest.
  • Breathe! Stress is a huge health risk for people of all ages. Exercise however can help reduce stress.
  • Stay motivated! There are many ways to stay motivated. Consider working out with a friend or significant other. When you find a support system, your 2014 New Year’s resolutions are highly attainable.

Some of Our Favorite Products from 2013

2013 is quickly winding down, and a new year is approaching. We’re happy to be part of your path to great health year after year. This year, we saw the release of plenty new heart rate monitors and fitness tools, and many of them have changed the way we measure our heart rate and work out altogether. Below are our favorite products of 2013!

Polar Loop

  • Polar Loop Activity Tracker: The Polar Loop does it all!  This amazing activity tracker tracks daily activity and exercise levels, monitors sleep patterns and provides instant motivational feedback to keep you motivated. The Polar Loop is truly a smart activity tracker.
  • Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor: The world’s first strapless, continuous heart rate monitor that is worn comfortably on the wrist. The Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor provides extremely accurate results, and just simply looks great.
  • Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband: The Fitbit Flex is the perfect fitness companion. Wear it on your wrist without having to even take it off. This amazing activity tracker provides excellent results all day long.
  • Polar Stride Sensor: This amazing Bluetooth smart sensor helps make great improvements to your running technique and performance. The small sensor fits onto your running show and effectively measures each and every stride.

 

When it comes to the best fitness tools, there’s no better choice than HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. Let us be part of your fitness regimen in the next upcoming years!

Don’t Lose Motivation During the Holidays

Don’t Lose Motivation During the HolidaysFor many, the holiday season is full of parties, celebrations and just a lack of time for every day activities. This includes your fitness regimen. We know how hard it is to fit in exercise with all of the holiday preparation and running around, but it’s essential to keep up with your normal workout as to avoid the holiday bulge, or become undisciplined with your fitness goals. Below are a few tips and reasons to keep you going during the holiday season:

  • The holidays are a stressful time, and stress is the last thing you need for your health. Exercising helps reduce stress, which in turn will help you calm down and enjoy the holidays.
  • Starting your days with exercise will make you more productive and charged to get your holiday tasks down quick.
  • Working out during the holidays can reduce or even ensure you won’t suffer from the dreaded holiday weight gain.
  • Keeping up with your regular fitness regimen will ensure you don’t fall off the wagon.
  • Think of all you’ve accomplished with your fitness over the past year. This is a great way to motivate you to continue on and keep going, even during the holidays.

When it comes to keeping up with your fitness goals, don’t forget HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com has the tools you need to measure your success.

Keeping the Holiday Bulge At Bay

During the holidays, it’s incredibly easy to put on extra weight, and even keep it on. The holidays only come once a year, so why not splurge, right? Splurging isn’t necessarily the worst thing you can do this holiday season, but it’s important to consider the following before chowing down on that lion’s share of sweet potatoes.

Keeping the Holiday Bulge At Bay

 

  • Get Active!  Create a calorie deficit by exercising off those extra calories before you even sit down for your holiday meal. Before the family comes over for your holiday celebration, lace up those running shows, strap on that heart rate monitor and beat the holiday bulge before it has a chance.
  • Don’t skip breakfast! Many people think that by skipping meals throughout the day justifies binging on their holiday meal. However, by starving yourself throughout the day, you’ll be more inclined to over indulge with sweets and other undesirable foods.
  • If you’re the cook of the house, consider altering your favorite holiday dishes to be a little healthier and waist-band friendly.
  • Try and resist the temptation of seconds. By eating one balanced plate, you’ll have more room for a delectable dessert, and feel less guilty doing so.

 

When it comes to the holiday season, enjoy yourself, but consider making healthy decisions to ensure you don’t succumb to the dreaded holiday bulge.

 

How You can Manage Holiday Stress with a Specialized Fitness Program

Find out how exercise can help you decrease the holiday stress and get you back into the swing of things!

During the holiday season, stress is almost inevitable for most of us – from the shopping, to the wrapping, to the travelling. But what if we told you that having a specialized fitness program, just for you, could help cut down on this stress and keep your ticker healthy too? We have some tips on just how much exercising during this busy season can help to keep you happy and healthy.

  • Making time to exercise during the holidays can help to boost your endorphins, which is the feel-good hormone that your body produces when less stressed out.
  • By exercising for 30 minutes a day, whether you’re walking or running can help to clear your mind and make time for your brain to catch up with the rest of your body.
  • Feeling good about yourself when you work out is a great way to boost your mood, self-esteem, and overall outlook on life.
  • Exercise also helps your brain function better, producing neurohormones that have been linked to activate and stimulate your brain.
  • Along with the way your brain functions, exercise also helps to improve your body’s reaction time to stress as well.
  • Yoga, among other types of exercise, can help to control your breathing during times of stress, as well as increases blood flow to various parts of your body.

Have more tips on how a specialized fitness program can help beat your holiday stress? Leave it in a comment below!

6 Heart Healthy Tips for Using Up Leftover Pumpkin

Find out some heart healthy uses for this seasonal treat!

Getting overly excited about the fall season happens to the best of us, and at Heart Rate Monitors USA, we know that you have stocked up on all those seasonal treats it has to offer. Our favorite out of all these autumn specialties is – you guessed it – Pumpkin. Whether it’s from a can or still in its natural form, we have some tips on how to use this heart healthy vegetable to your benefit without being wasteful.

  • Mixing pumpkin in with some chickpeas and garlic can result in a healthy, tastier version of traditional hummus.
  • Add pumpkin to your spread, whether it’s butter or margarine, for some extra flavor on a bagel.
  • Partial to a bowl of heart-healthy oatmeal before you start your day? Stir in some pumpkin for a seasonal and weight-friendly taste. Plus – it’s chocked full of vitamins, so it will help to start your day with even more of a kick start!
  • Have a whole pumpkin at your house that hasn’t gone bad yet, but has not quite made the transformation to a Jack-o-Lantern? Dig out the seeds and roast them for a healthy, protein-filled snack.
  • Perhaps you’re looking for an alternative to marinara sauce on your pasta. Try out some pumpkin puree, a bit of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and some skim milk for a delicious and unique way to jazz up a traditional dish.
  • Saving your seeds from the pumpkin you have lying around and planting them for next year is a fun, resourceful, and easy way to recycle.

Have any more heart healthy pumpkin uses for our list? Share it with us in a comment below!

Stay Healthy All Season Long

A refreshing nip in the air and fall foliage all around means that autumn is finally here and in full bloom.  The holidays are right around the corner but so is flu season. If you want to keep healthy over the next few months, consider these helpful tips:

fall health tips

  • Stay active! Being regularly active is an amazing immunity booster. There’s no better time to strap on that heart rate monitor and lace up those running shows than during the fall. The weather is brisk, the scenery beautiful, and now is the time to enjoy the great outdoors before snow shows its ugly head.
  • Get enough rest! Not necessarily a tip that’s restricted just to the autumn season, but getting proper amounts of rest is the key to having a strong immune system all year long.
  • If you’re prone to catching the flu, consider a flue vaccination. Flu vaccines are especially important for children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions.
  • Think smart when the holidays roll around! It’s easy to over-do it with food and drinks, but gaining weight can wreak havoc on your immune system. Counteract holiday treats with regular exercise!
  • Get your fill of sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are the perfect super food for the colder seasons. Full of antioxidants; phytochemicals, vitamins C and E, folate, calcium, copper, iron and potassium, these delicious treats will help keep your immunity strong.

What Do You Know about the GoPro Hero 3+?

GoPro Hero 3+ action camera

Learn about how the GoPro Hero 3+ action camera can join you on your adventures!

We know a lot about the awesome, interactive camera, the GoPro Hero 3+, but what do you know about it? Heart Rate Monitors USA has the facts on what makes this camera just as active as you are, so you can take it wherever you go!

So what is the GoPro Hero 3+ Action camera?

Think about all the cool stuff you see out on your runs, bike rides, or any other outdoor expeditions. The GoPro action camera can go with you and capture of all the excitement you see while you’re out on your adventure. Not only is this camera made for those who like to be adventurous, it also comes with a waterproof housing case and an adhesive mount to place on your helmet, bike, canoe, or virtually anything else.

The GoPro Hero 3+ has pretty much everything you’d want out of an ideal travel partner: it takes pictures of the things you can’t, records the awesome events of your ride or excursion, and can be taken pretty much anywhere without being damaged. In addition, this action camera has a wide-angle perspective and a time lapse feature that takes up to 30 frames per second. Not only does it go wherever you go, it can capture the things that are harder to catch on a regular camera.

What kinds of accessories are meant for the GoPro Hero 3+?

You can get a wrist accessory to house the camera on your arm while you cycle down the trail, or you can get a Floaty Backdoor device to place the camera on while you’re in the water. Whatever kinds of accessories you need to get the shot you’ve been dying for, our accessories selection for the GoPro Hero 3+ have almost anything you’d need.

Want to see our full collection of GoPro action cameras? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Heart Rate Monitors To Keep You A “Head” Of Your Fitness Goals

When you use a heart rate monitor from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, it’s as if your monitor eventually becomes part of you! Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

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National Kale Day: How this Leafy Green Can Help You Be Heart Healthy


Healthy eating or not, there’s one green vegetable that can make your life better: kale. In honor of today, National Kale Day, we have some of the most heart healthy benefits for you so that you can kick off October the right way!

  • Not only is this tasty superfood a treat for many, but it is also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Kale is filled with iron, which is an essential for your blood’s health. Actually, kale has more iron per serving than beef. This is also good for your heart too, keeping it in tip-top shape with the best blood pumping through it.
  •  It’s a great snack for when you’re feeling a little low on energy. Since it’s pumped full of fiber, Kale can keep you full for a longer period of time.
  • Not only does kale make a great, healthy snack, but it also helps to fight inflammation throughout your body. This comes in handy if you suffer from arthritis, Crohn’s disease or any other IBD, and asthma.
  • Kale has high levels of Vitamin K, which help to prevent blood clotting. This is especially healthy for your heart to keep it pumping regularly, efficiently, and without any problems.
  • This delicious green vegetable has more vitamin C per serving than an orange. So when you’re feeling like you may be getting a cold, take the kale over the citrus!

Want more heart healthy facts and recipes? Visit our blog today at blog.heartratemonitorsusa.com!