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Find Your Inner Balance with Aurorae Yoga Mats & More at Heart Rate Monitors USA

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Heart Rate Monitors USA is proud to announce the addition of Aurorae yoga mats and accessories to our store. When you’re looking for the best yoga mats guaranteed, Aurorae is the way to go. Even better, Aurorae carries a durable yoga mat that is specifically designed to be used for hot yoga. With the popularity of hot yoga, and the demand for quality yoga hot yoga matsproducts, we’re sure you won’t find a better mat for your hot yoga needs.

The Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat/Towel for hot yoga is a uniquely designed yoga mat that features a deluxe slip free mat-towel combination, eco-safe design, and is highly absorbent and lush for comfort. Even better, the Synergy yoga mat is the 1st product of its kind, and is designed to offer better grip as you sweat during your hot yoga session.

Not only do we proudly carry the Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat, but we also offer a classic yoga mat, as well as the unique Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga Mat. We also carry yoga blocks, yoga straps, towels, back packs, and yoga spray mists from Aurorae. When it comes to finding your inner balance, and you demand quality, check out Aurorae yoga products at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Glutes

GlutesDown near your buttocks exists the king of all gluteal muscles, the magnificent and royal gluteus maximus! We all know about our glutes, and probably even put them through strenuous amounts of squats, lunges and dead lifts, but there are things you don’t know about your glutes. Here are 5 true (not really) facts about your glutes!

  1. With every squat or lunge, your glutes become more and more powerful. Eventually, your glutes can get so strong; you have to wear custom pants just to contain their sheer muscularity and strength. Normal pants often rip just my merely touching defined and rock hard glutes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  2. Back in the Victorian era, a man once worked out his glutes so often that his body was consumed by his muscles, and all that was lift was a well-defined buttocks. The man’s name was Sir Gluteus Maximus, hence where the scientific name for glutes comes from.
  3. Defined glutes equal power! Some of our most powerful leaders had extremely well-defined glutes. You may not have seen them, because it’s illegal for a powerful leader to show off their beautiful glutes, as to not cause anarchy throughout their governed nation.
  4. Your glutes are the body’s largest and most powerful muscle group. With great power comes great responsibility, so always use your glutes safely and in open spaces.
  5. Legislature is currently underway to make it a must for people with defined glutes to wear a warning label on their behinds. Because of the sheer power of glutes, it’s important that everyone knows that they may be in danger.

How to Start a Walking Contest at Your Workplace

How to Start a Walking Contest at Your Workplace

Find out how to start a walking program and contest with your coworkers, and commit to wellness!

Looking to get yourself in shape and want to rally others around you for support? Start a walking program or contest at your workplace! Walking not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, but it’s also a great stress reliever during the work day. Heart Rate Monitors USA has some great tips on how to get your coworkers to walk with you, and maybe even stir up some healthy competition along the way!

  • Start by setting a goal or working with your HR department to determine a prize – whether it’s an actual, physical prize or time off from work. Whoever walks the most wins the prize!
  • Set a time of day –whether it’s a scheduled break or your lunch – to get together and walk.
  • Make sure that you’re tracking your distance each day: either through a pedometer or a heart rate monitor, or just by where you walk (if it’s outside).
  • Progressively increase the amount of walking you do each day.
  • Have a weekly roundup of the amount of miles walked – you can try doing this by team, or by the individual. Then – plot them out on a scoreboard. This increases the competitiveness of the competition, and shows your progress throughout the week.

Have any more tips on how to start a walking program in your workplace? Share it in a comment below!

Boost Your Immunity with these with these Tips

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Find out seven different ways to stay healthy during cold & flu season!

The winter flu and cold season have your immune system kicked? At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we want you to stay on the right track with healthy living – including the health of your immune system. That’s why we have some great tips on how to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, so you can enjoy the winter season!

  • Remember take your vitamins every day. Your levels of Vitamin D naturally decrease in the winter time because there is less natural light, so help to boost this vitamin – as well as others essential to your immune system.
  • Extra sleep is essential. Rest is required for your immune system to function properly.
  • Make sure that you’re getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day. They’re chocked full of antioxidants and minerals to help fight off these seasonal illnesses.
  • Getting in your daily workout can help to keep your immune system working properly as well. A 30 minute workout of vigorous activity is a lifesaver in more ways than one!
  • Get your flu shot (if possible). Many pharmacies and clinics offer free flu shots to people during this time of year. However, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not sick when you go to get it because it may heighten your chances of getting the flu.
  • Washing your hands after every time you come in contact with your mouth, nose, and after you use the restroom is very important this time of year. Getting rid of these germs can prevent you from getting sick or if you’re already ill, spreading it to others.
  • Make sure you’re cleaning areas of your living space frequently – like your bathroom, kitchen, and door handles.  This will also help to stop the spreading of germs.

Have any more tips on how to keep your immune system in great shape during the cold season? Leave it with us in a comment below!

Hit the Asphalt!

Do you often wonder how people can love running as much as they do? Maybe you’ve tried it before and couldn’t get yourself into the groove. You might find yourself asking “what is the appeal of strapping on a heart rate monitor and running like a fool?” Well, if you never really experienced the pleasure and benefits of running, it’s time you gave it another shot! Not only is running physically beneficial, but it has mental and spiritual qualities as well. Try these simple steps to help you get out on the asphalt and change your perception of running for once and for all.

  1. Stop saying you can’t run! If you constantly doubt your ability to run, you won’t ever do it. Start out slow and work yourself into a running regimen at your own pace. Try to beat your personal records every day, and eventually you’ll be a running machine. Beliefs create reality, so it’s important to stop doubting yourself and your ability, before your doubts trump your actual potential. There’s a runner somewhere deep inside, it’s time to let them out.
  2. Running can be uncomfortable, but rid yourself of the idea that it is. Of course there is some pain that is associated with running, but you can push through it and see the positive. Every time you run you’ll experience less and less pain, and that uncomfortable feeling will turn into a comfortable and familiar feeling that you might even grow to love! Remember that classic phrase, “no pain, no gain.”
  3. Don’t let your mood get the best of you! With every type of workout, everyone sometimes isn’t in the “mood” to work out. Never let this be an excuse for not running. Running has the amazing ability to uplift you and change your mood for the better. Don’t believe it? Try it yourself and see.

Easy Healthy Tips to Get You Going Before Work

Many people prefer to get workouts done in the earliest part of the day before breakfast, before work, and before the sun even rises. However, many people can’t find the motivation or the time to get their workout in first thing in the morning. There are many advantages to morning workouts, as they can reduce stress, increase energy, maximize your metabolism, and keep you feeling great throughout the day. What if there were other healthy things you could do in the morning that don’t require too much time? Consider trying this tips and tricks when the alarm clock goes off and before you’re in the car for work!

  • Put down the coffee and try warm lemon water! Warming up water and adding lemon activates digestion which will jumpstart your day for the better. Even better, it tastes great!
  • You don’t have to strap on your heart rate monitor and run a marathon first thing in the morning to benefit from morning physical activity, but it is important to move a little! Consider minor stretching in the morning, a quick yoga session, or a quick run around the blog, just to relieve stress and clear your mind for the day.
  • Start out your day in a positive way. Try meditating to clear your mind and prepare for the day ahead. Meditation will not only improve your mind, but reduce built up stress.
  • Eat breakfast! Your mom was right all of those years. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Filling yourself up with fiber and protein in the morning is a great way to ensure you don’t over eat or snack on bad foods throughout the day.

Instead of pulling the covers over your head when your alarm clock goes off, try adding these steps to your morning routine!

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.