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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:

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  • 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+?

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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!

Get Active This Fall!

Fall fitness| Heart Rate MonitorsSummer has come and gone, for the most part at least. Did you know that the fall is the perfect time to start a fitness program? Beginning a fall fitness program helps create good habits that can prepare you for the upcoming holiday season, and long winter months. Here are a few great tips to get in shape before New Year’s Eve!

  • Take advantage of the cooler weather! Exercising outdoors during the colder months not only gets you out of the house, but it’s significantly more comfortable to do outdoor exercise in the fall then during the dog days of summer. Consider picking up new hobbies, like kayaking, hiking or even cycling. Not only will you have fun doing these activities, but the fall scenery will make it even better.
  • Fall is notorious for bringing new seasons of everyone’s favorite television shows. If you are a die-hard television watcher, consider being an active watcher. During commercial breaks consider running in place, do pushups, or even lift weights. Who said you can’t get fit by watching TV?
  • When running in the cooler water, consider dressing in layers. Not only will you keep warm, but you’ll burn more calories and get your heart rate up! Don’t forget to bring along your heart rate monitor to closely monitor your progress.
  • Most importantly, keep motivated! The days may get shorter, but by staying motivated and active, you can finally meet your resolution before New Year’s Eve is even here!

Fitbit: Combining Fitness Technology with Medicine

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The Fitbit heart rate monitor is not only an impressive tool to help reach your fitness goals, but these small devices are taking heart rate monitoring one step further! According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, many physicians are using the Fitbit as a tool to monitor their treatment of patients who have undergone heart surgery. By using the Fitbit to monitor heart surgery patients, physicians can help closely monitor the heart rate of these patients as well as customize their treatment.

fitbit saves livesDue to the wireless capabilities of the Fitbit, physicians are able to easily monitor the mobility of heart surgery patients, allowing them to discharge patients instead of keep them in a nursing facility. The study showed that patients discharged from the hospital with the Fitbit walked more steps than those who stayed under nursing care.  The benefits of using the Fitbit to monitor heart patients can help make tremendous changes in the treatment of these patients. Because of the software integration the Fitbit allows for real time updates that can be easily read and accessed anywhere!

The Fitbit just might be transforming the way physicians approach post-heart surgery treatment for their patients. At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we love seeing health and technology come together to help promote a greater good. If you’re looking for a reliable physical tracker, consider trying the amazing, small, and powerful Fitbit!

The Polar Loop: What You Need to Know About this Cutting Edge Monitor

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Get the scoop on the new and exclusive activity monitor, the Polar Loop, only from us at HRM USA!

Heart Rate Monitors USA is excited to announce the very new, cutting edge activity monitor by Polar, the Polar Loop. Not only are we the first to have it, but we also have the scoop on what makes this activity monitor a cut above the rest.

The Polar Loop: Smart, Innovative and the First of Its Kind

So what exactly makes the Polar Loop cutting edge? This small, wrist activity monitor is designed so you can wear it 24 hours a day and track all your activity. When we say all activity, we mean all activity: from your daily workout at the gym to your rest at night. This powerful bracelet can track up to 12 days of important activity data, as well as give you the right feedback on where you should be improving so you can life a healthy, full life.

The Polar Loop includes the following features:

  • A detailed activity guide showing your periods of rest, as well as points in your day where you’re the most active and the least active.
  • Feedback on how to improve upon your physical activity. The Polar Loop acts as a fitness coach, giving you practical advice on how to increase your activity rates the right way, as well as tips on how to reach your fitness goals faster.
  • Activity zones, which are five intensity levels that the Polar Loop tracks your activity at throughout the day.
  • Counts calories and steps, while giving you recommendations on how to improve.
  • Allows you to wirelessly sync your data through the Polar Flow mobile app
  • Provides a Training Diary, or a summary of your workouts, to show your progress and areas of improvement over time.

Other features:

  • Waterproof & custom-fit bracelet
  • Data can be transferred through many different outlets
  • A rechargeable battery with a 5-day life span (continuous use)

Check out the Polar Loop and other awesome, ground-breaking activity monitors today only at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Fun New Ways to Stay in Shape and Get Healthy

Sure any type of exercise is beneficial to your physical and mental health, but sometimes the same boring workouts get stale. How many more times can you hear the thud of your sneakers hitting a treadmill before you get bored by the same routine? At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we support those who go out and try new and exciting workouts! Below are a few new ways to get exercise, and turn your boring workout into a new adventure:

Lace your shoes, set your heart rate monitor, and get going!

  • Belly Dancing: This amazing low impact workout has proven effective for toning the core, arms and legs. Comprised of low impact body movements that include hip drops, rolls and pivots, the movements help engage your abs, neck, spine, pelvis and trunk! Great for improving posture, muscle tone and weight loss! Belly dancing is perfect for both men and women!
  • Antigravity Yoga: This exciting take on the very beneficial yoga workout consists of calisthenics, gymnastics, yoga, acrobatics and Pilates. Tone muscle, lose weight and gain flexibility while performing antigravity yoga in a hammock-like device!
  • Piloxing: Combining Pilates and kick boxing, Piloxing is an exciting and high intensity full body workout! Get challenged, get lean, and get active!
  • P90X and Insanity: These two extremely popular Beach Body workouts are designed to get you into the best shape of your life within 2-3 months! With challenging exercises that rely on muscle confusion, you’ll never get bored!

From organized workouts to daily activities that help keep you healthy, it’s important to get up and move! Strap on that heart rate monitor, lace up your shoes, and find some new ways to stay healthy and fit!