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September Is Healthy Aging® Month

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Beth Hartman

As you know, we at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com are all into getting you healthy and fit. That goes also for your overall well-being.  There is no reason as you grow a little older each year that you need to act like your getting older.  Below are some tips on how you can keep a positive outlook on those golden years and for those not yet pushing 40, you also can benefit from these tips as it never hurts to gain a little fore-knowledge on what is just around the corner, remember it’s going to happen to all of us.  Read on, read on….

Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine, “it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion, or hobby.”

Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Now in its second decade, Worthington says September is Healthy Aging® Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 40 - 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well-being.

This is a great opportunity for everyone that is starting to think about how things are going to be as they age. “Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do. Who says you have to do something related to what you studied in school? Who says, you can’t become an entrepreneur, start your own home business later in life, test your physical prowess, or do something wildly different from anything you’ve done before? Only that person you see in the mirror can hold you back!

10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during “September Is Healthy Aging® Month”:

Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 30? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip:  Don’t keep looking in the mirror, Just FEEL IT!)

Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day, especially at work or talking about family issues. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)

Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers. Not only that, but it takes less effort to put on a smile than to have a frown on your face all day long!)

Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)

Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)  Why not start tracking just how much your walking now?  Try the new Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate & Activity Tracker from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com   and give yourself the motivation you need to keep taking those steps not only today but every day.

How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)

Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, Take a class, Invite someone to meet you for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)

Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!) If you do have a dog, and they are great companions and you need to care about their health and the exercise they are getting just like you do yourself so why not get them their own pedometer.  That’s right we have a pedometer for dogs too, its called the Fitbark from Fitbit (https://www.heartratemonitorsusa.com/products/fitbark?variant=26511036806) This way, your keeping track not only of your own goals but with the data from your dog’s activity tracker you have an ongoing chart that you can give to your vet on it’s next appointment. How great is that?

Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while. 

Take a Course: Improve your mind, research keeps telling us that to keep ourselves mentally sharp as well as keeping our bodies fit, we should challenge our minds as well.  Most local high schools promote evening classes for adults on a multitude of subjects. Everything to learning basic CSS to basic dog grooming tips and How to protect yourself.  Take advantage of these great classes and they are also a great way to get out and meet new people and develop a new circle of friends.

The above are just a few tips on how you can shake off that getting older feeling and embrace the world around you.  Keep active, go for a run or just a walk but the more you embrace a healthier, younger you the better you will feel for years to come!

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Tracking Your Children’s Steps Back To School

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Beth Hartman

We live in an age surrounded by screens, iPads, Laptops, Televisions, video games and of course the smartphones. As we surround ourselves with technology, our kids have become less active. Gone are the days where they would race home from school and they hurry to get to their bikes or rollerblades to play non-stop outside until dinner time.

However, with the Summer Olympics just past, some excitement has been generated by those athletes that have transcended down to our children. Now they have seen what being in shape and being dedicated to a sport can achieve for them if they commit to it.

One great way to help keep that interest going is by getting them a pedometer. The school season is now upon us with the passing of the summer and by motivating your children to keep track of their steps each day you can encourage them to keep on track and maybe even work their way up from a regular, reliable pedometer like the Pedusa 799 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer  To an overall Activity Tracker like the WeGo Relay Activity Monitor and Sleep Tracker   That can provide them with more detailed fitness results as they increase their levels of activity and can keep them motivated by using its “Join We Go” App." Nothing motivates a young fitness buff then providing them with viewable graphs and data to show them at what level they are at and what they need to do to get to the next level.

Now that the spark is there we all know that our children learn best from what they observe. So why not make an example for them of you also embracing a healthier, more active lifestyle. Learning does not always need to be centered on books or videos in a building. Take advantage of the summer to fall outdoor season’s and plan some day trips centered on walking with your children to discover the history of the state you live in. There are always suggestions that abound at your states visitor’s websites and they go from county to county. There is no reason why you cannot make learning about the area you live in, interesting to your family and more enjoyable as you discover some of the little-known places of interest as you uncover them with your family.

So don’t just rely on the teachers to make learning meaningful to your kids, take them by the hand yourself and strap on your own pedometer and get out there and enjoy learning about your own state's history. If you need some help, just click on this link http://www.theus50.com/fastfacts/tourism.php and it will take you to a site that provides the URL’s for all of the 50 states in one easy to use area.

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of all the local lore and get the family out and about and in no time, you’ll not only be learning about the places you live in but getting healthier doing it!




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9 Habits That Could Be Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

Posted on September 08, 2016 by Beth Hartman

As Summer begins to wane, the Fall and Winter seasons are right around the corner. You may be coming off of an active and fun summer season, but you want to continue that active lifestyle right through the Fall and Winter months. 

Getting into a consistent workout routine is a great way to kick start your new healthy you, but it's not the only component of getting fit. Being healthy is a lifestyle, and there are a number of habits that can actually work against your fitness goals, even if they seem innocent enough. Knowing what little tweaks to make to your daily habits can help improve your overall health and help you truly reach those fitness goals once and for all.

These changes won't happen overnight, but if you are aware of what is sabotaging your efforts, you can take the proper steps to get to where you need to be. "Make small, minor changes in your lifestyle and take your time to really master those habits," says strength and conditioning coach, functional medicine practitioner, and sports nutritionist Brandon Mentore . You need to adopt a new lifestyle but do it slowly and convert your current way of living a lifestyle of fitness. The more gradual you are, the more achievable, maintainable, and sustainable your fitness goals will be.

A good place to begin is to look at your overall lifestyle and ditch those harmful activities. If you want to kick your health and wellness up a notch, consider ditching these nine habits that can actually work against your fitness goals.

1. Not Eating Enough
If you're working out harder, you're going to need to eat more as well. "Seriously increasing your fitness intensity and/or duration is going to require a rebalancing of your calorie intake," says health coach Liza Baker over email. "Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These foods are full of micronutrients, water, and fiber, all of which keep your body functioning at an optimal level."

2. Overdoing It
"If you decide to get in shape and work out intensely for an hour after never working out, you will run the risk of injury or be so sore the next day that it will be impossible to be consistent," says Baker. "Not taking an occasional break can be just as damaging — our bodies need rest! That said, you should always be trying to gradually increase the number of times you work out a week, how long you work out, and with what intensity you work out."

3. Not Getting Enough Sleep
"Getting by on 4 to 5 hours of sleep is incredibly damaging to your body even when you're not working out," says Baker. Not only will you feel tired and fatigued, which could discourage you from working out, but not sleeping enough can also increase your cravings for junk food, according to research from St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University. Remember, sleep, like food is necessary for your body to function correctly. When your exercising, your taxing your body to make it work harder then it might be used to. This is how you get in shape and lose the weight. So make sure your getting the right amount of sleep each night. You may find it helpful to turn that tv. off by 10pm instead of watching your favorite late night talk show hosts.

4. Drinking A Lot
We all love a good happy hour, but drinking in excess can hamper your fitness goals. It can lead to muscle cramping, poorer sleep, and excess hunger and craving for junk foods, according to Shape.  Try substituting sparkling water or try a cranberry spritzer when your out with your friends.  It's a nice change up from the regular fare and you can always offer to be the designated driver for your friends so you can all get home safely. 

5. Doing What's Trendy
A juice cleanse might be the latest craze, but it doesn't mean it's actually going to benefit you. "What's good for everyone else isn't always good for you," says Mentore. "There's a point at which following the crowd and doing what they do to reach their fitness goals can actually be detrimental." Figure out what works best for your body, and don't just follow blindly what people do on the social networks.

6. Having A Bad Mindset
"It's OK to be skeptical and even pessimistic if you haven't been able to reach your goals in the past," says Mentore. "However, if you're going to make a go at it, you have to have a positive mindset or at least an appropriate commitment to your goal or it will never work."  Try and make sure the goals you're setting for yourself are achievable and not just wishing on a star. You can always make a new goal for yourself, once you've conquered your initial one!

7. Doing The Same Thing Constantly
"Our bodies tend to 'memorize' workouts — after a few weeks of the same routine, we don't have to work as hard to do it," says Baker. This is why it is important not only to 'mix it up' and not do the same workout every day." Same goes for eating the same foods and not incorporating different nutrients.  Think about changing up your walking routine or maybe add a HITT training day amongst your weekly routines. Remember, change is good for you and your body!

8. Not Drinking Enough Water
If you're not drinking enough water, your energy levels aren't going to be where they need to be. Even just mild dehydration can cause fatigue, according to a study from the Journal of Nutrition, and you could also mistake feelings of thirst for feelings of hunger, which may have you turning to extra food when you actually just need water.  Keep that thirst at bey and take an insulated bottle along with you on your workout routines. A bottle like the Klean Kanteen Insulated Bottle is a great choice that will stand up to any test you want to put it through and will still supply you with the hydration you need whether it be just plain water or a drink that is packed full of nutrients and electrolytes. Just like the 
Nuun Energy Hydration Tablets. These tablets will  lift up your energy level and keep you active all day long.

9. Focusing On The Scale
"The scale is probably the number one complication that works against your goals," says Mentore. "Bodyweight in and of itself is a metric of low priority that people place an undeserving high premium on." Your weight will fluctuate, but how you feel about yourself is what should stay consistent. "Instead of focusing on the scale go for feeling fit," he says. "That's a much better metric than being number focused."  I've often left my scale in the closet and rely on my three-month checkup with my Dr. to let me know how I'm doing weight wise.  This way I can keep a positive outlook on just how well I'm doing. Believe me, you will know if you're eating a bit too much and you can then do something about it.

Fitness is about more than just working out, so make sure the rest of your life reflects the healthy lifestyle you desire. This goes along with your social, work-life and most importantly on how you reward yourself for accomplishing a realistic goal.

At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com we like to post meaningful articles that can help you help yourself. Sometimes we are fortunate to run across health-related information that we like to pass along to you. Even though we are an e-retailer, the products that we promote are always based on being able to help you help yourself get fitter and healthier. So we hope to continue to bring you relative information that will benefit you as you strive to improve your own healthier you!

Portions of this information were provided by Carina Wolff

 

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Take Your Training To The Next Level With The New Fitbit Charge 2

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Beth Hartman

The summer Olympics of 2016 from Rio may be just over but if you’re looking to get your own fitness level up to that of an Olympian, you may want to check out the new Fitbit Charge 2. It’s the latest and greatest Fitbit developed to maximize your workout sessions while getting up to the moment heart readings as you push yourself to your limits, all without the restricting feeling of wearing a chest strap.

Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a professional athlete, this innovative wearable technology acts as the “Ghost You” you have meant to compete with to maximize your performance and optimize you're fitness. Fitbit Charge 2 is specially tailored with some cutting-edge features like the PurePulse® heart rate monitor, which makes it easy to track your cardio fitness levels and get the most out of your workouts. The PurePulse® feature lets you check real-time heart rate to ensure you’re giving the right amount of intensity during workouts. The PurePulse® feature lets you maximizes your training by using simplified heart rate zones to tailor your workouts on the spot and make the most of your training time. And while your heart is at rest, you can track just how well you are doing as it measures this important health indicator.

When you are done for the day, your Fitbit Charge 2 is still working for you. The all-day activity tracking and auto sleep tracking feature, allows you to gather the necessary data on how your daily routine added up, which also includes monitoring your sleep too. Proper sleep is an important indicator of overall good health; therefore Fitbit Charge 2 automatically tracks your sleep to learn about your sleeping patterns.

If you’re a “Fitness Data Fanatic”, The “SmartTrack” feature enables you to record your workouts select exercises automatically and monitor real-time workout stats on a large screen. With a plethora of next-generation features and a stylish look, the Fitbit Charge 2 offers everything you need to perk up your fitness levels.

Remember, we mentioned above about training yourself up to an Olympian level, well that also means you need to get the proper rest periods in as well. The Fitbit Charge 2 provides you with monitored, “Breathing Sessions” The Charge 2 allows you to take out some “ME” time to calm yourself down. Personalized guided breathing regimens play on the display and prompts you through relaxing breathing sessions. It tracks your real-time heart rate using the PurePulse® technology and then shows 2-5 minutes guided breathing sessions to help you relax.

You’re not only going to be in the best shape you can be with this state of the art activity watch but you’re going to look good while you’re wearing it too. The Fitbit Charge 2 perfectly combines exceptional functionally and high-end style. A textured and comfortable leather band paired with interchangeable accessories makes the Fitbit Charge 2 just irresistible. Go with the textured band while you workout and then switch to the classic leather bands for the rest of the day. The Fitbit Charge 2 will keep you fit, and in style.

So tell me, just what are you waiting for. Click on this LINK to purchase the Fitbit Charge 2 and treat yourself to the Best "Training Coach" that sits right on your wrist, get it today from the on-line fitness store you have come to know and trust HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com

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6 Health Benefits Of Adding Just 1,000 Extra Steps A Day

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Beth Hartman

You've probably heard that logging 10,000 steps daily can help you control your weight and keep you healthy. But if you have an office job, spend a lot of time driving, or are constantly pressed for time, shooting for that number can seem overwhelming—if not downright impossible. Should you resign yourself to being a couch potato/desk jockey? Hardly!

While getting 10,000 steps (or more) is a great goal, upping your current activity level by just a little—say, an additional 1,000 steps—has solid health perks, say experts. What's more, almost anyone can tack on this seemingly small amount of movement by just doing a few common place lifestyle changes…. If you really want to that is.

Take a second to ponder the math, and you'll see that it really does add up: 1,000 steps clocks out to about half a mile, which works out to an extra 365,000 steps a year. That's nearly 180 miles of extra movement, and it will absolutely change the way you look and feel. Now remember, like anything that matters, you need to track your activity and since we are talking steps, why not strap on one of the most popular activity trackers that have become almost a standard in the fitness world. Check out the Fitbit Charge Heart Rate Activity Band.
With no need of a chest-strap, the Fitbit Charge captures your readings and sends them along for accurate results. So now you can get a handle on just how long it’s going to take you to bank those 1000 steps.

Here are some of the perks that come with moving just a little more:

1. Your heart won't have to work so hard.
"Simply going from being sedentary to engaging in even modest levels of activity dramatically improves your health and begins decreasing your risk of heart disease," says Michele Olson, PhD, a professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery. Movement makes your muscles better able to pump blood throughout the body, so your heart rate comes down.

2. You'll slash your stroke risk.
Extra activity directly reduces your chances of having a stroke. It also helps keep your blood pressure in check—which further reduces your stroke risk. Double win! You won’t get those results sitting back in your office chair looking at your computer screen, now will you?

3. Your cholesterol levels may improve.
Got high LDL, the "bad" kind of cholesterol? Taking an extra 1,000 steps a day may be enough to make a difference. "When you move more, you burn up cholesterol and other lipids in your bloodstream so they have less of a chance of invading and damaging your blood vessels," explains Olson. So it’s that kind of incentive that should have you taking those 1000 steps and hopefully 9,000 more each day!

4. You'll stress less.
Taking a short, brisk walk may really be the best way to clear your head and lift yourself out of a funk. The physiological reason is twofold: When you exercise, your body produces feel-good chemicals called endorphins-(You Know This). Physical activity also cuts levels of cortisol—a stress hormone that can make you feel lousy and raise your risk of a slew of mental and physical health problems.

5. Your bones will get stronger.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, any type of weight-bearing activity can strengthen your skeleton and fight osteoporosis. Why? Placing weight on your bones makes them work harder. That pressure stimulates cells called osteoblasts, which can turn into new brand-new bone cells.

6. You may lose weight.
OK, so you probably won't shed a ton quickly, but over time there's a payoff. Taking an extra 10,000 steps means you'll torch about 50 more calories a day, or 350 a week, says Nadya Swedan, MD, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. "In about 10 weeks, you'll be able to notice any pounds you've started to drop.
To reap any—or all—of these benefits, you'll need to make extra activity a regular thing. "A thousand additional steps a day really add up, but consistency is key," says Pasternak. Some easy ways to make it a habit include; snagging the furthest (rather than closest) parking spot to your office door, marching around while you're talking on the phone, and ditching your coffee pot so you have to walk to a local shop for your morning cup.

Now the above are just a few examples of what you can do and why you should be taking at least those 1,000 steps each day. But again, you really want to look at getting more physical activity built into your day and that really is all about you.

You know walking is good for you, it’s probably one of the most inexpensive forms of exercise you can do to help yourself get in better shape. So what are you waiting for? Strap on those walking shoes and head on out the door to get your paper, and I don’t mean just by walking down to the end of the driveway. Go ahead and take a walk to that local paper-shop, or convenience store, but DON’T buy a cinnamon bun along with that paper… Walking with a healthy diet in mind will be a post for another day.

 

 

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