Everyone Up For A Challenge?

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Beth Hartman

Looks like everyone is “Stepping Up” to take the Fitbit Challenge and we at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com are happy to see the excitement building in helping America get fit by walking as many steps as they can.

From the Good Morning America morning show to some of this year’s Fall’s new, TV lineups like American Housewife and Kevin can wait. The Fitbit line of Activity Monitors, are making cameo appearances. On Good Morning America’s, on their “Workout Wednesday” portion of the show, Fitness trainer to the stars, Harley Pasternak, who trains celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry and Katy Perry, and others, led a group of people in a Halloween workout routine named “Scary 7”(Not Really Scary) workout moves to help you get toned and flexible. As part of the snippet, Robyn Roberts promoted the Fitbit activity monitor and Fitbit’s new “Step-It-Up” program. 50 states. 2 weeks. 1 challenge. America, get ready to walk as much as possible. Over the last year, the Surgeon General has been challenging communities across the country to get up and get moving. Today, Fitbit is taking that challenge to the next level by asking everyone to Step It Up and take as many steps as possible from October 13‑26.

The Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy has promoted getting Americans walking more for better health and to help lower the rise in obesity, which is a major problem across our country today, costing millions of Americans extra in health care costs, prescription medicines. He is taking the challenge and is challenging everyone to see if they can Out-Step, him in this heart healthy challenge. As of today, he has already logged 70,414 steps since October 13th, pretty impressive right. But to keep a good track of your progress, you need the right activity tracker or heart rate monitor and where better to get the one that fits your needs then by going to https://www.heartratemonitorsusa.com/collections/fitbit-monitor where you can pick out the one that best fits your tracking needs. We like the Fitbit Charge2,  It not only tracks everything you do but also monitors your heart rate to keep you in the know of how you’re doing. You don’t have to be a fitness expert or top performing athlete to take this challenge, That’s the best part about it. The program is geared to get everyone out and moving and getting themselves in better shape.

You can go to fitbit.com and join the "Step It Up" Fitbit challenge and select Harley as your lead trainer of choice or choose from several top fitness trainers, names you probably know. That choice is yours. The main thing is to be a part of this action driven program to help you, your family and your friends get in shape, be healthier, and get yourself off on the right step to a better, more active lifestyle. Sign up today and don’t forget to track your progress.

At HRM USA, we are all about getting people fit, boosting physical performance, and improving lifestyle. Heart Rate Monitors USA is proud to be one of the most informative resources relating to getting you fit, and offering various wellness tips.



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Keeping Your Pet Fit While You’re Walking Yourself Healthy Too!

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Beth Hartman

It’s 5am and you’re out for your morning walk/run as the case may be. Now that the summer season is behind us, you know that its darker in the morning hours now and getting dark as well after 6pm. If you’re getting a little tired of tracking those steps all by yourself, why not take your dog with you as you get your exercise so that he/she can get theirs as well?

Now if you’ve been a long time reader of our blogs and have purchased health related gear from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com before you know we like to provide you with products and suggestions to help keep you motivated while you’re getting yourself in better shape.

We came across the FitBark from Fitbit and we think it’s time to track your pets state of physical fitness, after all it's the least you can do for man’s best friend! 

The FitBark is a wearable accelerometer (dog pedometer) which you put on your dog’s collar to keep track of their daily activity.
It is simply an activity tracker, so loving pet owners may make sure their dogs are receiving plenty of exercise throughout the day. The great thing about this pet pedometer is that it works 24/7 to track not only your pets activity while he’s/she’s bright eyed and bushy tailed awake but also while their sleeping. Since it works with Bluetooth you can be aware of your pet’s activity levels even when your not the one walking with them. The App allows you or anyone you provide access to, to track and monitor your pets physical activity levels, throughout the day. So if you have a pet walker that takes “Fido” out two or three times a week, you can actually track the time, distance and steps your pet has taken on their daily activity. This is all done with the Fitbit App Journal.

Get new medical and behavioral monitoring insights. Keep an eye on your dog carefully when they are unwell. Track the development of particular problems (e.g. weight loss, osteoarthritis, post-surgical recovery, dermatitis, separation anxiety, etc.) and make better decisions with your veterinarian.
The Fitbark is small and fits comfortably on the collar of dogs of any size. Tibetan mastiffs to Chihuahuas, it’s great for all sizes of animals, simply use a collar not wider than 1.18 inch. It’s also waterproof and rugged and has battery life up to 2 weeks.

So when you’re lacing up your own shoes, to get ready for your morning run, then don’t forget to make sure the Fitbark  is firmly on your pet’s collar and help him get the exercise he/she needs as you get FIT YOURSELF!

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Fitness Trackers – Weight Loss And A Healthier YOU!

Posted on October 04, 2016 by Beth Hartman

Look around today as your walking down the street, shopping, at the office or just stopping in for your morning "Pick Me Up Cup of Coffee". Chances are you’re going to see some sort of fitness tracker on someone’s wrist or maybe clipped on their belt. Fitness is the buzz word today and more and more people are getting them and wearing them. But is it just like people wearing fashionable workout attire? They have to have one because they want to fit in, Get It "Fit" In,  with the people that are deemed the “Cool Ones” and they want to be part of the current trend.
Well if that’s the reason they’re buying Fitness Trackers some merchants are all right with that. After all, that helps their sales bottom line.

But here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com we’d like to think that you’re buying a Fitness Tracker for just that reason, to get YOURSELF in Shape. It’s now October and it won’t be long till you're making your New Year’s resolution again. Scary isn’t it? Well, there are new trackers and heart rate monitors being developed all the time. This year we brought you the new Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch Wrist Based HR and Activity Tracker Not to mention the new Polar M600 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Smart Watch  or we know you’ve heard of Fitbit, which is probably the most popular like of Fitness Trackers this year and last year as well. They also introduced the new Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker HR  and the Fitbit Flex 2 Swim Proof Activity Tracker which is brand new and will be coming out this month. 

The bottom line is here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com we pride ourselves in bringing you the latest products to help you with your lifestyle maintenance program. A healthier you means you're going to be around longer for your family and friends and that makes us happy!

So don’t be that group of people that just wear the newest fitness watch so they can look like they're a part of the healthier fitness throng. Wear them because you want to use them, to get you up to your highest fitness potential!

In the meantime, we here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com will continue to shop around for you, in order to keep bringing you the best tools we can find to keep you reaching for new personal fitness goals. And from time to time we will write some new posts on what we feel can help you and your family and friends with timely articles that cover seasonal happenings that you all can take part in, and that will also work towards keeping you active and healthy.

So take a look at that smart watch, have your reached your daily goal yet??? Well WHY NOT!

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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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