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Labor Day, The Last Picnic Hurrah? Or Another Reason To Cave On Your Healthy Plans?

Yep, it’s hard to believe but Labor Day, 2018 is just about here. In fact, it’s this coming Monday. For a LOT of people, Labor Day signals the end of summer. It’s also, for most people the day that they want to end their summer party season with a bang. This means, lots of food, from the traditional Hot dogs and Hamburgers to steaks, pulled pork, slow smoked barbecue and all those delicious sides and summertime deserts. Yes, a Labor Day cookout, family gathering or just getting all the friends together for one last summer bash puts paid to the phrase “Party Hearty”! And don’t forget all that liquid refreshment, some with alcohol, some with just plain old tremendous amounts of added sugar. Did I mention the word soda?? Always a great idea to have a cooler loaded with ice and bottled water to help slack everyone’s thirst, especially if that September sun makes you feel like its still August!

Well, having a Labor Day cookout/get-together is fine. Just keep things in perspective. Especially if you’re the one that has been trying to be fit and healthy all this year. You don’t want to blow it in one day, with trying to ingest all those summertime foods that seem to disappear once the Football season-pre-games start to appear in your tv’s schedule lineup, right?

As always, moderation is the key to everything. No one is saying that you can’t indulge in a pork-barbecue sandwich with a side of potato salad if you really want one. No sirree! But the important thing to keep in mind as your walking around that picnic table loaded with all that Labor Day party food, that keeping a reign on piling that plate full of food is something that after all the guests go home, you're going to feel pretty good about yourself.

One piece of advice on how to handle all that delicious, tempting, picnic fare, is handling it the same you would be doing at the upcoming holiday season, in regards to indulging in holiday fare. Take your plate and hit the salad items first. Selecting various vegetables and fruits prior to that potato and macaroni salads can curb that appetite down a bit. After all, remember those family members and friends that you may not have had the opportunity to see for a while. It’s easy to meander around with a plate of veggies in your hand while you catch up on everything they did over the summer. Once you’ve done the requirements of catching up with everyone, then you can head on over to the grill and select your favorites. After all, cookout foods are everyone’s favorites, I know my mouth waters when I think about sampling a nice slice of steak or savoring that sauce from a nice rib.

So, keeping things in perspective as you enjoy your food is that eating slowly, again, keeping up with all the conversations that are going on while the food is being passed along can keep you from refilling that plate, time and time again. And you’re really going to have a great time in hearing all the latest gossip from cousin Mark and hearing about your sister-in-law, talk about the savings she made in buying “Back to School” things for little Becky.

Now, to dial up that Labor Day picnic a notch, after the meal, before everyone sags into their chairs, get them up and get a backyard volleyball game started. Nothing says summertime cookout fun than getting everyone moving and enjoying some fun-time memories in the making by playing some outdoor games. And with everyone having a phone nowadays, you can be sure there will be a lot of pictures taken of those last-minute saves or spikes that made your brother Harry sprawl on the ground as he misses that ball 😊

Getting everyone active after, or even before that meal, can go a long way to boosting up everyone’s metabolism, so it can go a long way of helping everyone both digest that food and even help them to burn a few calories, at the same time, of course, that depends on how active they tend to be.

And if there are going to be children at the party, which as everyone knows makes the whole holiday worthwhile! Why not get together with their parents before the holiday and order a few children level activity monitors. This way you can get them interested in being more active than just telling them to get off the couch and put the video games or smartphones away as they stay riveted to their “Candy Crush” game or “Clash of the Titans”. One kid-friendly monitor that exceeds expectations, and allows the parents to view just how active their children have been is the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 : Kid's Interactive Activity Tracker  Parents can manage their kid’s activity tracker by using the free app. Add multiple children, and see their steps, sleep, daily activities and chore data when it syncs to your mobile device.
Assign tasks and chores, set schedule alerts, find out how many reward coins each child has, access adventures, and even invite the whole family to compete in daily step challenges together, all from your mobile device.

And after the party, the Vivo-fit Jr. can still spike their interest by having them work towards continuing to be active every day with magical adventures. Every day that the kids meet their 60-minute activity goals, they advance in the kid-friendly adventure of their choice! You can choose between Mickey’s Birthday Surprise, Ultron’s Revenge: A Marvel Avengers Mission, or BB-8’s Adventure: A Star Wars Story. So, there is no reason for them NOT to be active, now and even as the season continues to change.

The main point in all of this is to be able to enjoy that Labor Day end to summer gathering, without feeling like you just dropped a bomb on your year of being good, both eating and fitness wise.

So, get your plans laid for marking off that volleyball court on the grass, lime works best for marking off the lines. I know that from experience. And then make sure you have enough fixings for those other people that are looking to eat a little healthier for the holiday. Turkey burgers, lean turkey sausages, and some whole wheat buns can help them and you out.

From All of us here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, Happy Labor Day, enjoy it, We will be doing the same!

 

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Yep, it’s hard to believe but Labor Day, 2018 is just about here. In fact, it’s this coming Monday. For a LOT of people, Labor Day signals the end of summer. It’s also, for most people the day that they want to end their summer party season with a bang. This means, lots of food, from the traditional Hot dogs and Hamburgers to steaks, pulled pork, slow smoked barbecue and all those delicious sides and summertime deserts. Yes, a Labor Day cookout, family gathering or just getting all the friends together for one last summer bash puts paid to the phrase “Party Hearty”! And don’t forget all that liquid refreshment, some with alcohol, some with just plain old tremendous amounts of added sugar. Did I mention the word soda?? Always a great idea to have a cooler loaded with ice and bottled water to help slack everyone’s thirst, especially if that September sun makes you feel like its still August!

Well, having a Labor Day cookout/get-together is fine. Just keep things in perspective. Especially if you’re the one that has been trying to be fit and healthy all this year. You don’t want to blow it in one day, with trying to ingest all those summertime foods that seem to disappear once the Football season-pre-games start to appear in your tv’s schedule lineup, right?

As always, moderation is the key to everything. No one is saying that you can’t indulge in a pork-barbecue sandwich with a side of potato salad if you really want one. No sirree! But the important thing to keep in mind as your walking around that picnic table loaded with all that Labor Day party food, that keeping a reign on piling that plate full of food is something that after all the guests go home, you're going to feel pretty good about yourself.

One piece of advice on how to handle all that delicious, tempting, picnic fare, is handling it the same you would be doing at the upcoming holiday season, in regards to indulging in holiday fare. Take your plate and hit the salad items first. Selecting various vegetables and fruits prior to that potato and macaroni salads can curb that appetite down a bit. After all, remember those family members and friends that you may not have had the opportunity to see for a while. It’s easy to meander around with a plate of veggies in your hand while you catch up on everything they did over the summer. Once you’ve done the requirements of catching up with everyone, then you can head on over to the grill and select your favorites. After all, cookout foods are everyone’s favorites, I know my mouth waters when I think about sampling a nice slice of steak or savoring that sauce from a nice rib.

So, keeping things in perspective as you enjoy your food is that eating slowly, again, keeping up with all the conversations that are going on while the food is being passed along can keep you from refilling that plate, time and time again. And you’re really going to have a great time in hearing all the latest gossip from cousin Mark and hearing about your sister-in-law, talk about the savings she made in buying “Back to School” things for little Becky.

Now, to dial up that Labor Day picnic a notch, after the meal, before everyone sags into their chairs, get them up and get a backyard volleyball game started. Nothing says summertime cookout fun than getting everyone moving and enjoying some fun-time memories in the making by playing some outdoor games. And with everyone having a phone nowadays, you can be sure there will be a lot of pictures taken of those last-minute saves or spikes that made your brother Harry sprawl on the ground as he misses that ball 😊

Getting everyone active after, or even before that meal, can go a long way to boosting up everyone’s metabolism, so it can go a long way of helping everyone both digest that food and even help them to burn a few calories, at the same time, of course, that depends on how active they tend to be.

And if there are going to be children at the party, which as everyone knows makes the whole holiday worthwhile! Why not get together with their parents before the holiday and order a few children level activity monitors. This way you can get them interested in being more active than just telling them to get off the couch and put the video games or smartphones away as they stay riveted to their “Candy Crush” game or “Clash of the Titans”. One kid-friendly monitor that exceeds expectations, and allows the parents to view just how active their children have been is the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 : Kid's Interactive Activity Tracker  Parents can manage their kid’s activity tracker by using the free app. Add multiple children, and see their steps, sleep, daily activities and chore data when it syncs to your mobile device.
Assign tasks and chores, set schedule alerts, find out how many reward coins each child has, access adventures, and even invite the whole family to compete in daily step challenges together, all from your mobile device.

And after the party, the Vivo-fit Jr. can still spike their interest by having them work towards continuing to be active every day with magical adventures. Every day that the kids meet their 60-minute activity goals, they advance in the kid-friendly adventure of their choice! You can choose between Mickey’s Birthday Surprise, Ultron’s Revenge: A Marvel Avengers Mission, or BB-8’s Adventure: A Star Wars Story. So, there is no reason for them NOT to be active, now and even as the season continues to change.

The main point in all of this is to be able to enjoy that Labor Day end to summer gathering, without feeling like you just dropped a bomb on your year of being good, both eating and fitness wise.

So, get your plans laid for marking off that volleyball court on the grass, lime works best for marking off the lines. I know that from experience. And then make sure you have enough fixings for those other people that are looking to eat a little healthier for the holiday. Turkey burgers, lean turkey sausages, and some whole wheat buns can help them and you out.

From All of us here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, Happy Labor Day, enjoy it, We will be doing the same!

 

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You’re Working Out, Great! But Are You Tracking Your Workout Correctly?

You’re into being healthy, and you know that part of being healthy is making your body move and get toned with a variety of exercises. From weights to cardio, each person has their own particular regimen of working out so that they get the best results from the combinations of exercises that they do each week. And most of us use some kind of Activity Monitor in order to track our daily progress so we can get a feel for just how well we are doing up against the target goals we build out for ourselves. These target goals all have a perceived time stamp, developed by you, maybe with the help of a trainer or even your family physician. But when you reach that time-stamp, does the data from your Activity-Monitor, Smartwatch agree with the end results you see? It could be you’re measuring yourself up, using the wrong data-gathering device which is going to skew your numbers, and maybe even your motivation.

What I’m getting at is there are a lot of different makes and models of smart-watches, or Fitness Trackers out there on the market right now. And from the looks of things, there are only going to be more and more each year, based in part to the growing emphasis from the medical community on pushing Americans into getting healthier and losing the moniker that we have been labeled with over the past decade or more as being morbidly obese!

After all, take running shoes for example. You wouldn’t put on a pair of “Brooks Brothers” dress shoes to go for a 5-mile run right? I mean, even though these shoes cost around $1,900.00 doesn’t mean they are the perfect shoes to wear when you’re taking part in a run, right? No, you’re going to wear a suitable pair of running shoes, ones that give you support, are lightweight and will provide the proper spring to your step which is necessary when you’re going to take part in a long-distance running event.

Well the same goes for any kind of Fitness tracker as well. The number of these smart-watches continues to grow, making the task of choosing the best one for you all the more difficult. With watches aimed at everyone from beginner runners and swimmers to performance triathletes and ultra-marathon veterans, it's all too easy to overspend for features you don't really need or will probably never use.

Choosing the right smart-watch is all about zeroing in on your own personal fitness goals and matching a Fitness Tracker to those needs.

Like I mentioned earlier, getting the right stats on your performance is probably one of the most important things you can do in keeping yourself both motivated and on track to achieve your fitness goals. Using a Fitness Tracker, one that provides you with the right data can keep you on track and on point to conquer those goals. The one that fits the bill in my book is the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Smart Activity Tracker  Whatever your form of exercise that you happen to be doing on any particular day of the week, the Vivoactive 3 can keep up with your pace and record that data accurately. With up to 15 preloaded indoor sports activities loaded, like swimming, running and even yoga, this watch will monitor your stats and keep you updated on your progress. And if you want to take it outside the gym, or your own personal exercise room and hit the open trails, this watch can be that experienced trainer, looking over your shoulder. With its GPS capabilities, which Garmin played a big part in developing this functionality, first for our military and now for fitness tracking enthusiasts. You will always know where you are and how far you are away from your endpoint.

And with the help of the new "Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology²", Vívoactive 3 lets you monitor key aspects of your fitness and stress to show how your body responds under various circumstances. For example, it’s able to estimate your VO2 max and fitness age; 2 indicators of physical fitness that can often improve over time with regular exercise. It also tracks your heart rate variability (HRV), which is used to calculate and track your stress level. Vívoactive 3 can make you aware when physical or emotional sources cause your stress level to rise so you can find a way to relieve the pressure.

So, as I said above, this watch besides being the only Fitness Tracker you’re going to need, regardless what sort of exercise regimen you’re doing now, or in the future, The Garmin Vivoactive 3, can track all your vital stats and spit them out to Garmin Connect. For not only you to access but to enable your friends or fitness partners to know what they’re up against in trying to keep up with you!

So, again, why worry if you’re tracking your workouts correctly???? Because you care about just how far you need to go to “Beat Yesterday” !

 

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You’re into being healthy, and you know that part of being healthy is making your body move and get toned with a variety of exercises. From weights to cardio, each person has their own particular regimen of working out so that they get the best results from the combinations of exercises that they do each week. And most of us use some kind of Activity Monitor in order to track our daily progress so we can get a feel for just how well we are doing up against the target goals we build out for ourselves. These target goals all have a perceived time stamp, developed by you, maybe with the help of a trainer or even your family physician. But when you reach that time-stamp, does the data from your Activity-Monitor, Smartwatch agree with the end results you see? It could be you’re measuring yourself up, using the wrong data-gathering device which is going to skew your numbers, and maybe even your motivation.

What I’m getting at is there are a lot of different makes and models of smart-watches, or Fitness Trackers out there on the market right now. And from the looks of things, there are only going to be more and more each year, based in part to the growing emphasis from the medical community on pushing Americans into getting healthier and losing the moniker that we have been labeled with over the past decade or more as being morbidly obese!

After all, take running shoes for example. You wouldn’t put on a pair of “Brooks Brothers” dress shoes to go for a 5-mile run right? I mean, even though these shoes cost around $1,900.00 doesn’t mean they are the perfect shoes to wear when you’re taking part in a run, right? No, you’re going to wear a suitable pair of running shoes, ones that give you support, are lightweight and will provide the proper spring to your step which is necessary when you’re going to take part in a long-distance running event.

Well the same goes for any kind of Fitness tracker as well. The number of these smart-watches continues to grow, making the task of choosing the best one for you all the more difficult. With watches aimed at everyone from beginner runners and swimmers to performance triathletes and ultra-marathon veterans, it's all too easy to overspend for features you don't really need or will probably never use.

Choosing the right smart-watch is all about zeroing in on your own personal fitness goals and matching a Fitness Tracker to those needs.

Like I mentioned earlier, getting the right stats on your performance is probably one of the most important things you can do in keeping yourself both motivated and on track to achieve your fitness goals. Using a Fitness Tracker, one that provides you with the right data can keep you on track and on point to conquer those goals. The one that fits the bill in my book is the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Smart Activity Tracker  Whatever your form of exercise that you happen to be doing on any particular day of the week, the Vivoactive 3 can keep up with your pace and record that data accurately. With up to 15 preloaded indoor sports activities loaded, like swimming, running and even yoga, this watch will monitor your stats and keep you updated on your progress. And if you want to take it outside the gym, or your own personal exercise room and hit the open trails, this watch can be that experienced trainer, looking over your shoulder. With its GPS capabilities, which Garmin played a big part in developing this functionality, first for our military and now for fitness tracking enthusiasts. You will always know where you are and how far you are away from your endpoint.

And with the help of the new "Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology²", Vívoactive 3 lets you monitor key aspects of your fitness and stress to show how your body responds under various circumstances. For example, it’s able to estimate your VO2 max and fitness age; 2 indicators of physical fitness that can often improve over time with regular exercise. It also tracks your heart rate variability (HRV), which is used to calculate and track your stress level. Vívoactive 3 can make you aware when physical or emotional sources cause your stress level to rise so you can find a way to relieve the pressure.

So, as I said above, this watch besides being the only Fitness Tracker you’re going to need, regardless what sort of exercise regimen you’re doing now, or in the future, The Garmin Vivoactive 3, can track all your vital stats and spit them out to Garmin Connect. For not only you to access but to enable your friends or fitness partners to know what they’re up against in trying to keep up with you!

So, again, why worry if you’re tracking your workouts correctly???? Because you care about just how far you need to go to “Beat Yesterday” !

 

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The Gym Just Doesn’t Do It For Me?

New Year, New Me? Well, maybe all the good intentions are there but every time you make it to the gym to follow through with that commitment, your focus seems to dwindle. And it seems it’s getting to the point where you just don’t feel like making the effort to get to the gym in the first place. So what’s wrong? It just may be that you’re NOT a gym person. Some people just enjoy that musky, sweat-induced smell of a closed in space with people grunting, straining and sweating as they go through their routines. Others just don’t get into that locker room type of atmosphere.

Studies have found that people and they tend to be of the creative bent, that does well in a gym type atmosphere are naturally inclined to be more of an extroverted type of individual. An extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. While that may be true, that is not the full meaning of extroversion. An extrovert is a person who is energized by being around other people. So they are more outgoing and tend to embrace that “group” environment and getting to know their fellow exercise warriors. Along with those of an objective logic, outlook we are more likely to go to a gym and adhere to a regimented workout routine.

While an introvert seems to embrace a more solitude work ethic. They tend to excel once they understand their goals of what is expected of them and they work very hard to achieve those goals while being happy in a more self-awareness existence. These creatively-minded folks, however, were much happier when doing something outside, like cycling, jogging or running compared to being in an enclosed space surrounded by iron-laden machines or free-stands, surrounded by others of the same character makeup.

The most important fact that comes out of this research is that people that find their niche of exercise, will be more likely to stick with it and achieve their goals. But they also need to have a realistic goal set that they can work towards. Once that goal has been reached, another must be created and so on and so on. Those in the gym type environment use that comradely atmosphere to help them achieve their own personal goals since they do not want to seem to be the one to fail in that group type atmosphere.

The loner, who does well challenging him/herself needs that focused mindset to stay focused on their goals since they have no one accountable but themselves. No matter which type of individual you are. One thing that you need to help you achieve your goals is keeping track of your progress. You can keep a log or by using the technology that is now available to just about everyone a smartwatch that monitors your daily activity, in as much as you want it to monitor you! One that has everything you need whether you’re a gym goer or one that likes to go it alone is the Garmin Vivosmart 3 HR Activity Tracker  From counting your reps. to the level of stress your putting yourself through this watch does it all. And there is no longer any need to carry that fitness logbook with you anymore. The Garmin Vivosmart will keep track of all of your exercises, reps and sets along with your work and rest times. That data gets pushed to Garmin Connect during your next sync so you can review your workout in even greater detail. I can definitely help you reach your goals whether inside or if your taking your training outdoors to be one with your exercise routines. You won’t miss a step with this smart watch companion with you.

So, if you find yourself not looking forward to going to that gym to get your dose of fitness in. It just may be your going against your character. Try speaking with a registered trainer to get their recommendations on going it alone. They can map out the necessary exercise routines that fit both your personality and your body makeup. They can also let you know what you need to concentrate on now and what you will need to work towards in order to achieve your goals, in a way that is suited to your body’s makeups.

Bottom line is that you continue to be physical, alone or by being part of a group, and meet and conquer your goals, inside and out!

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New Year, New Me? Well, maybe all the good intentions are there but every time you make it to the gym to follow through with that commitment, your focus seems to dwindle. And it seems it’s getting to the point where you just don’t feel like making the effort to get to the gym in the first place. So what’s wrong? It just may be that you’re NOT a gym person. Some people just enjoy that musky, sweat-induced smell of a closed in space with people grunting, straining and sweating as they go through their routines. Others just don’t get into that locker room type of atmosphere.

Studies have found that people and they tend to be of the creative bent, that does well in a gym type atmosphere are naturally inclined to be more of an extroverted type of individual. An extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. While that may be true, that is not the full meaning of extroversion. An extrovert is a person who is energized by being around other people. So they are more outgoing and tend to embrace that “group” environment and getting to know their fellow exercise warriors. Along with those of an objective logic, outlook we are more likely to go to a gym and adhere to a regimented workout routine.

While an introvert seems to embrace a more solitude work ethic. They tend to excel once they understand their goals of what is expected of them and they work very hard to achieve those goals while being happy in a more self-awareness existence. These creatively-minded folks, however, were much happier when doing something outside, like cycling, jogging or running compared to being in an enclosed space surrounded by iron-laden machines or free-stands, surrounded by others of the same character makeup.

The most important fact that comes out of this research is that people that find their niche of exercise, will be more likely to stick with it and achieve their goals. But they also need to have a realistic goal set that they can work towards. Once that goal has been reached, another must be created and so on and so on. Those in the gym type environment use that comradely atmosphere to help them achieve their own personal goals since they do not want to seem to be the one to fail in that group type atmosphere.

The loner, who does well challenging him/herself needs that focused mindset to stay focused on their goals since they have no one accountable but themselves. No matter which type of individual you are. One thing that you need to help you achieve your goals is keeping track of your progress. You can keep a log or by using the technology that is now available to just about everyone a smartwatch that monitors your daily activity, in as much as you want it to monitor you! One that has everything you need whether you’re a gym goer or one that likes to go it alone is the Garmin Vivosmart 3 HR Activity Tracker  From counting your reps. to the level of stress your putting yourself through this watch does it all. And there is no longer any need to carry that fitness logbook with you anymore. The Garmin Vivosmart will keep track of all of your exercises, reps and sets along with your work and rest times. That data gets pushed to Garmin Connect during your next sync so you can review your workout in even greater detail. I can definitely help you reach your goals whether inside or if your taking your training outdoors to be one with your exercise routines. You won’t miss a step with this smart watch companion with you.

So, if you find yourself not looking forward to going to that gym to get your dose of fitness in. It just may be your going against your character. Try speaking with a registered trainer to get their recommendations on going it alone. They can map out the necessary exercise routines that fit both your personality and your body makeup. They can also let you know what you need to concentrate on now and what you will need to work towards in order to achieve your goals, in a way that is suited to your body’s makeups.

Bottom line is that you continue to be physical, alone or by being part of a group, and meet and conquer your goals, inside and out!

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Why Your Favorite Playlist Is Your Best Workout Buddy.

Now we know that listening to your favorite tunes while you’re exercising isn’t really anything new. But some studies on the subject have shown that getting into your playlist as you push yourself makes achieving your rep-goals a little easier.

Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness” (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more pronounced effect on the amount of effort you’re putting forth during a workout.

Music tends to distract your mind from the strain your putting on your body to achieve your exercise routine goals. While the study did suggest there’s more to it than just distraction, working out with music did make them less aware of their exertion. Such a distraction can benefit athletic performance by up to 15 percent. The faster the better, according to WebMD. Upbeat tunes send more information for our brains to process, which takes your mind off of that side stitch. Some call it a “Zonal Effect” As such as the music increases in tempo, you tend to exert more during your routines. This is especially noticeable when tracking results on those using a treadmill or cycling machine. But, keeping in mind that too fast of a pace is also not as beneficial to you either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.

Everyone has that "Go To" song that gets you “in the zone,” and there’s science to why it works. We associate certain songs with memories, often relating to the context in which we originally heard them, such as the first time you watched Rocky or even Star Wars. Channeling that memory, or even just the emotion of your favorite singer belting out that song boosts the motivational power of the song your listening to and has been shown to improve physical performance.

The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or lifting weights. Clueing into these beat-time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session.

Its been shown that you really can’t stop the beat sequence that takes place during those songs that get you moving. Researchers found that when music possesses “high- stimulating” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. Basically, your playlist has the ability to make you move, no matter how much you’re dreading that workout.

Now to see where I’m going with this, for a time now, a lot of people have been waiting for Garmin to come out with a better way to listen to music, stored, from their smartwatches. The Garmin Forerunner 645 Smart Watch  Is that watch! Since it now pairs well with Bluetooth headphones you can now train without your phone strapped to your arm and still listen to your favorite tunes. With its storage capacity of keeping about 500 songs right in your smartwatch, you can power yourself through any exercise session, or get outside on the trail, where there might not be great receptions to stream your favorite tunes.

Music aside, it’s still a jam-packed fitness watch. It has built-in GPS and GLONASS and wrist-based heart rate sensors. It tracks running, cycling, swimming, with a few of Garmin’s more advanced training features (like training load and anaerobic training effect) worked into the software.

It’s also nicer-looking than Forerunners past. It has a stainless steel metal bezel, a glass face, and an always-on display. Garmin claims its battery life with last up to seven days with normal usage and up to five hours in GPS mode.

And it will work with Garmin Pay, the company’s recently rolled-out NFC tap-to-pay feature, which only works on one other Garmin watch, the Vivoactive 3.

So what are you waiting for? With January just about ending, get yourself that incentive present and start listening to the music that will get you moving and placing yourself in the zone that helps you to hit your goal, each and every time. So go ahead and pick up that Garmin Forerunner 645 Smart Watch and turn up the tempo by listening to your favorite tunes, and “Beat Yesterday” just like their slogan says!

So, next time I see you moving with that look of concentration and contentment on your face, I’ll know your zoning while pushing through your workout. Just like I’ll be jamming through mine!

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Now we know that listening to your favorite tunes while you’re exercising isn’t really anything new. But some studies on the subject have shown that getting into your playlist as you push yourself makes achieving your rep-goals a little easier.

Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness” (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more pronounced effect on the amount of effort you’re putting forth during a workout.

Music tends to distract your mind from the strain your putting on your body to achieve your exercise routine goals. While the study did suggest there’s more to it than just distraction, working out with music did make them less aware of their exertion. Such a distraction can benefit athletic performance by up to 15 percent. The faster the better, according to WebMD. Upbeat tunes send more information for our brains to process, which takes your mind off of that side stitch. Some call it a “Zonal Effect” As such as the music increases in tempo, you tend to exert more during your routines. This is especially noticeable when tracking results on those using a treadmill or cycling machine. But, keeping in mind that too fast of a pace is also not as beneficial to you either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.

Everyone has that "Go To" song that gets you “in the zone,” and there’s science to why it works. We associate certain songs with memories, often relating to the context in which we originally heard them, such as the first time you watched Rocky or even Star Wars. Channeling that memory, or even just the emotion of your favorite singer belting out that song boosts the motivational power of the song your listening to and has been shown to improve physical performance.

The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or lifting weights. Clueing into these beat-time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session.

Its been shown that you really can’t stop the beat sequence that takes place during those songs that get you moving. Researchers found that when music possesses “high- stimulating” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. Basically, your playlist has the ability to make you move, no matter how much you’re dreading that workout.

Now to see where I’m going with this, for a time now, a lot of people have been waiting for Garmin to come out with a better way to listen to music, stored, from their smartwatches. The Garmin Forerunner 645 Smart Watch  Is that watch! Since it now pairs well with Bluetooth headphones you can now train without your phone strapped to your arm and still listen to your favorite tunes. With its storage capacity of keeping about 500 songs right in your smartwatch, you can power yourself through any exercise session, or get outside on the trail, where there might not be great receptions to stream your favorite tunes.

Music aside, it’s still a jam-packed fitness watch. It has built-in GPS and GLONASS and wrist-based heart rate sensors. It tracks running, cycling, swimming, with a few of Garmin’s more advanced training features (like training load and anaerobic training effect) worked into the software.

It’s also nicer-looking than Forerunners past. It has a stainless steel metal bezel, a glass face, and an always-on display. Garmin claims its battery life with last up to seven days with normal usage and up to five hours in GPS mode.

And it will work with Garmin Pay, the company’s recently rolled-out NFC tap-to-pay feature, which only works on one other Garmin watch, the Vivoactive 3.

So what are you waiting for? With January just about ending, get yourself that incentive present and start listening to the music that will get you moving and placing yourself in the zone that helps you to hit your goal, each and every time. So go ahead and pick up that Garmin Forerunner 645 Smart Watch and turn up the tempo by listening to your favorite tunes, and “Beat Yesterday” just like their slogan says!

So, next time I see you moving with that look of concentration and contentment on your face, I’ll know your zoning while pushing through your workout. Just like I’ll be jamming through mine!

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It’s The Middle Of January 2018, So Are You Working On Getting Your Beach Body Ready?

Ok, we get it. The cold winter winds of January are blowing outside, well, maybe not really, but it is colder than you would like it to be. But are you using the cold as an excuse to dial back on, or putting off your exercise routine now that it gets dark earlier, and a little frosty outside?

Well, whether you know it or not. Since Christmas, the daylight is taking a rebound, and each day will see a minute or two more of sunlight. Yes, the natural order of things is still working. And that means you can count on the high summer sunshine to bring that heat come July and August in the northern hemisphere, and sooner if you pass through Florida and places south.

If you want to make sure you look good in that suit this coming summer, and not embarrass yourself so that you need to have one of those 3 sizes too big t-shirts on, as you’re walking down the sands of the beach. You need to get yourself in gear and commit to working on getting that body toned and defined so you feel confident as you walk down that beach, who knows, you may even turn a head or two as you walk by. That is of course if they’re looking for all the right reasons and not looking at you because there is soooo much of you!

It may be the middle of January but before you know it, it’s going to be time to book that vacation to sunny places. And with January here, you have 6 months before most of us are thinking about getting “This Year’s” swimsuit! For the procrastinators, who put off dialing up the exercise routines, the time to think about a spray-on-tan will be here before you know it!

So, what do you do? Well, if you’ve been working out now and then during the warmer months of the year. Nothing has really changed. If that is, you used to go to the gym on a regular basis. But maybe with the holiday season that just ended, so did your gym membership. Well, you need to do what you did last year and shop around. But you need to hurry, because most of the gym membership sales will soon be going off. After all, they are geared to taking advantage of all those New Year resolutions that have just been made and offering their memberships at a low discount rate, at least for the first 1-3 months.

So go and shop around if your workout routine means taking advantage of all that in-house weight reduction equipment. But if you are a workout at home type of person. Who has a few weights at home but use them mainly to help give your muscles some tone, and are usually hitting the streets, or mountain paths on a running or jogging routine. Then you don’t need to worry about looking for any membership incentives. Your whole incentive is just plain getting yourself back in shape so you won’t be embarrassed when that guy kicks that sand in your face out on the beach.

Planning: Nothing just happens, if you’re working towards the goal of getting yourself back in great shape in time for the summer sunshine, you need to “Plan for it!” If you’re going to a gym, plan ahead on what your routine is going to be and then get in there and do it! You need to make yourself accountable for the time and money your spending at that “Meat” processing plant. Cause that’s just what it really is. A good gym processes the raw material (your body) into a finished product. In your case, a well-defined, toned muscle based package that will be ready for the beach come July, early June if you really work at it.

Most gyms will give you the option to meet with a physical trainer, take advantage of this and ask questions and inform, him/her what your goals are, and what they recommend for the best machine circuit to help you achieve your goal. Pay attention to them, after all, this is what they get paid to do. And it might be a good idea to get on their good side, this way, they are more likely to offer some free advice if they see you are really trying to make good on their recommendations!

Accountability: This is the "keyword" in your whole arsenal of getting fit. You need to plan for that goal of getting your body in better shape and you need to have a tool that will track your daily routines so you can see your progress or lack thereof. The best way to go about this is with a good Activity Watch or one that provides a Heart Rate Monitor so you can see just how well your body is performing based on the amount of stress and physical activity you are subjecting it to.

One that I like and recommend to anyone who is serious about getting themselves in good overall shape is the Garmin Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS Watch The Forerunner 920 offers the most advanced training features into one unit, like VO2 Max, running dynamics, and live tracking. The 920xt even has smart notifications to keep you connected on the run!

Another great, accurate Activity Monitor that also has a wrist-based heart rate monitor is the Garmin Vivoactive HR Strapless Heart Rate SmartWatch Your every active moment like running, swimming, (indoor pool naturally), and skiing is carefully monitored with built-in sports apps. With smart notifications, the status of these activities will be displayed on the colored touchscreen of this smartwatch. Apart from vigorous workouts, it also silently collects information like daily steps, floors climbed, sleep cycles and intensity minutes.

Taking your body-makeover routines seriously means a commitment on your part to follow through with making this fitness regimen a part of your normal, daily activity. Only in this way will you stay the course of getting your body in the shape you are looking for when that sunlight shines down on you, while you're enjoying those sandy beaches!

So, are YOU committed to getting that body of yours ready for summer? 

I know I am!

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Ok, we get it. The cold winter winds of January are blowing outside, well, maybe not really, but it is colder than you would like it to be. But are you using the cold as an excuse to dial back on, or putting off your exercise routine now that it gets dark earlier, and a little frosty outside?

Well, whether you know it or not. Since Christmas, the daylight is taking a rebound, and each day will see a minute or two more of sunlight. Yes, the natural order of things is still working. And that means you can count on the high summer sunshine to bring that heat come July and August in the northern hemisphere, and sooner if you pass through Florida and places south.

If you want to make sure you look good in that suit this coming summer, and not embarrass yourself so that you need to have one of those 3 sizes too big t-shirts on, as you’re walking down the sands of the beach. You need to get yourself in gear and commit to working on getting that body toned and defined so you feel confident as you walk down that beach, who knows, you may even turn a head or two as you walk by. That is of course if they’re looking for all the right reasons and not looking at you because there is soooo much of you!

It may be the middle of January but before you know it, it’s going to be time to book that vacation to sunny places. And with January here, you have 6 months before most of us are thinking about getting “This Year’s” swimsuit! For the procrastinators, who put off dialing up the exercise routines, the time to think about a spray-on-tan will be here before you know it!

So, what do you do? Well, if you’ve been working out now and then during the warmer months of the year. Nothing has really changed. If that is, you used to go to the gym on a regular basis. But maybe with the holiday season that just ended, so did your gym membership. Well, you need to do what you did last year and shop around. But you need to hurry, because most of the gym membership sales will soon be going off. After all, they are geared to taking advantage of all those New Year resolutions that have just been made and offering their memberships at a low discount rate, at least for the first 1-3 months.

So go and shop around if your workout routine means taking advantage of all that in-house weight reduction equipment. But if you are a workout at home type of person. Who has a few weights at home but use them mainly to help give your muscles some tone, and are usually hitting the streets, or mountain paths on a running or jogging routine. Then you don’t need to worry about looking for any membership incentives. Your whole incentive is just plain getting yourself back in shape so you won’t be embarrassed when that guy kicks that sand in your face out on the beach.

Planning: Nothing just happens, if you’re working towards the goal of getting yourself back in great shape in time for the summer sunshine, you need to “Plan for it!” If you’re going to a gym, plan ahead on what your routine is going to be and then get in there and do it! You need to make yourself accountable for the time and money your spending at that “Meat” processing plant. Cause that’s just what it really is. A good gym processes the raw material (your body) into a finished product. In your case, a well-defined, toned muscle based package that will be ready for the beach come July, early June if you really work at it.

Most gyms will give you the option to meet with a physical trainer, take advantage of this and ask questions and inform, him/her what your goals are, and what they recommend for the best machine circuit to help you achieve your goal. Pay attention to them, after all, this is what they get paid to do. And it might be a good idea to get on their good side, this way, they are more likely to offer some free advice if they see you are really trying to make good on their recommendations!

Accountability: This is the "keyword" in your whole arsenal of getting fit. You need to plan for that goal of getting your body in better shape and you need to have a tool that will track your daily routines so you can see your progress or lack thereof. The best way to go about this is with a good Activity Watch or one that provides a Heart Rate Monitor so you can see just how well your body is performing based on the amount of stress and physical activity you are subjecting it to.

One that I like and recommend to anyone who is serious about getting themselves in good overall shape is the Garmin Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS Watch The Forerunner 920 offers the most advanced training features into one unit, like VO2 Max, running dynamics, and live tracking. The 920xt even has smart notifications to keep you connected on the run!

Another great, accurate Activity Monitor that also has a wrist-based heart rate monitor is the Garmin Vivoactive HR Strapless Heart Rate SmartWatch Your every active moment like running, swimming, (indoor pool naturally), and skiing is carefully monitored with built-in sports apps. With smart notifications, the status of these activities will be displayed on the colored touchscreen of this smartwatch. Apart from vigorous workouts, it also silently collects information like daily steps, floors climbed, sleep cycles and intensity minutes.

Taking your body-makeover routines seriously means a commitment on your part to follow through with making this fitness regimen a part of your normal, daily activity. Only in this way will you stay the course of getting your body in the shape you are looking for when that sunlight shines down on you, while you're enjoying those sandy beaches!

So, are YOU committed to getting that body of yours ready for summer? 

I know I am!

Read more