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So, Just How Many Hats Do You Wear Each Day? Well, The Garmin Vivosmart HR Has It’s Share!

In today's climate, things are often changing, sometimes it seems within days or even minutes. We are all being given a few extra tasks to handle, probably because we are known to be able to get things done.  I like that. What I also like is keeping myself fit and in the best physical shape that  I can.  In order to do this, it takes commitment to exercise, eating right and a good mindset.  One of the tools that I use to keep myself on track is a fitness watch, tracker, monitor. Whatever you want to call them, you have to agree that these tech watches can provide you with all the data you need to keep you on track to meet your physical goals. They now even let you pay at the WaWa, for that bottle of water after a run, how nice is that?  One brand of watch that I like to keep on my wrist are those made by Garmin.

The name Garmin is well known today as being one of the best providers of “Smart Watch” technology. Implementing its advanced GPS functionality into a watch that can monitor your fitness levels and also keeps you from getting lost is just another reason why a product from Garmin can keep you aware of what’s happening both around you and “YOU” itself. I mean your activity/fitness progress!

And Garmin has you covered as far as pricing to go along with all of that functionality they build into their watches. One of my favorites is the Garmin Vivosmart HR. It's a fitness/activity tracker that also keeps track of your heart rate data points. This device combines all the functionality of a heart rate monitor and activity tracker with a smartwatch. Talk about wearing a lot of hats,,,, The functionality of this tracker is really well thought out!

Since we all know that keeping ourselves moving is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in shape on a daily basis, and the Vivosmart HR  can monitor just about everything we choose to do. Whether you’re going for a jog, playing a pick-up game with friends or trying out a new boot camp class, it quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature lets you monitor your progress against activity goals recommended by health organizations such as the American Heart Association.

The Vivosmart is able to track distance, time and pace for indoor or outdoor activities. With it’s GPS, you can get even more accurate distance and pace stats as well as a map of your activity when running or walking outdoors. In addition to tracking your runs, steps, and calories, the Vívosmart HR, measures floors climbed and intensity minutes.

Garmin has been developing cutting-edge GPS technology since its founding in 1989. And since 1991, one of its first large clients has been the U.S. Army. And the technology its been creating since then has only gotten better and more accurate, which is a prime factor amongst long distance runners. After all, who wants to carry a paper map around with them, when you're navigating a long distance run, with little chance on taking the wrong path. And since this watch uses smart technology, you are able to stay connected and upload your data automatically to Garmin Connect, via your smartphone!  This way, your family, and friends have a pretty good idea just where and when you are as your running a race, or just out on a training run.

Keeping your progress stats available is important for getting the most out of your training and this app is universal across all Garmin devices, and can even carry data over from a previous device to a new device. It also syncs with your app in the Google Play Store or iTunes account.

The OLED display will track information about your workout, which will be logged in the Garmin Connect app. The Garmin Connect App includes a daily steps goal, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate, and a whole lot more. All of this is visualized in a chart generated by the Connect app.

So, if you're looking for a great smartwatch with just about all the functionality you're going to need to monitor your stats as you work out, train, or just call it plain exercising, the Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker is one you need to take a serious look at.

So, who’s up for a little CrossFit??


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In today's climate, things are often changing, sometimes it seems within days or even minutes. We are all being given a few extra tasks to handle, probably because we are known to be able to get things done.  I like that. What I also like is keeping myself fit and in the best physical shape that  I can.  In order to do this, it takes commitment to exercise, eating right and a good mindset.  One of the tools that I use to keep myself on track is a fitness watch, tracker, monitor. Whatever you want to call them, you have to agree that these tech watches can provide you with all the data you need to keep you on track to meet your physical goals. They now even let you pay at the WaWa, for that bottle of water after a run, how nice is that?  One brand of watch that I like to keep on my wrist are those made by Garmin.

The name Garmin is well known today as being one of the best providers of “Smart Watch” technology. Implementing its advanced GPS functionality into a watch that can monitor your fitness levels and also keeps you from getting lost is just another reason why a product from Garmin can keep you aware of what’s happening both around you and “YOU” itself. I mean your activity/fitness progress!

And Garmin has you covered as far as pricing to go along with all of that functionality they build into their watches. One of my favorites is the Garmin Vivosmart HR. It's a fitness/activity tracker that also keeps track of your heart rate data points. This device combines all the functionality of a heart rate monitor and activity tracker with a smartwatch. Talk about wearing a lot of hats,,,, The functionality of this tracker is really well thought out!

Since we all know that keeping ourselves moving is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in shape on a daily basis, and the Vivosmart HR  can monitor just about everything we choose to do. Whether you’re going for a jog, playing a pick-up game with friends or trying out a new boot camp class, it quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature lets you monitor your progress against activity goals recommended by health organizations such as the American Heart Association.

The Vivosmart is able to track distance, time and pace for indoor or outdoor activities. With it’s GPS, you can get even more accurate distance and pace stats as well as a map of your activity when running or walking outdoors. In addition to tracking your runs, steps, and calories, the Vívosmart HR, measures floors climbed and intensity minutes.

Garmin has been developing cutting-edge GPS technology since its founding in 1989. And since 1991, one of its first large clients has been the U.S. Army. And the technology its been creating since then has only gotten better and more accurate, which is a prime factor amongst long distance runners. After all, who wants to carry a paper map around with them, when you're navigating a long distance run, with little chance on taking the wrong path. And since this watch uses smart technology, you are able to stay connected and upload your data automatically to Garmin Connect, via your smartphone!  This way, your family, and friends have a pretty good idea just where and when you are as your running a race, or just out on a training run.

Keeping your progress stats available is important for getting the most out of your training and this app is universal across all Garmin devices, and can even carry data over from a previous device to a new device. It also syncs with your app in the Google Play Store or iTunes account.

The OLED display will track information about your workout, which will be logged in the Garmin Connect app. The Garmin Connect App includes a daily steps goal, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate, and a whole lot more. All of this is visualized in a chart generated by the Connect app.

So, if you're looking for a great smartwatch with just about all the functionality you're going to need to monitor your stats as you work out, train, or just call it plain exercising, the Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker is one you need to take a serious look at.

So, who’s up for a little CrossFit??


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Are You Training To Become Muscle Ripped, Or Muscle Fit?

I’m a big fan of all the new Marvel movies. One of my favorites is the Captain America films and the ones he is in with the Avengers. Watching those movies kind of makes everyone daydreams a little about how they would look if they were in the same shape as these superheroes. But if you look at their physique’s while they are definitely in great shape, none, except maybe the Hulk has an over-abundance of muscles rippling as they toss around those villains. So why are looking to get those large oversized muscles, when in doing so, most people later find that being muscle bound does not provide them with the overall endurance and for the most part strength to go the distance in a long, hard-fought athletic game. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer in strength training but I’ve also found that you need to find a balance in almost everything and training to be fit, strong and able to keep going, to me is a lot better than having your shirt stretched tight over large pecs and biceps!

After if you think about it, in watching most athletic games, most of these athletes and I mean the most successful ones look like they’ve never set foot in a gym. While large muscles provide the power needed to perform work, even those with bulging biceps find it difficult to perform work over time. Muscular endurance can be a far more valuable fitness trait than pure strength, especially for those who play sports that require sustained effort for the duration of a game. The best way to build muscular endurance is simple: lower the intensity and increase the frequency.

It's a given that one of the reasons that weight training for building muscles for strength appeals to so many people is that it takes less of a time commitment. After all, you do a series of squats, some deadlifting and bench presses three times a week and you call it a good session. But muscular endurance requires more commitment to your workout routines. Like a good cardio workout, there’s no minimum for calling it a day. The more frequently you push your body and the muscles under that skin the more your body will be able to power through whatever you're demanding of it!

Keeping track of how well your performing is also key to being successful at your training. To do this right you need to monitor just how well you're doing at each phase of your workout. A good Activity Monitor can keep your workouts honest when you may be tempted to let a few things slide because you’re a bit tired today. Tracking your workouts via that Activity Monitor, and it's ability to supply you with data every time it syncs with Garmin Connect™, can go a long way to allowing you to view just how well your actually doing. A tracker like the Garmin Vivosport GPS Sport & Activity Tracker can provide automatic uploads to the online Garmin community, where you can see your personalized data on detailed graphs.  It can provide the ability to let you join like-groups so that you can compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness enthusiasts. This way you're really not ever alone in your quest for building up your endurance while still creating a toned, muscular body, that will stand the test of time, (sports time that is!). And while the Vivosport monitors key aspects of your fitness, because it also monitors your heart rate, with help from Elevate 24/7, it’s a wrist-based heart rate monitoring feature, specific to Garmin. With the heart rate data it collects, Vívosport is able to estimate your VO2 Max and Fitness Age, 2 indicators of physical fitness that can improve over time with regular exercise. It also tracks your HRV (heart rate variability), which is used to calculate and display your stress level.


Keep in mind that those who hit the gym two or three days a week might have lukewarm muscular endurance, but those who add just one additional workout day, a week, begin to exact a bigger demand on your body, by pushing it a little farther than it's usual exercise regimen. Especially if you change up your routine with some cardio and maybe a HIIT session where you're pushing your routines faster with less resting time between reps. or sessions.

Now, while we’re not talking about building your body, so it looks like it can take on a tank, we still are a firm believer in using weights to get in shape, just not using hundreds of pounds as a goal in seeing just how much you can lift, One-Time! After all, you can't develop much muscular endurance by squatting 300-400 pounds and walk away thinking you've done your best. But if you lower the weight by say half, your actually putting new stress on the twitch muscle fibers (those that first fire in a workout) rather than on the muscular cell mass. This allows your body to develop these fibers and reduces the stress on any given workout. After all, by using less weight and increasing the number of reps, your muscular mass will stay the same but at the same time it becomes more elastic and can maintain that strength for longer periods of time. This results in your ability to have more endurance during an activity or physical work.

Overall, endurance workouts should aim for 10 to fifteen reps per set, which is twice as much as muscular strength builders do.

You know your body and it’s up to you to keep track of how much weight you need, in order to perform these extra reps. And naturally, as the session becomes easier, increase the number of reps, but gradually so you don't lessen the reps that you've already worked towards. Then after a time, increase the amount of weight with the extra reps. In this way, you are continuously pushing yourself each time your peak, so that your body does not grow used to a stale exercise regimen and will continue to grow muscle mass and in turn become well toned.

Bottom line, this is YOUR call, but again, don't go to extremes with adding more and more weight, add more reps instead!

In about 8 weeks of using this new method, you’re going to be able to see that you have quite a bit more strength that can sustain you through the other aspects of your training workouts. And you may be pleasantly surprised that you're also getting a leaner sculpted look to your overall body mass.

From your gym buddies here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com

 

 

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I’m a big fan of all the new Marvel movies. One of my favorites is the Captain America films and the ones he is in with the Avengers. Watching those movies kind of makes everyone daydreams a little about how they would look if they were in the same shape as these superheroes. But if you look at their physique’s while they are definitely in great shape, none, except maybe the Hulk has an over-abundance of muscles rippling as they toss around those villains. So why are looking to get those large oversized muscles, when in doing so, most people later find that being muscle bound does not provide them with the overall endurance and for the most part strength to go the distance in a long, hard-fought athletic game. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer in strength training but I’ve also found that you need to find a balance in almost everything and training to be fit, strong and able to keep going, to me is a lot better than having your shirt stretched tight over large pecs and biceps!

After if you think about it, in watching most athletic games, most of these athletes and I mean the most successful ones look like they’ve never set foot in a gym. While large muscles provide the power needed to perform work, even those with bulging biceps find it difficult to perform work over time. Muscular endurance can be a far more valuable fitness trait than pure strength, especially for those who play sports that require sustained effort for the duration of a game. The best way to build muscular endurance is simple: lower the intensity and increase the frequency.

It's a given that one of the reasons that weight training for building muscles for strength appeals to so many people is that it takes less of a time commitment. After all, you do a series of squats, some deadlifting and bench presses three times a week and you call it a good session. But muscular endurance requires more commitment to your workout routines. Like a good cardio workout, there’s no minimum for calling it a day. The more frequently you push your body and the muscles under that skin the more your body will be able to power through whatever you're demanding of it!

Keeping track of how well your performing is also key to being successful at your training. To do this right you need to monitor just how well you're doing at each phase of your workout. A good Activity Monitor can keep your workouts honest when you may be tempted to let a few things slide because you’re a bit tired today. Tracking your workouts via that Activity Monitor, and it's ability to supply you with data every time it syncs with Garmin Connect™, can go a long way to allowing you to view just how well your actually doing. A tracker like the Garmin Vivosport GPS Sport & Activity Tracker can provide automatic uploads to the online Garmin community, where you can see your personalized data on detailed graphs.  It can provide the ability to let you join like-groups so that you can compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness enthusiasts. This way you're really not ever alone in your quest for building up your endurance while still creating a toned, muscular body, that will stand the test of time, (sports time that is!). And while the Vivosport monitors key aspects of your fitness, because it also monitors your heart rate, with help from Elevate 24/7, it’s a wrist-based heart rate monitoring feature, specific to Garmin. With the heart rate data it collects, Vívosport is able to estimate your VO2 Max and Fitness Age, 2 indicators of physical fitness that can improve over time with regular exercise. It also tracks your HRV (heart rate variability), which is used to calculate and display your stress level.


Keep in mind that those who hit the gym two or three days a week might have lukewarm muscular endurance, but those who add just one additional workout day, a week, begin to exact a bigger demand on your body, by pushing it a little farther than it's usual exercise regimen. Especially if you change up your routine with some cardio and maybe a HIIT session where you're pushing your routines faster with less resting time between reps. or sessions.

Now, while we’re not talking about building your body, so it looks like it can take on a tank, we still are a firm believer in using weights to get in shape, just not using hundreds of pounds as a goal in seeing just how much you can lift, One-Time! After all, you can't develop much muscular endurance by squatting 300-400 pounds and walk away thinking you've done your best. But if you lower the weight by say half, your actually putting new stress on the twitch muscle fibers (those that first fire in a workout) rather than on the muscular cell mass. This allows your body to develop these fibers and reduces the stress on any given workout. After all, by using less weight and increasing the number of reps, your muscular mass will stay the same but at the same time it becomes more elastic and can maintain that strength for longer periods of time. This results in your ability to have more endurance during an activity or physical work.

Overall, endurance workouts should aim for 10 to fifteen reps per set, which is twice as much as muscular strength builders do.

You know your body and it’s up to you to keep track of how much weight you need, in order to perform these extra reps. And naturally, as the session becomes easier, increase the number of reps, but gradually so you don't lessen the reps that you've already worked towards. Then after a time, increase the amount of weight with the extra reps. In this way, you are continuously pushing yourself each time your peak, so that your body does not grow used to a stale exercise regimen and will continue to grow muscle mass and in turn become well toned.

Bottom line, this is YOUR call, but again, don't go to extremes with adding more and more weight, add more reps instead!

In about 8 weeks of using this new method, you’re going to be able to see that you have quite a bit more strength that can sustain you through the other aspects of your training workouts. And you may be pleasantly surprised that you're also getting a leaner sculpted look to your overall body mass.

From your gym buddies here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com

 

 

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Is Your Body Spring Break Ready?

Well, it’s the third week of February, and if you’re still procrastinating about getting in shape this year, you really don’t have all that much time left if you’re going to be taking a trip down to the lower part of the country where the sun shines a bit brighter this time of year. And yes, we are talking about Spring Break. It’s the time of year when the younger crowd migrate down to Florida, Cancun, the Bahamas, and other points south.

But is your body leaned and toned the way you want it to be when you’re wearing that stylish bathing suit? Let’s face it, from Thanksgiving, maybe even from Halloween, through the main holidays of overindulgence like Christmas with all the parties and don’t leave out New Year’s Eve festivities, eating right and getting in that regular exercise has probably taken a back seat to having some fun and overeating, not to mention the drinking. And now that the Super Bowl has run its course and Philly has won, the talk has probably been going around about what the plans are for Spring Break. At first, you’re excited that this time of year has snuck up on you. What may have also snuck up, is also that little bulge that just wasn’t there last summer. But, reacting to it now, can give you the incentive you need to skip that extra slice of pizza and the cold-ones and get yourself ready to hit the gym or the outside track or running paths. But you need to get it in gear right now, especially since you should never have fallen off the straight and narrow in the first place!

Some of the biggest mistakes people make when they're faced with the problem of trying to lose weight, especially belly-fat, is they go on a crash diet. That just won’t work in the long run. Sure, you may lose 5 lbs. or so, and if that’s all you need to lose then why are you worried about how you’re going to look in about 5-6 weeks anyway. This is all about losing about 10-15lbs while having your body looking toned when the winter outer-layers are shed!

The best way to increase your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass, so you burn more calories both during exercise and at rest, and that means heavier weights and lower reps. It also means hard exercises. This promotes the release of testosterone and growth hormone, which tell your muscle cells to grow and your fat cells to shrink. Now while weights will get those muscles working to grow and increase in both mass and overall strength building, you also need to keep them supple while increasing the elasticity of your tendons and joints that those muscles are attached to. And that means creating a good cardio routine into your weekly fitness schedule as well. After all, you don’t want your muscles to get tight without having that stretching capability, just in case you’re going to be involved in a good game of beach volleyball while you’re soaking up that sun with your friends on the beach. You need a fast passed cardio workout that will push your body, which in turn will increase the demands on your heart. After all, your heart is a muscle too and it also needs to be strengthened, and cardio is probably one of the best ways to do that. But, you need to monitor just how much you are pushing the limits of your body. That is why using a good, reliable fitness tracker is the key to getting the most out of your workout in the shortest amount of time. Now we don’t usually recommend stating that faster is better. But let’s face it, you’re under the gun right now as far as time goes, and Spring Break does not last forever. So if you’re looking to turn some heads on that beach, for all the right reasons, then you need to get serious about getting into your fitness routine, right now!

One of the fitness trackers that we recommend Garmin Vivoactive HR Strapless Heart Rate Smart Watch This is a unique wrist heart rate technology that will allow you to monitor your heart rate, at all times. Along with a collection of heart rate data, Vivoactive HR will also give you details like exhausted calories, the intensity of your workout sessions
Your every active moment like running, swimming, golfing and skiing are 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. So you see, with the reps. monitoring built in, it not only acts as a regular fitness tracker but also tracks the intensity of your strength training as well.

So, armed with the above, it’s really up to you to own up to getting yourself in shape so that you’re not spending all of your time on Spring Break, sitting in some hotel room instead of joining the gang out there on the beach. Get Up, Get Moving, And Get Back In Shape!

From the gang here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. Who’s Ready For Some Beach Volleyball??

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Well, it’s the third week of February, and if you’re still procrastinating about getting in shape this year, you really don’t have all that much time left if you’re going to be taking a trip down to the lower part of the country where the sun shines a bit brighter this time of year. And yes, we are talking about Spring Break. It’s the time of year when the younger crowd migrate down to Florida, Cancun, the Bahamas, and other points south.

But is your body leaned and toned the way you want it to be when you’re wearing that stylish bathing suit? Let’s face it, from Thanksgiving, maybe even from Halloween, through the main holidays of overindulgence like Christmas with all the parties and don’t leave out New Year’s Eve festivities, eating right and getting in that regular exercise has probably taken a back seat to having some fun and overeating, not to mention the drinking. And now that the Super Bowl has run its course and Philly has won, the talk has probably been going around about what the plans are for Spring Break. At first, you’re excited that this time of year has snuck up on you. What may have also snuck up, is also that little bulge that just wasn’t there last summer. But, reacting to it now, can give you the incentive you need to skip that extra slice of pizza and the cold-ones and get yourself ready to hit the gym or the outside track or running paths. But you need to get it in gear right now, especially since you should never have fallen off the straight and narrow in the first place!

Some of the biggest mistakes people make when they're faced with the problem of trying to lose weight, especially belly-fat, is they go on a crash diet. That just won’t work in the long run. Sure, you may lose 5 lbs. or so, and if that’s all you need to lose then why are you worried about how you’re going to look in about 5-6 weeks anyway. This is all about losing about 10-15lbs while having your body looking toned when the winter outer-layers are shed!

The best way to increase your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass, so you burn more calories both during exercise and at rest, and that means heavier weights and lower reps. It also means hard exercises. This promotes the release of testosterone and growth hormone, which tell your muscle cells to grow and your fat cells to shrink. Now while weights will get those muscles working to grow and increase in both mass and overall strength building, you also need to keep them supple while increasing the elasticity of your tendons and joints that those muscles are attached to. And that means creating a good cardio routine into your weekly fitness schedule as well. After all, you don’t want your muscles to get tight without having that stretching capability, just in case you’re going to be involved in a good game of beach volleyball while you’re soaking up that sun with your friends on the beach. You need a fast passed cardio workout that will push your body, which in turn will increase the demands on your heart. After all, your heart is a muscle too and it also needs to be strengthened, and cardio is probably one of the best ways to do that. But, you need to monitor just how much you are pushing the limits of your body. That is why using a good, reliable fitness tracker is the key to getting the most out of your workout in the shortest amount of time. Now we don’t usually recommend stating that faster is better. But let’s face it, you’re under the gun right now as far as time goes, and Spring Break does not last forever. So if you’re looking to turn some heads on that beach, for all the right reasons, then you need to get serious about getting into your fitness routine, right now!

One of the fitness trackers that we recommend Garmin Vivoactive HR Strapless Heart Rate Smart Watch This is a unique wrist heart rate technology that will allow you to monitor your heart rate, at all times. Along with a collection of heart rate data, Vivoactive HR will also give you details like exhausted calories, the intensity of your workout sessions
Your every active moment like running, swimming, golfing and skiing are 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. So you see, with the reps. monitoring built in, it not only acts as a regular fitness tracker but also tracks the intensity of your strength training as well.

So, armed with the above, it’s really up to you to own up to getting yourself in shape so that you’re not spending all of your time on Spring Break, sitting in some hotel room instead of joining the gang out there on the beach. Get Up, Get Moving, And Get Back In Shape!

From the gang here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. Who’s Ready For Some Beach Volleyball??

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If Your Into Healthy...

Than Your Fitness Watch Should Be ON Your Wrist, NOT Left In A Drawer!

I know, most everyone from time to time has tried to get on the fitness treadmill. But there always seems to be something that takes you off that healthy track and into the “Jungle of Guilt” where you’ve labored for a while, even though your intentions were good, you slipped over to the “Dark Side” of eating those “Fatty Foods” again and seeing yourself entering the movie theater instead of going inside your gym.

Some of us have used incentives to motivate ourselves into getting healthy by purchasing the latest and greatest fitness watch, aka… Activity Monitor. Sure, you made sure it has all the bells and whistles, even has a heart rate monitor too, cause you’re gonna make sure you're working out to your fullest.

But you soon find out that even the best fitness monitors are like gym memberships. In the beginning, their shiny, new and you like showing it off as you work out, especially when you're amongst your fellow “Grunters and Sweaters” at the gym. Then, three months later you find that the novelty wears off and you realize that you haven't developed the body of a chiseled athlete and bit by bit you're visits to the gym are getting less frequent.

Well, you’re not alone, there are stats out there that show that most people, who make the purchase of an activity monitor whether it be a Gamin, or a Fitbit,  or some other popular fitness device, actually stop using them within the first 6 months!

So, how do you fix it so that you’re not one of the fitness wannabe’s out there that has their fitness watch laying alongside their old Timex? The answer is really simple. It’s all about what you want and your commitment to getting there. You need to approach your new fitness tracker, no matter the brand, (Naturally we like the two Brands we’ve spotlighted named above) with the right mindset!

Remember, just because you've strapped a tracker onto your wrist, doesn't mean you're going to get fit. What you've got here is a tool, and if used correctly, it can be a great, even life changing tool to aid you in staying motivated.

But if you asked us for our own personal favorite, we think the Garmin Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS Watch  fits our purpose, quite nicely. It’s a multi-function activity tracker, so whether you run, bike, walk, jog or even swim laps or take a dive out in the ocean. This activity tracker does just what it says it will do. Track your Activity, period! It also monitors your running dynamics, which includes tracking your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. Yep, we are talking an advance tool but also one that can easily be worn during your workday, or social outing because it looks great on your wrist!

But this activity watch, like any other tracking device, Is NOT a replacement for your own desire to succeed. You may have been thinking about getting in shape for months or even years but you simply did nothing about it. You may have even made multiple attempts before this to get in shape, even purchasing other exercise devices to help get you there. Just like the rowing machine, set of free weights or that yoga mat you bought, but the reality is, if you don't interact with it and use it, it won't help! If you accept from the outset that the hard work and a lifestyle change is still down to you, you'll have more success.

Most fitness trackers come with preset step goals. Your current lifestyle might mean you can hit these targets with ease. But we all know doing what you've always done isn't going to bring about the change you're looking for. Use the tracker for a week and see how you compare and then change the targets to be more demanding.

At the same time make a list of the times during your day when you realistically have the opportunity to add in more steps. This will help you understand where you might need to make bigger changes for greater impact.

Challenge yourself or Ramp up your daily activities. Once you've made your list, it's time to work out how to change your behavior. One big problem with fitness trackers is that they'll sit there recording what you do all day but won't actually have any effect on your daily habits. One way to change that is to create micro targets during the day. Walk more steps on the way to work or at lunch.
Challenge yourself to walk at least 100 steps per hour. These small targets and goals help you focus during the day rather than just drifting to the an-end-of-day total.
In order to boost fitness and stay healthy, it's important to avoid being sedentary for long periods of time. Worse than that, sitting for long periods of time can actually increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. So if you’re like a lot of us, you spend your days sitting at a desk only getting up for lunch and the occasional coffee or heaven forbid a soda, diet or regular,  please note, both are NOT good for you, so, this is one habit to change.

Moving for five minutes every hour has been proven to aid overall wellbeing and fend off some of the bad habits mentioned above. Many of the latest fitness trackers including those from Garmin and Fitbit come with handy reminders. Make sure these are set to on and don't ignore them. Use your hourly strolls away from your desk as an excuse to go get a drink of water for a healthy double dose of good.

The bottom line on all of this is, the activity monitor of your choice, (we’ve picked our favorite lines above) are meant to make you aware of your progress, or lack thereof, in order for you to improve your health. But you need to accept the fact that you are responsible for YOU.

At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we are here for you to help you achieve a life goal of being healthy. Feel free to send us an email, to let us know we are helping you in changing up your lifestyle habits. We hope WE ARE!

Your friends in attaining good health. The staff here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

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Than Your Fitness Watch Should Be ON Your Wrist, NOT Left In A Drawer!

I know, most everyone from time to time has tried to get on the fitness treadmill. But there always seems to be something that takes you off that healthy track and into the “Jungle of Guilt” where you’ve labored for a while, even though your intentions were good, you slipped over to the “Dark Side” of eating those “Fatty Foods” again and seeing yourself entering the movie theater instead of going inside your gym.

Some of us have used incentives to motivate ourselves into getting healthy by purchasing the latest and greatest fitness watch, aka… Activity Monitor. Sure, you made sure it has all the bells and whistles, even has a heart rate monitor too, cause you’re gonna make sure you're working out to your fullest.

But you soon find out that even the best fitness monitors are like gym memberships. In the beginning, their shiny, new and you like showing it off as you work out, especially when you're amongst your fellow “Grunters and Sweaters” at the gym. Then, three months later you find that the novelty wears off and you realize that you haven't developed the body of a chiseled athlete and bit by bit you're visits to the gym are getting less frequent.

Well, you’re not alone, there are stats out there that show that most people, who make the purchase of an activity monitor whether it be a Gamin, or a Fitbit,  or some other popular fitness device, actually stop using them within the first 6 months!

So, how do you fix it so that you’re not one of the fitness wannabe’s out there that has their fitness watch laying alongside their old Timex? The answer is really simple. It’s all about what you want and your commitment to getting there. You need to approach your new fitness tracker, no matter the brand, (Naturally we like the two Brands we’ve spotlighted named above) with the right mindset!

Remember, just because you've strapped a tracker onto your wrist, doesn't mean you're going to get fit. What you've got here is a tool, and if used correctly, it can be a great, even life changing tool to aid you in staying motivated.

But if you asked us for our own personal favorite, we think the Garmin Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS Watch  fits our purpose, quite nicely. It’s a multi-function activity tracker, so whether you run, bike, walk, jog or even swim laps or take a dive out in the ocean. This activity tracker does just what it says it will do. Track your Activity, period! It also monitors your running dynamics, which includes tracking your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. Yep, we are talking an advance tool but also one that can easily be worn during your workday, or social outing because it looks great on your wrist!

But this activity watch, like any other tracking device, Is NOT a replacement for your own desire to succeed. You may have been thinking about getting in shape for months or even years but you simply did nothing about it. You may have even made multiple attempts before this to get in shape, even purchasing other exercise devices to help get you there. Just like the rowing machine, set of free weights or that yoga mat you bought, but the reality is, if you don't interact with it and use it, it won't help! If you accept from the outset that the hard work and a lifestyle change is still down to you, you'll have more success.

Most fitness trackers come with preset step goals. Your current lifestyle might mean you can hit these targets with ease. But we all know doing what you've always done isn't going to bring about the change you're looking for. Use the tracker for a week and see how you compare and then change the targets to be more demanding.

At the same time make a list of the times during your day when you realistically have the opportunity to add in more steps. This will help you understand where you might need to make bigger changes for greater impact.

Challenge yourself or Ramp up your daily activities. Once you've made your list, it's time to work out how to change your behavior. One big problem with fitness trackers is that they'll sit there recording what you do all day but won't actually have any effect on your daily habits. One way to change that is to create micro targets during the day. Walk more steps on the way to work or at lunch.
Challenge yourself to walk at least 100 steps per hour. These small targets and goals help you focus during the day rather than just drifting to the an-end-of-day total.
In order to boost fitness and stay healthy, it's important to avoid being sedentary for long periods of time. Worse than that, sitting for long periods of time can actually increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. So if you’re like a lot of us, you spend your days sitting at a desk only getting up for lunch and the occasional coffee or heaven forbid a soda, diet or regular,  please note, both are NOT good for you, so, this is one habit to change.

Moving for five minutes every hour has been proven to aid overall wellbeing and fend off some of the bad habits mentioned above. Many of the latest fitness trackers including those from Garmin and Fitbit come with handy reminders. Make sure these are set to on and don't ignore them. Use your hourly strolls away from your desk as an excuse to go get a drink of water for a healthy double dose of good.

The bottom line on all of this is, the activity monitor of your choice, (we’ve picked our favorite lines above) are meant to make you aware of your progress, or lack thereof, in order for you to improve your health. But you need to accept the fact that you are responsible for YOU.

At HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com, we are here for you to help you achieve a life goal of being healthy. Feel free to send us an email, to let us know we are helping you in changing up your lifestyle habits. We hope WE ARE!

Your friends in attaining good health. The staff here at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

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