Want to win a Heart Rate Monitor?

So as everyone may know, www.slimkicker.com asked me to host a little fitness challenge for all of my readers with the chance to win a Heart Rate Monitor. How awesome is that?

Enter below (the leave a comment button is to the left of this post under the date), with 1-2 sentences on your idea of a fun fitness or diet challenge. The contest will end Sunday September 16th @ 10pm.

I think this is a great giveaway to all my fitness friends out there, and so very thankful for slimkicker to present this opportunity to you guys. I think the idea itself is awesome and really enjoy their website. I also am really excited about the prize.. a heart rate monitor. A device that tracks heart rate, and calories.. a little motivation in its own way! I train with one, and I have all my clients train with one.

Have you ever stepped your life away on the stair master and saw all the calories that you were burning? Well without a HRM, those calories that the machine is telling you, are way off. When I say way off, I mean it. Granted the stair master is probably the only  machine that is relatively accurate, believing the numbers in front of you could actually “ruin” your weight loss goal. How? because it’s all about calories in vs calories out during weight loss and if those numbers are off, so could the number on the scale.

So if that’s not enough, read below on why a heart rate monitor is so beneficial..

Five Great Reasons to Wear a Heart Rate Monitor

Improve Your Health

You don’t have to be a serious athlete in training to benefit from wearing a heart rate monitor when you exercise. Whether you’re working out to control weight, tone muscles, build endurance, strengthen your heart, relieve stress or simply maintain good health and fitness, a heart rate monitor can help you find the right pace and intensity of exercise to achieve your goals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults should exercise at moderate intensity (50–70 percent of maximum heart rate) for at least 30 minutes five days a week, or at a vigorous intensity (70–85 percent of maximum heart rate) for 20 minutes three days a week.

Lose Weight

A heart rate monitor can tell you if you are exercising hard enough –– or too hard –– to burn stored fat.

Are you elevating your heart rate enough to lose weight? A heart rate monitor can tell you if you are exercising hard enough –– or too hard –– to burn stored fat. To lose weight, experts suggest exercising at a pace between 60-70 percent of your maximum heart rate for 30 minutes or more, with short intervals at higher intensity (up to 90 percent of your max heart rate). This will allow you to burn stored body fat (vs. the carbohydrates you just ate) and also improve your resting metabolism rate.

Make the Most of Your Limited Exercise Time

If you’re juggling a busy schedule and have limited time for exercise, a heart rate monitor can help you maximize your workout to achieve the best results. When exercising simply by time or by feel, you may not be elevating your heart rate enough to generate cardiovascular and weight loss benefits. Monitoring your heart rate enables you to set your pace without wasting time at a too-slow or too-fast level that defeats the purpose of your exercise.

Exercise Safely

Those who regularly exercise with a heart rate monitor can be the first to know if they are developing a health problem. Is your heart rate higher than you would expect it to be, given the pace of your exercise? It may be a sign that you are getting sick. Or you may simply be fatigued from over-training. A heart rate monitor is a great “early warning signal” that can help improve your preventative health care.

Be Your Own Coach

If you’ve ever found it difficult to exercise by yourself without the encouragement of a friend or trainer, a heart rate monitor may be just the thing you need. Set your watch to beep when you fall below your target, and your heart rate monitor will urge you to pick up the pace. Add variety and interest to your workout by doing short intervals of exercise at a higher intensity and heart rate. Keep a log of your heart rate monitor results to monitor your performance over time and pat yourself on the back when you see improvement!


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6 thoughts on “Want to win a Heart Rate Monitor?

  1. JMCdesignz says:

    I love this! And love that you’re interacting with your followers! My fitness challenge is no artificial sweeteners or sugar for one week! That includes fruits and veggies!

  2. Jacki says:

    Whenever I have been slacking on my workouts, have taken a break or just need a metabolic re-start, I use this diet, which I feel like works wonders!! For the first 5 days my meals are only vegetables, raw or cooked and 2-3 servings of fresh fruit (not juice, too much sugar). I also allow myself half an avocado and handful of nuts for healthy fats, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (for cooking or salad dressing), salsa, and red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar for salad dressing. And protein powder as well. Then the next five days I incorporate 1 serving of fish or chicken (you will never feel be so thankful to eat it, haha).

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  4. Jessica says:

    I have been challenging myself to be eating foods that don’t come in a box or have more than a few ingredients, using only herbs for seasoning my food, and drinking 3 liters of water a day. This way preservatives are cut out, artificial sweeteners are cut out, and the majority of sugars (except from fruits) are cut out.

  5. Mary says:

    Trying to gain a booty, so for the month of
    September, I am doing squats with light weights everyday (in addition to my regular training), and adding 5 more reps everyday until the end of the month!

  6. Fiona says:

    Hi there, seems like you are another ED blogger targeted? I just posted this on another blog who has also had the spam from slimkicker:

    Hihihi.. I just wanted to say, be careful!
    I’ve gotten a comment from Slimkicker too, offering for me to try their product too. Thing is, they seem to have targeted people with eating disorders – and that is what has me plainly horrified. It is impossible to read my site, even from a glance, and not know that I’m fighting severe anorexia and that I need to gain weight – and that diets are bad news for me. It’s impossible to not see that you have been struggling with an eating disorder too. I am disgusted and hope that you will approach them with a great deal of care. Marketing, offering their goodies FREE to people with Anorexia and Bulimia and EDNOS when their product is primarily about weight loss – that’s a dangerous thing to do and extremely irresponsible indeed.
    I want you to know, I feel for you. I know what it’s like to HATE your body, especially in the aftermath after anorexia and weight gain. I hope you can trust me when I say, you do NOT need to lose weight at all – But I do understand the strong desire/urge/need to. Please bear in mind that 95% of diets do not work (and that is an official, science/research proven figure but I am too tired to go dig it up, just google it if you want to be sure) – because restricting is THE main reason why we binge or even cannot stay on a restrictive meal plan – our bodies drive us to seek out and consume, as a survival technique. And companies like this know that – they make their millions off people’s ‘failures’ which aren’t really failures they are simply the inability of human beings to control our bodies, and our pre-programmed survival instincts. So they are quite happy to 1. market weight loss to people with life threatening EDs and 2. make money from people who will be doomed to become repeat customers on the diet bandwagon for life (if they are not already) because it’s encouraging them to fight their own bodies. They’ve completely lost my respect.
    Take care and I hope one day you can see and realise just how beautiful and perfect you ARE, as you are, right now. xxx

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