Training your heart.

I have a new obsession.

Well to be fair, I’ve had an obsession with this HRM(heart rate monitor) since I started reading The Fitnessista and she got this Polar watch. I knew I had to have it. I’ve used Polar HRM before and loved them. They are easy to use, accurate and relatively inexpensive. They are a great element to enhancing your training. My previous HRM… Polar F4

has the following features:

  • track/record HR
  • track calories burned
  • max HR/ avg. HR
  • store weekly totals/goals
My new FT40 does additional things like…
  • back light– perfect for dark spin rooms!
  • tells me the % of fat I am burning out of total calories
  • training files; week summaries, etc. 
  • extremely comfortable heart rate band
  • FLOW LINK capability 🙂
The Flow Link is a feature that allows you to link your training info from your watch to your computer/Internet. Just place the face plate on your FL and it automatically updates the info! 
Here are some benefits of training with a HRM: 
  • allows you to train in your optimal zone and intensity. 
  • prevent over training. You are able to gauge your training and not place too much stress on your body. 
  • pacing yourself. following your heart rate will allow you to peak at certain times in your training. 
  • informative. by tracking calories burned, you will have an accurate idea of what your body is expending. 
  • FUN! 
There are many more reasons to invest in a HRM, but primarily it is important for your heart. I was in a meeting with a sales rep from Polar HRM and he said something that stuck with me. He mentioned that wearing a heart rate monitor while exercising is like a speedometer in a vehicle. If you didn’t know the speed you were going, it could be potentially very dangerous. Same goes with your body. If you don’t know how hard you’re training, you won’t know how hard to push yourself OR pace yourself. 
So do yourself a favor and don’t drive the car without a speedometer. Check out which HRM works best for you
And have fun with it! Who knows, it could completely change your routine and help you finally achieve your fitness goals!

The start of something good…

Let’s be real. Did you make a resolution?

Did you last the first day? Or two? Or the first week?

My goals this year were to:
1.) Floss daily
2.) No drinking on week nights

And what did I do Sunday, January 1st. Had a couple few cocktails and forgot to floss. Woops.

Honestly, you have to go easy on yourself this time of year. You’ll have slip ups. You just have to know how to get back on track. Overall I vowed to become more spiritual in 2012.

In high school, the nights before any test, I used to wake up covered in hives. My chest would be on fire and I couldn’t sleep. I tried lots of different lotions and potions before really recognizing my problem. I was so stressed out and my body was trying to tell me something. I kept trying to fix the symptoms, when all along I should have been trying to look at the root cause.

Senior year we had a “wellness day”. One of my classmates moms’ was a yoga instructor and came into our class. With the desks pushed to the sides of the room, the entire class practiced yoga. I remember my mom picking me up from school that day. I felt like a changed person. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt calm.

It wasn’t until college that I even took another yoga class. Even then it would be sporadic. My body kept telling me it needed the practice though. Whether it be yoga, meditation or controlled breathing techniques, I needed to figure out a way to calm my body down. To relax.

When I entered the fitness industry I was only interested in high intensity, cardiovascular activities. I wanted Spin, kickboxing, total body and circuits.

I wanted to sweat and feel the burn
Little did I know about yoga.
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in the Spring of 2011. From then on I was hooked. Looking back at my older posts I recognize how new I was to the practice. Since Bikram, I now go to Baptiste at least once a week. The studio is a place a can go and remove all outside misunderstandings. If I don’t like what’s going on in my life. I practice. It’s not a removal, so much as a way for me to cope with my situations.

In an effort to calm and relax myself from high stress situations, I will bring myself to the mat more. As a group exercise instructor, yoga is something I wouldn’t want to teach. Therefore, it is a way to be taught and be the ultimate student.

What’s your yoga