Your Heart Rate Doesn't Lie

Your Heart Rate Doesn't Lie

No matter the age, gender or fitness level, heart rate based training will work 100 percent of the time.

Technology used during exercise has become very popular today. Whenever you are at the gym or a fitness class, take notice of all the wearable technology around you. There are so many different types of heart rate monitors and they all take on different shapes and sizes.

These Fitbits or Apple watches, for example, are beneficial for tracking your workouts longterm, but they are very important for tracking your current heart rate throughout your workout.

Exercising based around heart rate is a great way to train. No matter the age, gender or fitness level, heart rate based training will work 100 percent of the time. You will benefit the most when you reach your target heart rate for 20-35 minutes.

Your target heart rate should be between 70-85 percent of your max heart rate. You find your MHR by subtracting your age from 220. This is your key to burning away any unwanted body fat. The higher your heart rate is, the more calories you will burn, but less fat. It is important to spend the most time around 70 percent, but increase your intensity at some point during your workout in order to get that extra calorie burn.

Wearing a heart rate monitor and keeping an eye on your heart rate will prevent under or over training. If your heart rate is too low, that means the intensity of your activity is not where it needs to be if you want to lose weight. Under training is not beneficial to your health and if you aren't going to push yourself, it defeats the purpose of exercising.

You don't want to under train, but the importance of not overtraining is just as important. If you push yourself too hard and your heart rate is about 90 percent of your max HR, you are not improving your fitness and could injure yourself. Monitoring your heart rate and making sure you are not over working will improve your workout and fitness level.

Orangetheory Fitness is a HIIT group fitness organization that utilizes the importance of your heart rate and creates daily workouts to train you in and out of difference heart rate zones. Heart rate based training is scientifically backed and guarantees success for any fitness level.

I am a strong believer in heart rate based training because it is science backed and is proven to get you the best results. Your heart rate doesn't lie and it's universal so any person can rely on this during their workout.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?

I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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I'm The Girl Who'll Never See Eye-To-Bleary-Eye With Mornings OR Morning People

Mornings suck... or do I suck at mornings? But, lets be honest, no one likes the sound of their alarm in the morning.


7:10 a.m... BEEP BEEP BEEP... my alarm goes off for my 7:30 a.m. shift.

*Hits snooze*

7:15 a.m... BEEP BEEP BEEP... my alarm goes off again. In my head "It takes me about 10 minutes to drive to work, so I guess that it means it is time to drag myself out of bed."

I know this is not just because my customers will not walk through the door with a smile and happy comments unless they have had at least two cups of coffee.

So, why do we do this to ourselves?

I mean yeah, there are some people who are exceptions and actually like and thrive in the morning but most people my age have a rough time in the morning. They even tell you going into college, "Don't schedule an 8 a.m. because you will never go." Sometimes it is even hard for me to get out of bed for an 11 a.m.

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On a normal day:

When 7:30 a.m. hits, I look at the clock and realize I still have a few hours left and curl up in my blanket for some more pillow time.

At 9:00 a.m. my internal alarm goes off; as much as I hate that my body won't let me sleep anymore, it is better than that obnoxious beeping sound that I dread.

Then, at 9:30 a.m. I have had at least one cup of coffee, two if I am on my A-game.

Finally, at 11:00 a.m. I am fully functioning but still, on some days you might catch me with a sour look on my face because I still do not want to be up.

Is this all just me? Or is it the majority of people... the world may never know. All I know is that morning sucks and I have no idea why they are even a thing.

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