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How a Heart Rate Monitor will benefit you in the long run..

If you are wanting to lose weight, get faster or just improve your over all conditioning, then the heart rate monitor is a tool you should invest in.  I have been suggesting to all of my clients that are training to lose weight, a good wristband model that is easy to read and maneuver.  Basically, we are targeting the heart rate and also getting an estimated number of calories burned during the time period of the workout.

To find your target heart rate you should take 220 and minus your age.  No matter what pace you jog at you will burn calories.  By jogging, you are increasing your heart rate, even if it is at a slower pace.  As your heart rate increases and your muscles work harder, you require more energy.  This energy is found in calories. Once available calories are depleted, your body begins to burn calories from fat. A consistent jogging routine or intensity will help you lose fat.  However, at a higher intensity, 70-90% of your maximum heart rate allows you to burn a greater number of calories which is what matters when you are losing weight.   I have had great feedback from the clients whom use their heart rate monitors.  It allows you to challenge yourself, and get out of that comfort zone.  Let’s face it cardio can be mundane and boring if you are going to the gym and consistently jumping on that old faithful treadmill. With a heart rate monitor it makes it a little more challenging, to stay in the necessary zones for calorie and fat burning.  It helps keep the motivation and drive needed to give you that extra push. Heart rate monitors are very affordable and you can find them at most department stores, sporting goods stores  or online.

Brenda Bark’s Focus on Fitness


For more information you may email me at Brenda@myfocusonfitness.com or phone

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Turkey Meatballs


1 pound of ground turkey

1 can low sodium tomato soup

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup. brown rice

1/2  cup wheat bread crumbs

pinch salt and pepper

2 egg whites or 1 egg (substitute)


Combine ground turkey with all the above ingredients, except the soup.  Roll into small balls and place meatballs in baking dish.

In separate bowl combine tomato soup with 1/2 can water and mix with fork. Pour soup mixture over meatballs and cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Hormones Weighing You Down?

There are so many differences in training men and women and especially as my female clients approach perimenopause and menopause.  Suddenly it becomes harder to lose weight and most women find they gain between 10 and 20 pounds despite their efforts to diet and continue their cardio and weight training regimens.  This can be extremely frustrating to combat but is certainly not something you should accept.

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