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The Importance of Exercising with a Heart Rate Monitor

Sometimes it’s hard to determine just how much is too much when it comes to training. You can make sure you're making the most of each workout by using a heart rate monitor. Read more for our tips and tricks.

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How Training with a Fitness Tracker can help Improve your Running Performance

Training with a fitness tracker can help you get more out of your your everyday exercises. We break down what metrics to track and how that can improve your running performance.

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How Well Does Heart Rate Variability Reflect Overall Health?

Resting heart rate, or pulse -- the number of times your heart beats per minute -- is a standard medical vital sign. But what your doctor can’t measure from the office, or doesn’t, is the more obscure, but equally important heart rate variability (HRV).

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Recovery: Using Biometrics to Listen to Your Body

With clinical-quality fitness trackers at your disposal, it's no longer a question of how to track biometrics, but rather which ones to pay attention to. We discuss heart rate, HRV and a few other signs to use

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6 ways to breathe easy during exercise

Making sure your body has the oxygen it needs to operate is never more important than when exercising. Here are 6 tips to breath easier when you're getting fit.

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Resting Heart Rate: 70 is the New 90

We've been told “a normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute.” But what if what we thought we knew was wrong? A quiet revolution has been taking place, and the internet is now just beginning to notice.

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Step Up Your Game

Do steps matter any more? Wearables of the past decade have staked their reputation on counting how many times you put one foot before the other—we're not convinced that's the key to living healthier.

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Ultra Racers: What's it Take to Run 100 Miles?

Think 26.2 miles sounds like a long run? Think again! We dive in to what it takes to run even further. Ultra-marathoners can run upwards of 100 miles.

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What Is The Best Macro Ratio For You Based On Your Phenotype (Body Shape)?

Finding the right balance of calories and macros and macronutrients are all important parts of living a healthier life. But what kind of body type do you have and how does that play into counting your macros? We break all this down to help you stay strong and lean.

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7 Ways to Restore Parasympathetic Balance

Restoring your the balance in your parasympathetic system is important. We break down 7 ways that you can realign one of the most important systems in your body!

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Calisthenics: The Ultimate Beginner’s 7 Day Guide

Calisthenics are a great way to get an effective workout conveniently. We've broken down exactly how to approach your exercise routine in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Calisthenics.

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Take this Advice with a Grain of Salt

Given the demonstrated connection between high blood pressure and poor cardiac outcomes, health officials have sought behavioral interventions to lower blood pressure. Salt, known to raise blood pressure in people with already high blood pressure, was an obvious target.

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The Key to Lowering Resting Heart Rate

Resting heart rate is an important metric for our health. Here are a few tips for how to lower resting heart rate.

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Heart Rate Variability and Overtraining

What can heart rate variability tell us about whether we're overreaching or overtraining? We're glad you asked..

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5 Best Pre Workouts to REALLY Improve Your Strength Training

There are scientifically proven truths to the benefits of supplementing your fitness routine with a pre workout. Here are our 5 Best Pre Workouts to make the most of your fitness routines.

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What Is Adrenaline and how does it work in our bodies

Adrenaline plays a fascinating role in our bodies as we deal with stress, deadlines, and excitement. We break down exactly what adrenaline is and what it's doing in your body.

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SpO2 and how an entire town changed our hearts.

What a small town in Massachussets has taught us about SpO2, it's role in sleep apnea, and ultimately how we can live healthier lives.

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Too Much Bed, Not Enough Sleep?

When was the last time you had a solid eight hours? The length, timing and quality of our sleep changes with age. Here's how sleep changes with age & tips to fix it.

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The Tell-tale Heart: What is a Healthy Resting Heart Rate?

Resting heart rate is a key measure of health, telling much about who, and how healthy, we are.

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Live Long and Prosper: 5 ways to age in place and how wearable tech can help.

Aging in place is a term of art for remaining in one’s own home, living on one’s own, for as long as possible, with maximum independence and health. Here are 5 ways to do just that.

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Can Wearable Tech Help Assess Fertility?

The growing power to measure multiple physiological changes at home, with accuracy, has boosted our ability to monitor fertility outside of a healthcare setting.

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Using A Fitness Tracker for Targeted Workouts

Elite athletes and trainers monitor their training stats with hawk-like accuracy and they reap the benefits. Whether you’re simply aiming for a healthier lifestyle or training for a triathlon, it’s important to track where you are and where you’re going in your fitness journey.

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The Lost City of Zzzzz: Is Sleep the New Miracle Cure?

What if science discovered a way to become stronger, smarter, healthier, more productive and better looking—for free? Well accumulating research suggests there is one: that sleep itself is the new miracle cure.

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Heart Rate Variability: What You Need To Know

There is no better measure of our overall mortality than heart health. And there are few better indicators of heart health than heart rate variability (HRV). Heart rate variability is the interval between heartbeats—the duration of the R–R interval—and how those intervals vary over time.

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Making Fitness A Habit

It’s a daily challenge to find time for your health alongside professional and social responsibilities. The average American works 47 hours a week, or six days, leaving little time for the gym, but it’s vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle even when you can’t make it the gym or fitness classes.

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The Physiology of Rest & Recovery

During exercise, the body is challenged and pushed slightly beyond its current limits. This stress creates slight trauma and micro-tears to the muscle and tissue. But when that muscle and tissue is repaired, the body grows stronger and its limits expand.

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Finding A Balanced Lifestyle

The key to a healthy lifestyle is balance, but true balance is difficult to achieve and takes work. However, with a little planning and discipline, balance may be more attainable than you think.

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Take It Outside: Make Working Out Outdoors A Fitness Habit

According to recent studies, the average American spends less than 7 percent of their time outdoors while research shows that spending time outside can improve cognitive function and sleep, and increase attention span. The psychological and physical benefits of making an outdoor workout a fitness habit are rich and motivating more and more people to move outside.

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Back to the basics: 5 Advantages of Wearable Technology

At Biostrap, we often get caught up talking about the broad implications of wearable devices and our grand ambitions for unlocking total health—maybe we should get back to the basics. We understand that not everyone is a biohacking fitness junkie. Whether you’re a layperson to the wearable industry or opening an API on your own biometrics, one thing is certain: wearables have a lot of benefits. So let’s talk about them!

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Hacking Your Parasympathetic Nervous System

In assessing overall health, the role of the nervous system is often overlooked, but the Parasympathetic Nervous System is a key component in understanding and achieving optimal training and wellness goals.

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The Importance of Sleep for Overall Health

When you don’t get enough sleep, or poor quality sleep, it has an immediate impact on your mood and alertness, but did you know sleep is also a vital component of overall health?

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Know Your Blood Oxygen Saturation Levels

Blood oxygen saturation levels measure the efficiency and intensity of workouts, but they can also indicate underlying health risks and disease. Most people need a minimum SpO2 level of 89% to maintain healthy cells. Biostrap can help you track this important vital and take efforts to improve low blood oxygen levels.

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Takeaways from South by Southwest: Wearables and Disappearables

"If there’s anything to be said about the wearable tech shown off at SXSW this year, it’s that it falls into one of two categories: it either performs a highly specialized function, or it’s easy to wear."

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The Importance of Measuring Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate can be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness—here are the essentials on why you measure it and how to lower it.

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Red vs. Green: Does the Light Sensor in Your Wearable Matter?

Wearable devices use PPG sensors to gather health data, but the quality of information you get depends on what color light is being used.

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An Update on Jawbone's Recent Pivot, Clinical Health, and the Future of Wearable Tech

The story of Jawbone has been nothing short of tumultuous. The headset-turned-bluetooth-speaker-turned-consumer wearable startup has unsurprisingly taken another turn. We break down what that means for consumer wearables, clinical health, and how Biostrap plays into it.

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Understanding Sleep Apnea with Oxygen Saturation

Pulse oximetry allows deep insights into oxygen in your blood stream. Here's how it can measure the quality of sleep you're getting.

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Creating the Perfect Biostrap For You

Biostrap aims to provide the best in wearable technology. We provide ECG-level accuracy, a reliable firmware ecosystem, and the latest in machine learning technology to help you unlock total health.

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Our Favorite Wearables from CES 2017

CES 2017 was a big year for wearable technology. From athletes to expecting mothers, everyone is finding new and impactful ways to use the latest in wearable tech. Here are a few of our favorite products from the annual showcase in Las Vegas.

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How To Live Healthier Using Heart Rate Variability

Using the same clinical grade PPG sensors, Biostrap allows consumers the same insights as the professional medical community. Researchers have identified Heart Rate Variability as a biometric that lends great insight into our overall health, indicating everything from stress levels to fitness performance.

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To a Healthier New Year

From the Olympics to the Presidential election, to the release of the new Star Wars movie and everything in between, the past 365 days have brought with them a lot of changes—for better or worse! As is common tradition, We, at Biostrap, have been spending these past few days, the ones just after Christmas and before New Year’s Day, to do a little reevaluation of the last 12 months and some soul-searching for the next dozen.

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CEO Sameer Sontakey on ESPN Radio

Last week, our CEO, Sameer Sontakey, was interviewed on ESPN 1000’s Sports Medicine Weekly show, where he discussed the launching of Biostrap, the future of sensors in our daily lives, and the benefits of insightful biometric data.

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Fitbit, Pebble, and the Future of Wearables

While smartwatches will clearly play a significant role in the future of wearables––and gathering basic health data from them makes sense––the wearable industry seems to be overlooking a crucial reason for wearables in the first place: health monitoring.

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The More The Merrier: How Biostrap Does Activity Classification

Whether you’re pushing the limits of the human body or simply living an active lifestyle, we go through our daily lives doing hundreds of repetitious activities. When it comes to your health, monitoring these daily movements is essential to a complete understanding of how efficiently your body is operating each day.

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Your Heart Will Appreciate This

That little, 11-ounce organ in your chest pumps thousands of gallons of blood through your system daily. It should be no surprise that measuring exactly how your heart is doing can lend great insight into your overall health.

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Biostrap Beginnings

Biostrap was born out of a desire to deliver a consumer wearable dedicated to providing deep insights geared towards total health. Early this year, Biostrap acquired an exclusive license to Amiigo’s core biometric and activity tracking technologies and has been working on a new product to deliver the next generation of health and fitness tracking with customer experience integrated right from the start.

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