At-Home Pampering Aids Help Ease Tension

Can a massage make you healthier? The medical community has long known that stress levels have an impact on overall well-being. Minimizing tension and stress can contribute to a reduction of problems from muscle aches to common colds to heart disease.

We’re in favor of anything that results in the unique gift of better health, whether it’s a standing weekly appointment for a rub-down or just taking care of ourselves with a bit of pampering right at home. Here are some ideas for unique gifts that will pamper you with a massage from head to toe, and you’ll never even have to leave the house.

82399_300x300The Deep or Light Pressure Neck Massager provides penetrating, deep tissue massage or a soothing, light touch. Unlike typical neck massagers that only provide vibration, this model uses two rollers that rotate in two directions to simulate the kneading of the human hand. The massager is made from comfortable foam, sculpted to fit comfortably around the neck and can be compressed against specific areas of your neck and shoulders.

Get a gentle, soothing massage to 81569_300x300both the top and bottom of the hand with The Hand Reflexology Massager. It compresses trigger points using a mechanical air pressure system that kneads the hand for a comfortable, spa-like massage. A team of physical therapists found the massager to have potential to help relieve pain and discomfort with its soothing rhythm that helps relieve the tension, stress, and fatigue associated with extended keyboard and mouse usage.

The Invigorating Heel To Toe Masseuse combines deep tissue 84872_300x300shiatsu, compression, and heat for an invigorating foot massage that rivals those given by a professional masseuse. Simply tuck each foot into the soft cloth-lined pockets for a vigorous 15-minute session. An infrared heat setting can be used to pleasantly warm the soles to boost relaxation.

So take care of yourself, indulge in some at-home massage and you may enjoy the unique gifts of better health.

All in favor of vision health, say “Eye”

August is National Eye Exam Month, dedicated to the importance of eye health and safety.

The Strain Relieving Eye MassagerVision health is one of the most unique gifts of physical well-being. If you are between the ages of 40-65, your eyes should be checked at least every two years. For those over 65, vision should be checked annually.

Even for healthy eyes, everyday eye strain is not uncommon. The Strain Relieving Eye Massager uses mist, gentle vibration, and warmth to relax and soothe the eyes. The mask’s silicon seal gently contours to the unique shape of your face. This eye massager is a thoughtful and unique gift for anyone who spends hours in front of a computer, does a lot of close-up work, or simply needs some relief and relaxation.The Eye Fatigue Preventing Reading Glasses

You may be able to mitigate strained eyes with The Eye Fatigue Preventing Reading Glasses. Infused with melanin, the pigment that gives eyes their color, protects from UV damage, and reduces glare naturally, these magnifying reading glasses prevent eyes from tiring as you read or view a computer monitor.

For those who need a little help with tiny print or close work now and then, The Only Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses adjust the focus of each lens with the simple turn of a dial, using fluid-injection technology developed by a physicist at The Only Adjustable Focus Reading GlassesOxford. As the dial on either side of the frame is turned, the elastic membrane bows inwards or outwards, subtly changing the prescription in each lens independently.

The gift of sight is one of the best gifts you’ll ever enjoy, so make your appointment to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist now, during National Eye Exam Month.

Unique Gifts For le Tour de Neighborhood

After 2,276 miles, four countries, and various crashes eliminating some of the race favorites, the 101st Tour de France comes to a conclusion today. A punishing 21-stage, 3-week race, the Tour traverses mountain peaks, fields of lavender, impossibly narrow European streets and French countryside with beauty that defies description.

Here in the U.S., many states and cities now feature professional cycling tours, and among recreational cyclists, the sport is more popular than ever. A bicycle is a great way to get around town. It burns calories and when a bike ride substitutes for a car trip, it saves money, reduces traffic congestion, and is environmentally green.

Perhaps you or someone you know regularly uses a bike to get to work or school. At dusk, dawn or at night, The Cyclist’s Virtual Safety Lane moThe Cyclist's Virutal Safety Laneunts to a bicycle’s seat post and projects two 5-milliwatt red lasers onto the ground, generating a virtual bicycle lane. Visible under headlights and streetlights from over a mile away, this is a thoughtful and unique gift for a bike commuter.

The Tour de France riders conquer impossibly steep mountain passes, but many of us need a little help just getting up the hill at the end of the street. The Electric Comfort Bicycle features a 500-watt electric motor that assists riders up hills or across broad flats for easy cruising. Speeds up to 20 mph are achieved with the motor only; pedaling will increase speed further. A full charge of its battery provides up to 30 miles of coasting.

The Virtual Mountain Bike Racing SimulatorPerhaps you’ve experienced the thrills of mountain biking, but can’t make it out to the terrain as much as you would like. The Virtual Mountain Bike Racing Simulator combines an exercise bike with a 17″ LCD video screen to simulate riding through outdoor courses. The bike’s electronically controlled pedaling resistance automatically increases or decreases to replicate the terrain gradients shown on the screen.

No doubt, the Tour de France riders will be relieved to pedal into Paris today for the end of this grueling race, but on a more modest level, a bike ride feels good and is good for you. So savor summer’s unique gifts with a refreshing bike ride today.

Turning Boredom into Action

Ennui. Lethargy. Tedium. However you label it, it’s all boredom.

Throughout July, the U.S. celebrates National Anti-boredom Month, and a chance to cure the call of “There’s nothing to do!” forever. We’re all for putting a bit of extra excitement into your life, and we can offer several ideas to banish boredom for people of all ages.The Backyard Zip Line Kit

The Seated Backyard Zipline Kit allows riders to swoop up to 90 feet through the air while remaining close to the ground. The system simply wraps around two trees at an incline and riders zip from one end to the other, similar to ziplines found at luxury ski resorts and adventure camps. It’s a unique gift for kids or grandkids, that helps make playing outdoors better than any video game.

You and a friend can tool around town on The Only Electric Bicycle Built for Electric Tandem BicycleTwo. The only one of its kind, this tandem electric bicycle assists riders up to 20 mph in relaxed comfort, up hills or across broad flats. Its step-through design provides easy mounting and dismounting for both riders.

For boredom that can only be cured with speed, The World’s Fastest Amphibious Car blasts over water at 44 mph and reaches 80 mph on the road. Powered by a 300-hp Honda engine, it operates like a regular vehicle on land with a four-speed manual transmission. Amphibious CarWhen it’s time to enter the water, the wheels rise above the bottom of the hull and the engine’s power is redirected to a Panther pump jet.

Time with friends is a sure cure for boredom, along with a bit of liquid social lubrication. The Aquatic Bar seats four around an integrated cooler, facilitating the unique gift of dazzling conversation. Four inflatable chairs let sitters’ legs dangle in the cooling water.

So turn the dog days of summer to the doing days of summer and your friends The Aquatic Barand family will jump up with joyful cries when they see these unique gifts perfect for Anti-boredom Month.

Show Your Heart Some Love and Keep Blood Pressure in Check

Ah, Valentine’s Day…when a young man’s fancy turns to love. Among those of us who are more mature, however, matters of the heart often involve a visit to a cardiologist.

Much is known today about the relationship between high blood pressure and risk factors for heart disease. Only a doctor should diagnose hypertension, but the patient can track his or her own blood pressure levels by using a home blood pressure monitor.

The best blood pressure monitorbest-blood-pressure-monitor we’ve found for home use earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it was the most accurate and was one of the easiest to operate in comparison tests. The monitors’ systolic and diastolic readings were compared to those taken by a cardiology nurse, and The Best model displayed a 94% accuracy rate—the highest of any blood pressure monitor. It automatically illuminates when the device is held at heart level—the ideal position for accurate readings. Panelists lauded The Best model’s automatic inflating cuff because it “felt nice around the wrist and was easy to put on.”

Exercise is also key to keeping blood pressure in check. Many folks are better able to stick to their exercise goals when varying their routines to avoid boredom. Try walking a few days a week and biking another day or two. Having your own equipment at home to exercise indoors during bad weather, at night, or whenever the mood strikes also increases your chance for success.

The Virtual Reality Treadmill keeps your routine interesting by adjusting its incline to simulate the terrain you’re watching on a television. The included video player transmits first-person, high-definition video of trails, hills, and city streets in the majestic landscapes of northern Italy and the southwestern United States to your TV.

Some find space is at a premium when equipping a home gym. The Foldaway Recumbent Exercise Bicycle folds in seconds to half its set-up size for unobtrusive storage under a bed or in a closet. This recumbent model encourages users to sit upright and pedal with correct spinal posture. The bicycle has an LCD for simple navigation of workout menus, displaying your heart rate, exercise time, speed, calories burned and distance traveled, and the bicycle’s resistance adjusts at the turn of a knob.

If you haven’t been active, increasing your exercise level can help lower your blood pressure in a matter of a few weeks. Set your goal, stick with it, and track your progress with your blood pressure monitor.

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Survive January?

In the waning days of December, about 50 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. And by February 1, it’s reported that 82% of those resolutions have fallen by the wayside. With a little help, you can be in the elite 18% and resolve to keep your resolutions.

According to Scranton University, the top 10 resolutions for 2014 included losing weight (#1) and getting or staying fit (#5). And today’s technology is here to assist.Wellness Monitor

Among our favorites is The Wellness Monitor. This wristband automatically tracks your daily movements and sleep cycles to determine if you are getting enough exercise and sleep. The device automatically uploads the information to a website via Bluetooth when it is within 15′ of a paired device, or data can also be synched into popular fitness apps.

Another convenient device that helps track your workouts is The Smart Pedometer. Unlike typical pedometers with miniscule memory, this activity tracker uploads data to a paired compatible smartphone to chart your movements. When the pedometer’s flip-up jack is plugged into the smartphone’s audio port, a push of a button transfers results to a free fitness app that displays data in easy-to-read graphics.

Many folks resolve that this is the year they will put together a home gym…but how about an office gym! The Elliptical Machine Office Desk pairs an adjustable-height desk with a semi-recumbent elliptical trainer to let users exercise while on the job. Designed to be pedaled at slower cadences that break neither one’s concentration or a sweat, an average user can burn about 4,000 calories in a typical workweek. Considering 3,500 calories equal one pound of body weight, that could translate to more than 50 lbs. of weight loss in a year!

To increase your chances for success, develop a strategy that lets you reward yourself at intermediary milestones and recognize that you may slip up occasionally. Keep things around that remind you of your goal. Build a small but supportive social network of others who share your goal. On the flip side, self-blame, wishful thinking, and procrastination virtually never lead to success.

National Save Your Hearing Day – Can You Hear Me Now?

Do you find yourself asking people to speak up? Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss is common—affecting 30 percent of adults aged 65-74 according to the National Institutes of Health. But hearing loss caused by everyday noise is completely preventable.

On National Save Your Hearing Day, Save your hearing day.tune into these protective tips from the Hearing Health Foundation:

  • Wear headphones or earplugs if you work in a loud environment to save your hearing.

Avoid prolonged exposure to power tools, rock concerts, and other noisy situations that produce more than 85 decibels (the sound level of city traffic).

Pump down the volume on that MP3 player—listening at the maximum setting for more than 15 minutes a day can cause permanent damage.

If you’ve already suffered some loss of hearing, devices such as The Voice Clarifying Amplifier, The Voice Clarifying TV Speaker, and The Award Winning Sound Balancing Headphones amplify sounds while dampening background noise.

 

Healthy and Fit at Any Age – Senior Fitness

Senior FitnessLondon resident Fauja Singh ran a marathon at age 100.

Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan competed at the Summer Olympics at 71.

You may not be up for grueling athletic events, but celebrating a few more birthdays is no excuse for sitting on the sidelines. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is held annually on the last Wednesday in May to encourage older adults to get back in the game.

The National Institute on Aging agrees: A little exercise, no matter your age or physical condition, does a lot of good for your bones, heart, balance and mood. Even pumping iron —those weights at the gym, not the pills in a bottle—is recommended for senior fitness.

You may just need to adapt your routine, dialing it down from weekend warrior to recreational athlete, or ratcheting it up from couch potato to man (or woman) in motion. For a low-impact workout, try The In Pool Exercise Glider or The Power Assist Pedaler. Other good activities include walking, Tai Chi, or even a little housework. Because getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down.