Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Don’t Let Foot Pain Spoil Your Walk in the Woods

Grab the camera, a sweatshirt, and some walking shoes…it’s time for to go leaf-peeping!

There’s no better time than fall for a walk in the woods to enjoy the unique gifts of colors the trees give us. The autumn air is crisp, the breeze carries the scent of the season, and your perambulations can be followed with a glass of cider…hard or otherwise.

Even if you experience foot pain when walking, we can help you still enjoy a stroll in the woods. Here are just a few of the items available from Hammacher Schlemmer designed to help prevent and relieve discomfort in the feet.81650_1000x1000

The Plantar Fasciitis Relief Rocker is a professional-quality stretching device that relieves the pain from this affliction and helps prevent it from reoccurring. Simply standing on the unit with one foot and rocking gently backwards stretches the plantar fascia and helps prevent inflammation. The device also provides a great stretch to the Achilles tendons, ankles, calves and hamstrings, making it an ideal and unique gift for runners and other athletes.84992_1000x1000

Our Custom-fit Insole Kit enhances foot comfort and balance without a trip to the podiatrist. Proven to protect against sports- and job-related injuries when worn regularly, they can also help relieve foot fatigue and pain. Simply step into the moldable foam in the kit, mail it to the manufacturer in the prepaid package, and within a few weeks you’ll receive your own customized, cushioning insoles.88387a_1000x1000

After a long walk, you may want to seek comfort from this Shiatsu Heated Foot Compression Massager, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. It provides a soothing, spa-like experience by combining heat, air compression, and Shiatsu to relax and reenergize sore feet. This device features kneading rollers that target key pressure points to relieve tension and knots, while lined footwells inflate and deflate with comfortable compression to revive aching muscles. Add a touch of heat to accelerate the blood flow that refreshes tired feet.

Don’t miss out on the pleasures of a walk in the woods during this beautiful time of the year…employ some preventative measures and soothing after-care and you’ll practically be skipping down nature’s path.

Got Pain? PT Can Work It Out

Throughout October, we salute physical therapists and the unique gifts their work provides by recognizing National Physical Therapy Month.

When you choose PT as a means to reduce pain, recover from an injury or regain mobility, you’ll get a program designed for your specific needs. The goals will include improvement in range of motion, reduced dependence on medication, avoidance of surgery and, most importantly, the unique gift of less pain in your daily life.

To maximize the benefits of your PT program, it’s important you actively participate. Perform the exercises recommended by your therapist and apply heat or cold as prescribed. The items below can also help further your healing – you may even want to discuss these items with your therapist to ensure maximum benefit.72229_1000x1000

Recommended by physical therapists, these body wraps retain both heat and cold and transfer it to joints or muscles for superior therapeutic treatment of injuries or pain. The leak-proof, latex-free wraps contain a flexible gel that can be microwaved for heat therapy or chilled in the freezer for cold applications. The wraps stay hot or cold for up to 40 minutes, move easily with you, and can be worn under clothing.89962a_1000x1000

Using Continuous Motion Therapy – a technique used by physical therapists for over 30 years – this device for relieving back pain employs gentle oscillation to loosen tight muscles and improve range of motion. The device’s treatment pad subtly rocks back and forth, slowly shifting the sacrum and lower back muscles in the same motion used while walking. This process, proven effective in the journal Physiotherapy, helps promote flexibility and injury repair to reduce pain and stiffness.89193_1000x1000

After a vigorous PT session, this flexible vibration massage pad gives you a relaxing, full-body massage virtually anywhere, even on soft or irregular surfaces such as beds, couches, or chairs. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, it flexes at four points, so you can easily place it over furniture. With its 20 individual foam-cushioned sections and a heating element in the lumbar area, the pad’s built-in massaging motors target the shoulders/upper back, mid-back, lower back, thighs, and calves.

So Choose PT and you’ll move forward with a safe, drug-free approach to the unique gifts of pain-free living.

Fit Health into this Weekend’s Plans

Tomorrow is Family Health and Fitness Day USA. This annual event focuses on promoting family involvement in physical fitness and other healthy activities, including walking, low-impact exercise, health screenings, and health information workshops. If you have young children or grandchildren, give them the unique gift of making exercise a habit now, for a lifelong enjoyment of physical fitness.

You may be able to find events in your own community at health clubs, YMCA locations, schools, hospitals, and park districts. Of course, we believe health and fitness deserves attention 365 days a year, so here are some suggestions to help you and your loved ones be more active every day.87661_1000x1000

Walking is among the most beneficial exercises and almost everyone can participate. With a pedometer in your pocket, you may even be more motivated to achieve the 10,000 steps a day recommended by many fitness experts. This lightweight pedometer is as thin as a book of matches and stores comfortably in any shirt- or pants pocket. The device uses a state-of-the-art German accelerometer that provides superior accuracy no matter how the pedometer is worn. It’s an ideal unique gift for anyone just getting started on a fitness regimen.87938_1000x1000

If you experience knee pain that prevents you from enjoying a walk, these men’s and lady’s oxford-style walking shoes feature a patented sole that helps relieve the discomfort. Developed in conjunction with rheumatology experts, the shoes employ flexure zones built into the outsoles, proven in a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to reduce knee load by 20 percent.

Core strength is a key element of overall fitness. This compact core t82763_1000x1000rainer simulates cantering on a horse to strengthen and tone the core. Just sit on the padded saddle, rest your feet on the rubberized bar, and shift your weight backward to put the device’s drivewheel in motion. As it rotates at a moderate pace, you engage lumbar muscles, abs, glutes, and thighs, building core strength to help prevent back injuries and improve balance and posture, while you burn calories.

Physical activity can be fun for the entire family. You’ll spend quality time together, benefit from the exercise…and if you tire the kids out, they just might beg to go to bed early.

Unique Gifts for Her Show Your Appreciation

This Sunday is National Wife Appreciation Day. While some of you might be thinking wives ought to be more appreciated every day, this unofficial holiday was originally conceived as an alternative to Mother’s Day for women who don’t have children.

Whether or not the special woman in your life has little ones underfoot, we can assure you it’s never a bad idea to present her with a unique gift to show your appreciation for the many things she does every day. 86408_1000x1000We have some suggestions to help you say “thank you” and gain valuable brownie points, too.

This massaging heated wrap soothes aching joints, while its invigorating vibration massage simultaneously relaxes sore muscles in her neck and shoulders. Unlike typical rectangular heating pads that don’t provide ideal coverage or contact, this model’s slightly weighted edges and magnetic closure provide a custom fit to deliver deep-penetrating, therapeutic heat in areas prone to stress-induced tightness.82643_1000x1000

Many wives find their relaxation in the juice of a grape. This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. The Best model was lauded by a wine industry expert for its flawless performance, unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.”77833_1000x1000

Here’s a wall-mountable, illuminated jewelry cabinet that keeps up to 160 pieces organized and easily accessible. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the armoire has six LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet to help her quickly locate jewelry. You may even want to consider adding a shiny new bauble to the interior to make this unique gift even more special.

You might not even be aware of all the little things your wife does to make your life happier and easier. End the day by giving her a foot massage and telling her how much you appreciate having her in your life. We assure you, the dividends will pay off!

Unique Gifts for Olympic-Sized Fun

Promising pageantry, spectacle and plenty of Samba dancing, tonight’s Opening Ceremonies kick off the 2016 Rio Olympics. For the next two weeks, we’ll be captivated by this all-you-can-watch buffet of sports, awestruck by the athletes’ unique gifts of natural talent, strength, speed, and focus.

If you, however, are less of a viewer and more of a doer, consider creating your own Olympics right in your backyard.11841_1000x1000 We have some suggestions to get you started on fun events for a friendly neighborhood competition.

Diving—Combine the inflatable Floating Jungle Gym with this body-launching attachment at the lake.  It will launch a person sitting on its surface into the air when another person jumps on the inflatable, providing airborne fun for somersaults, flips, cannonballs and belly flops. The commercial-grade jungle gym itself is strong enough to support leaps from the apex, too.12671_1000x1000

Table TennisThis table tennis table features an integrated 2,800-watt audio system and LED lighting to impart thrill and excitement to any tournament. Connecting to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth for music, the table also includes a microphone input and volume and track controls that allow ambidextrous karaoke enthusiasts to sing a victory song while delivering a game-winning backhand or for an announcer to add color commentary to each volley. 87413_1000x1000

Pickleball—Though not an Olympic sport – yet – pickleball is among the fastest-growing sports in the country. This complete pickleball kit sets up in minutes for fast-paced fun for two picklers. This unique gift is available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer and sets up on any hard surface. The game combines the volleys of tennis with oversized paddles, a badminton-size court, and a perforated plastic ball. Balls travel at one-third the speed of a tennis ball, making the game easy to learn and fun to play for all experience levels. 12110_1000x1000

Award Ceremonies—Close our your games and present your winners’ medals around this handcrafted replica of the Athlete’s Village Fire Pit Globe from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The unique globe-shaped design, with cutouts in the shapes of the continents, evokes the international spirit of the Games. The fire pit is forged from heavy-gauge carbon steel with an iron oxide patina to last for many Olympics to come.

Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep

They say the best things in life are free. But some of those things can be difficult to achieve…like a good night’s sleep.

Especially as we age, quality sleep becomes elusive. Aches and pains may interfere with rest and many folks middle-aged and beyond awaken in the wee hours with night sweats. We have some ideas that can help bring you the unique gifts of better rest.88412_1000x1000

These Sleep Enhancing Sheets are made from a patented fabric clinically proven to promote better sleep. The sheets’ silky fibers are interwoven with strands of Celliant, yarn enhanced with titanium dioxide, a mineral that absorbs body heat and then converts it into infrared light that is reabsorbed back into the skin. This safe, invisible energy reduces pain, boosts blood oxygen levels, and helps to counteract aches, inflammation, and night sweats.78165_1000x1000

NASA has developed another fabric originally designed to keep astronauts comfortable in space. It’s used in this unique pillow, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, to provide a comfortably cool sleeping surface. Inside the pillow, millions of invisible microcapsules absorb excess heat and move the warmth away from your head and neck until the pillow reaches the ambient temperature. As you shift positions during sleep, the vacated area of the pillow recovers its cooling properties.84920_1000x1000

Another unique gift for better sleep is this Instant Cooling Bed Pad. It uses a special gel that absorbs body heat. During eight hours of testing in an independent lab, this pad’s surface temperature rose only 1 degree. Requiring no refrigeration or electricity, the pad’s thin-yet-firm gel provides a comfortable sleeping surface, and unlike lesser pads, won’t emit sleep-disrupting popping noises when you roll over.

Multiple studies have shown that inadequate sleep may lead to chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, short-term memory loss, and weight gain. Vow to get better sleep starting tonight and give yourself the unique gifts of better health.

Stress-Free on the Greens

For those of us that play golf as a way to combat stress, we have a few unique gifts that can help make your golf outing a more leisured experience. 84961_1000x1000

Why wait until the 19th hole? The Golfer’s Clandestine Cooler enables sly swingers to enjoy chilled libations on the links from an insulated cooler disguised as a golfer’s shag bag. Providing a welcome alternative to lukewarm refreshments smuggled in via shorts pockets or an hours-long wait for a chilled clubhouse beverage, this bag maintains propriety on the course while avoiding harassment by caddies, pros, or other spoilsports.12245_1000x1000

Professional golfers are forbidden to use golf carts at PGA tournaments and must walk the course. Thankfully, those of us in the amateur ranks have no such restrictions. But why limit yourself to common carts that roll on wheels? The Golf Cart Hovercraft lets you one-up the pros while assuring your popularity with your foursome. This cart glides over hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough.12620_1000x1000

Stow all the accessories you need to hit the links with this Leather Golf Organizer. The bag’s vented main compartment holds your shoes, allowing proper breathability after 18 holes. Two additional interior compartments and two exterior pockets hold balls, tees, gloves, and any other essential accouterments for a sunny day on the course.

So leave the stress on the greens for the professionals and enhance your golfing pleasure with any of these unique gifts.

The Net Effect of Tennis is a Sport to Love

Yesterday, the Wimbledon Tennis Championship served up its first-round games of this year’s tournament. The oldest—and arguably the most prestigious—tennis tournament in the world, something about this championship gives us the urge to dig our long-neglected rackets out of the closet and volley some balls.86750_1000x1000

You, too, could be playing at a moment’s notice with this freestanding tennis set that instantly creates a court on a driveway, patio, or any hard, flat surface. Requiring no tools for setup, the nylon net simply slips over the snap-together metal supports to create a regulation-height, 12′ wide court. The smaller court, reduced-size rackets, and slower rebounding ball add up to a fun, active game, ideal for building or relearning long-dormant skills.87186_1000x1000

If you’ve not played in a while, you may need to work on your grip strength. This hand fitness trainer slips on like a glove and has latex-free elastic bands that strap to each fingertip, providing resistance as you open your hand to build strength. Flexing your hand lets the trainer strengthen the extensor muscles in your hands, wrists, and elbows. This strengthening trainer also makes an ideal unique gift for anyone who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome or osteoarthritis.87671_1000x1000

It’s not uncommon for new players, or for those who have not played in years, to experience some discomfort in the knees or elbows. This pain-relieving wrap relieves your discomfort naturally using cool gel packs that stay cool up to one hour—200% longer than typical models. Developed exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer, the wrap relieves muscle soreness and aching joints and ligaments. It also provides a soothing, consistent pressure that gently compresses to increase blood circulation and facilitate healing.

The enjoyment of tennis is a unique gift of genteel sport we owe to the French, with refinement by the British. If your love for the sport will be limited to seeing the event on TV, no worries…we’re rather inclined toward that approach ourselves.

Spend a Day Car-Free and Care-Free

On June 16, the U.S. will celebrate the 11th annual National Dump the Pump Day. The day is designed to encourage car-lovers to use public transportation or other means to get around for the day.

Even in these days of relatively low gas prices, choosing not to drive is an economical choice and results in the unique gifts of cleaner air through reduced emissions of carbon and greenhouse gasses.86716_1000x1000

If you’re getting around on public transportation, you’ll want a good bag to carry your things. This Argentinian leather carryall stows all the essentials for a day at the office, shopping, or playing tourist in your own town. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the surprisingly spacious nylon-lined interior is split into two zippered compartments. One can hold a tablet, plus it has snap- and zip-closure pockets, two mesh pockets, a pocket for a phone, loops for pens, and a key ring. The other is a divided compartment that keeps larger items handy.83485_1000x1000

While dumping the pump, you may choose to tool around on bicycle. Come evening, you’ll be a safer and more confident cyclist with this virtual safety lane. The device mounts to a bike’s seat post and projects two 5-milliwatt red lasers onto the ground. Providing motorists with a visual indicator of a rider’s width, it’s ideal for increasing the safety margin around a cyclist during pre-dawn or dusk rides. If you know someone who commutes by bike, it’s the perfect unique gift for them, too.83736_1000x1000

Walking is a great alternative for going short distances car-free. These lady’s lightweight slip-on shoes provide all-day comfort, thanks to four layers of cushioning and support in the soles. Recipient of the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for foot health, the shoes have a contoured footbed and deep heel cup for arch support and plantar fasciitis relief. For gentlemen, we recommend these knee-pain relieving walking shoes. They employ flexure zones built into the outsoles to reduce knee loads by 20 percent.84344_1000x1000

Along with the environmental benefits of going car-free, these alternative modes of transportation have another benefit, too: you’ll get more exercise. And that is a unique gift for your health that just can’t be beat.

Allergy Relief Coming Right Atchoo

For each blooming flower and every freshly mowed lawn, there’s someone sniffling and sneezing from seasonal allergies.

The remedies in your local pharmacy can make you either sleepy or sleepless, dull your sense of smell, or lose effectiveness over time. Fortunately, we are featuring a few medication-free approaches that will give you the unique gift of easy breathing in no time, so you can get on with enjoying summer.77024_1000x1000

This Sinus Relief System painlessly decongests sinus cavities to improve your breathing and mitigate sinus discomfort. Developed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist, the unit delivers a gentle, low-pressure pulsating stream of saline that irrigates nasal passages. Clinical tests proved the pulsating stream facilitates the movement of sinus cilia, microscopic “hairs” that move like oars to rid sinuses of mucus and allergy-inducing impurities.83897A_1000x1000

This handheld Personal Steam Inhaler ranked the highest in every test conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, from steaming effectiveness, to comfort, to ease of use. Its patented capillary force vapor technology produces a micromist that panelists described as “comfortably warm without being overwhelming,” unlike lesser units that sprayed droplets of hot water. The Best model requires no warm-up and produces the unique gift of sinus-soothing, germ-free vapor for up to 25 minutes.82296_1000x1000

Remove allergens from your home with this Filterless Air Purifier. It emits billions of harmless electrons that attach to air impurities and convert them to negatively charged ions, causing the allergens to bond to the positively charged collection tube. An independent testing laboratory showed it removed airborne dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke particles 100 times smaller than the average bacteria. The collection tube is removable and rinses clean once or twice a month for a lifetime of reliable air filtration without the cost of filters.

Anyone who “nose” what it’s like to have seasonal allergies suffers this time of year. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms during summer or even all year long, try any or all of these unique gifts so you can embrace the summer weather we all awaited.