Category Archives: Personal Care

Recommit to Get Fit

We’re almost two months into the new year…and by now, more than a third of us have strayed from our New Year’s resolutions, particularly those resolutions involving diet and exercise.

But it’s not too late; with recommitment and focus – and a bit of help from the following suggestions and unique gifts – you can get back on track and get ready for warmer weather and lighter clothing.

Count calories…but don’t forget about other nutrients that can pack on pounds and rob you of the unique gift of good health. This analytical diet scale provides complete nutritional information on an entire meal and is ideal for monitoring cholesterol intake, or tracking sugar consumption. The scale connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet and uses a free app to record and store diet data on calories, proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, total fat, fiber, sodium, and cholesterol for over 550,000 foods.

Make exercise so easy, you’ll have no excuses. This motorless walker’s treadmill folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage, so you can exercise any time in the convenience of your own home. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the treadmill’s resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power and allowing for setup anywhere. A battery-powered monitor tracks time, speed, distance, heart rate, and calories burned.

Accept coaching to help you stay on track. This digital bathroom scale has a daily calorie coaching function that provides you with an accurate number of calories needed to reach or maintain your target weight. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this scale monitors daily readings of weight and body composition, and wirelessly transmits the data via Bluetooth to an iOS-compatible device for easy tracking and motivation. It displays data in a list, graph, or chart for daily goal management.

Finally, if you have multiple resolutions you’re not keeping, give yourself permission to abandon some of them. It’s better to recommit to one or two than to fail across the board.

Fight the Flu Before It Hits You First

Peak season for the flu is here. While experts can’t predict exactly how long it will last, flu season generally persists through April.

This year’s vaccine is thought to be generally effective, but it won’t protect you from the common cold, nor from strains of the flu that were unpredicted and not included in the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control is reporting this is an especially bad flu season for children. To boost your chances of avoiding illness, and to give your family the unique gift of staying healthy, wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with others who are sick, and get sufficient rest.

You may also want to consider an air purifier. This germ-destroying purifier quietly eliminates up to 99.9% of airborne bacteria, mold and viruses. It also removes pollen and other allergens that can tax your respiratory system. With no filter to replace or clean, the device uses natural convection to silently draw airborne impurities into its patented ceramic heating chamber. It instantly destroys microorganisms with 400ºF heat, then releases cooled, sanitized air into the room for a healthier breathing environment.

For areas such as your kitchen, consider this unobtrusive purifier that eliminates germs on surfaces as well as in the air. The device uses a NASA-inspired technology that’s also used in hospitals: ultraviolet light inside the device combines with a nickel catalyst to emit safe molecules that destroy up to 99% of bacteria on surfaces. Consider this unit as a unique gift for parents of young children to help them keep their kids healthier.

You can take light UV technology on the road, too. This pocket-sized air purifier reduces mold and bacteria in the air or on surfaces. About the size of a radar detector, the purifier sets up unobtrusively on a car’s dashboard, hotel nightstand, or office desk. Its filterless design eliminates the need for costly filter replacements and the three-speed fan generates only a whisper-quiet hum. It’s another great unique gift idea, this time for road warriors and office workers.

If you do succumb to the flu, you may get some relief from antiviral medications if taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms. Stay home if possible, for at least 24 hours after any fever subsides…we’d all rather you didn’t share.

Get to the Heart of Better Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. That’s why it’s worth recognizing February as American Heart Month.

Throughout this month, the American Heart Association encourages all of us to become more aware of the factors that lead to heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, a poor diet, and smoking.

By closely monitoring your risk factors, you can reduce your likelihood of heart disease and gain the unique gift of improved wellness. Here are some ideas to help you on the journey to better heart health.

The NASA Life Tracker, made by the developer of health monitoring technology for NASA astronauts, is an easy-to-wear fitness band that tracks ECG, heart rate, steps, natural light exposure, calories, and sleep. Data appear on the device screen or a paired mobile device running a free app. The tracker doubles as a watch and shows incoming smartphone messages and alerts via Bluetooth, and can even be worn while swimming or showering.

This fingertip pulse oximeter detects and records arterial pulsations. It uses the same technology found in hospitals to measure beats per minute as well as aortic pulse wave velocity. The unit provides insight into cardiovascular fitness, giving you information on your aortic stiffness and corresponding internal age. Results are tracked by a free iPhone-compatible app that stores the data for up to five users.

Work your body from top to bottom with a low-impact exercise machine that provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this whole body pedaler combines bike-simulating exercise for the legs with an upper-body ergometer for cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without strain on weight-bearing joints. The compact design allows the pedaler to sit between you and the TV, making it an ideal unique gift for anyone who claims to have no time for exercise.

The American Heart Association recommends wearing red this month to show support for the cause. Better yet, get out and move for the good of your own heart and health.

 

A Tip of the Cap to National Hat Day

Winter’s a great time to embrace headwear. Whether a beret, a bowler, a stocking cap, a fedora, a derby, or a jaunty driver’s cap, with about 10 percent of the body’s heat lost through the head, it makes sense to pop a top on your noggin. What’s more, this Sunday is National Hat Day, making for an especially worthwhile celebration of hats as unique gifts.

This winter driving cap protects against wind, rain, and snow. Made by Tilley Endurables, Canada’s premier purveyor of travel clothing, this hand-sewn hat features a windproof membrane laminated to the interior to keep you warm in cool weather and comfortable when the temperature rises. Knit earflaps extend easily and tuck away when not needed.

Here’s a hat that doesn’t just retain warmth, it creates warmth. This heated microfleece cap generates up to five hours of toasty, rechargeable battery-powered heat in wide zones directly over the ears. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this beanie-style cap is equally at home on the sled hill or the 50-yard line. A simple temperature control under the brim can be operated even with bulky gloves, and color-coded LEDs indicate which temperature setting you selected.

It really won’t be long before we look to hats to block the sun rather than winter winds. This ventilated wide-brimmed hat provides sun protection while reducing heat build-up. The hat‘s nylon mesh sides facilitate cooling ventilation and the solid, cotton twill top and brim protect the head, face, and neck from sun exposure to reduce the risks of injury from UV rays. There’s a style for ladies, too, making these hats perfect considerations as unique gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Hang on to your hat – we have many more headwear choices, unique gifts for National Hat Day and all seasons of the year.

Oh, My Aching Knees!

As we age, knee pain may not be inevitable, but it’s a common complaint among many people. Even when the younger set is factored in, the American Osteopathic Association reports a third of all Americans are affected by knee pain.

A host of remedies abound, including joint-replacement surgery, injections, strong prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills and potions. There are also non-invasive solutions that can offer the unique gift of sweet relief without drugs, or as a complement to medication.83545_1000x100089916_1000x1000

Using technology developed by NASA to heal astronauts’ injuries, this infrared LED device, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, covers a wide area to produce safe and gentle heat. It stimulates blood circulation to relieve swelling in joints and loosen tight muscles. A study at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin showed the LED technology reduced painful inflammation by up to 37%. Unlike heating pads that only treat just below the skin’s surface, this unique gift’s LED light penetrates deep into tissue for long-lasting relief.

This hands-free device combines infrared LED technology and vibration massage to ease knee pain. Also available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this massager includes a compression sleeve that keeps the device from slipping off the knee and insulates the skin. Four LEDs surround the patella and produce infrared energy for improved blood flow to relieve stiffness and fatigue. Six neon warming lights—adjustable from 113-149°F—heat the surrounding exterior tissue. Meanwhile, an 8,000 rpm vibration massage kneads out tension and soothes muscle aches.84344_1000x1000

Get relief even while you’re active with these gentleman’s walking shoes They feature a patented sole that helps to relieve knee pain. Developed 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%, essential for slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. EVA insoles provide comfort to forefoot, arch, and heel while the rubber outsoles ensure an even, reliable grip while walking. Breathable mesh uppers keep feet dry and comfortable. The shoes are available for ladies, too.

Building leg strength and, especially, losing weight can help ease knee pain, but both of those are easier said than done for many folks. In the meantime, these unique gifts can bring some comfort to anyone who has ever said, “Oh, my aching knees!”

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.

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!

Vision Health is Key – Do You See What We’re Saying?

This month is National Eye Exam Month, time to give thought to what we can do to improve our vision health, including a professional examination. Your eyes are among your most important assets, and even minor steps that reduce eye strain, relieve dryness and eliminate squinting 83223_1000x1000will give you the unique gifts that come from seeing more clearly.

Unlike incandescent bulbs that produce glaring, yellow light, this eye strain reducing floor lamp’s fluorescent bulb generates clear light that enables clearer vision. Simulating the color fidelity of natural sunlight, the bulb illuminates books, crafts, or computer screens with a distortion-free glow. The energy-efficient bulb lasts up to ten times longer than a typical bulb, too.81967_1000x1000

Recommended by ophthalmologists, these soothing goggles relieve dry, puffy eyes. Simply warm the included gel packs in a microwave and place them inside the goggles to stimulate tear production and the release of beneficial oils from the eyes’ meibomian glands to ease the discomfort of dry eyes. The goggles’ eye cups are lined with soft foam and the adjustable strap ensures a comfortable, proper fit. These goggles would also make an ideal unique gift for anyone who suffers from sinus headaches.88737_1000x1000

These lightweight screen-reading glasses filter the blue light emitted by computer, tablet and smartphone screens to help prevent eye fatigue and discomfort. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the glasses have magnified lenses infused with melanin to enhance contrast while shielding against high-energy visible blue light that causes eyes to tire while reading on screen. These damaging blue rays can also lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as insomnia. The protective glasses can be worn over prescription lenses or contacts.

The unique gift of sight is one that can never be replaced, so if you have not had a thorough eye exam recently, contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist today to ensure you enjoy good vision for years 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.