Monthly Archives: November 2009

Buying a Meaningful Holiday Gift

Every year, millions of Americans spend approximately $700 on Christmas gifts for their friends and family. However, a large chunk of those gifts are often dictated by popular trends, advertising or “safe” selections that most people would enjoy. For example:Moist Heating Pad - Thermophore Hot Pack

  • In 2001, 78% of holiday shoppers purchased at least one electronic product as part of their gift giving.
  • Almost 60% of consumers purchase clothing and apparel as a gift for other adults.
  • Books, DVDs and gift cards are next in popularity when it comes to adult gift-giving.

It’s easy to see from the statistics above that most gifts are non-specific to the person receiving them.

Time and money are at a premium, so people often find ways to reduce the burden of Christmas shopping by waiting until the last minute to snag great deals or buying gifts in bulk. There are some easy ways to find personal, meaningful gifts that can be just as convenient but give that personal touch:

  • Shopping Online: Online shopping can be done any hour of the day, and any day of the week. Finding gifts with personal touches is easy online, because many specialty storefronts are available with search functions to narrow down your selection.
  • Useful Gifts: Entertaining gifts and luxury items are great, but when you give someone a useful gift it adds to their daily life. The recipient gains pleasure from it more than once, and will think of the giver each time they use it.
  • Lifestyle Gifts: Everyone enjoys a different lifestyle, which is what makes us all interesting in our own way. Finding gifts that reflect a person’s lifestyle not only signify that you are interested in their lives, but that you cared enough to take the time to learn more about it.
  • Timely Gifts: As people age, they go through different stages of life. Each stage is more suited to certain gifts more than others, and finding gifts that are age appropriate is a sign of consideration to the recipient.
  • Luxury Gifts: There are basic models of almost every item on the market, and then there are luxury models. Luxury items are typically made from higher quality ingredients, are better constructed and tend to last longer than inferior models. Most people, especially those on tight budgets, will get by with inferior items rather than spend the money on luxury goods. Giving a luxury item as a gift shows that you want a person to truly enjoy what you are giving them.
  • Something They Wouldn’t Buy Themselves: Everyone has seen something they liked, but couldn’t justify spending money for themselves. Purchasing gifts like these for others brings fun and excitement to a person’s life, because it is a treat that only you could give them.

With all the benefits of purchasing thoughtful gifts and the ease of online shopping, why wouldn’t you take a little more time to find some truly special items? Vitality Medical’s Online Store has a great selection of meaningful holiday gifts from which to choose, including the following:Arcoa Adjustable Folding Cane

  • Arcoa Adjustable Folding Cane: Your friend or loved one may already have a cane, but the adjustable folding cane from Arcoa has so many benefits that they wouldn’t mind having this one, too. This cane collapses easily to fold away into a bag or purse, and is attractively constructed in brass-tone metals and a dark wood handle.
  • Conair Pollenex Teak Spa Bench: Teak is a tropical wood that naturally resists mold, mildew and bacteria so it’s naturally suited to stands and furniture for use in bathtubs and showers. The Conair Pollenex Teak Spa Bench is an attractive way for aging adults to maintain stability and safety while bathing without the addition of unsightly plastic and rubber.
  • Battle Creek Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack

  • Battle Creek Moist Heat Pack: For friends and family who suffer from back aches, muscle spasms, arthritis or bursitis, or for those who simply seek a simple method for relaxation at home, the Battle Creek Thermophore Moist Heat Pack offers soothing moist heat for medical treatment and non-clinical uses alike. The automatic, pulsing heat helps to prevent burns if patients fall asleep, which they probably will due to the relaxing, detoxifying properties of this treatment.
  • Standers Bed Rail Advantage

  • Standers Bed Rail Advantage: Items that perform more than one task are like two gifts in one! The Standers Bed Rail Advantage is a sturdy bed rail to give weak or elderly individuals an extra hand while getting out of bed, but it also doubles as a simple, organized space for keeping books, reading glasses, magazines, remote controls and other items within arms length.
  • Drive Medical Exercise Peddler: Exercise is an important part of staying strong and healthy at any age. Give the gift of health with the Drive Medical Exercise Peddler, a stationary stand with two pedals that can be used to strengthen and tone the arms and legs. With no assembly required, compact portable construction and super simple operation, it’s perfect for any level of fitness within any space.
  • Infrared Foot MassagerHydraGel Infrared Massager : You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t enjoy a foot massage. The Dry Infrared Foot Massager gives a nice subtle massage without having to worry about tubs full of water or hand-held tools that can have a numbing effect.
  • Duro Med Lighted Magnifier: Reading is a simple pleasure for many, but aging adults might find it more of a challenge to see small print or pictures. The Duro Med Lighted Magnifier brings bright magnification to books of any kind to help increase print size and lighten up books in dim settings.
  • HoMedics Magnetic Wave Back Support

  • HoMedics Magnetic Wave Back Support: Back pain is common among all American adults, and sometimes simple hot and cold applications can keep it from interfering with the day. The HoMedics Magnetic Wave Back Support takes this basic therapeutic concept and builds it into a supportive back brace for the treatment of aches, pains, strains and bruises.

Buying a meaningful gift is an easy way to show someone that you care about their happiness and well-being. This holiday season take a few extra moments to find something meaningful for each person in your life.

Resources:

Industry Market Trends – Holiday Shopping Statistics and Trivia

Exercise while you watch TV, while you work, or do anything!

Exercise is one of the most powerful things that people can do for their bodies. By spending 20-30 minutes at least three times per week exercising, you can reap a number of incredible benefits:

Invacare Exercise Pulley Set

Invacare Exercise Pulley Set

  • Weight Control: Exercise burns fat and calories and build muscle which, in turn, helps to burn more calories even when you aren’t exercising. When combined with a thoughtful diet plan, exercise can help people shed pounds and maintain an overall healthy body weight.
  • Strong Bones: Weight bearing exercises, such as strength training and cardio, help bones become harder and more dense. Keeping bones strong is an important part of battling osteoporosis and defending yourself against fractures and breaks.
  • Strong Muscles: Exercise builds muscle which burns calories and helps protect the body’s spine and other structures.
  • Better Skin: Exercise boots circulation which, in turn, brings more nutrients to the body and the skin and detoxifies organs. Exercise also increases collagen, which keeps skin firm and fresh looking.
  • Less Stress: When you exercise, the stress hormones in your blood stream decrease which, in turn, lowers the heart rate, relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
  • Better Mood: Exercise releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural mood enhancer. Active people tend to suffer from less depression and also helps to keep people calm.
  • Better Immune System: Exercise strengthens the immune system, so that you are less likely to suffer from colds and flus.
  • Clearer Thinking: Exercise boost the flow of blood to the brain and delivers nutrients and oxygen. Over time, people who exercise regularly have faster brainwaves than those who do not.
  • Better Sleep: Since exercise uses more physical energy during the day, you’re likely to get better sleep at night.
  • Better Sex Life: Sexual performance is dependent upon overall health, and the benefits of exercise translate readily into the bedroom.
Heart Rate Watch

Heart Rate Watch

Some people find that they do not have enough time in the day to exercise, however the Drive Medical Exercise Peddler is one possible solution to this problem, because it allows people to multi-task while exercising. With the drive peddler, you can:

  • Watch instructional or educational videos.
  • Read or study.
  • Work on the computer.
  • Watch children.
  • Fold laundry.
  • And many more.
Drive Medical Exercise Peddler

Drive Medical Exercise Peddler

The drive peddler can be combined with any seated activity because it is portable and only requires the use of the feet. You can use it while sitting on a couch, in a chair, on the floor or anywhere else while reaping the benefits of regular exercise. Some other reasons to use the drive peddler:

  • Easy to Use: To operate the drive peddler, simply place your feet or hands on the pedals and turn them in an alternating motion — similar to that of a bicycle. No special skill, balance or coordination is required.
  • Convenient: The drive peddler is compact and portable, so it can be moved to any room in the house, stored as needed, and even taken on trips. Plus, this exercise is done in doors during any type of weather or time of day.
  • In-Home Use: For those who are uncomfortable exercising in front of others or simply need to say in doors, the drive peddler is a private, comfortable way to ensure that you get the exercise needed to stay healthy and fit.
  • Low-Risk: The fluid, low impact movement of the drive peddler means that it is safe for knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders and other joints.

It’s easy to see that there are many benefits to using the exercise equipment during daily exercise. However, it is important to note that other exercises should be used as well in order to get a well-rounded workout. Overall, the three basic components of an effective workout plan are:

  • Stretching Exercises: This can include basic stretches or exercises that focus on flexibility such as yoga and dance.
  • Conditioning Exercise: This includes pedaling, cycling, walking, running or any other stamina-building exercise that involves steady or heavy breathing.
  • Strength-building Exercises: Lifting weights and using resistance equipment can help to build muscle strength.

You don’t need to go to a gym to get a full-rounded workout, however. All-over stretching can build flexibility quickly and effectively while household items such as canned food can be used as simple weights.

Thera Band Resistive Exercise Systems Latex Bands

Thera Band Resistive Exercise Systems Latex Bands

When starting exercise, it is not necessary to develop a complicated or lengthy routine. Talk to your doctor before starting any workout routine, but simple exercises like walking or using the drive peddler can typically be used in small amounts each day. By setting small goals, such as five-minute pedaling sessions each day, you can gradually become accustomed to a routine and slowly increase the amount of time or level of tension you use in each session.

Staying hydrated is also an important part of developing an exercise routine. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your exercise routine to ensure that your body has enough fluids. Not only will water replace the fluids you lose through sweating and heavy breathing, but it will help your blood to circulate more freely and actually make you feel more energized throughout your session.

Exercise has some incredible health benefits that affect the body and the mind. Exercising on a regular basis helps to keep weight down, moods up, stress low, immunity high and skin looking fresh. Getting at least 20-30 minutes of exercises at least three times per week should be on everyone’s to-do list, but in today’s busy world it can fall by the wayside. Priorities such as work, school and family time often take precedence.

Wrist and Ankle Weights

Wrist and Ankle Weights

However, with so many benefits to exercise, it’s crucial that it become a priority. The Drive Medical Exercise Peddler helps to bring exercise back into the lives of even the busiest people by allowing them to complete other tasks while using it. Even for people who are homebound or live alone, the drive peddler can be used while watching television or reading, making it a healthy way to catch up on the news or watch your favorite shows while simultaneously reaping all the health benefits of exercise.

There’s no reason to exclude exercise from you life. Vitality Medical the exercise equipment shown in this article, including the Wrist and Ankle Weights, the Exercise Pulley Set, the Cardio Watch, and the Thera Band Resistive Exercise System as part of a healthy exercise routine.

 

Resources:

WebMD: How Regular Exercise Benefits Teens

MayoClinic: Exercise: 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

ArthritisToday: Exercising – Benefits of Stationary Cycling