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Have you heard of the term “Resolutioner”? In the fitness industry it’s a widely used term for people who sign up for a gym membership right after the New Year. The month of January usually sees about a 30% increase in new gym memberships. People are joining for the right intentions, but sadly, most of those new memberships go inactive after 30 days 1.  Below are some interesting stats according to a U.S. Government survey.

  • 75% will last a week
  • 64% will keep the membership for a month
  • 46% will make it to the six month mark

According to Town Sports International CEO Robert J. Giardina, “Exercise isn’t easy. Most people don’t like it. But if they can get past a certain point — usually it’s about two months or 12 workouts — they get committed.”  We all know about exercise is great for one’s health but there are some other health problems that exercising has proven to treat effect and efficiently. Here are some health problems you can help overcome to stay driven to keep going back to the gym or even some simple workouts at home.

Anxiety: The world we live in is so fast paced that it’s no surprise that we all suffer from anxiety. We worry over work, school, money, and family issues. Studies have proven that people who exercise are 25 percent less likely to develop anxiety than people who don’t 2. Psychologists suggest that a 10 minute walk may be just as good as a 45 minute workout. They have seen that exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress 2. Challenge yourself. Take a lap or two around your workplace building and see what happens after a week of doing this.

Sleep Problems: Have a hard time sleeping? Lifting weights and general exercise is just as good as building muscle as it is with helping you catch some sleep. Multiple studies shown that people who exercise experience deeper, higher quality sleep than people who don’t. Insufficient sleep is linked to a variety of health problems that can be fought off with exercise. Push back on that weight gain, fatigue, heart disease, and stress. So if you suffer from sleep apnea, you have another reason to get back into a workout routine 3.

Asthma: Exercise isn’t something that will eliminate asthma but it’s been proven to dramatically reduce its effect. In fact, asthma is made worse by weight gain because fat cells can produce inflammation which causes asthma to flare up. Which methods should you use? There are better exercises than others to help reduce the symptoms of asthma. According to Health.com, walking is the best form to improve asthma control 4. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health have shown that after 12 weeks of 3 day week exercises, adults have improved asthma control and fitness levels without provoking an asthma attack. This same study showed that adults who started into a swimming program have shown an increased lung capacity and decreased asthma related symptoms 5. So which ever method of exercise you chose will help give you relief from your asthma.

Have a hard time making it to the gym and feel more comfortable working from home? No problem, below are some items that will make exercising from home easier.

High Step Platform –

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Don’t be constrained to the limits of your room size. Get cardio and strength building all in one unit of these step platforms. This set includes four 2 inch step risers and one 4 inch high step riser to give opportunity for growth. Burn fat, build muscle, and sleep better with this high step platform.

 

MagneTrainer ER Mini Exercise Bike:

MagneTrainer-ER-Mini-Exercise-Bike-557661-ER-Mini-Exercise-Bike-557661-PRODUCT-MEDIUM_IMAGEJust as above, this item is perfect for use at your home or work. With its compact size you can store it away easy. This mini bike has a large range of resistance which is great for anyone between beginner and advanced. As many people say, you won’t find an easier or faster way to help boost your fitness level!


“I love the ease of using the mini exercise bike for exercise while I am in my family room. I am able to relax in my chair while doing it to give relief for a knee injury.”
by Mo from Bartlett, IL

Cando Jump Ball:

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Exercise shouldn’t be limited to only adults. Kids can have fun while alleviating some of their health problems. These jump balls are ideal for exercise activities all while having fun. These Cando jump balls range in a variety of sizes to fit almost any child. As Cando states, this is a Fun way to provide proprioceptive and vestibular stimulation. Pick up some for your loved ones today!

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical fitness equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating the health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.

  1. http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Gym_Memberships_Up_30_This_Time_of_Year_136242903.html
  2. http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/business/new-years-resolutions-recycled-are-a-boon-for-business.html?pagewanted=all
  4. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20672105_3,00.html
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3511803/

According to Huffington Post, in a small study of 26 people with spinal cord injuries 77% of the people in the study had sleep apnea. Almost all the people in the study reported that they had problems sleeping in general.

The patients suffered from both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive is the most common and is caused when the throat muscles block the airway. Central sleep apnea is a problem between the brain and the muscles that control breathing.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine by Dr. Abdulghani Sankari, a physician scientist at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Please visit AllegroMedical.com for all your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and medical supply needs.

If you suffer from diabetes understanding the causes and symptoms of a diabetic foot ulcer can prevent long term wound care treatment, hospitalization, or non-traumatic lower extremity amputation.  According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, an estimated 15% of diabetics experience a diabetic foot ulcer, which is an open sore likely found on the bottom of your foot.1

Why do foot ulcers form?

There are several factors that can lead to diabetic foot ulcers such as poor circulation, lack of feeling due to neuropathy, foot deformities (bunions), and irritation from pressure or friction.  Neuropathy develops in individuals who have diabetes for many years.  Overtime in diabetics, the elevated blood glucose levels cause the neuropathy or nerve damage, resulting in either little or no ability to feel foot pain.  A healthy lifestyle is important for patients with diabetes since using alcohol and tobacco or being an unhealthy weight contribute to likelihood of developing foot ulcers.1

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers?

 Pain is not a common symptom of foot ulcer since most individuals with these ulcers have reduced or no feeling from neuropathy.  A common first symptom is drainage from the ulcer (exudate) that is  visible on your sock.  Redness and swelling of your feet are other indications an ulcer is forming.  Odor is a severe symptom that an ulcer has advanced significantly.

What should I do if symptoms are present?

 Seek a podiatrist immediately if you have any diabetic ulcer symptoms.  It is imperative to begin healing an ulcer as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection.  Delays in treatment can lead to infection and non-traumatic foot amputations.

What are my treatment options?

  • Prevent infection – keep the ulcer covered and moist

 

 

 

 

  • Off-loading – keep pressure off the foot by using special foot gear

  • Debridement – remove dead skin and tissue
  • Apply medication or dressings

  • Manage blood glucose levels

 

 

How can I reduce my risk for diabetic ulcers?

  • See a podiatrist regularly
  • Perform high risk assessment
  • Wear appropriate shoes and socks

AllegroMedical.com has been providing diabetic supplies and wound care to help individuals with diabetes since 1997.

 

  1. http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=981

 

 

 

True or False.  Cold weather makes you sick? If you were like me and said true, then you’re in the same boat as the majority of the population. This misconception has been repeated for so long that we all start to believe it is true. The magnificent thing about science is the ability to challenge and prove theories. So how come more people get sick in the winter than in the summer? It comes down to the simple fact that people are inside together for longer periods of time1. With the days getting shorter and people staying inside for longer periods of time person to person contact increases.  The heightened contact of sick people talking, coughing, and sneezing are the top causes of cold and flu transmission 2.

Flus and bacteria’s travel quickly from one person to another and anyone can become sick and experience seriously complications. In fact, cold and flu germs can fly up to six feet through the air. Keep a broom stick distance away from someone who is ill or is showing signs of being ill if you or a loved one has a weakened immune system. Below are some interesting statistics through research by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases3.

  • 59% of people who are infected do not know there are prescriptions to treat the flu
  • 41% of people who are infected don’t believe their flu is contagious
  • Between 5-20% of the U.S. population become sick with the flu each year
  • More than 200,000 are hospitalized from seasonal flu- related complications

Some ways to lower your risk of infection are to avoid crowds of people, avoid touching dirty surfaces, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, try to reduce your stress level, and get an annual vaccine4. Additionally the American Medical Association recommends that all people over the age of six months receive an annual vaccine. Here are a few items that can help lower your risk of sickness this flu season.

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Having an air purifier in your room will drastically bring down the chances of getting any airborne germs from spreading through your living area. It’s pretty impressive that these devices are able to capture 99.7% of these allergens through multiple stages of filtration. With the constant room circulation, your airborne allergens are minimalized.

 

 

 

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Another way to stop the spread of germs is to wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. These wipes clean and disinfects surfaces and medical equipment in just one easy wipe. These are ideal for precision cleaning to your bathroom, door handles, general surfaces, and medical devices.

 

 

 

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A very common flu aid is instant hand sanitizing gels. Being sold in a variety of sizes you can place a bottle next to your sink, in  your purse, in your car, or at the office. These gels kill 99.9% of all microorganisms in just 15 seconds. These particular gels also moisturizes with no need to rinse and are very convenient for on the spot use.

 

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of flu season supplies and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating the flu or suffering from flu problems rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your cold/flu season product needs.

 

  1. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/11-health-myths-that-may-surprise-you/?_r=0
  2. http://nfid.org/
  3. http://www.multivu.com/mnr/64092-nfid-urges-public-to-protect-themselves-influenza-prevention-and-treatment
  4. http://www.weather.com/health/cold-flu/temp-change-sick-20130219?pageno=5

 

The creation and advancements of smart phones have impacted many industries and now have taken the portable device to endless possibilities. Mobile devices have revolutionized how the caretaker, physician, and end user practice medicine1. Companies have developed apps to work flawlessly with their products to make your experience more rewarding and informational. Imagine sitting in line at the grocery store and wanting to know your blood pressure.  Simply pull out your phone, open a specific medical app, and the information at your fingertips is endless. You can calculate a couple quick numbers, and send those results in a flash straight to your doctor to review instantly.

Companies like iHealth and Jacobs Ladder have found ways to make keeping your information easily accessible. You can look at graphs and observe trends of how your body is evolving. The more you use the app, the more conscious of your body’s developments you will be. Can more than one person use this medical device? Certainly! You can save different users, so you will consistently have accurate information. Each smart phone assisted device has its benefits, but they all are effective, provide information quickly, and ultimately, are the way of the future2. Smart phone medical devices are here to stay and listed below are some of the most popular ones.

iHealth – Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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This device is one of the first of its kind for smart phones. The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor makes it easy to check your own blood pressure at any time or anywhere. The included mobile app measures and tracks your systolic and diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave, and measurement time3. Take this information and share it with your family and most importantly, your doctor. You get accurate results with the motion sensor technology built right in. It knows when your cuff has been properly installed and will notify when ready.

 

The Biggest Loser – Jacob’s Ladder

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You have seen it on TV and now you can have it at home. Get the same intense workout that you see on NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser. No more waiting on others to finish with the equipment at the gym as you can have this total body workout machine at home. Jacobs Ladder has just released a smartphone app for their gym so you can log your results and then, if you want, post them to Facebook or send them out in a email to someone else. It also helps to show progress so you can log where you were and where you are now. This gym just became the ultimate workout experience.

“It will work your entire body from shoulders, triceps, biceps, quads, glutes, back, and calves. It is a beast of a machine and where I go I can use it most times without waiting because people don’t want to work out that hard. It you want to get in shape this Machine is it. It is the best piece of equipment that any Gym could purchase because you get to most of the least amount of time.”

-DC Stan from DC

Allegro Medical offers the latest and greatest of medical equipment to its customers. New and exciting products are arriving each and every day here at Allegro Medical. Visit us at www.AllegroMedical.com to learn more about these and other smart phone products.

 

  1. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/47/1/117.short
  2. http://internetmedicine.com/2012/12/14/top-ten-medical-uses-of-the-iphone/
  3. http://www.ihealthlabs.com/wireless-blood-pressure-wrist-monitor-feature_33.htm
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