Balance products are hot. They work your core, resulting in a stronger, leaner back, abs and & surrounding muscles. All great reasons to improve your balance.
The perks of improved balance don’t stop there, however, and for some the benefits may be even more compelling than a better looking body.
Balance Benefits at a Glance:
Reduced joint pain
Reduced back pain
Higher confidence for sports or daily activities
Faster balance reaction time
Reduced risk of sudden trauma due to improved body awareness
Reduced risk of future injuries
With Better Balance You Can:
1. Develop a killer golf swing
2. Avoid a broken hip
3. Look taller and slimmer
4. Reduce incontinence
5. Walk straighter and more gracefully
6. Ski the blue and black diamonds instead of the green
7. Improve your sex life
8. Have the guts to try something new
9. Greatly improve performance in ALL sports
10. Prevent sports injuries, especially sprains and strains
11. Hold that yoga pose as long as you need to
12. Stay on the mountain when you’re hiking
13. Avoid accidents because you’ll react faster
14. Stop wobbling
15. Pick up your kids without straining your back
16. Look cool when you’re carving on your skateboard, snowboard, long board, surfboard
17. Increase the benefit of and response to your chiropractic visits
18. Be agile
19. Enhance your quality of life
20. Increase your independence
21. Raise your overall level of health
How do Balance Products work?
Balance improvement products are designed with an element of instability to intentionally throw you off balance.
For example, just sitting on a FitBall improves your balance because you use so many muscles to stay seated on the dang thing. You don’t even have to “work out” on it to see results. Sit on it while you’re at your desk at work, or at the dinner table, or watching TV, or scrapbooking, or at your sewing machine. An option to the FitBall is the FitBall Seating Disc, which mimics the FitBall exercise ball, but sits on top of your chair. You can also use it as a balance disc.
Balance Discs sit on the floor, right under your feet or hands while you do squats, lunges or push-ups. They are flat on one side and round, slightly “puffed up” on the other. When you are doing your regular exercises with your hands or feet on the puffy side, you are forced to concentrate on keeping your balance.
The Power Wheel can be used with either your hands or your feet, but it basically challenges your whole body to stabilize while the 14” wheel rolls along the ground.
Balance Pads are square blocks of specialty foam (latex free, anti-fungal, non-absorbing, non-scuff, no-slip) that you stand on while exercising. They are used in mobility training, lower extremity rehab and motor skill training.
Indo Boards – These nifty gizmos are skateboard-shaped wooden boards that you stand on while balancing on top of a roller. I know… Wooohoooo! There are different sizes for different skill levels. The Original Indo Balance Board is super popular with board sport enthusiasts – skateboarders, snowboarders, wakeboarders, kiteboarders and surfers. Indo Boarding is a fun, inexpensive way to get into shape and increase your agility. Recommended for riders ages 4 and up. Totally rad. Makes a great gift.
Don’t like to work out? Well here’s one for you. Stand on a wobble board
while talking on the phone. In no time you’ll have stronger ankles and better balance.
We sell a ton of foam rollers. They are cylindrical pieces of high density foam consisting of millions of tiny cells that bounce back when you press on them, or lay on them. Rollers are super popular and are used mainly for balance training, Pilates and self-massage. There are books and videos full of foam roller uses, but basically you sit or stand on them while doing a variety of exercises. They come in all shapes and sizes, including “half rounds” for starting your balance program. You can even get kits with various sizes included.
We also have Rocker Boards, a Core Board, Twist Boards, Balance Trainers, Balance Beams, Balance Domes, Rotational Flexors and Multi-Balance Boards and more in our Shop by Condition: Balance/Core Stability area of the site.
Okay, so why buy a special product to improve your balance when you could just stand on one leg with your eyes closed? Why not just walk along the backs of park benches or hop across fence posts or slide down a banister in your socks? Wellllllllll, you could get really hurt for one thing. Okay, then, just stand on one leg with your eyes closed! Go for it. But if you invest in one or two simple balance tools, you can do a full range of exercises, have fun and get balanced at the same time.
Balance and Sports
Improving your balance and stability will directly impact all of your daily activities, especially sports. Athletes incorporate balance and agility training into their daily workouts.
Kids benefit from better balance too. Throw a few fun balance routines into your children’s daily activities and they will quickly get a leg up in their sports performance and confidence, from a very early age. For example, have them play a game of catch while balancing on one foot. Or have them close their eyes, stand on one foot and bend down to touch the ground with one finger. Or you could always get them an Indo Board.
Balance is the basic skill needed for practically every sport. Athletes often do balance training when they are recovering from injuries, but as every good coach knows, balance training is just as effective in preventing injuries.
Why is balance in sports so important? From soccer to snowboarding to tennis, changing your center of gravity to match your moves is the key to efficiency. Better balance improves agility, which allows you to move gracefully, wasting little motion. No matter what activity you are into – dancing, hiking, football, sailing, gymnastics, kayaking, skateboarding, rowing, martial arts, yoga or ballet – you are better off balanced.
Do’s & Don’ts
Don’t expect it to work overnight. Balance takes time.
Don’t worry about looking like a dork while you’re practicing. Just have a laugh. Work out your heart and abs.
Do lower-body exercises that increase muscle strength in your knees, thighs, hips, etc.
Do start now. Better balance is important no matter what your age.
The New England Medical Center in conjunction with the Harvard Journal of Medicine published a document today noting that people who shop at AllegroMedical.com tend to be smarter and better looking than most. The control group of non-Allegro shoppers were also found to exhibit poor hygiene skills in addition to lower cognitive abilities. “More studies are required as we can’t yet pinpoint whether smart, good looking people simply choose to shop at Allegro Medical or people who shop at Allegro Medical somehow become smarter and better looking,” says researchers conducting the study.
Upon learning of this groundbreaking study, the team at Allegro Medical is here to celebrate your “smarterness” by offering all smart Allegro Shoppers $10 off their next purchase of over $100. It’s no joke, Just use the code “Smart10” today through Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
Good hygiene, like smart shopping is a learned skill. So if you know anyone suffering from poor shopping practices, help’m out by forwarding this limited time deal on to friends or family in need.
The AllegroMedical.com website is currently in its tenth year and still running strong thanks to the breadth of product offerings, competitive prices, and most importantly, feedback from our most important asset, our customers. With their help we were able to see what people were searching for the most and how customers shopped for the things they needed. Just recently in the past year, we have launched our Shop By Condition and Auto Re-oder functionalities to make it easier for customers to find what they need at prices they love to see.
We have been able to target specific products for multiple segments and put them on display pairing them with competitive prices thanks to the expertise of our product managers and their establishment of favorable relationships with our manufacturers. Our business is simple; offer products that enhance security, confidence, and the quality of life for everyone.
Our Affiliate Program has been key to our company’s success. In order to grow this program and make it available to a wider base of Publishers, we have decided to bring the Allegro Medical Affiliate Program in-house.
Home medical supplies and home health care equipment represent one of the largest industries in the United States. Publishers can now capitalize on the growing demand for health, wellness and fitness equipment by joining the Allegro Medical Affiliate Program today.
During the past decade, our main categories for our business have been Daily Living Aids, Fitness Equipment, Wound Care, Dietary Supplements, and Wheelchairs, just to name a few. Customers that shop at AllegroMedical.com are treated to competitive prices, huge product selection, and enticing specials, all on a meticulously designed, easy to use website.
With our automation and ability to cut overhead costs wherever possible, we can now offer affiliates 5% of all sales through our affiliate program. Sign-up to be a Medical Supplies Affiliate today.
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Sleep Awareness Week is observed and recognized as one of the national health observances during the month of March. Sleep Awareness Week is March 3rd through March 9th. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the majority of adults require 7.5 to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep but the percentage that actually reach that amount of rest every night falls very short of what it needs to be. Sleep is an important part of our lives in terms of productivity during waking hours, awareness in everyday activities, and more importantly, health.
Are You a Victim of Sleepless Nights?
If you are having trouble catching up on those much needed sheep counting hours after the sun goes down then the Better Sleep Pillow is your solution. This sleep apnea pillow accommodates all kinds of sleepers from those who sleep on their back, stomach, and anywhere in between. The better sleep pillow also improves circulation so you can make sure you’re not starting your day off with stiffness out of bed.
Okay, What About Snoring Problems
The CPAP Multi Mask Sleep Pillow is an extremely effective form of snoring treatment. The Sleep Pillow Mask prevents the airway from closing during sleep. If you don’t prefer a mask, try the Snore Wizard formerly known as the Noiselezz. The Snore Wizard is a Snoring Mouthpiece designed to treat both snoring and sleep apnea. The improved airflow in the back of the throat with the Snore Wizard Snoring Mouthpiece eliminates snoring. I’m actually thinking about getting one for my good friend. He brings the thunder when he’s in a deep sleep. His snoring resembles a Semi-truck down-shifting on the highway.
To read more about these and other remedies to snoring and sleep apnea, visit our Sleep Apnea Blog.
This has been one busy year so far for us at Allegro Medical. We’ve started 2008 with one goal in mind, do what we do a little bit better and that includes offering a large product selection, competitive pricing, constant upgrades to processes for automation, and ultimately, a more enjoyable user experience. We aren’t going down the conventional trail, we’re blazing our own.
It’s Never Too Late to Start
Sure there are those people who say they want to get into shape and they set a New Year’s resolution that is destined to deteriorate by January 15th. I’ve seen it time and time again. I would constantly go to the gym at my University and it would always be packed at the beginning of the year with students determined not to go back home with the extra freshman 15. Then, two weeks later the workout area begins to be a comfortable room with no crowds, no lines, and on a not-so-good note, no spotters.
The biggest reason people don’t workout or cease to continue is because of the lack of convenience. Who wants to wake up two-hours early, drive 15-30 minutes to the gym, get uncomfortable, self-conscious and sweaty all at the same time for about an hour, then drive another 15-30 minutes home before even showering to begin the day? Who wants to lose a couple of hours after work or school to workout? After work should equal maximum relaxation and quality time with loved ones and good friends. And if quality time means working out, well, you’re on the right track. For the others, I have some viable solutions to get jumpstarted on your health because it’s never too late to start.
The Magneciser is a great pedal exerciser that has received plenty of good feedback. Simply place the pedal exerciser under your desk at work or school and start pedaling away. It even adds a little bit of movement to a monotonous day in the office. A more conventional model is the Standard Pedal Exerciser.
Another workout alternative that has been gaining some traction because of it’s recent feature on Oprah is the Weighted Walking Vest by Xvest. The weight vest is a simple workout alternative because it can be used anytime, anywhere. Wearing it during jogging, yoga, playing basketball or doing anything active is sure to jump-start your heart and your health. But that’s not it; just wearing the weight vest is a workout. Strap it on for an afternoon stroll or the nightly post-dinner walk around the block. You can even wear it under your clothes to work or school. We have many sizes and weights of the Xvest Weighted Vests available so there is one customized to fit your needs.
Let’s not forget though, you must supplement your workout with good nutrition and plenty of sleep.
It’s a Leap Year
These only happen once every four years and we are trying to make the most of it. We’ve had a stellar year so far with your help and we want to continue to build on this momentum. We hope to continue to bring you more of what you want at prices that you’re looking for.