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Congrats!  You made it through the holidays, but did your workout schedule?  If you’re like me, you’ve been lifting (your fork), running (the dishwasher), and jumping (for joy) but that’s the extent of it.  Now it’s time to focus on YOU and what you can do to improve your health and stay motivated in the year ahead.

Start with a quick assessment of your home exercise gear and then take a look at these home fitness and exercise products to see what gets you excited. 

Here’s the trick to buying fitness equipment . . .  If you can imagine yourself using it more than once, and it works with your budget, then it should go in your shopping cart.  If not, look at the next one on the list.  Try to think outside the box!  A few new items might just spice up your workout and keep you motivated. 

10 New Exercise and Fitness Products for Your Home Gym

Door Gym Upper Body Toner – Use for push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups for a total body workout.  The Door Gym strengthens and tones your chest, arms, shoulders, back and abs.  Attaches and removes from the door frame in seconds.

 

Fun Disc Balance Disc – Improves your coordination and core strength.  Great for children and beginners.

See all Balance and Core Strength Products

 

 

Twist Stepper with Handle Bar –  Works deep muscles without putting extreme pressure on your bones and joints.  The LCD computer function tracks and counts time and calories.  Adjustable stepping height.

See all Steppers and Climbers

 

Sunny Elite Elliptical Trainer –  The top of the line elliptical machine.  8 workout levels, hand pulse monitoring, large LCD, oversized pedals.  Super value priced plus Free shipping!

See all Elipticals

 

Mini Stepper Exerciser – The Wall Street Journal calls it the “Best Value Mini Stepper”.  This compact, sturdy step machine is ideal for toning your waist, calves, hips and thighs.  Built-in digital computer calculates time and steps.  Batteries included.

 

bodyLOGIC Body Fat Analyzer– Keep your health in check with this non-invasive body fat estimator from Omron.  Provides body fat and percentage and body fat weight in just 7 seconds!  Memory stores up to 9 personal profiles.

See all Health Monitors

 

Mini Calorie Pedometer – Counts steps and laps to help monitor your workout.  Tracks distance in miles or kilometers.  Real time clock setting.  Clips to your waist band or belt.

 

SPRI Weighted Vest – 2o lbs – Lose weight faster by burning more calories per workout with this simple-to-use, adjustable-weight weighted walking vest.  Shape Magazine calls it a “must have fitness product”.

See all Fitness Accessories

Deluxe Vinyl Dumbbells – These handy hand weights come in ‘pairs’ and they’re just like the ones at the gym.  Choose from 2 lbs to 15 lbs or get them all!  Store your dumbbells in a Premium Dumbbell Weight Rack or an Economy Dumbbell Weight Rack.

See all Wrist, Ankle and Free Weights

 

Kettlebells – Used by celebrities, supermodels and athletes, these dumbbell alternatives will make your workouts more challenging while increasing muscle endurance, losing fat and building size and strength.  The off-centered weight forces you to use more stabilizer muscles and work the targeted muscles through a longer range of motion.

Bonus Fitness Product

25lb Adjustable Chrome Dumbbell – Why have a room full of weights when this dumbbell adjusts in weight from 3 lbs to 25 lbs!  Includes plastic stand.

See Allegro’s most popular Exercise and Fitness Products

See Allegro’s Weight Loss Products

Thanks for your business.  It means a lot to us.  Stay healthy!

Stress can come on suddenly and not necessarily at the most convenient time.  In moments of palpable stress, when your head is about to explode and there’s not a hot tub or a massage therapist in sight, arm yourself with these simple relaxation techniques to help you turn a bad situation into one of amazing grace.

  • Stop and Breathe.  In through the nose . . . out through the mouth.   Make your inhalations the same length as your exhalations.  Close your eyes and take long, slow breaths as your mind focuses on the expansion of your chest, back and belly.  Listen to the slow steady beat of your heart.  10 deep breaths will help turn your tension into relaxation.

 

  • Give your body relaxation ques.  Sometimes your body needs permission to relax.  Do this by releasing your facial muscles and making your eyes wide and hollow.  Drop your shoulders.  Roll your neck.  Un-cross your legs and sit back with your arms at your sides.  Smile.  Self-massage is another option.   Keep a Stress Ball and a Backnobber or Jacknobber in your purse or car for on-the-spot stress relief.

  

  • See the Humor.  Whatever the situation, try to lighten the moment with a new perspective – preferably one that involves humor.  Even if the humor is only realized internally (think funny thoughts) you’ll feel some relief.   And if appropriate, please share the humor.  A good laugh does wonders to relieve stress.  And your peers, family and friends will thank you for your ability to diffuse difficult or uncomfortable situations.

 

  • Do the opposite.  We condition ourselves to react to people and situations the same way over and over.  What if you reacted completely differently (i.e. positively) to a problem or moment that would normally evoke a negative comment or reaction?  It’s akin to ‘picking your battles’.  Next time something comes up that would normally make you snap, try going the opposite direction.  Try shrugging it off, making it a non-issue.   This “do the opposite” technique works on people too.  If you are forced to spend time with someone you aren’t fond of, try acting as if you are happy to see them.  Who knows, maybe something positive will come of it!

 

  • Eat some sugar.  Not a lot of sugar, or your mood may go up and then sink lower than before.  Suck on a hard candy, for instance.  Sugar might just the ticket if low blood sugar is making you cranky.  Sometimes a little serotonin reaction (feel-good hormone) is all you need to get through.  Diabetics, don’t listen to me if you are not supposed to have the sugar.

 

  • Give a hug,  get a hug.  Physical contact will decrease stress hormones and make you feel loved and connected.  Even if you have to hug your cat, do it.  When hugging a human, attempt to deepened the connection with a sincere grasp . . . squeeze. . . and then a reluctant release.  No back pats.  Be firm.  Sincere.  Practice.

 

  • Punch something and/or scream.  That’s punch something, not someone and make sure you hit something soft so you don’t hurt yourself.   Of course, never hit a pet or a person.  Go for a pillow if possible.   A (silent) rebel yell can also make you feel better in seconds.  Make sure you’re alone if you want to yell for real.  You might scare someone.   

 

For long-term stress relief, keep your cool with unbeatable stress busters in Allegro’s Stress Relief category.  Shop for hundreds of stress products  such as portable whirlpool spas, pain relievers and more. 

Another important component to on-going stress management is exercise.  Get ideas and value-packed exercise and fitness equipment in our Exercise/Fitness category.

Have a stress-free day!

Goodness knows it’s hard enough to keep your weight in check on any ‘ol ho-hum day, let alone during the ho–ho–holidays.  Heck, I can gain a pound just looking at a slice of cheesecake.  Think about this, though.  If you put on  just 1 pound a year, what will you weigh when you’re 60, 70, 80 or 90?  Mind boggling.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a gym membership to slim down and tone up.  And no matter what your ability, age, weight or fitness level, Allegro has hundreds of fun and challenging products that will help you lose weight and keep it off. 

Remember two things – convenience and pacing.   Instead of the hassle and expense of the gym, schedule time every day to get some exercise at home or in the neighborhood.  I use DVDs to keep me motivated and mentored and I don’t miss the “social aspect” of the gym at all.

Here are convenient low-cost exercise & fitness products that will jump start your home workouts and get you losing weight fast.

Allegro’s Best Weight Loss, Metabolism-Boosting Products

 

ExerCycles-Pedlar Exercisers– Pedlars are a fantastic way to get your heart pumping and your fat burning, especially since you can work many of them with your hands OR your feet.   For under $50, these are a no-brainer compared to the cost of a gym membership.

 

Steppers – Climbers – Get the benefits of climbing stairs without going anywhere.  Convenient, eh?   Stair steppers work wonders and they are a low-cost, space saving addition to your home gym.  For a total body climbing workout, consider the Jacob’s Ladder Total Body Exerciser.

 

Exercise Bands – Tubes – You’d be hard pressed to find anything less expensive but more effective than exercise bands and tubes.   They add resistance to your workout, increasing your strength, stamina and metabolism. 

 

Exercise Balls – Foam Rollers – Get on the FITball and I promise you’ll see results.  You can get a total body workout, quickly, that will flatten your tummy, improve your balance, tone your legs and arms and get your heart pumping.  Don’t forget the air pump!  Choose among these DVDs, Video and Book Training Manuals to learn the Fitball techniques and to keep the ideas coming.  For all fitness levels.

Shop 400+ Exercise DVDs and Fitness Books

 

Body Balance – Core Exercise Products – Balance work and core strength is the foundation to any serious, long-term success whether you are an athlete or even looking to prolong your life and keep you body strong.  Gaining balance and core strength may be tough at first, but don’t give up. The rewards are immense.   For more about balance, read 21 Reasons to Improve Your Balance.

Exercise and Fitness should be part of your everyday plan to stay healthy and maintain a proper weight.  I know it’s hard.  Believe me, I know.  Just do a little every day and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. 

For more ideas and products for Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Aerobics, Rowing Flexibility Training and Weight lifting shop Allegro’s best fitness and weight loss products in our Exercise/Fitness Category.

As always, sincere thanks for your business.   Have a healthy day!

-v

Cold weather, indoor activities, school kids, lack of exercise and the stresses of everyday life = increased susceptibility to colds and flu. 

If I stay ahead of colds and flu I find that I only get sick when foreign germs are forced on me – like in an airplane or by my thoroughly wonderful, germy nephews.    When you are constantly fighting something and you have to ‘chase’ good health, it is important to realize that you can’t win unless you strengthen your immune system. 

Create and follow a plan to bolster your immunity and you may just sail through cold and flu season sniffle-free.  Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses have an even tougher time avoiding colds and flu, but they are often times better prepared to prevent colds and flu because they know the dangers.

Going into the holiday season with a chink in your immunity armour is really asking for trouble.  Here are some ideas and products to help you prevent colds and flu this season by strengthening your ability to fight germs:

Reduce your Stress

Stress Eraser – We’ve all heard that stress kills and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to support it.  Perhaps this amazing stress relieving tool could save your life.  It is a portable biofeedback device that helps you learn how to activate your body’s natural relaxation response.  FDA regulated, non-invasive and drug-free.  Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and The View.  A great gift!  Those with high blood pressure might consider the RESPeRATE as well.

Manage your stress with other stress relievers, massagers and spa products in our Stress Products Category

Are You Too Stressed?  Take the Stress Test!

 

Do Moderate, Consistent Exercise

A recent study  shows that the risk both of catching a cold or the flu and of having a particularly severe form of the infection “drop if you exercise moderately”.  If you are sedentary, or if you exercise too intensely, the opposite is true.  As with most things, moderation wins.

 

Exercise Peddler – Work at your own pace peddling with your arms or your legs.  This exercise peddler is a favorite because it folds up and there is no assembly required.  Features adjustable resistance and an electronic display, all for under $50.  Makes a great gift.  I use mine while I watch t.v.  That’s not cheating, is it? See all Cycles/Pedlars

See all Exercise and Fitness Products

 

Take your Vitamins

Emercen-C Immune Defense – Includes all the necessary vitamins to boost your immune system.  Mix with water and enjoy hot or cold.  Emergen-C products are extremely popular and provide a wide range of targeted benefits. 

See all Vitamins

See all Dietary Supplements

 

Avoid Germs

Most of our germ avoiding products are in our Swine Flu Products section where you’ll find germ-fighting Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks and Surface Disinfectants.

 

Hand Sanitizing Gel – Our most popular hand sanitizing gel.  It’s inexpensive and it works.  Buy in various sizes to have it handy in your car, purse, briefcase and home.

Educate your friends, family and community to make immunity boosting a TEAM approach!  Take vitamins, Exercise moderately, Avoid germs and Manage stress.  I promise you’ll be way ahead when it comes to fighting colds and flu this season.

If, by chance, you lose the fight, there are nearly 60 items in our Cold and Flu Season Products category to make you feel better. 

Wishing you a healthy holiday season.  -v

Is your home safe for holiday guests?  If little Ian and grandpa Ray are visiting for a few days, or even just for Christmas dinner, there are simple precautions you can take to avoid the trauma of a holiday accident in your home.  

Prepare the house with these safety items to ensure your holiday memories are shiny and bright.  Think about who’s coming over and then go room by room, ‘guest-proofing’ your home.  Order today.  Peace of mind is priceless.

Bathrooms

Toilet Safety Frames – Choose from a variety of value-priced toilet frames that make getting on and off the commode a breeze.  And if there’s a chance your guest might not make to the bathroom, Allegro Product Manager Daver suggests you consider a bedside commode.  Need to raise the toilet seat higher for easier use? Check out some of these options for simple & safe raised toilet seats.

 

Suction Cup Grab Bars – These life-saving grab bars install in seconds and are removable.  Non-marring.  No drilling.  Reposition to the ideal location for each user.

See all Grab Bars

 

Bamboo Bath Seat and Shower Chair – This lovely bench fits in your bath or shower and looks great!  You might just want to use it yourself after your guests leave (great for shaving the legs in the shower, ladies).   Or, how about a folding shower chair to use and then put away for next time?  As long as you’re at it, really impress them and throw in a Long-Handled Bath Sponge and Hand-Held Shower.

See all Shower Chairs and Bath Benches

 

No-Skid Bath and Shower Mats – Considered an absolute MUST for guest safety, regardless of age.  For a more permanent solution, try the Bath Safety Treads.

Tip:  Check your towel racks and soap dish in the shower to make sure they are secure.

See all Baby and Child Safety Items

 

Bedrooms

Dim ‘N Bright Auto Sensor Night Light – Automatically turns on in the dark and off in the light.  Dimmer dial for multiple levels of brightness.  For the kids get the auto-sensing Soothing Stars Nighlightwith an enclosd bulb.

 

Removable Bedrail – Allegro’s most economical bedrail and perfect to pull out of the closet when you have elderly overnight guests.  For the kids, we have a variety of childrens bedrails to keep them from falling out of the bed.  I like the Sesame Street one the best.

 

Non-Skid Slipper Socks – What a nice touch for your guests, especially if you have non-carpeted floors.  Wear them all winter long.

 

Sonic Boom Alarm with Extra Large Display – A welcome to those with hearing or vision problems.

See all Sonic Alert Products

See all Blindness/Low Vision Products

See all Hearing Impairment Products

 

Indoors/Outdoors

 

Ice-Away Snow and Ice Melt Mat – Keep your property safe all winter long with this convenient, efficient and reliable solution to ice at your doorstep.  36″ x 32″.  Keeps up with the snow as fast as it falls.

See all Cozy Heater Products

Read Cold Weather Gear to Warm you Inside and Out

 

Doorknob Extenders and Grippers – Guests with limited hand function, i.e. arthritic hands, will thank you when they can get in and out with ease. 

 

Easy Access Threshold Ramps – Gives wheelchair and walker users smooth access to the house.  

See all Ramps

 

Aluminum Transport Wheelchair – Make trips to the mall a little easier on great aunt Beulah with this economical lightweight folding wheelchair.  Back folds down for storage and transport.

 

Safety Gates and Railnets – Keep pets out and kids in with these nifty security gates.  Remember to gate off the stairs to prevent tumbles!

See all Child Safety Products

The Allegro family wishes you, your friends and your families a super safe holiday season!  Thank you for your business and your referrals.  We appreciate it more than you know.  Looking for great holiday gifts?  Check out our Gift Ideas.

If it’s the thought that counts, then only a mindful gift will do.  With a little thought about who you’re shopping for, you can surprise them with something they will truly use and maybe something to make their life easier.

Take a look in each of our Gift Categories listed below to find gifts that pair your budget with their personality, abilities, passions or hobbies.   It’s the path to the perfect gift! 

Hint:  Keep an eye out for bargain stocking stuffers.

Find fun and unique gifts in Gifts $50 to $100,  Gifts $100 and Up, Gifts for Teens, Electronic Gift Ideas, Baby Gifts, Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him and Gifts for Kids

Best Gifts by Price

Gift Ideas Under $50

Handybar 3 in 1 Car Aid – Consider this gift for those who may have difficulty getting in and out of their car.  The Handybar allows the user to move from a seated position to a standing position with a fraction of the difficulty and strain.  Also includes a side window breaker and a seat belt cutter when immediate escape is necessary.  Give this to someone you love to let them know how much you care.

 

Folding Shopping Cart – The perfect gift for the shoppers, students, garage sale fans and anyone who has to ‘tote’ things.  Great for laundry, groceries, books – whatever!  Folds easily for quick storage.  Hooks onto most retail shopping carts.  

See all Shopping Carts & Totes

See all Daily Living Aids

 

Spacells Facial Sponges – A revolutionary facial sponge that cleans, removes make-up, exfoliates and massages at the same time.  An easy gift for all of the ladies in your life. 

See all Supracor Products and Spa and Relaxation gift ideas.

 

Tek Pal – Large Button TV Remote Control– The perfect gift for tv watchers over the age of 40.  Seriously.  They’re awesome (don’t ask me how I know this).  See also the Hy-Tek Big Button Universal Remote Control and the Hy-Tek Big Button Universal Remote Control.

See all Low Vision Aids

See all Electronic Gift Ideas

 

Lex Loop – Lex Loops Exercise Band – Great for beginners or the extremely fit, you can’t go wrong giving the Lex Loops as a gift.  These soft, padded ankle cuffs promote cardio-free strength training and flexibility.  Other all-around favorite fitness gifts are the Pedal Exerciser Stationary Bike and the ProStretch.

See all Exercise Bands – Tubes

See all Exercise / Fitness Products for hundreds of gift ideas.

To see nearly 400 gift ideas, shop our entire Gift Ideas Category for more Gifts Under $50.  If you’re looking for something specific, simply type what  you are seeking into the search box at the top of each page, and off you go.  Order today!

We appreciate your business.  Have a GREAT and ‘mindful’ day.

-Val

Listen up all you skiers, snowboarders, hunters, hikers, bikers, football fans, bird watchers and dog walkers.  You too, you shivering-in-front-of-the-tv wrapped in a blanky people.  You don’t have to be cold!  With today’s technology and a little planning you can stay warm all winter long, inside and out.

Pick up extras to give as holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! 

OUTDOOR Warming Products

Cold Weather Mask – Take the risk out of breathing cold air with this Arctic Fleece mask that warms the air you inhale, no matter how cold and dry it is.  Enhanced with a particle filtering lining.  Adjustable, washable, long lasting, rolls up for storage/packing.  Effective in sub-zero weather. 

 

SKWOOSH Stadium Gel Seat– Cradle and warm your buns as you cheer on your favorite team with this super thin, but extremely effective TekPad gel-filled Stadium Seat.  Weighs only 7 ozs, folds to the size of a piece of paper, has 2 built-in carry handles and comes in Navy, Burgendy, Black or Green.  Super value priced for everyone in the family and great for indoors or out.  Made in the USA.. U..S…A!!  Goooooo USA!  (Practicing my cheers).

Allegro has everything from travel cushions to hunting cushions and Kayak Cushions!  See all SKWOOSH Cushions and Seats

 

Cold Condition Glove– These Ironclad cold weather gloves are designed to protect your hands from cold weather but allow for a high level of dexterity.  Wicking material wicks away perspiration.  Breathable, but resists water and oil.  Non-slip reinforcements on palm and fingers for enhanced grip and abrasion-resistance.  Neoprene at the cuff and knuckle.  Machine washable.

 

Superfeet hot PINK Cold Weather Premium Insoles – Lady skiers and snow boarders, add these to your ski boots and you’ll be carving like a pro this season.  Provides support, shock absorption, power transmission and edge control to tear up the slopes.  Heat management for all-day comfort.  Antimicrobial technology helps prevent foot odor.  Men, we carry them for you too:  Superfeet REDhot Cold Weather Premium Insoles.

 

Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa– Nothing warms you more completely than a nice relaxing spa.  Now you can have your own bubbling, whirling spa at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hot tub.  Sets up in about 20 minutes, requires no tools, and plugs into a regular household outlet.   Seats 4 to 5 people.  Great gift for the family.  Use it indoors or outdoors, on your patio or deck, in your condo or apartment, lakehouse, cabin or boat!

 

INDOOR Warming Products

Bed Buddy Foot Warmers with Aromatherapy –  Just pop the reusable scent pack in the microwave for a  minute and put them back in the fleece fabric boots for an hour of moist heat and warm feet!  Lightly fragranced with clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus.   For cold hands, try the Bed Buddy Hand Warmers or get everything, including the sinus pack in the Bed Buddy Heat Therapy Kit.

 

NatraCure Heat Therapy Mittens – Recommended for arthritis sufferers and hard working hands as a warming aid.  One size fits most.  Washable and reusable.  Lightly scented.  Disperses moisturizing mineral oils and Vitamin E to hydrate and nourish your skin.  Microwave for 25 to 30 seconds to warm.

 

Bed Warmer –  Placed at the bottom of the bed under the sheets, the Battle Creek Bed Warmer warms your legs and feet rather than the whole bed.  Or, position warmth exactly where it feels best!  Costs less to operate than an electric blanket.

 

Arthritis Gloves – Soft, breathable cotton lycra will make you want to wear these gloves day and night.  Mild compression and warmth helps increase circulation and promote healing of arthritic, achy, painful, stiff hands.  Great for working around the house or in the garden to keep your hands warm but your fingers free to feel, touch and grip.

 

Toasty Toes Personal Heater – Perfect for work or home, this “deluxe” footrest is thermostatically controlled to heat your feet and legs.  Use in the office, study, basement, garage, porch, craft room you need to be seated or standing for a long time.  Three positions.  6 foot cord plugs into any 110v outlet.

See all Cozy Heater Products

 

Dream Saks Airline Comfort Set – Travel in warmth and style with your own silk blanket, pillowcase and eye shades!  Great for long air routes, trains, buses or cars.  Rolls into its own 12″ bag and weighs less than a pound.  Prefer cashmere over silk?  Try the Dream Sak Luxury Travel Kit.  A great gift for the traveler who has everything…

See all Dream Saks

 

Indoor or Outdoor Relief from Cold

Grabber Peel-n-Stick Adhesive Body Warmers – Standard equipment for anyone who enjoys outdoor cold weather activities.  Widely used for soothing cold, sore joints and muscles as a result of Arthritis, Raynaud’s, Lupus, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia or just poor circulation.  40 portable heating pads per box, one time use, disposable.  Warms for 12+ hours.  For cold feet and cold hands, use Grabber’s Foot Warmers and Grabber’s Hand Warmers.  Get a case and divide them up for stocking stuffers or gifts for your team members and friends.

Wishing you and your family a nice warm winter.  As always, thanks for your business.   -v

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Allegro is well-known for its low, low prices on diabetes supplies and is a reliable source for hundreds of customers who want a no-hassle, automatic delivery of their test strips right to their doorstep.  We know how important your testing is, and also how expensive it can get.  That’s why we keep our prices as low as possible.   

In recognition of American Diabetes Month we’re offering you discounted prices on our diabetes supplies.  Order today!!

Top 10 Lowest Priced, Most Popular Diabetic Test Strips

One Touch Ultra Test Strips – According to one Allegro customer, our price on the One Touch Ultra “makes daily checking affordable.”  That’s what we like to hear.  Rock bottom prices.

 

Freestyle Test Strips – Box of 100.  Works with the Freestyle Blood Glucose Monitoring System.  Affordable and easy to use.  Need fewer strips?  Try the Freestyle Test Strips Box of 50

 

FreeStyle Lite– New!  No Coding Required.  Use with the FreeStyle Lite meter featuring the world’s smallest blood sample size.

 

Bayer’s CONTOUR Test Strips(formerly Ascensia) – No coding and a 5 second test time.  Use with Bayer Contour Meter.  Super price.

 

Accu-Check Compact Test Strips –  “Never Handle Test Strips” for use with the Compact and Compact Plus Blood Glucose Meters.  Discounts galore.

 

Accu-Chek Aviva Test Strips –  Completely touchable strip and wide-mouth dosing area makes it easy to test right the first time.  Larger, wider strip makes it easy to use for all ages.  Great price!

 

Accu-Chek Active Test Strips – Designed for people on the go! Quick and accurate results.  Test from palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh or calf.  Apply blood to test strip in or out of the meter.  Easy and inexpensive.

 

Accu-Chek Comfort Curve Test Strips– Use with Accu-Chek Advantage, Complete and Voicemate. Unique curved target area fits your finger for easier blood application.

 

Bayer BREEZE2 Test Strips – The easy-to-use 10-test disc means you only have to load every 10 tests.  Simple wins every time.

 

Invacare TRUEread Test Strips–  Use with TRUEread or TrackEASE blood glucose monitors.  Large strips for easy handling.  Easy-open flip top.  True value.

See all Diabetes Test Strips

See all Diabetes Supplies

Shop by Condition in our Diabetes Store

Do you use a test strip or meter that you don’t see at AllegroMedical.com?  Please let us know (reply below) and we will try to stock it for you!

More on Diabetes: 

What is Diabetes and What’s the Difference Between Typ 1 and Type 2? 

How to Tell if you have Diabetes

Take care and thanks for being an Allegro customer.  -v

Sure the holidays are jolly, but let’s be honest . . . for most adults ’tis the season to be stressed out.  And if you’re traveling, you have an added layer of complexity.  Traveling with a disability or injury?  Yet another layer.  This year we suggest you gear up and travel smart so you can arrive at your destination rested and relaxed.  Seasoned travelers and novices alike can benefit from these travel accessories designed to make getting there a whole lot easier – in style and comfort.

Allegro’s Best Travel Products

Traveler Neck Pillow –  No more sore neck with this super soft, lightweight, easy-to-pack travel pillow.  Small enought to take wherever you go.  Removable cover for easy cleaning.  Another option is the Inflatable Neck Cushion.  And if you’re prone to headaches during travel, you’ll want to get the Headache Ice Pillo.

 

Silk Travel Pillow Cases – Perfect for covering the airline pillows (for all the reasons that you think you should), plus it feels nice and won’t muss your hairdo.

 

Eye Pillow with Ergo Beads– Made of breathable cotton lycra and filled with smooth ergoBeads, this eye pillow will spread a gentle soothing weight with a massaging affect around your eyes.  Can be chilled in the freezer first to provide cool relief.  

 

 

Folding Travel Cane – Strong and lightweight these folding canes adjust in height from 33″ to 37″. Beautiful maple handle.  Take it anywhere!  Choose from 5 sylish patterns to suit your personality.

 

Lightweight Portable Transport Wheelchair – Ultra lightweight – less than 14.5 lbs total – this chair collapses to fit in its own carry bag.  So small it fits into most airplane overhead containers.  Tool-free breakdown and assembly.  Super comfortabe.  Easily fits in your trunk.   Weight capacity = 250lbs.

 

Bed Rail Advantage Traveler – The most portable bed rail on the market, this handy travel aid pops right out of the box ready to use.  Sturdy.  Fits on either side of the bed.  Lets you independently pull yourself up  and safely get out of bed without aid.

 

SKWOOSH Traveler Travel Cushion– Long car ride or flight ahead? Get serious about rear end comfort with this patented pressure relief gel cushion.  Relieves the tingling, numbness and soreness in the lower back, legs and rear caused by long hours of traveling.  Weighs only 1/2 lb and folds to fit in your briefcase or carry-on.  Even better, check out the SKWOOSH Pro Traveler.  It has an upgraded internal structure and integrated handles to make it more convenient to cary or hang.  How about one for the office?

See all SKWOOSH Cushions.  They make great gifts!

 

Travel Size Sonic Boom Alarm with Bed Shaker – Need I say more?

 

Airline Comfort Set – As seen on the Today Show, in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today this is the perfect travel set for long air routes, trains, buses or cars.  Includes a silk blanket, pillowcase and eye shade that all roll into a 12″ bag.  Weighs less than a pound. 

 

DreamSack– Protect yourself from germs on hotel bedding and the harsh detergents and chemicals used in hotel laundries.  This “original opening” Dreamsack opens on the side and has a full sized silk pouch for your pillow.  Super lightweight and machine/hand washable.  Air dries quickly.  The perfect gift for the travelers in your life.  Sleeping double?  Get the Double DreamSack.

See all Dream Sack Products

 

iZap Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer – Sanitize your toothbrush wherever you go with the iZap.  Eliminates 99.9% of the germs and bacteria on your toothbrush.  Great for travel, dorm rooms, gym bags, the office, hotels or home.   Uses 2 AAA batteries.  Lifetime bulb.

See all VioLight Sanitizers

 

 Cartdesk – A virtual office anywhere you can find a chair.  Featured on NBC Today and endorsed by American Airlines as one of the top travel products, this instant office not only transports your business travel bag, but quickly transforms into a fully functioning desk in seconds. 

 

Revitaleg Portable Leg Massager – Enjoy the benefits of a pneumatic compression massage anywhere.  Especially great for long distance travel to help avoid leg cramps.  Free shipping!

 

Deluxe Swivel Seat Cushion – Great for elderly, the injured, those with mobility issues, or wheelchair users to help prevent back and hip strain when getting in and out of the car.  Just sit and swivel.  15″ in diameter.  360 degree turns.  Weight capacity 300lbs.

 

Car Caddie Helping Hand – Offers a helping hand for getting out of cars, trucks or vans.  Great for young and old.  Easy to install, non-permanent.

 

Handybar 3-in-1 Car Aid –  This is one of our most popular products.  It offers support for getting in and out of the car, plus it is a seat belt cutter and a side window breaker in the unfortunate event that you need to immediately escape the car.  Every car should have one.  Makes a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift.

 

Folding Shower Chair with Back – For travel or easy storage, this shower chair quickly and easily folds up when not in use.  Weighs 6 1/2 lbs.  Holds up to 250 lbs.  Will not rust.  Use in the tub or shower.

 

Zephyr Travel Hearing Aid Dryer – The new standard in moisture absorption for maximum hearing aid drying effectiveness.  Small size for taking on the road.  Automatically shuts off after 8 hours.  Includes a disposable Dry-Brik desiccant which also absorbs odors.  Accomodates all kinds of hearing instruments.

 

Portable Roll-A-Ramp Wheelchair Ramp – The perfect travel ramp.  Super lightweight.  Rolls up and fits inside the trunk of compact cars.  Disassembles in seconds for easy transport.

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And that’s not all, folks.  See All Travel Aids including the Grayson Reusable Bedpads, Coccyx Cushion and Harmonie Disposable Underpads.

Worried about contracting the H1N1 Swine Flu?  See our H1N1  Swine Flu Protection Products.  You might want to carry a mask if you travel a lot, and be sure to stock up on hand sanitizer.

That aside, we wish you a fantastic holiday season and safe travels!  Thanks for your business.  We appreciate it.

Stuffing your feet back into their closed-toe shoes for the winter doesn’t mean you should forget about them until sandal weather next spring.  Keep your feet looking beautiful and healthy all winter long with a little TLC and a few key products.

From what I’ve seen, just about everyone could pay a little more attention to the ‘ol foot, if you know what I mean.  Here’s how . . .

Foot Product Recommendations:

Pedicure Products.  Save time and money by doing your own pedicures!  Well groomed feet are healthy feet.  Gentlemen, call it what you want, but you must develop a foot maintenance routine or you’re going to end up with a mess of a foot.  Use our Step-N-Smooth Shower Mat Foot File if nothing else.  For a fantastic home spa pedicure, along with your massaging foot soaker I recommend a Paraffin Heat System  for pure bliss.  And don’t forget the Epsom Salts,  Dual Action Foot File, Salon-Style Heel Buffer, and Deep Healing Foot Cream.

Want to brush up on your pedicure skills?  Read Marie Claire’s The Perfect Pedicure

 

Foot Care Products.  Anyone with hammertoes, corns, calluses, fungus or bunions will tell you… take care of your feet!   If you already have a painful foot condition, we have products to protect, comfort and perhaps even cure it. 

For those with Diabetes, see our Diabetic Foot Care Products

Shoes.  Stop squishing your  feet into shoes that hurt.  We have a full line of great looking sandals, dress shoes, athletic shoes/trainers, work boots, oxfords, clogs, casual shoes, diabetic shoes, socks and therapeutic shoes designed to address and correct a variety of foot issues.  And the sizes!  You won’t believe the feet we can fit!

 

Insoles & Heel Cups – For maximum foot comfort consider adding an insole  or heel cup inside your shoe.  They make them for everything from athletic footwear to high heels.  Improve your balance, circulation, body alignment and weight distribution PLUS reduce body aches & pains – just by putting something in your shoe.  Who knew?

See?  No excuse for gnarly, sore feet.  

Here’s wishing you beautiful tootsies all your life.   Thanks for your orders.  Tell your friends!

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