Monthly Archives: May 2010
If swimming laps isn’t your idea of a great time, there are plenty of other ways to cool off, give your joints a break and get a fantastic workout with a splash of fun. Water workouts can make a world of difference in your physical rehab or fitness program no matter what kind of shape you’re in. The water’s weight and viscosity provides impact-free resistance and remarkably fast results.
The following water workouts include interval training, which will do at least as much as your land exercise program. You’ll burn calories, increase endurance, tone muscle, improve balance, gain agility and strengthen your core. Let the pool be your liquid gym! Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.
See our most popular water exercise equipment including an underwater treadmill.
5 Water Workouts for Fast Results
First things First – Stretch. Your calves may tighten up while doing water aerobics or running in the water. Start out well-stretched with this ProStretch Unilateral Stretching System.
See all ProStretch Stretch Systems
Exercise for Cardio Resistance. Get a cardio blast while toning your upper-body muscles. Wear webbed gloves or use hand buoys/fitness barbells to do resistance exercises such as biceps curls and lateral raises while jogging backward in water that’s waist- to midchest-deep. Do 2 sets of 12-15 reps, jogging for 10-15 seconds between reps. Practice the strength moves and backward running separately before combining them.
ExerSandals– Hey water jogger, what will you be wearing on your feet? Designed to be worn to, from and in the pool or lake, these comfortable ExerSandals add flotation and resistance to deep and shallow water routines, plus they protect your feet from pool bottoms and avoid the gunk in the lake.
Complete Fitness System for Women and Complete Fitness System for Men
Do Wall Bounders for Power, Agility and Cardio. Stand 5 feet from the pool wall and run toward it. When you get there, quickly kick up both feet and push off the wall so you move backward, fighting the currents you created as you ran. Do 5 repetitions, then turn around and run in a zigzag pattern toward the opposite wall of the pool. When you reach it, do another 5 wall bounders. Repeat entire sequence as many times as you can in 30 minutes.
For more intensity, add 2 lengths of straight-ahead running at the end of each sequence of 10 wall bounders/zigzag runs.
Exercise to Strengthen your Core using a Stability Ball. Let some air out of a small (30-centimeter, 12″) stability ball and while jogging backward, submerge the ball deep in front of you, then release it. Watch the ball pop up, and quickly catch it in the air.
Exercise to tones your arms. Stand with your feet apart, arms extended straight in front of you holding a ball. Breathing rhythmically, push the ball under the water, swinging it into a figure-eight pattern through the water. Move as smoothly as you can, so you don’t strain your shoulders or back. Try to maintain your balance. Repeat 10 times. (Note: If you are recovering from an injury, do not do this without the supervision of a therapist.)
See all Exercise Balls & Rolls
Water Jog to Burn Calories and Build Muscles. Run in water that’s waist- to midchest-deep, slicing your hands through the water as if you’re running on land (but avoid making a swimming motion with your arms). For a serious challenge, run for 2 minutes at a moderate intensity, rest for 30 seconds (or do an easy jog to stay warm), then repeat for 5 times total. Next, run for 1 minute at a high intensity, rest for 30 seconds and repeat for 8 times total. Finally, repeat the 2-minute moderate-intensity intervals and 30-second rest periods 5 more times. Wear cross trainers (dark-soled running shoes will scuff up the pool) or water shoes.
See all AquaJogger Products
Don’t miss the AquaJogger Complete Water Workout DVD!
More fun swim accessories:
Underwater MP3 Players
Geltoki Swim Cap & Goggles
Have a blast with your new Water Exercise Equipment and thanks for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.
It has been 30 years since I wore a cast but I still remember that itch! It was like having chicken pox and mosquito bites at the same time – just out of reach. A coat hanger was my best friend. I couldn’t have been more pathetic, spending the summer on the sidelines instead of in the pool or at the lake. And I would have given anything to make my cast look pretty or even remotely cool. Today there are products to turn these major problems into minor inconveniences for anyone, at any age with a cast or sling.
5 Best Cast Products to Stay Clean, Cool and Comfortable
Cast Comfort Spray – This spray is used under the cast to stop the unbearable itching and smelly cast odor. Safe, effective and easy to use. Replaces the coat hanger as a cast wearer’s best friend.
Fashion Arm Cast Covers – Choose from a wide selection of stylish couture cast covers to accessorize your cast at any event from a picnic to black tie. Show your moxie with lace or sequins, or dress down to suite your mood, outfit or occasion. Go ahead, get more than one. Choose long (wrist to upper arm) or short (wrist to elbow) lengths.
Fashion Arm Slings w/Free Cast Covers – Can you say sling bling? Make a statement or go understated with these amazing arm slings. Get a FREE Matching Cast Cover (Long) with each purchase.
See all Sling Couture
See all Arm Slings
See all Orthopedics/Orthotics
Waterproof Cast Protectors – Don’t let a silly cast keep you down. Join the fun and come clean! Swim, bathe, shower, hot tub or take a dip in the lake with your cast on.
Cast Shoes – Choose from old school or modern styles. These cast shoes and cast boots will take the wear and tear out of your cast and may get you out from under those crutches. Talk to your doc!
See? You can look nice, smell nice AND play nice in your cast. Do you have a friend or family member with a broken arm or leg? Do them a big favor and get them the right cast accessories! They’ll love you forever. And if you need crutches, we have those too.
Big love to all of our Allegro customers.
Everyone deserves a vacation! But admit it . . . travel can be a pain, or completely impossible if you don’t have the essentials for comfort, safety, convenience or mobility. Don’t despair. Allegro has new and unique products to make your vacation not only possible but a whole lot easier and more comfortable. Great gift ideas too.
Prepare for the time of your life with these travel essentials from Allegro Medical.
Car Travel Essentials – From babies to seniors, here’s everything you need for your carload to be comfy and safe on that next road trip.
See also Automotive Aids
See also Emergency Preparation
Airplane Travel Essentials – Airlines are not always on your side when it comes to comfort and convenience. Fend for yourself with these airplane travel essentials.
See all Travel Pillows
See all Travel Toiletries & OTC Medications
See all Dream Sack Brand Products
Travel and Exercise – Stay in shape no matter where you are with these portable exercise products.
See all Exercise & Fitness Products
Hotel Travel Essentials – All the comforts of home including bed rails, travel alarms, night lights, blankets and toiletries.
Home Comfort & Safety – Bring along these travel versions of your daily living aids.
Baby and Child Travel Aids – Travel products to keep your kids safe and secure, without a lot of bulk.
See also Children/Pediatric Products
See also Maternity Care Products
Incontinence Travel – Don’t let going keep you from going.
Walking Assistance for Travelers – Getting around the neighborhood or the globe couldn’t be easier with these Folding Walkers, Travel Canes, Lightweight Rollators, Transport Wheelchairs and Mobility Travel Scooters. Viva la independence!
Diabetes Travel – Insulin coolers, syringes and more.
International Travel Essentials – You’ll be properly plugged into their outlets and their language with these foreign travel aids.
Recreation Travel Essentials – Heading to the beach, ski resort or campsite? How about an organic beach towel, a TRIKKE Skki or a cast protector? Find them here.
Wishing you safe travels always! And a big thank you for being an Allegro customer.
Rashy, itching, peeling, bumpy, burning, red, dry, scaly, scabby skin. If you have any of these, you can bet there is a product to soothe or heal it. Proper skin care can mean the difference between a good day and a very painful one. Here are links to products that we hope will bring you blissfully fast healing relief from eczema, fungal infections, diaper dermatitis, sunburns and more:
Remedies for Common Skin Problems
Eczema is very common and there are several medical grade and OTC skin care eczema remedies on the market. Eczema is a family of skin conditions but is generally described as inflammation or dermatitis of the upper layers of the skin. It can be found in adults or children and it is not contagious. Eczema is characterized by itchy, red, dry skin on the face, hands, feet, elbows, knees or arms.
Fungal Infections – Most superficial fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, yeast infections and ringworm can be cured with topical antifungal medication placed directly on the affected area. Fungal infections are very common and grow best in warm moist environments so be careful and stay dry! Symptoms range from peeling, scaling redness to itching and burning and/or blisters and sores. Check with your doc if you’re not sure what you have.
See all Antifungals
Diaper Dermatitis (Diaper Rash) or other itchy skin irritations caused by moisture can be soothed, prevented and even cured with the help of incontinence washes, perineal cleansers and moisture barrier creams.
Diabetic Skin Care is important for people with diabetes because of the potential for a variety of skin conditions . Awareness is also key because reduced circulation and nerve sensitivity can make it hard to identify skin problems as they arise. Moisturizers are also important for those with diabetes because high blood glucose results in loss of fluid in the body. Dehydration can quickly lead to dry skin which can crack and invite nasty germs in, causing infections. Out of control infections can result in terrible problems including amputation. All preventable with daily skin care!
See all Diabetic Skin Care Products
See all Diabetic Supplies
Dry Skin prevention and correction can be managed with daily moisturizers. Rub lotion into damp skin after every bath or shower to seal in moisture and ensure great looking skin all year long.
Sunburns need fast pain relief, cooling medicine and sealed-in moisture. Have plenty of sunburn remedies on hand this summer.
See all Burn Care Products
There are 100’s of medical grade and Over-the-Counter (OTC) lotions, creams, ointments, sprays, powders and foams to relieve or cure just about any skin problem you have. Remember to read the labels and check with your doctor if you have any questions about what, when and how to use any of these products.
See all Skin Care Products
See all OTC Ointments, Lotions, Creams & Powders
See all Foot Care
See Shop by Condition: Skin Condition
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Mobility Scooters are often the perfect solution for those who have difficulty walking, but want to maintain their independence and manage everyday tasks on their own.
It is important that you choose mobility scooters that fit your lifestyle, abilities and plans. Considerations such as where and when the mobility scooter will be used, weight capacity, battery life, maneuverability, ease of transport, scooter speed and leg room can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your scooter. You may consider getting more than one scooter to cover indoor mobility, shopping and portability plus all-terrain mobility, long distances and comfort. Two very difference vehicles.
Mobility scooters are not a good option for those who cannot sit erect for long periods or do not have the manual dexterity or strength to operate the controls.
The most obvious difference between mobility scooters is whether they have 3 wheels or 4 wheels, but the difference is more than just looks. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
- Greater maneuverability than four wheel scooters because of their tighter turning radius
- Well suited for indoor use, or outdoors on paved streets
- Can maneuver well in crowded areas such as the supermarket or department store
- Lighter weight and most can be disassembled for transport
- Plenty of leg room
- Not recommended for uneven terrain outdoors
- Generally less stable than 4-wheel power scooters
- May not be as heavy-duty or durable
- Most reliable when it comes to outdoor use on rough, uneven terrain
- Two wheels in front and back make for a stable ride
- Turning radius is not as tight as most 3-wheel power scooters and may not allow you to maneuver as well within the home or in crowded areas
- Typically wider and therefore less likely to fit down narrow hallways and tight spaces
- Four wheeled scooters tend to be bigger, heavier, faster, more comfortable and more durable
Important: Advances in metals, materials, engineering and battery life are shattering preconceived assumptions about 3 wheeled versus 4 wheeled scooters. Be sure to read the features carefully.
Types of Mobility Scooters
5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Mobility Scooter
Please call our mobility specialists at 800-861-3211 if you need help choosing your mobility scooter.
And, as always, thank you for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.
A mobility scooter – sometimes called a power scooter or disability scooter – is simply a motorized device powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery. The seat sits over two rear wheels and there is a flat area for your feet. Handlebars are used to steer.
If you have difficulty walking, or can’t walk at all, mobility scooters can be a fantastic way to get around the house, neighborhood, supermarket, zoo, airport – you name it.
Scooter types vary widely. Some are lightweight and compact – great for running errands, but you wouldn’t be comfortable for long. Some are narrow and others are heavy, wide and stable. Some have knobby wheels for rough terrain, but you wouldn’t want to take them into the supermarket. Vastly different features and uses explains why so many people end up with more than one power scooter.
Types of Mobility Scooters
3 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters – For use inside and/or outside the home, these 3-wheeled scooters have two wheels in back and one in front. Makes for a tight turning radius and lots of leg room.
3 Wheel Travel Scooters – Compact and able to negotiate narrow places and tight spaces, these lightweight 3-wheeled travel scooters are specially designed for fast and easy assembly and dis-assembly. 3-Wheel Travel Scooters are perfect for outings, vacations, shopping or errands. When outdoors, use only only on even, paved surfaces.
3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters – Heavy duty scooters are built for larger-framed individuals and have rider weight capacity ranges from 300 lbs up. Powerful vehicles with lots of features, plus the tight turning radius found in 3-wheeled scooters.
See All 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters
4 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters – The fourth wheel adds stability and provides a smoother ride on uneven surfaces. Some 4-wheeled scooters are better suited for outside the home because of their size and turning radius so be sure to consider where you will be using your electric scooter. If comfort, speed and battery range are high on your list, you’re in the right place.
4 Wheel Travel Scooters – Compact and lightweight these mobility scooters with 4 wheeled stability are perfect for short jaunts or getting around town. Designed for easy assembly, tear-down and portability, they fit right in your trunk.
4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters – The largest models of the power scooter, these heavy duty 4-wheelers are comfortable, rugged, stable, feature-rich, fast, dependable and durable. Rider weight capacities range from 350 lbs to 500 lbs. For the king of heavy duty suspension, luxury and durability, see the Wrangler PMV 4-Wheel All Terrain Scooter.
Don’t forget the Scooter Accessories including Mobility Ramps, Scooter Batteries, Scooter Covers and Canopies and Scooter Pouches
All Mobility Scooters
All 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters
All 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters
Mobility Scooters: 3 Wheel or 4 Wheel?
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter is an investment that should be made wisely. Take some time to research the various options and really make sure you’re getting the scooter that makes the most sense for your lifestyle, size, and use.
Before choosing a mobility scooter, answer these 5 very important questions:
1. Are you physically capable of operating a mobility scooter?
If you can sit upright for long periods of time and have the dexterity and strength in both hands to safely steer and operate the controls, you are most likely a good candidate for a powered mobility scooter.
If you need special seating options such as positioning pads or you have a disability that requires your legs to be elevated and/or you have limited dexterity or no hand strength you may want to take a look at Power Wheelchairs. Power chairs are controlled with a joystick mounted on the armrest so they can be maneuvered with one hand. More advanced steering options are available for those who can’t use their hands. Power chairs also offer more seating options and legrest options (legrests are not available on mobility scooters).
2. How much weight must the scooter carry?
Once you know that a mobility scooter is the right option, the carrying capacity is your next consideration. This will eliminate some choices right off the bat. The rider’s weight isn’t the only thing. There’s also the weight of items you will be carrying on your scooter – everything from oxygen tanks to laundry baskets and shopping bags.
If you are close to the weight capacity, consider choosing a scooter in the next capacity range, especially since many people gain weight once they stop walking and start riding.
Don’t try to fudge the weight or you will void the manufacturer’s warranty plus your weight will likely affect the overall performance of the power scooter, especially on the uphills.
Think also about your other physical attributes, like, if you’re petite, you may not feel comfortable on a very large scooter and if you are tall, you will want a scooter with plenty of leg room.
3. Where will you be riding the scooter?
If you get around the house okay with a cane or walker, but you want to be able to run errands and do some shopping, take a look at the compact travel scooters. Scooters designated as “travel scooters” have lots of great features but they have one thing in common – they “come apart” easily for transport. The 3 wheel travel scooters are typically the lightest, most compact and most maneuverable, and they have good stability on even surfaces. Because of their tight turning radius they are perfect for getting around in crowds or negotiating store aisles and turns. The 4 wheel travel scooters are generally heavier and less compact, but more comfortable and stable on uneven terrain. Be sure to weigh the easy of portability and assembly against your desired level of comfort, stability and battery range when choosing your travel mobility scooter.
If you need your mobility scooter to get around the house, the biggest challenge is having enough room to make turns and get down narrow hallways or into bathrooms. Three wheel mobility scooters are sometimes the only way to go if you live in a small space. Otherwise, a power wheelchair has the smallest turning radius and may be your best option inside the home if you are unable to use another mobility device such as a cane, walker/rollator or manual wheelchair.
Road warriors that want to tool around the neighborhood, romp through the park or go on a long distance adventures will definately need the stability, comfort and battery range of a 4 wheel scooter or even a 4 wheel heavy duty scooter. Heavy duty scooters have higher weight capacities and larger drive motors. Depending on where you live, you might need an All-Terrain Scooter. Also, if you are going to be driving in tall grass, make sure your scooter has a high ground clearance.
For the ultimate in powered mobility check out the Shoprider Flagship Scooter with a 75 mile battery capacity and windshield wipers.
4. How will you store and transport your scooter?
If you will carry your mobility scooter in your vehicle, you need to consider how much space you’ll need and the strength required to assemble and dis-assemble it. Large-sized scooters usually cannot be disassembled and require a vehicle lift to transport. Some of our customers have multiple scooters and other mobility devices to get them around. This is ideal if you can afford it.
5. Will health insurance pay for my power scooter?
Proving medical necessity is the biggest hurdle in getting your medical insurance to pay a portion of your mobility scooter or power wheelchair cost. Medicare’s requirements, typically copied by other insurance companies, are as follows:
- You must have a medical need for the equipment
- It must be needed for use in the home and useful (fit) within the physical layout of your home. The scooter or power wheelchair cannot be used mainly for leisure or recreation.
- It cannot be only to get around outside your home
- You must be unable to use a cane, walker or operate a manual wheelchair
- Your doctor must be able to explain to the insurance company why, medically, you need the device, and that you can operate it safely
If you think you qualify, contact your insurance company for a referral to a local provider. If not, you are free to choose whatever your budget allows from Allegro’s large selection of mobility scooters. We are at your service!
Call us at #800-861-3211 if you need help choosing one.
Mobility Scooters: 3 Wheel or 4 Wheel?
Types of Mobility Scooters
I wish I had a chill-pill for all you stress monsters, especially in these crazy times. I’d probably pop a few myself. Alas, most of us could do with fewer vices and more good old fashioned relaxation. Remember, you are no good to anyone unless you’re good to yourself.
Allegro’s Most Popular Stress Relievers
1. Snappy Spa – Oh boy, are you going to love this . . . your own portable spa. Accommodates up to 4 adults comfortably. Put it on your deck, patio or even inside your house, cabin or apartment. Simply snap connectors together and plug it into a regular outlet. You’ll have your own thermostatically controlled spa (80 to 104 degrees F) at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hot tub. Insulated for maximum heat retention. Yippeee!!
2. ergoBeads Hand Exerciser & Stress Ball – A stress ball for the stress ball. Sometimes you just need something to hold onto, right? In fact, doing something physical often gets your mind off your worries. For $6 bucks its worth it to find out. If nothing else, you’ll have a stronger hand.
3. Body Back Buddy – No one to give you back rubbies? Do it yourself with this crazy looking contraption. Hey, with 11 therapy knobs, you’ll surely hit the spot. Designed after years of feedback from massage therapists, chiropractors and physical therapists your Back Buddy may just end up to be your best buddy when it comes to relaxing.
4. Hand Rollers – For Cutaneous Stimulation – Use the large roller for broad areas to help your body deal with stress, increased blood flow, stiff joints, sore muscles, back & neck pain and headaches. The small one is for your face, ears, between the fingers & toes. Stimulates the meridian or acupuncture points on the body.
5. Dr. Riter’s Real-Ease Neck & Shoulder Relaxer – I haven’t tried this product yet, but it’s selling like crazy and getting great reviews. It is a patented, scientifically contoured headrest designed to let you deeply relax. Kick back and use it for 10 to 15 minutes a day. Forced relaxation… Sign me up!
6. Eye Pillow with ergoBeads– Again with the ergoBeads. Freeze it for headaches and sinus relief. Or how about wearing it during your 10 minutes on Dr. Riter’s Neck & Shoulder Relaxer? Huh? Huh? That’s what I call doubly relaxing. Want silk? Try Dr. Riter’s Silk Eye Pillow
7. Spine Worx Back Support Alignment System – This is more of a back pain reliever than a total stress reliever, but if you’re like me, you carry your stress in your lower back and neck. The Spine Worx definately works out the kinks. It’s all about proper alignment. I have one of these actually. It feels weird and not very comfortable at first, but you get used to it quickly and it feels like heaven. Another very popular product.
8. Travel Wal-Pil-O – If you travel a lot, this 4-in-1 cervical pillow will make your trips a whole lot more comfortable. Properly aligns and supports your neck whether you’re a side-sleeper or a back sleeper. Read Bed Check for Better Sleep for more ideas.
9. Fitball Stress Buster Ball – Be careful not to say it wrong… Okay, so, if you move around on this knobby ball it gives you a massage! You can improve circulation, reduce stress and relax muscles at the same time. Just lean against the wall with the ball sandwiched in the middle and move around until you feel your muscles relax. Outstanding!
10. Allegro Medical Lomi-Lomi Massager– Bring out the big guns baby and have yourself a REAL massage with Allegro’s own Lomi-Lomi. Maintenance free and economical, this will keep the whole family in a state of bliss.
See All Stress Relievers in our Shop by Condition area. If you’re looking for some other kinds of relief, check out our Sexual Well-Being area.
We wish you the best in your quest for relaxation. For the latest advice in stress relief therapy read Managing Stress: Practical Advice from a Pro. Not sure if you’re stressed? Take the Stress Test!
Thanks for being an Allegro customer. Take care! -v