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Magneciser Pedal Exerciser Starting the year with a list of New Year’s Resolutions may be as commonplace as ending the year without them. Perhaps therein lies the problem – starting with a list of resolutions intead of just one specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based (S.M.A.R.T.) goal . . .  but I digress.  Below are a few tricks to improve your chances of making the right resolution(s) and seeing them through to success.  You can do it!

5 Tips for Successful Resolutions

1.  Define Feelings First.  Sometimes we set “the wrong goals”.  We think that accomplishing a certain goal will make us feel the way we want to feel.  For example, you may resolve to lose weight, or stop smoking, reduce stress,  or spend more time with the kids/spouse/family, etc. but really what you want is to have more energy or to stop worrying about your immortality, or to stop feeling anxious.  Maybe you want to rid yourself of shame.  Or to feel more connected or safe or grounded.  Whatever you want, your feelings may not be realized or satisfied if you set the wrong goal.  Start by defining the feeling and then pinpoint the things that make you feel that way, essentially backing into a goal.  If you ever say “I’m tired of feeling (fill in the blank).”  That’s a good place to start.  Connect the dots back to a goal that, when accomplished, will make you feel the way you want to.

2.  Tell the Truth.  If, say, your resolution is to eat healthy and work out every day – and these have been your resolutions every year for as long as you can remember, then perhaps you need to come clean about why you’re failing.  Ask yourself WHY it is hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle year-round.  Get your answer and then ask WHY THAT is happening.  Keep interrogating yourself, fleshing out your excuses until you get to the truth.  Be honest. It might not be pretty, but it is a place to start.

3.  Break it Down.  So you’ve decided that your goal is to feel proud and confident in your clothes.  Breaking it down further, you want to look hot in your jeans and get positive feedback, compliments – whistles even.  This could mean you need to lose weight, gain weight, buy new jeans, change your shoes, firm up your fanny or a number of other things. Point is, you are drilling down to a goal that can be measured and tracked.

4.  Say it Out Loud! It’s part of the Secret, and it seems to work.  Anyone who knows the power of prayer will agree that something about making your intentions, plans and wishes known to the universe makes them more likely to happen.  Try articulating your goals and dreams out loud – often.  Put them on the fridge or write them on the bathroom mirror.  Say your goals with confidence to yourself and others.  Don’t worry about failing or looking like a fool. Ignore the naysayers and negative people.  The people who care about you will support you.  Those who don’t, don’t matter.

5.  Plot Your Strategy.  Research your options, make your goals measurable and seek help.  Monitor your progress and adjust if necessary, but don’t give up.  Gather the right tools to measure and chart your success.  In the case of weight loss or health improvement, you can use Diagnostic Products such as  Body Fat Analyzers, Pedometers, Home Test Kits and Scales.  If you make your goals and progress visible, you will remain committed and motivated. 

Whatever you do, remember to reward yourself along the way!  Good luck.

Helpful Health Monitors and Aids

Track your blood pressure and cholesterol with the Cholestrak Test Kit, Resperate BP Reducer, Automatic Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, or Talking Blood Pressure Monitor.

Protect your family with a Smoke Detector w/Strobe & Battery Backup or Carbon Monoxide Detector w/Strobe.

Rest easier with a Better Sleep Pillow, Sleepmatterzzz Pillow, D-Core Pillow or Butterfly Pillow.

Be on time with the Sonic Bomb Alarm, Sonic Boom Alarm or SunRise Alarm Clock.

Travel, especially during the holidays, should be fun and exciting. Certainly no time to be stressed about safety, getting into and out of cars, on and off airplanes.  And let’s face it, the more comfortable you are during  your journey and at your destination, the better. 

But if you are elderly, disabled or traveling with small children, the magic of travel can be oh-so unmagical without proper prep.  This year, let Allegro help you relieve a bit of your travel stress with our travel aids – designed for safety, convenience and comfort for everyone from babies to seniors.

Travel Aids for Safety, Convenience and Comfort 

Emergency First Aid Auto Kit Transporation Comfort and Safety – Be safe and confident on the road with your Emergency First Aid Kit Auto Kit, Heated Blanket, Car Caddie and Handybar – to name a few.  And how about a Car Bed for the baby? Or a Travel Pillow for you?

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Folding Bath Bench and Shower Chair Home Comfort and Safety – The comforts of home – in travel size! Take a folding bath bench, bed rail, portable grab bars, and bath mitt with you! Traveling with an infant? Don’t forget the Complete Nursery Care Kit.

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Coccyx Cushion Travel Seating, Cushions and Mattresses – Your backside will thank you all the way to grandma’s house with the ever-popular Coccyx Cushion. And when you get there, how about unrolling your own Foam Eggcrate Mattress Overlay on top of that lumpy fold out bed?  Ahhhhh…

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AquaBells Combo Set Travel Exercise and Fitness – Might as well just thank me  now because you’ll be glad you had these go-anywhere Travel WeightsFitBALL Balance Disk and Travel Xertube Travel Kit on your holiday travels.  Take some time to de-stress and work off that punkin’ pie with these great travel exercise products.  We even have a handy travel yoga kit.  No excuses!

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Freedom Push Chair Recreation– Going on a campout, adventure trip or a long car ride?  Don’t leave home without your All-terrain Baby Jogger,  Portable Hot Tub, TRIKKE Roadster, Disposable Washcloths and TravelJohn Disposable Urinal.

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Drive Phoenix 3 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter  Travel Wheelchairs & Scooters – Just about anyone can go pretty much anywhere with one of these travel mobility scooters or lightweight transport wheelchairs.  Don’t let a disability, weakness or injury confine you unnecessarily. Get going! Your independence is waiting for you.

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Protector Insulin Case - 8" x 4" x 3" Diabetes Travel Aids – If you manage your diabetes with insulin, take a look at this these portable insulin cases for travel.  You’ll also want to stock up on sterile insulin syringes (don’t forget the Safe-Clip).  And for long distance travel, or even at home, you’d be smart to consider a Portable Leg Massager.

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Don’t Forget these Travel Goodies!

Travel Toiletries & OTC Medications

International Travel Products

Travel Alarms

Portable Shopping Carts

To see everything at once shop all Travel Aids

Bon Voyage and safe travels this holiday season to all of our Allegro customers! We appreciate your business.

Jacob's Ladder Total Body Exerciser If inclement weather is forcing your workouts indoors,  we have just the right workout equipment to keep you in shape over the winter.  No need to pay for a gym membership year after year.  Instead, invest in your own home gym and in no time you’ll have everything you need to accomplish any fitness goal, plus the ultimate weapon against missing workouts – geographical desirability. 

Allegro offers fitness equipment and accessories for all ages and abilities.  No excuses! 

Best Workout Equipment for your Home Gym

Magneciser Pedal ExerciserMagneciser Pedal Exerciser– There are other pedal exercisers available, but the Magneciser is the ultimate in adjustability, automation and function.  Use for both upper and lower body exercises.

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Jacob's Ladder Total Body Exerciser Jacobs Ladder Total Body Exerciser – As one Allegro customer says, “Jacob’s Ladder is not for people who don’t want to get in tip top shape.”  It’s a patented commercial cardio machine specifically designed for fitness enthusiasts, athletes and professionals.  Made to order, please allow 6 to 8 weeks delivery. See also the Jacobs Ladder Biggest Loser version.

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ProStretch - Unilateral ProStretch – Unilateral– Still one of Allegro’s most popular products, the ProStretch stretching system stretches and conditions the lower leg muscles, tendons and ligaments to help you recover from workouts faster, recover from injuries, improve athletic performance, remove tightness and reduce injuries.  See the ProStretch Double – Bilateral Stretching System to stretch both legs at the same time.

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FitBALL Sport Exercise Balls - FIRM EDITION FitBALL Sport Exercise Balls – FIRM EDITION– This FitBall is the next generation of the #1 burst-resistant exercise ball.  Firmer than the original FitBALL, it is designed especially for trainers, therapists, fitness professionals and consumers that like a firm, yet high-quality exercise ball. Don’t forget the FitBALL Air Pump!

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ProFitter 3D Cross Trainer ProFitter 3D Cross Trainer – Perfect for snowboarders, skiers, surfers and anyone who wants to maximize their active lifestyle, this balance trainer is great for individuals of all ages and abilities.  More like a sport than an exercise!

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Cando Yoga Mat Cando Yoga Mat – Thick enough for comfort but thin enough to roll up and take anywhere.  68″ x 24″ x 1/4″.  No phthlates, dioxin, furons, phenol or heavy metals.  Non-skid.  The perfect yoga mat.

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Cando Low-Powder Latex Exercise Bands Cando Low-Powder Latex Exercise Bands – Highly effective and cost effective too.  Exercise band therapy is the most commonly prescribed exercise for rehab, conditioning and training.  Simply cut your exercise band to an appropriate length and start exercising!  Many resistance levels to choose from.  Contains latex.

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Resistance Chair - Freedom Flex Shoulder Stretcher Resistance Chair – Freedom Flex Shoulder Stretcher – If you have a Resistance Chair – the Freedom Flex Shoulder Stretcher is the most popular add-on for people with arthritis, frozen shoulder syndrome or other shoulder ailments.  If you don’t have a Resistance Chair Exercise System you should get one.

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Uni-Vest Professional Weighted Vest (long) - 20 lbs Included Uni-Vest Professional Weighted Vest (Long) – 20 lbs Included – Lose weight faster and tone quickly while wearing extra weight during your workouts, walks or runs.  Uni-Vest from Ironwear is the only weight vest line to be endorsed by Reebok.  This vest comes with 20 lbs of weight.  Additional Flex-Metal add-on weights sold separately.

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See much more including Exercise Books/VideosEllipticals, Hand Exercisers, Health Monitors, Hot & Cold Therapy, Pully Exercisers, Rowers, Athletic Supports, Tanning and Competition Products, Water Exercise Equipment and Hand/Ankle Weights in our Exercise Fitness Category

Here’s to healthy, happy workouts!

The jury may still be out as to whether stretching actually prevents injuries and/or improves athletic performance but one thing is for sure – it feels good.  And for increasing flexibility, there’s nothing like a good stretch.

Want to increase your flexibility?  Here are some products designed to help you  get your best stretch.

Top 10 Most Popular Stretching and Flexibility Products

ProStretch - UnilateralProStretch – Unilateral – The ProStretch PT100 stretches and conditions the lower leg muscles, tendons and ligaments of each leg individually.  Used by many professional athletes.

ProStretch Double - Bilateral Stretching System Prostretch Double – This bilateral stretching system stretches both legs simultaneously.  Ideal for stretching and rehab of the ankle, Achilles tendon and calf muscles.  Includes instructional DVD.

Add resistance while stretching with the ProStretch Complete Motion Enhancement System.

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Fitter Multi-Slant Home Unit Fitter Multi-Slant Home Unit – This slant board easily adjusts to 3 different levels.  Ensures constant improvement as your lower extremity stretching flexibility increases.  Folds flat for easy storage.  Non-slip.

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Body Therapy Balls Body Therapy Balls – These compact balls are used to stretch and release tension in muscular tissue in the pelvic, hip, lower back, middle back, neck, chest and shoulder area.

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CoreStretch Back and Core Stretcher CoreStretch – This back and core stretcher is designed to stretch the back, shoulders, hips, hamstrings and shins.  Perform more than 10 different stretches with this versatile product!  Adjustable and easy to set up.

DEX II Decompression and Extension Machine DEX II Decompression and Extension Machine – The DEX II from Teeter Hang Ups is a forward-rotating, user controlled inversion machine.  Ideal for back extension exercises.  Traction handles allow for stretching and increased decompression to help relieve back pain.

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Stretch-Rite Stretch-Rite – Six progressive color-coded handgrips provide controlled stretching for improved flexibility and range of motion.  Move to the next handgrip position as stretching improves.  Completely portable.

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Lynx Portable Back Stretcher Lynx Portable Back Stretcher – A compact, portable solution for stretching, relaxing and decompressing your spine and joints.  Folds for storage.  Includes a nylon travel bag.  5 yr warranty.

Stretch to Win Stretch to Win – This stretching manual contains a comprehensive flexibility training system written from a sports medicine point of view.  Perfect for the professional athlete, therapist or training.  Complete with stretching principles, anatomy and physiology.  250 pages with illustrations.

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Overdoor Exercise Pulley Set Overdoor Exercise Pulley Set – Strengthen, stretch your upper body and increase your range of motion with this portable exercise pulley set.  Hangs over most any door.

HAPPY STRETCHING!  And thanks for being an Allegro customer.  We appreciate your business.

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

ProStretch - UnilateralFirst 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

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Wave Web Pro 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.

ExerSandalsExerSandals– 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.

AquaJogger Fitness System for Women 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.

Inflatable Exercise BallExercise 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.)

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AquaJogger Classic Belt - Unisex 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.

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Don’t miss the AquaJogger Complete Water Workout DVD

More fun swim accessories:  

SwiMP3 Underwater MP3 Player  Underwater MP3 Players

Geltoki v2.1 Swim Cap & GogglesGeltoki Swim Cap & Goggles
Have a blast with your new Water Exercise Equipment and thanks for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.

I use my pedal exerciser at home while watching t.v. and it works great.  And we certainly sell plenty of pedlars and stationary bikes to elderly, recuperating and mobility-challenged customers, but who would think to use it while working at a desk? 

 MSN health writer Diane Mapes did!  

Does it work? Read Teeny Bike Pedals Away ‘Sitting Disease’ Fears – msnbc.com

Glamour Fitness Trend author Sarah Jio followed suit with Fitness Trend: Burn Calories at Your Desk With This Inexpensive Gadget – Glamour.com 

So, I guess it is official.   Allegro Medical’s Resistive Pedal Exerciser Stationary Bike ($26.95) may be your answer to pedaling your bottom off while you work.

Will a Pedlar work for you? Even if you can’t manage it under your desk, you can use it all sorts of places.  Pedlar exercisers are transportable, generally inexpensive and span a large range of options.  Order one today and we’ll ship it to your doorstep.

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Happy Heart Month!  What a blessing that just a few simple changes in your lifestyle can improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life.  The beauty is, anyone can make these changes, the steps are not expensive and even modest improvements will make a big difference.  

The American Heart Association (AMA) calls them “The Simple 7”.  Seven things you can do to reduce your chances of dying of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiac related incident.  Take it slow – start with 1 or 2.  Even small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference.

7 Steps to a Long and Healthy Life

Get Active– The AMA suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise – or a combination of both.  When you break it down, that is only about 22 minutes per day of moderate exercise.  The simplest solution is to start walking.  Join AMA’s Start Walking Program to develop your walking plan.  If you are mobility-challenged or just not the outdoorsy type, there are plenty of great ways to get your heart pumping at home. 

Browse Allegro’s Fitness category for hundreds of Exercise/Fitness Products to fit any level of fitness or ability.   Sorted into helpful sub-categories.  Get instruction from books, DVDs and videos to make your home workouts even more fun!


Control Cholesterol– Cholesterol is in your bloodstream and your cells.  It is soft and waxy.  Too much of the ‘bad’ cholesterol, the LDL, is a bad thing.  It clogs arteries and puts you at major risk for coronary disease.  75% of cholesterol is produced by the body and the rest comes from the foods you eat.  Many people inherit the genes that make too much cholesterol so you might not be able to control it without medication. 

The AMA says “It’s important for all people to know their cholesterol level.”  Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood.  A cholesterol level of 200mg/dL or higher puts you in a high risk category and you need to take action. 

Monitor your cholesterol at home with the  CholesTrak – FDA approved Total Cholesterol Device.

Cholesterol can be controlled by prescribed medication, diet and/or lifestyle changes.  The AME recommends you schedule a screening, eat foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, skip the trans fats, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.

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Eat Better– If you haven’t heard it already, you must be living under a rock.  Stop with the fast food, trans-fat laden crap and get healthy.  Eat a diet of vegetables, fruits, unrefined whole-grains, fish (at least twice a week), lean meats, poultry (without skin), fat-free/low fat dairy.  Aim for less than 1500 mgs of salt per day and less than 300 mgs of cholesterol.  Stay away from foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.  If you do all this, you’ll be fine.


Even your best intentions may need a little supplemental help from time to time. See Allegro’s large selection of Vitamins and Herbal Supplements.  I take a multi-vitamin, glucosamine and an Omega-3 tablet every day.

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Manage Blood Pressure – The AMA says that high blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease.  The scary thing is, you can’t feel high blood pressure.  That’s why they call it “the silent killer”.    Blood pressure is exactly that – the pressure of your blood on your veins.  If it gets too high, over time it will stretch your veins and cause microscopic tears.  When the body heals these tears it creates scar tissue which can form clots, blockages, blood clots and weakened arteries leading to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and heart failure. 

Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mm Hg systolic AND less than 80 mm Hg diastolic.  High blood pressure (hypertension) is a reading of more than 140 over 80 (140/80).

Another scary fact about blood pressure:  One in three adults have it, yet 21% don’t even know it.  And of those with high blood pressure, 69% are receiving treatment, yet, only 45% have it controlled.   Having your blood pressure checked only once in a while is dangerous.  It took years to diagnose my high blood pressure because it was only tested periodically. 

Take your own blood pressure.  It’s easy! – I highly recommend the wrist models.

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If you have high blood pressure, please read I’m off my Blood Pressure Meds.   By the way, I am still monitoring my blood pressure at home and it remains normal without medication.  I still see my chiropractor about 3 times a month and check in with my physician every 4 months.


Lose Weight – Are you overweight/obese?  If your body mass index (BMI) is 25.0 kg/m2 or higher, then you are among the 145 million overweight or obese Americans.  Calculate your BMI by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, then dividing that number by your height in inches and then dividing again by your height in inches.

Reduce your risk for heart disease by losing weight and keeping it off.   My approach to weight loss is summed up in How to Not Gain Weight in 65 Days or Less and The Secret to Making Resolutions Work.

See Weight Loss Products  Please be careful if you use synthetic weight loss supplements!  Consult your physician.  My body prefers all-natural foods and supplements.  See FucoTHIN.   For tried and true weight-loss advice, read Eating for Life by Bill Phillips.

Obesity is a major, independent risk factor for heart disease.  And if you have a lot of belly fat you’re at even higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.  Get rid of it.


 Reduce Blood Sugar – Diabetes is controllable and treatable, but even so, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than adults without diabetes.  

The AMA says that controlling glucose levels can slow the progression of long-term complications. Often, many small changes add up to surprising improvements in diabetes control, including less need for medication.

What is Diabetes?

 How to Tell if you have Diabetes

Diagnosed Diabetic?  See our Diabetes Care Medical Supplies


Stop Smoking – Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the U.S.  It increases the risk of heart disease, decreases your tolerance or physical activity, increases the tendency for blood to clot.  It decreases HDL (good) cholesterol.  It creates a higher risk for peripheral artery disease and aortic aneurysms.  Ick.

Quiting cigarettes is hard, even for adolescents.  How do you do it?  Here’s a 5-Step Process to Stop Smoking.  Don’t feel bad if you slip.  It’s very common.  Just try again… and again… until it works.  Don’t give up.  Look to your local resources through hospitals and hotlines for help.

Education Center for Heart Smarts

Are you a rehab specialist or physical/personal trainer?  Learn more about cardiac health and rehab, see The ABCDE’S of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Yoga for Cardiac Rehab, Cardiovascular Disease and Women, Heathy Hearts, Healthy Women and Major Cardiac Risk Factor Screening.

See all Healthy Learning books, CDs and DVDs

Anyone can learn more about health, nutrition and fitness with the Health & Fitness in Plain English book.

How prevalent are heart problems? Read Staggering Heart Facts

Are you at Risk for Heart Disease? 

Did you know that heart attack and stroke symptoms for men and women may differ? Read Heart Attacke & Stroke Warning Signs.

We hope you will take this to heart and make the changes in your life that will see you through a long, healthy life.   Read more about the  The Simple 7 on the American Heart Association’s website.

And as always, we thank you for your business – from the bottom of our hearts. (sorry, had to).

Whatever your goal or resolution, January 1st or year-round, sheer determination is not generally enough to ensure your success.  What keeps most people from realizing their dreams is not determination or willpower.  It is lack of definition and planning.  The secret to reaching your goals is in the numbers.  You need to do the math.  Even if you’re too pretty to do math you can manage this strategy. 

Here’s How to Make Your Resolutions Work:

 *  Clearly define your goal and divide it into measurable, achievable  increments.  Write it down.  Keep it simple.  Every goal has metrics that can be measured.  Let’s say you want to look better in your jeans.  Well, this could mean you need to lose weight, gain weight, buy new jeans, firm up your fanny – whatever.  Let’s take the weight loss route for this example.  First, decide exactly how much weight you need to lose.   Let’s say 15 lbs. 

* Set deadlines.  A critical part of success is setting a reasonable deadline.  In this case, figure it will take you 15 to 30 weeks to lose 15 lbs. at a healthy 1 to 2 lbs a week.  Mark the calendar.  Record your current weight.  Check out one of the free web applications to get started plotting your strategy.  I use http://www.fitday.com

*  Research.  Set out your plan in detail.  Research the best way to reach your goal.  Make notes.  Get into it.  For weight loss, use the web, your doctor or your local bookstore to help find a sensible plan that will allow you to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week.  I suggest Weight Watchers because they are all about the numbers and support.   Please avoid fads or schemes, no matter what your goal.

Don’t Delay.  Excuses will sabotage you.  Don’t wait to start your plan.  If you must delay, plot your course accordingly and follow it to the letter.

Stay on Track.   Monitor.  Record.  Monitor.  Record.  Adjust if necessary, but don’t give up.  For weight loss, keep a food log (again, I use fitday.com).   There are lots of ways to monitor weight loss, calories, inches, fat ratios.  Suggestions:  Bodyfat Analyzer, Pedometer, Flexible Tape Measure, Scale, Digital Scale, Talking Scale and Dial Scale.

Stay Motivated.  Make your goals and progress visible to help you remain committed and motivated.  Mark your calendar and put it on the fridge with your ‘before’ picture.  Remind yourself of the goal and say it out loud frequently.  Let your family and friends in on your plight so they can help keep you honest. 

Reward yourself.  Along the way, and at the end, be sure to reward yourself for success.   How about a new pair of jeans at your goal weight, plus little rewards along the way.  No hot fudge sundaes! . . . 🙂

This goal keeping technique can be used for anything you want to conquer, learn or accomplish.  From learning to paint to getting a job to saving money.  You just have to plot your strategy and monitor your progress through numbers, dates, deadlines. 

Helpful health monitors and aids:

Track your blood pressure and cholesterol with the Cholestrak Test Kit, Resperate BP Reducer, Automatic Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, or Talking Blood Pressure Monitor.

Protect your family with a Smoke Detector w/Strobe & Battery Backup or Carbon Monoxide Detector w/Strobe.

Rest easier with a Better Sleep Pillow, Sleepmatterzzz Pillow, D-Core Pillow or Butterfly Pillow.

Be on time with the Sonic Bomb Alarm, Sonic Boom Alarm or SunRise Alarm Clock.

Success is yours if you just do the math and stick to the plan.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!