It is that time of year when we turn our attention to the holiday season and the end of another year. Last year HealthStatus put together a New Year Resolution Guide of products aimed at helping you keep your healthy New Year Resolutions.
How did you do on meeting your health goals for 2009?
This year we decided to put a jump start on next year and provide you with some new health products that you may want to give as gifts or request for yourself, so that 2010 can be the year that you are a healthier and happier you!
Gifts $25.01 to $50.00
Xtensor, a medically-supported exercise device that trains your finger extensor muscles and tendons, enabling hands to do more and perform better. Our hands are the most fundamental part of our everyday life. Whether we’re on a computer, assembly line, golfing, knitting or cooking, our hands take the brunt of the pain caused by Repetitive Motion Stress – Xtensor is a core training tool that improves range of motion in your fingers and structural stability in the wrist and elbow. Easy-to-use, the device fits on your hand and stimulates the muscles that open the hands through the use of specifically designed finger bands that generate resistance to enable a natural path of motion. The Xtensor is the first device to specifically exercise the finger extensor muscles and tendons with pinpoint precision. It is also approved to help strengthen the muscles of those affected by Osteoarthritis. You can learn more or purchase at www.thextensor.com. Costs range from $39.95 to $60.00.
*Xtensor sent us one of their units to try. The device fits either hand so one unit will exercise both hands, comes with a DVD of exercises, bands that fit into the device and over your fingers, and very minimal instructions. I would have liked just a little more detail on the setup instructions, I wasn’t sure if I had the bands oriented correctly and in the correct slots, but it worked. You put your fingers and thumb into small rings which will naturally have you making a fist, you then spread and straighten your fingers against the resistance of the ring bands. The exercise DVD shows you four or five different movements to make that include rotating your forearm as you extend your fingers, if you use this regularly it would definitely work out the muscles and joints in your fingers and forearm. We didn’t have it for long enough to tell you how long the elastic rings will hold out, but the bosx they sent us did come with an extra set and sizes for tiny fingers up to pretty large diameter. This product was reviewed by a HealthStatus staffer.
THE PROGRAM: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You: The Life-Changing 12-Week Method THE PROGRAM (Atria Books; $27.95; December 22, 2009) is a ground-breaking, 12-week brain regimen that actually teaches readers how to outsmart their change-resistant brain so that it ultimately accepts life changes. Much unlike every other diet book, fitness regime, or happiness approach, THE PROGRAM uses easy-to-understand brain science as the key to changing habits. Not a fad or quick fix, THE PROGRAM’s clients have shown proven results:
- 98% lowered their blood pressure
- 80% quit smoking
- overweight clients averaged a 19-pound drop in weight
- 80% reduced their blood sugar level
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Google, and Stanford University all agree – they use THE PROGRAM to promote healthful behavior all across the country.
*If you have ever wondered why it is so hard to lose weight or create a healthier lifestyle this book can explain how your brain works, learns and often resists changes that would actually be to your benefit. What I loved is the way the book eases you into better health. This is not a diet book, this is a book that over 12 weeks will help you transform your life by working with your brain not against it and once your brain accepts your new behaviors those become the new normal and your brain will now be on your side for helping you keep on track for better behaviors and a healthier happier 2010. I found this a fascinating read and loved the slow simple steps for a 12 week transformation. (HealthStatus Staffer)
Stylish Lunch Tote or Snack Pack – Sass up those tasty left-overs from last night’s delectable dinner and make any brown bag toting co-worker jealous. Go to www.cindab.com and check out the Lunch Tote and the Snack Pack – The Lunch Tote is the larger of our two lunch bags, this smart option features an extra interior pocket for an ice pack or snack, a zip top closure, an adjustable handle strap, a flat bottom for easy packing, and enough interior room for just about every size food storage container. Cost = $39.00 – $27.00. Machine washable, water resistant, and totally durable — cinda b’s are available in 11 fun colors online at www.cindab.com and in specialty retailers nationwide.
EIGHT CRANES Perfect Steeper™…the healthy experience of loose tea made convenient for active lifestyles. If you are or have a tea lover on your holiday gift list check out a demonstration of this product at www.eightcranes.com. The Perfect Steeper™ is portable, durable and reusable. It is ideal for any adult looking for a healthy drink on the go. Freshly brewed tea is now available wherever there is hot water. Tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage which offers many uniquehealth benefits to our diets. Now available online at www.amazon.com for $39.99!
SEND OUT CARDS – This service allows you to customize and purchase greeting cards on line, they will then be printed, stamped and mailed on the date you request. Can you imagine never having to run to the store to shop for the perfect card? There are over 15,000 cards to choose from. Mail personalized Christmas, Birthday, and Anniversary cards without leaving your home! Businesses can mail all of their Holiday and Thank You cards without ever leaving the office, and you can add a photo to your cards. Cost for the starter kit for this service is $49.00 plus shipping, and gives you 10 free cards including postage. Additional cards can be purchased – 10 cards with postage included for $20.00. To get started go to www.sendoutcards.com/88936 click on the Join link at the top of the page, then select SOCBOX and the kit will be mailed to your door to get you started (Earnings disclaimer: HealthStatus receives a portion of your purchase price if you click through with this link) .
*Send Out Cards has a multi-level marketing component to it, the SOCBOX that we mention doesn’t put you into that portion of the program, it is just a “retail” version of the system that gets you into the card sending portion of the program. If you are interested in the MLM portion of the program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Send Out Cards info in the subject line and we can get you some more information. (HealthStatus Staffer)
Lean Body Workout (for Women) or the Ultimate Total-Body Workout (for Men)These are a new series of Men’s Health and Women’s Health fitness kits designed to give individuals everything they need to achieve a better body in 6 weeks. These kits retail for $49.95 and are unique because they also come with every piece of equipment necessary to complete the workout. For example,
Men’s Health Workout includes
- Supreme push-up rotating handles
- Power AB Wheel
- Upper Body Strength Bar
- 6-week exercise routine
Women’s Health Workout includes
- Light, medium and heavy resistance tubing set
- Weighted fitness ball
- Speed jump rope
- Burst-resistant body ball (65cm)
- 6-week exercise routine
Available at local retailers such as Meijer.
Designer Lunch Totes from Spring Los Angeles. Eat better by bringing lunch to work. They are cute, yet functional, and have been a hit with working women and moms. They’d make a GREAT gift because they are cute, stylish and one size fits all! So no one needs to worry about finding just the right fit. Plus, at around $30 or less, they are very affordable. They are sold at www.springlosangeles.com and also on www.amazon.com.
BSkinz are the ideal of comfort meets style in workout gear. BSkinz is a line of spandex/compression shorts and leggings aimed at young girls, tweens, and women adult fitness lovers. The nylon/spandex blend stays put during your routine, not riding up or falling off. They keep you nice and warm during winter workouts while still having a nice breathe to them. They are also a great alternative to the boring plain black spandex worn during workouts, with patterns from tie-dye to animal print, to preppy polka dots and solids; there is a pair of BSkinz for every woman, no matter what their style. BSkinz are available as shorts starting at only $20, capris style for only $24, and ankle-length for $28, so it is a very budget conscious and versatile gift. Most importantly, BSkinz are fun and the funky patterns can help motivate young girls to stay active, healthy, and fit. They can be purchased at www.bskinz.com
The HydroPeptide Polish and Plump Peel reveals new healthy skin, a vibrant glow and happy skin from the first application. This award winning peel not only removes dead skin cells, revealing shinning beautiful fresh skin, but also drives nourishing peptides back into the skin. Based upon consumer evaluations after just one use, 100 percent of participants said the HydroPeptide Polish and Plump Peel left their skin smooth, 93 percent said it left their skin polished and refined and 91 percent said their skin looked healthy and vibrant. The peel contains natural Vitamin C and is paraben free. HydroPeptide products are sold at prestige retail locations nationwide and online at www.amazon.com and www.hydropeptide.com for around $50.00
CLICK Espresso Protein Drink, the first and only all-in-one espresso protein drink. Perfect for an on-the-go morning meal replacement, mid day pick-me-up, or to supplement a workout. With only 120 calories, the staying power of 15 g. of protein, a double shop of espresso coffee and 23 vitamins and minerals, CLICK provides the energy support adults crave without the high calories, sugar and fat. Best of all, CLICK’s delicious taste rivals that of anything sold at gourmet coffee shops. Imagine – a great tasting, gourmet espresso coffee drink loaded with protein, energy, and nutrients now that CLICKs. Available at www.drinkclick.com or www.amazon.com for around $25.95.
DVD Holiday Gift Bag by Pure Barre The Pure Barre Technique is a total body workout that burns fat and produces lifted seats, toned arms, thin thighs, and flat abs by fusing elements of ballet, pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session. It is the most effective fastest yet safest way to change your body. This gift bag set includes 2 DVDs and a PB ball in a cute red bag. Cost is $39.99 and is available www.purebarre.com
Lunchsense is a line of durable, machine-washable lunch boxes that are designed with both healthy kids and adults in mind. Each lunchbox folds out into a placemat and comes complete with dishwasher-safe food containers, ice pack and drink bottle, and all pieces are free of BPA, lead, phthalates and vinyl. Available in three sizes (small $35, medium $39 and large $44) and eight colors, Lunchsense lunchboxes are designed around the containers, ensuring a perfect fit. For more information about the product or to purchase visit www.lunchsense.com
Yoga Sandals® work to stretch, flex, align and rejuvenate neglected feet by bringing alive dormant muscles, tendons and stiff bones. Supporting the yogic principle of spreading the toes for grounding and balance, Yoga Sandals® offer relief to feet suffering from ailments such as bunions or just sore and cramped toes, conditions that older adults often experience as a result of wearing narrow and closed shoes over the years. As mobility returns, balance and posture can improve offering relief to other areas of the body. Available at www.yogasandals.com for under $40.00
Hot Lunch – the original date box company– date boxes are a new concept that we have developed to make going on a date a fresh and easy endeavor! Each date box comes with
everything necessary to execute a fun, creative date to help you get out of that ‘dinner and a movie’ rut. Our trend savvy designers have picked the hottest products and tastiest treats out there so each date will be a huge hit! They have fun themes such as our ‘Mario & Luigi’ Italian date and ‘Starry Starry Night’ stargazing date and they make fantastic gifts! Their sassy packaging and fun ideas will keep everybody coming back for more! I know you’re going to love them! They retail for $40, which is so much less expensive than dinner and a movie, and they are much more fun! When else have you made gourmet pizza wearing mustaches and using Italian pick-up lines? Check it out at www.hotlunchdates.com
Joy Of Being – give the gift of meditation for the holiday. Meditation as a way to reduce stress is undisputed, over 600 studies done by over 250 Medical Schools confirm that meditation promotes well-being and reduces stress. The Joy of Being is a multimedia transformational experience; rich audio, dynamic visuals and empowering spoken words. It is available in numerous formats; CD & DVD set; for iPOD and MP3 downloads available at itunes; for iPhone and iPOD Touch application available at the iphone app store. Pricing from $1.99 to $29.99 Go to www.thejoyofbeing.net
The Crescent Moon non-slip ExerSocks are made from Bamboo fabric. Bamboo is one of the world’s most prolific and fastest-growing plants, it’s an Eco-friendly resource. These socks are perfect for Yoga, Pilates, and other forms of fitness exercises. You can wear with sneakers or just around the house. These low-rise, non-slip socks have additional cushioning on the sole for superior comfort. 3-Pack retails for $29.99. To purchase or learn more go to www.crescentmoonyoga.com
Scandle Holiday Spa Set – The Scandle is a candle that burns at 2 degrees above body temperature to produce soothing oil for massage, manicures, pedicures, or as a daily moisturizer. Made from 100% natural ingredients (including soy), the holiday set includes 2 Scandles of different fragrances and the pourable container all in a clever handmade twine box. For more information go to www.scandlecandle.com. The Holiday Spa Set is $ 39.95.
Amulets Life Necklaces, personal aromatherapy diffusers at a $35 price point make a unique unisex gift; particularly for holisticand health-minded people. This aromatherapy neckwear holds 3-4 drops of essential oil inside of a semi-precious stone Amulet pendant that slowly diffuses down through a wick. These necklaces allow you to have the benefit of aromatherapy inhalation at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. You can see a full product line at www.amuletslife.com
RXTOTE™. The new way to safely store, organize, and manage, your personal medical essentials, both at home and while traveling. For home, work, travel and school, nothing beats the RX TOTE™ for keeping your medications, vitamins, supplements and personal home medical supplies safe and easily accessible. Incredibly versatile and multi-functional with center pull-tabs that accommodate a removable 7 Day Pill Organizer. Personal medical supplies are stored in the interior zip mesh pocket. You may view pictures and learn more at www.rxtote.com. You can purchase at www.amazon.com for $29.99 to $39.99.
Naumes Gourmet Fruit Gift – It’s not only healthy (a nutritious alternative to traditional food gifts), delicious, convenient (available online everywhere in the U.S.), quality (each fruit is hand-picked on their family-owned farms) and inexpensive (only $29.95, shipping included), it also GIVES TWICE! For every gift purchased, the family will match it, pound for pound, with a donation of fresh fruit to food banks that feed hungry families. To order go to www.naumesfruitgifts.com
The Positive People Journal. It is a 90-day guided journal that includes six daily steps for living a more positive life, including Gratitude Lists and Good Vibe Games. It also features articles from leaders in the field of positive thinking. You can see a sample and testimonials at:
http://www.thepositivepeople.com/journal/ The January-March 2010 Edition (quarterly) retails for $34.95 + shipping.
Large Print Computer KeyBoard – Designed for those who have a hard time seeing the existing commands on the standard keyboard. The KeyBoard costs $45.00 and comes in a black version or a white version. If you or someone you love has low vision or blindness issues Magnifiers and More offers lots of helpful products. For more information or to order go to: www.magnifiersandmore.net.