The WORST Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

What You Don’t Know Actually Does Hurt You

OK, so there we were…match point in our ever important Sunday afternoon round robin tennis match. Just one more point and we win…free drinks at the Dave & Busters.  Victory would be sweet while sipping my adult beverage and playing Skeeball with my wife.

And then it happened…

Diana my wife’s normal playing partner leaves a ball short, I come charging in to get it and plant my right foot like I’m Rafael Nadal at the French Open.  As I’m about to pop the ball back over I fell on the ground in the fetal position writhing in pain.  My entire lower part of my leg was twisting itself in knots.  Immediately two things came rushing into my head in this exact order:

  1. Wait…no Dave & Busters?
  2. How do I make this pain stop?

Unfortunately the agony of defeat required more attention than sharpening my game playing skills.  So I propped myself up and began limping towards the bench and began wondering what happened. One of the members of the round robin is a doctor and tells me:  “Sean, you have serious muscle cramps of the five star caliber…”

Now if you’re like me, muscle cramps are the worst thing ever.  You may be in the middle of the night having the greatest night of sleep ever and BOOM!  You feel like someone just threw your legs in a blender.  First the jumping out of bed, then the hobbling around and once it goes away.  The nightmare isn’t over because now you’re waiting for it to come back again.

 Avoiding The Worst Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

First thing the doc asked me about while I was on the bench was if I got muscle cramps quite often.  Which I do.  Here’s what he said:

The worst way to deal with muscle cramps or pain is not using any preventative measures.  You need to get plenty of fluids, avoid over exertion and get more potassium in your system.”

And it’s true.  Most of the injuries we incur actually are preventable.  But I pressed on and asked him, OK so how do I deal with them now.  Amazingly enough there’s one other cause of muscle cramping which is poor circulation according WebMD’s Pain and Management Center (link attached).  Now there’s two questions we have to answer:  a) how do we try to prevent muscle cramps?  and b) how do we deal with them once they happen?

To answer A, what you need to focus on is this:

Now for B, you still need to replace lost fluids, sodium and potassium but there’s also another interesting thing you need to keep an eye on.  After reading 11 articles about muscle cramps (yes I’m a nerd) you also need to watch out for poor blood circulation to your legs.  One of the easiest ways to get the blood flowing again in  your muscles is by providing them with heat.  Heat will stimulate the flow of blood and provides the benefit of speeding up the time it takes you to heal.

One suggestion we can make to help your muscles heal if they’re cramping is the At-Home Heat Therapy Wrap.  Take a look by clicking here.

How To Deal With “The Year Without A Summer”

So picture this…you’ve taken a time machine back (you borrowed Marty McFly’s flux capacitor just humor me) and you’re in the year 1816.

Europe was just beginning to recover from the French Revolution and Napoleanic Wars when a volcano in Indonesia blew its top.  The previous year, Mount Tambora which at the time was an active volcano erupted.  In fact, nearly a third of the mountain blew apart during the eruption sending tons of debris and dust into the atmosphere.  This dust formed its own giant layer literally blocking out the sun in parts of North America and Europe.

What must have completely confused everyone is the bizarre weather patterns that followed.  As Spring gave way to Summer, people prepared to harvest crops when instead of warm sun they got…winter.  In parts of the United States like New York and Massachusetts locals were treated to frigid winds, snows in June and outright mayhem.  Crops failed, food prices skyrocketed and starvation became a real threat.  Even the rain didn’t look right.  During rainstorms in some areas, the drops were red instead of clear because of the dust in the atmosphere.

The rich and famous didn’t escape.  In Virginia, Thomas Jefferson had recently retired to his estates and looked forward to years of selling his crops but instead went deeply into debt to finance his farms.

To give you a feel for how people felt during The Year Without a Summer, here’s an article from The Boston Independent Journal dated June 17, 1816:

“On the night of 6th instant, after a cold day, Jack Frost paid another visit to this region of the country, and nipped the beans, cucumbers, and other tender plants. This surely is cold weather for summer.

On the 5th we had quite warm weather, and in the afternoon copious showers attended with lightning and thunder — then followed high cold winds from the northwest, and back back again the above mentioned unwelcome visitor. On the 6th, 7th, and 8th June, fires were quite agreeable company in our habitations.”

The insane weather actually inspired a classic horror tale, one you’re familiar with.  In Switzerland, the intense winter weather inspired Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft to write horror stories.  Frankenstein came alive because of the Year Without A Summer.

So here’s the question for you, what would you do to deal with a summer without heat or sun?

Not sure, here’s some ideas:

Tri-Zone Base Layer Top – link

Battery Heated Fleece Jacket – link

Source:  Robert McNamara, History Channel – link

How To Survive In The Cold – Venture Heat Winter Survival Guide

Just because the temperature drops outside doesn’t mean you need to put your favorite past times in hibernation.  Over the next few weeks, we’re going to get  you all the information you need to survive the cold and keep on playing outside.

First things first….safety!

Cold weather has its good, bad and ugly parts to it.  The good?  According to Harvard Medical School you can burn lots of brown fat by exposing yourself to cold weather.

Yes, your body needs to produce heat so it takes those nasty fat cells and begins firing them up.  Guess you can call it your “cold diet”.

The bad?  When the temperature begins to drop your body begins prioritizing where it needs heat the most.  Primarily it’s your body’s critical organs like your heart.  The losers in this game are your extremities namely your fingers and toes.

Now for the ugly…

As your body relocates heat from  your extremities, those body parts are more susceptible to frostbite.    What happens is you experience a “pins and needles” feeling in those body parts followed by numbness.

With prolonged exposure you run the risk of losing those body parts.

Question is, how do we keep this from happening in the first place?

The National Institute of Health (USA) first suggests to plan ahead when it comes to winter outdoor activities.

For instance, if you plan on being outside for several hours avoid drinking alcohol and get plenty of sleep.  But there’s one major thing you can do to avoid frostbite.

Reducing exposure to the cold.

Any bit of skin that’s exposed to the cold is going to result in you losing body heat…super fast.

In fact the Weather Channel suggests that within seconds, with temperatures in the 20s you can lose 40% of your body heat from one exposed area.

First thing you need to do in extreme cold weather is make sure that your base layers (clothing touching your skin) completely covers every square centimeter (inch for US people).

Hands, ears, nose and yes, toes (you’d be fairly crazy to go outside barefoot) need to be completely covered.  If you do go outside barefoot, please seek help.

Here’s what you should look like in terms of keeping your skin covered, take a look:

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Xtreme Weather Protection Suit

That’s part one of your Winter Survival Guide.

Got some great ideas or tricks you use to play in the cold, share them below we’d love to hear them.

How To Choose Between 12V and Battery Heated Gear

Here’s the most basic question you need to ask when looking at heated gear:

“Which type of power source is best for my needs?”

With all the brands and choices you have put in front of you, making a decision can be incredibly difficult.  Do I use 12V gear that plugs into my vehicle?  What about battery heated gear…will that give me enough heating for my hiking?

In part one of our battery heated buyer’s guide we’re going to help clarify those choices so you can take the stress out of your decision making process.  Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • why you should buy gear based on your lifestyle
  • how long can battery heated gear keep you warm?
  • what parts of my body will it keep warm?

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How To Extend Your Riding Season In Winter

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Imagine this:  you’ve just enjoyed your summer riding season, but time flew by and now you have to decide what to do with your bike for the winter.

Typically you have two choices:  a) shut it down or b) keep riding but figure out how to keep warm

Which do you choose?  If you want to keep riding but tend to shut it down…we’ve got a solution for you.

Check out this new video featuring the new Grand Touring Collection of heated gear.

You learn about:

  • extending your rides in winter with 12V gear
  • new way to control your heated gear’s settings
  • how to power multiple pieces of heated gear with one power source

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Universal Problems – Universal Solution

We’ve all been there – achy back, stiff shoulder, then your knee starts to throb and you’re waiting for your ankle to twist. It’s part of both getting older and an active lifestyle.  Don’t sacrifice your health just because of an injury though. The At-Home Heat Therapy Universal Pad is the single perfect solution to so many problems.

Within this single unit is actually over 5 different heat therapy wraps. And not just any heat therapy wraps, but Far Infrared Ray releasing wraps. With FIR technology, not only will you get the soothing comfort of warmth on your aches and pains, but you’ll get the treatment necessary to speed up recovery.

Heat therapy, especially FIR heat therapy is a great alternative to invasive surgery or pharmaceutical treatments. Additionally, you’ll never have to worry about getting sick in a waiting room or co-pays at a physical therapy office. The perks are limitless & universal.

How to Properly Store Your Batteries and Heated Clothing

Every once in a while, we get a phone call or email from a customer that is upset that they received their products in time for winter, used them on their ski trips or for a season and now, a year later, the batteries are no longer working. Within a few questions, we are able to determine whether or not the batteries were properly cared for.

Lithium Ion Batteries are fragile. Not in a smash-in-a-million-pieces-if-dropped kind of way, but they do need to be treated and cared for. Batteries need to be fully charged every three months, regardless of whether or not they are going to be used. This means that when you are putting your winter clothes in the attic for the winter; keep your batteries accessible, because you need to be able to charge them every three months, no exceptions.

Just a reminder – our warranty for clothing and gloves if for one year & batteries are for six months.

Learn more about how to care for your batteries.

The Competition – How We Rise Above the Rest

In order to be a successful company in a competitive market, you’ve got to find a way to stand above your competition. So how do we do that? Easily, by offering quality products at a price that is more available to the masses. We don’t compromise our product just to lower the prices and take the lower market share. Instead, we do the opposite. We offer the very best products while still offering them at a price that nearly everyone can afford. Sure, the ticket price may seem high at first, but when you take into account the quality, lifespan and how it compares to our competition – it’s easy to decide who you should go with.

In fact, we’re the only heated clothing manufacturer that offers batteries and chargers as part of the purchase price, instead of having to purchase those necessities separately. Additionally, if you’re purchasing clothing or gloves from our 12 volt powersport line, you’ll receive a battery harness, free of charge.

We won’t nickel-and-dime you like the other guys; Why would we? We want you to be a customer for life; liking our products so much, that you reorder things and start to add to your collection of heated clothing.

Heated Glove Liners vs. Heated Gloves – What’s the Difference?

Our customer service reps are asked this a lot. Why buy glove liners when you can skip straight to heated gloves? Glove liners are great if you already have a glove you like or you use a work glove currently. We all know what it is like to find a piece of clothing we love and regardless of how worn in it is, we can’t seem to get rid of it. When you want to use your favorite gloves, but need a little added heat, liners are the perfect thing.

So what about gloves? Heated gloves are the perfect accessory for any skier or biker or anyone that simply lives in cold weather. We’ve had everyone order our heated gloves from those who suffer from Reynaud’s to those who work construction in cold weather. We get people getting ready for snowboard and skiing trips, and even those who just like to keep their hands warm while walking through a snowy NYC.

If you’re not sure what you need, you can feel free to call our customer service office at 310-412-1070. In the meantime, feel free to check out our more popular gloves and glove liners.

City Collection Gloves 

City Collection Glover Liners 

Epic Series Heated Gloves

At-Home Heat Therapy Wraps v. Portable Heat Therapy Wrap

We get a lot of customers asking what the difference is between our At-Home Heat Therapy Wraps and the Portable Heat Therapy Wraps. The simple answer is that the portable wraps use our signature Lithium Ion batteries to power the heating elements, allowing Far Infrared Rays to penetrate the targeted spot.

The At-Home version works in the very same way, but instead of batteries, it receives energy from the outlet at your wall. Same as your lamp! Some people think that this means that it may have a stronger output, but rest assured, that regardless of the energy system, battery or outlet, you’ll receive the same energy output and treatment.

So which one should you choose? Well, that choice is entirely up to you, but in any case, you can rest assured knowing that you’re receiving the best FIR therapy money can buy.