Product Reviews: Garmin Forerunner and Prospera Ultimate Jade Massager

The Lake Oconee Boomers Team

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With spring just around the corner, more people will be taking to the streets to run or power walk and gear up for upcoming marathons, 5K, 10K and other race-related events. No matter your level of experience, many runners and walkers will be looking to purchase products to help them with their fitness routine. Below are just two products that we decided to take a look at and review for you.

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Are you a distance runner or just a fitness enthusiast? No matter what type of training we do, many of us like to keep track of our workouts. The Garmin Forerunner 110 uses GPS to accurately record your distance, time and pace. Data from each run is stored in the unit, so you can go back and review how you did last week or last month.

We loved this device because it was easy to use—it works like any other GPS. Just take it outside to locate GPS satellites and then answer a few easy, setup questions. Then just press start and take off. Once you’re done, press stop. when your workout is over, you can upload to Garmin Connect to store and share your data, see the route you traveled on a map and even create goals.

Just one note to keep in mind, the Forerunner 110 is designed more for runners and not cyclists. So if you’re a cyclist looking for some cycling info—you won’t get the data you want. However, for runners, this is a great gadget. It also doesn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles other tracking devices have—but it’s this simplicity that we loved. It gave us the pertinent information we wanted: distance traveled, pace, calories burned, heart rate, and time. We highly recommend it.

Product Specifications:

  • High sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix
  • Records position, speed/pace, distance and calorie data
  • Firstbeat advanced heart rate-based calorie computation (with HRM only), ANT+ heart rate monitor compatible
  • USB interface, compatible with Garmin Connect
  • Water resistant up to 1m (IPX7)
  • Automatic time zone
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: up to 8 hours battery life in training mode, up to 3 weeks in power save mode
  • Weight: 1.8 oz. (52 g)
  • Display: 1.0″ x 1.0″ (2.5 x 2.5 cm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 52 x 30 pixels W x H
  • Size: 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm) W x H x D

Purchase the Garmin Forerunner 110.

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Prospera Ultimate Jade Massager with Heat

After a strenuous workout, you may be looking for some back or shoulders relief. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a masseuse, many turn to a personal home massager unit. The Prosepras Ultimate Jade Massager is a personal massager that offers you a combination of jade and heat to your massage. Jade is actually a semiprecious stone that is rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron-essential minerals for your body. While it’s often used for making ornaments and jewelry, it is also known to be a natural transmitter of long-wave length infrared. When it’s heated, jade will emit negative ions, which can be essential for your body’s natural anti-aging system. In fact, Chinese medicine has used jade for its healing powers.

The Prospera Ultimate Jade Massager uses a combination of jade and heat to help relieve your muscle pain. Each of the eight massage heads contains an infrared heating element. The gentle heat helps loosens tight muscles by encouraging blood flow. You can control the speed of the vibrations to suit your needs. The manufacturer states that the massager is great for home or office, and can be used on your neck, shoulders, back, thighs, calves and more.

The kneading mechanism on the Jade Massager delivers rotating and spot shiatsu massage directly to your muscle tension spots for immediate, instant relief. The gentle heat helps loosens tight muscles by encouraging blood flow. You can use automated heating massage program to ease your neck and back pain.

We tested this at our home with several family members. While everyone who tried it out felt that the heat can be a little warmer, this massager was very quiet and powerful enough to offer us a deep tissue massage. The controls and program settings were also simple enough so we can set it our liking. And for the price or $79.95, it’s certainly a great deal.

Product Specifications:

  • Infrared heating
  • Four therapeutic jade stones
  • Dimensions: 17.7″x4.5″x13″
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs
  • Ergonomically designed for optimum comfort
  • Plugs into outlet
  • Warranty: 90 days