Tuesday, July 25, 2006

health magazine: Gadgets to Improve Your Health and Your Relationship

July 25, 2006 — Spending time together would be so much easier if you could only use the same iPod during a workout or not fight over cooking space while camping. Nicole Beland, deputy editor of Women's Health magazine, recommends some products that will help a couple spend their precious time together better.

1.Belkin Headphone Splitter, $4, belkin.com.

This device allows the two of you to listen to the same music while you exercise.

2. Om Yoga in a Box for Couples, $25, omyoga.com.

Yoga helps your core, and couples yoga can also strengthen your bond.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that intimate touching, like the kind done in couples yoga, releases oxytocin, the hormone associated with emotional closeness.

Yoga in a Box includes two CDs, 70 flashcards, a yoga belt, incense and a mood candle.

3. Hammacher Schlemmer Progression Wake Up Clock, $50, hammacherschlemmer.com.

This progression wake-up clock gently wakes you with gradual ambient light, lively nature sounds and aromatherapy scents. It could lead to a few minutes of morning cuddling.

4. Motorola Talkabout SX700 Two-Way Radios, $80 per pair, hellomoto.com.

Many couples like outdoor vacations, but cell phone service can be sketchy in the backcountry. Two-way radios can be a more reliable mode of communication.

With a range of up to 12 miles, these 22-channel walkie-talkies keep you connected and are very handy in case of an emergency.

5. Coleman RoadTrip LXE Grill, $170, coleman.com.

This large grill offers almost 2 square feet of cooking surface to accommodate two people who may want to cook different things.

6. Schwinn Sierra Tandem, $899, schwinnbike.com.

On this two-seater, the person upfront controls almost everything — breaks, gear and speed.

The Schwinn Sierra features 21 speeds, a bump-dampening suspension fork, and disk brakes for stop-on-a-dime security.

7. Traveler Collection champagne coolers from the house of Veuve Clicquot: The Clicquot Traveler, $80 and The City Traveler, $50, wine.com.

A neoprene lining keeps a previously chilled bottle of champagne cool for two hours.

The Clicquot Traveler is larger and includes a 750-millimeter bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and two flutes. The City Traveler, which is even more portable, transports a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.

Both double as stylish handbags, vanity cases, swimming bags or weekend totes.