Getting older is, as they say, better than the alternative. However, as we age, it’s important to do our best to stay in good physical condition. I thought I was doing alright, but my comparatively sedentary lifestyle really caught up to me last spring. My kids’ school had a “county fair,” fundraiser: I volunteered to run an arcade booth called “Flip a Chick.” The game involved children putting a rubber chicken in a small catapult, and trying to flip the chicken into a big tin bucket. After 4 or so hours of repeatedly picking up the rubber chicken to put it back in the catapult, my back began to hurt — and before I knew it I was in serious pain. Turns out I pulled a muscle in my back. That’s right, I pulled a muscle by PICKING UP A RUBBER CHICKEN. Clearly, I’m out of shape. You know what would have really helped me feel better? ThermaCare HeatWraps. I’m so glad that ThermaCare asked The Vacation Gals to be one of the blogs participating in its Rally for Relief campaign, because that’s what introduced me to ThermaCare HeatWraps to relieve my back pain (prior to this, I used the age-old technique of complaining to whoever would listen). The ThermaCare Rally for Relief campaign includes a smokin’ hot giveaway sweepstakes: prizes include six travel experiences, and a $16,000 grand prize.
ThermaCare HeatWraps are thin, so I can lay right on them to relieve my back pain. They stay hot for eight hours, and the heat penetrates to keep relaxing sore muscles for as much as another eight hours. In other words, these over-the-counter heat wraps work up to 16 hours. That’s a lot of pain relief in a simple heat wrap! And they don’t even have to be put in the microwave; the heat is activated simply by taking off the wrapper. The heat isn’t too hot, but it definitely works to relieve soreness, and the wraps are comfortable — the little stickers to keep them in place don’t even hurt to peel off. But what’s this about a travel giveaway? And what, exactly, is Rally for Relief?
ThermaCare’s Rally for Relief is the company’s Facebook campaign to raise awareness about the efficacy of the product. Along with this, ThermaCare is offering six super travel prize giveaways:
Bicycling in Sonoma/Napa Valley, California: Includes round-trip airfare for winner and guest, 4 nights hotel accommodations, car rental, one day bike rental with winery tour for winner and guest; $500 spending money
Golf in Palm Beach, Florida: Includes round-trip airfare for winner and guest, 3 nights hotel accommodations, car rental, two rounds of golf for winner and guest; $500 spending money
Hiking in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Includes round-trip airfare for winner and guest, 4 nights hotel accommodations, car rental, hiking tour for winner and guest; $500 spending money
Scuba Diving in Cancun, Mexico: Includes round-trip airfare for winner and guest, 4 nights hotel accommodations, a scuba dive for winner and guest; $700 spending money
Skiing in Park City, Utah: Includes round-trip Airfare for winner and guest, 3 nights hotel accommodations, car rental, daily lift tickets (2 days) for winner and guest; $500 spending money
Tennis in Phoenix, Arizona: Includes: round-trip airfare for winner and guest, 4 nights hotel accommodations, car rental, two 2-hour private tennis lessons for winner and guest; $500 spending money
Monthly Prizes: 16 winners each month will receive a one-year supply of ThermaCare products
To enter to win one of these travel prizes or a year’s supply of ThermaCare HeatWraps, go ahead and “like” the ThermaCare Facebook Page. To complete your entry, click on the “Join the Rally” logo and enter your basic details. The 16th of each month is “Rally Day,” in which Facebook fans can access the “Rally for “Relief” app on the 16th of each month to get another entry into the Grand Prize drawing of $16,000, and to enter the monthly RallyDay drawing for another chance to win the travel prizes.
But wait, there’s more! You can also enter to win 16 samples of ThermaCare HeatWraps right here. Remember how I hurt my back picking up a half-pound rubber chicken? To enter to win this giveaway, tell me in a comment below about one time that you could have used a ThermaCare HeatWrap to relieve muscle pain yourself. It can’t be more embarrassing than my tale of woe.
- You may comment daily.
- You may leave comments until 6 p.m. PST Thursday, August 30, 2012.
- The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
- Immediate family members of The Vacation Gals are not eligible to enter.
- We will enter the total number of comments into random.org to generate a winning comment number. A winner’s name and winning comment number will be announced at the bottom of this post Friday, August 31, 2012.
- If winner does not respond to two emails announcing his/her win within a week, another random comment number will be chosen.
- Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.
Disclosure: The Vacation Gals are being compensated to promote ThermaCare’s Rally for Relief campaign.