Power Up for Black Friday

Power Up for Black Friday

With millions of Americans camping outside and traveling from store to store in the wee hours of the morning, Black Friday has almost become a holiday of its own. While some see the super savings as the start to holiday season preparations, you may need to prepare yourself for this rigorous day of shopping. Here are a few ways to reduce stress and stay healthy while getting your shop on.

Plan Ahead.

Make sure you’ve done most of the work before leaving the house. Being prepared will make your shopping easier and help you reduce stress from the coupon chaos.

  • Make a list of who and what you’re shopping for. This will keep you focused and avoid overspending.
  • Map out the stores you want to go to in an order that makes your trip easiest. Keep in mind that some stores have specific savings hours, so planning your trip will ensure you make the most of your time.
  • Divide and conquer. Avoid extra locations and wasted time by teaming up with friends. Pick up items for them as they pick up items for you.

Fuel up.

Shopping can be a workout, so treat it as such. Fuel your body with smart, healthy choices for your best performance.

  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast, which will help increase your concentration and endurance.
  • Bring healthy snacks so you’re not tempted by the food court. Some snack options include: almonds, apples and peanut butter, firm fruit, whole wheat sandwich, protein bar or fruit/nut bar, rice cakes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout your shopping trip to stay energized and prevent muscle cramping. Dehydration leads to fatigue, making you more tired and less alert.

Dress for success.

Sometimes fashion is worth a little pain – but not on Black Friday. Make sure your wardrobe choices allow you to stay comfortable throughout the day.

  • Wear a comfortable pair of shoes, like sneakers or flats. Opting for other options can lead to blisters and foot pain.
  • Wear layers that will keep your comfy. With fluctuating temperatures as you dash from store to store, layers will allow you to add or remove items as you see fit.

Walk it out.

Black Friday is a perfect time to increase your cardio by making a few healthier choices. Wear a pedometer or step tracking device to keep track of the number of steps you take.

  • Park further away from stores to reduce the time spent hunting for a parking spot, but also help increase the number of steps you take.
  • Opt for the stairs instead of elevators. Doing this will increase your heart rate, get your blood flowing, and keep you moving throughout the shopping day.

While you may have your eye on at least one big Black Friday prize, don’t lose focus of your health. Use these tips to help you make the most of your shopping experience. And if the idea of large crowds, long lines and rapid, sprint shopping doesn’t appeal to you, there are still ways to save big. Research the stores of your choice, as many post door buster deals online, allowing you to shop and save from the comfort of your home.