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15 Ways to Make Black Friday a Healthier Experience

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Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Is there any way to make Black Friday less stressful and more of a healthy experience?

Julianne Soviero, a personal trainer and author of “Unleash Your True Athletic Potential,” thinks it can be done. She shares her tips to make the day enjoyable even with the threat of a stampede.

1) “Since it is very likely that you overate the day before, start the day with a big glass of water and lemon. This will help to hydrate you.”

2) “Plan on eating breakfast, even if you don't feel like. You don't want to be starving later, when you only have unhealthy options at the food court. Make sure your breakfast doesn't include any processed foods or anything too sugary that might make you crash later.”

3) “Make sure that you plan on moving at some point during the day. You can make your Black Friday shopping into a workout by power walking or doing some squats, calf raises or similar moves in between shopping trips. If you would rather do your workout separately, plan on some light yoga or Pilates at the very least. Yoga will also help to calm you after the stress of a crazy shopping outing.”

4) “Pack healthy, energizing snacks to take with you so you can avoid sugary
and processed temptations while you are out.”

5) “Wear comfortable shoes.”

Dr. Carolyn Dean, author and medical advisory board member for the Nutritional Magnesium Association, shares her tips via email.

1) “Make sure you get enough sleep the night before. Thanksgiving stress can cause you to not sleep well. As a result your body will be tense and your muscles will be tight. If you only get a few hours sleep, the next day you can't function and set yourself up an unhealthy experience.”

2) “Magnesium is a natural sleep aid, treats insomnia, relaxes muscles and makes energy during the day. Magnesium is the first supplement to take for stress.”

3) “Not all forms of magnesium are easily absorbed by the body. Magnesium citrate powder mixed with hot or cold water and sipped throughout the day is a highly absorbable form.”

4) “Try not to leave all of your shopping to Black Friday.

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