Black Friday Weekend Health & Fitness Tips: Recover From The Food Coma & Shop Healthfully

We found these great tips from the Beauty Bean and wanted to share. These are great for ANY marathon day of Holiday shopping!

By Liz DiAlto

This holiday weekend, cure your Thanksgiving hangover (whether it’s food induced, alcohol induced or a combo of the two!) with these bounce back tips:

Start out your day with a large, room temperature glass of water with lemon. Stick with room temperature so the body doesn’t have to expend extra energy to heat cold water to body temperature and add some lemon because, although it tastes acidic, once it interacts with the body it turns alkaline. (Without boring you with the exact science, the gist is that disease cannot live in a high alkaline-low acid body, so starting off your day by nudging your pH back in the alkaline direction is a smart move!)

Need a little detoxifying? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to that water.

Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast. We recommend an egg white omelette with some green veggies in there, green juice, oatmeal with almonds or walnuts or an apple with almond or natural peanut butter.

Wear sneakers. We’re all about fashion and style, but this is the Olympics of shopping days and you need to get your priorities straight. To maximize your ability to bob and weave in and out of aisles, sale racks and precarious line situations and to minimize the aches, pains and blisters at the end of the day, sneakers are the pick.

Park as far away from the entrance as possible. Not only do you waste precious shopping minutes and risk unnecessary parking lot confrontations (we believe you, you signaled first!) by trying to find a great parking spot, but also you miss out on the opportunity to get in a bit more fitness (perfect for countering that extra helping of Thanksgiving pie!).

Don’t you dare stand still on that escalator, miss! And while you’re at it, take the stairs if that’s an option.  Since you’re probably not waking up early for a pre-shopping workout, (if you are: high five to you and we apologize for underestimating you!) be efficient and get fit while shopping (even more so when you’re carrying bags!).

Stay hydrated and beware of the food court. We know it would be asking a lot to suggest packing a healthy lunch, but you should definitely keep a bottle of water on hand.  If you find yourself in the food court, steer clear of fast foods, fried foods and super high sodium foods. We know, food court chinese food is so good, but the day for overindulging was yesterday, so make better choices today.

Healthy foods that travel well!

Squat over the toilet. Use good form, squeeze your glutes, abs in nice and tight and feel that burn (you think we’re kidding, but this may be your only chance at toning that booty today!)

Make the most out of your time in line. Again, this may be your only time for toning today so think about contracting your core muscles as if you were holding a plank (without holding your breath) for 30-60 seconds at a time, squeeze your glutes for counts of five, alternating between contracting and relaxing and, if you don’t mind looking a little silly, do some calf raises.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

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