Black Friday is the single biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Before the celebration dishes are even cool, shoppers are headed out the door at midnight or shopping online for all sorts of sales and deals to kick off the holiday season. Most stores maintain the sales through "Cyber Monday" or the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend.
While some people call this shopping phenomenon "holiday creep," others are delighted to save money on items they have been watching. The trend brings in a lot of money for businesses and employees in the retail sector and there is no doubt that it is good for the economy.
No matter your stance, Black Friday can be a great way to kick off or ramp up a fitness routine after Thanksgiving. Here are 5 fun ways to use Black Friday as a kickoff for health.
- Shop for a gym or boot camp class membership. Do you want to ramp up your workout efforts accompanied by others who will make fitness activities more enjoyable? Group classes are the way to go! Consider yoga, boot camps, water aerobics, or even CrossFit. What about recreational tennis, golf, or running? Whatever your passion, find it, sign up for it, and do it! I have been doing a boot camp all year and have made a lot of new friends while gaining strength and fitness.
- Put new gym clothes, exercise equipment, and athletic shoes on your holiday shopping list. New fitness clothes that make you feel good will get you out the door. There are a plethora of new inventions for exercise equipment. A quick search on Amazon for exercise equipment finds under-desk pedal pusher, exercise bands, exercise balls, ab rollers, and much more. New athletic shoes often make walking and other exercises more enjoyable.
- Ask yourself if you need more electronics and other items which increase sitting? Could a home gym be better than a big TV? Or could electronic step counters be a great idea?
- What about healthy cooking equipment? A salad bowl, sharp knives, easier to manage cutting boards, pressure cookers, and non-stick cooking pans are always great ideas because they get you back in your kitchen. Would you be happier with smaller dishes? Would a hot beverage machine help you enjoy drinks without sugar and alcohol?
- Cookbooks are always coming out and the great chefs of the world have been busy making many of them so you can bring their creations home. Check out the work of Thomas Keller or experiment with ethnic and geographic centric books. Why not learn Asian cuisine or how to use more Latin or Mediterranean spices? Use the search term, cookbook at home, to find these chef-written books that bring their special creations to your home!
Here is a fun Black Friday Infographic. Click the link or image below to download as a PDF:
Use the tips given above on your social media channels and put this infographic out for your clients so they remember to shop for health on Black Friday.
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Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.