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Tips For Healthy Shopping on Black Friday

How to Keep Black Friday From Making You Black and Blue

Standing in line on the busiest shopping day of the year can really test your patience, and back, and legs, and feet . . .

Here are a few things to try to make standing in line bearable:

  • Keep your weight evenly balanced on both feet. Standing with all of your weight on one leg with your hip jutting out might look cool and seem like an energy saver, but it can really tweak your back, your hips, and your knees. Especially if you are carrying a heavy purse or already loaded down with bags.
  • Bend and straighten your knees a bit to make sure that you are not locking your knees, which decreases circulation to your lower legs and grinds the knee joints — ouch!
  • When you're frustrated that the sales clerk can’t seem to get the total right for the person way at the head of the line — breathe. Take a deep breath and let it go. Remember — oxygen is free.
  • Put all your bags down and stretch out your back by rounding your lower spine. Remember: Pulling your abs in increases the stretch. You don’t have to make this a big, conspicuous motion. Just big enough to move the spine around a bit so it doesn’t get overtaxed. (Speaking of which — I wish I lived in a state with no sales tax on clothes. But that is another can of worms.)

Happy shopping!


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is definitely one of those shopping days that can be really trying on you. i think that for myself - i've noticed that when i'm stuck in a line as long as some of those - it's just not a fun time. i didn't brave the stores this year, but i did last year and i was waiting in lines for over a few hours which was quite a pain in my back if you know what i mean. these are some good tips, but one that i would even consider is finding one of those easy to carry foldable chair/stool things to take with you. you may look odd but you'll be more comfortable.
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