Use Black Friday Deals to Improve Your Health

Every year, the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday, becomes a bigger and crazier day as millions of people get a head start on holiday shopping and find the best deals. This year, as you venture into the world of serious shoppers, Healthy Me PA challenges you to make your Black Friday a “Health Hack Friday.”

When you’re searching for deals and gifts for friends and family, consider the products and promotions that will benefit your health and your loved ones’ health. Here are three ideas for healthy gifts:

Buy class passes. Whether it’s yoga, Zumba, or cycling, group classes have many benefits. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, evidence shows that group classes give you a social and fun environment, with a safe and effectively designed workout. Usually set with a consistent schedule, most group exercise classes require no prior exercise knowledge or experience. If you buy a pass for you and a family member or friend, you can encourage each other and be more accountable.

Buy a fitness device. Fitness devices help track steps and heart rate. Mayo Clinic says you can walk your way to fitness. Regular brisk walking helps you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Sign up for cooking/nutrition classes. Whether you are a seasoned chef or new to the kitchen, getting the latest education on how to incorporate nutrition into your cooking will result in new ideas and new recipes for healthier food. Check out offerings at your local hospital that may be free or low-cost!

Before you head out on your Black Friday mission, look for coupons and deals for products and opportunities such as these that will benefit your health—and then go get ‘em! A healthier you is only one “Health Hack Friday” away!