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Making Black Friday (and Your Self!) Lighter
Created on 11/23/2010

Black Friday... It's a day many people look forward to - plenty of sales on items we desire, lots of people getting in the holiday mood, music, and plenty of goodies to eat.

We all know the holidays are a time when it's easy to gain a few pounds, but most of us also know that keeping up, or even increasing, our exercise program can help keep any potential weight gain in check.

And you can start on Black Friday! Here are a few ideas:

- Park a little farther away from the store so you can get some extra steps in.

- Take the stairs when you can, or at least walk some of the steps on the escalator, rather than taking the elevator.

- Walk the outside of the mall (weather permitting) to get to stores of interest.

- Start your shopping early so you can spend the rest of the day with family and friends, maybe even getting in some exercise to strengthen your body and relieve stress.

You might even stay away from the mall altogether and instead get in a good walk or run, join a yoga class, or take a leisurely trip to the gym while everyone else participates in the hustle and bustle of the shopping season. After all, it can get a little crazy in the malls on Black Friday, even stressful...

Whatever you choose to do this week, keep moving. It's good for your body (lessens the risk of cardiovascular disease and helps maintain a healthy body weight), your mind (exercise is the single best stress-buster and anti-depressant known), and spirit (especialy if you're outside!).

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all. Enjoy, keep moving, and be well.
Dr. Russ
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