Is Shopping Your Cardio? A Healthy Guide to Surviving Black Friday

Ah, Black Friday… the one day a year that it’s acceptable to do your cardio at the mall rather than the gym—because if those discounts don’t raise your heart rate, what will? As November 24th approaches, we want to ensure you make the best out of your intense hours of shopping – and that means making decisions that will keep your body healthy and happy!

The orthopedic experts at OrthoNOW, the nation’s only orthopedic care franchise, recommend you follow these tips to successfully endure your shopping this Black Friday:

  1. Fuel up—The secret to surviving the biggest shopping day of the year is keeping your body moving! Now, that process requires more than just caffeine. Make good use of those Thanksgiving left overs and eat a protein-filled breakfast that will allow you to stay active all day… Turkey Breakfast Sandwich, anyone? 
  2. Love your feet— let’s face it, while those platform heels definitely look better, they will not allow you to maximize your shopping experience. Tackle Black Friday as you would with your daily cardio: wearing comfy sneakers. Hey, when you come to think about it, sneakers are still trending! 
  3. Take breaks— “Shop ‘till you drop” is not an option during Black Friday so make sure you’re not “dropping” by taking breaks to refuel. A five-minute break is perfect for stretching and eating some snacks such as energy bars, cheese sticks, trail mix or vegetables & hummus! 
  4. Hydrate— Black Friday is all about survival of the fittest, and the fittest need to hydrate. Before you walk out of your house on the dawn of November 24th, make sure you have your 25-oz. water bottle with you. Drink water continuously and don’t forget to refill as necessary! 
  5. Watch the weights—if you are planning on buying some big items such as TVs or fitness equipment, don’t try to carry them yourself! Instead of lifting those boxes and risking an injury, utilize the resources provided by the stores. 

Take these tips into consideration this Black Friday and you won’t just survive, but thrive in your shopping! For more information on OrthoNOW’s locations and services visit or download our award-winning mobile app, available on Google Play and the App Store.

May the deals be ever in your favor!



About OrthoNOW

OrthoNOW®, the nation’s only orthopedic care franchise, is focused on assessment and treatment of a range of orthopedic and sports injuries, chronic conditions, and preventative protocols – all on a walk-in basis.  Specialties include anything related to the foot, ankle, knee, hip, wrist, hand, elbow, shoulder and spine.

Every OrthoNOW® is equipped with digital imaging equipment and offers the latest techniques and treatments by a team of orthopedic clinicians and orthopedic specialized ancillary providers including Neuro Muscular Therapy which dramatically alleviates acute and chronic pain and expedites recovery time from surgery.

OrthoNOW® recently launched the mobile app v2.0 for iPhone users which features a revolutionary feature called On My Way NOW® which allows patients to notify an OrthoNOW® Center that they are in route, the reason they’re coming and what time they expect to arrive. The recently released upgraded app now includes integration with Uber. OrthoNOW’s flagship center is in Doral, Florida, with franchised Centers in Florida, Georgia and other locations coming soon.


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