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December 12, 2012
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Surviving marathon shopping days


Shopping expeditions can strain even the trained fitness walker with dodging through crowds, standing in lines, carrying bulky packages. Take these tips to make it through a marathon-shopping day.

Prepare for the Shopping Marathon

Training: To prepare for your shopping marathon and carrying those packages, you should start an upper body-toning programme eight weeks in advance.

Map Your Trail: Which stores do you need to go to first to get the early-bird bargains or that hard-to-find toy? Where should you park to minimise your package toting? What is the most efficient route between stores? Where are resting spots and bathrooms?

Gear and Clothing for Shopping

Shoes: Shopping involves walking, standing and carrying. Most store floors and sidewalks have a base of concrete and will stress your feet. Select your shoes for cushioning and support as you twist, dodge and stand in lines while carrying packages. Consider a waistpack or stylish backpack for your wallet and the bare essentials - credit cards, comb, tissue. A purse can throw off your walking posture and is just another thing to carry.

Packing It: Now you need to think about how you are going to carry the stuff you buy without straining your back. Posture is important for walking comfort. Consider a little wheeled cart. Use pick-up or delivery service whenever you can. Many shopping areas have a gift-mailing service - an extravagance - but pain medication and back surgery would cost much more. Make frequent trips to the car to deposit your booty, or use a mall locker. Note: thieves may be observing this, use caution.

What to Wear: Dress for comfort in loose clothing, with nothing tight or constricting.

Source: holidays.about.com

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