Black Friday fit gifts: Burn calories, get healthy with big deals on home gym gear, workout clothing, fitness trackers

Maybe you stuffed yourself at the Thanksgiving table or you’ve put on a few pounds during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Don’t stress. Most people feel under motivated and overweight right now.

If you want to reduce your soon-to-be Santa belly, retailers are offering Black Friday discounts on top brand health and exercise equipment, athlete-endorsed workout clothing and motivational personal electronics, like Fitbits and other fitness trackers.

Have you seen fitness mirrors that can stream live workouts in any room of your home?

Here are highlights of Black Friday fitness gear:

Bowflex has strength and cardio equipment including a full lineup of indoor cycling bikes, Max Trainers, home gyms, treadmills and adjustable dumbbells. Use code FIT2020 for Black Friday specials, discounts and freebies at checkout through Dec. 2.

The Brrrn Experience offers an at-home fitness slide board that includes on-demand workouts. Use the code TURKEY15 to receive 15% off and a year’s on-demand subscription.

Echelonfit offers rowers, bikes, treadmills and smart mirrors to support at-home workouts as well as live and on-demand classes. Save $200 on the new EX-1 LE bike, on sale at $799 (regularly $999) that can be delivered by Christmas.

Hydrow has at-home rowing machines with live and on-demand, athlete-led workouts. Receive $500, $250 in accessories and free shipping with the Hydrow Black Friday Package ($1,995).

Hyfit Gear has smart fitness resistance bands and guided workouts with professional trainers. Receive $168 off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

MYXfitness focuses on science-backed, motivational workouts with cross-training coaches and next-level at-home equipment. Take $250 off and receive free shipping and assembly (valued at $250). Sign up to receive the newsletter when you buy a MYX, and you’ll also get an exclusive welcome offer and a holiday gift bundle (valued at $75).

NordicTrack has treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers and other strength training equipment. The Commercial X22i is discounted $200 to $2,799, which includes a year of iFit family membership ($468 value).

Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines.

Sharper Image has a space-saving adjustable rowing machine with a hydraulic cylinder that you set the resistance level ($189) plus discounts of up to 20% cash back and free shipping on order of $99 or more (use the code SHIP99).

Backcountry has deals up to 60% off on men’s, women’s and kids clothing plus hiking, camping, biking, climbing, running fly-fishing and paddling gear. Take 15% off your first order.

Jenson USA has Black Friday sales on bikes, jerseys, shorts, shoes and helmets. The retailer carries mountain, road, electric and commute bikes, kids’ bikes and apparel, with free shipping on order of $60 or more.

Moosejaw has bikes, gear, cycling clothing and accessories discounted up to 30% off.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has deals up to 50% off on fitness and recreation equipment like trampolines, bikes, basketball hoops and ping pong tables as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus golf, footwear and outwear.


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3 Inspiring Women Share What Fit Means to Them

We’re drip-fed a stereotype of what fit looks like: lean, slim and magically, maddeningly sweat-free. But real fitness is messy, sweaty and comes in every shape and size.

Featuring our favourite new season sportswear picks from Very, we spoke to three women who are breaking down the stereotypes to find out what fit means to them, and why they love what they do.

Rini Jones (@abrowngirlruns), marathon runner

‘I got into running at 21 after moving to Paris as part of my degree; a friend signed up for the marathon and it sparked the idea in my head. I’d had quite a chequered past with disordered eating and exercise in my teens, and training for a race helped move the focus away from what I looked like and onto what my body could do.

‘My family’s reactions were complex. When I completed my first marathon, they were surprised, proud even. But when that first turned into a fifth, the novelty quickly wore off. Once I started lifting weights, their confusion turned to concern. In South Asian cultures, women are meant to be soft and demure, not strong and muscular. Even now, my family will say to me: “You look great, but don’t get any bigger.” I think to myself, “Don’t they understand that I can run for four hours straight, that I can squat 80kg?”

Ian Harrison

‘I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve rocked up to the start line and not seen a single other brown woman. Even now, I can’t think of a major campaign in which I’ve seen a South Asian woman running.

‘I’ve run at lots of different sizes. I’ve been thinner, I’ve been bigger than I am now, and I’ve been able to complete a marathon at every size. You don’t have to look a certain way to run, which I find really affirming. I didn’t expect to get messages from so many other women when I started my Instagram page, but it’s hugely motivating. I want to be the representation I wish I’d seen in my teens.’

Clara Holmes (@rollinfunky), boxer

‘I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is an inherited connective tissue disorder. It means my hips can no longer support me, and I’ve been a wheelchair user since I was 25. For the first five years after I became wheelchair bound, I was definitely grieving.

‘But I didn’t want to take that into my 30s. I could be here for the next 20, 30, 40 years – I don’t want to live like that. I had to accept that this was my situation, and start putting things in motion to improve my life. That’s when I started exercising again.

Ian Harrison

‘I began with stretching, then moved on to using dumbbells and resistance bands at home. Last year, I joined a gym and I’ve just been growing in

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PowerUp Fitness keeping students in virtual learning fit during COVID-19 pandemic

PowerUp Fitness is usually in schools, teaching students about shapes, colors and even geometry. But COVID-19 meant they’d have to pivot to online teaching.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Evelyn Price is four years old and serious about two things: drawing pictures of dogs and staying active while learning from home. 

Price’s family is one of more than 2,000 participating in PowerUp Fitness, a school-based physical learning program across hundreds of schools in East Tennessee and throughout the U.S. 

A global pandemic forced what would typically happen in the school gym online.

Evelyn and her mom Alicia use virtual fitness learning videos from Power Up,
a local program helping students learn while being active in school.

“All of our programs are academic, whether it’s ABC’s or geometry,” founder Stacy Baugues said. 

The COVID-19 pandemic means educators need to take different approaches towards keeping kids active. Instead of typical activities, on-demand virtual videos to keep virtual students like Evelyn up and moving.

“Families can pick videos based on age or academic integration,” Baugues said. 

She said that is important to combat learning loss, but it’s also important to keep kids moving in a time when many are learning from home. Experts said that she is not wrong. 

Since the pandemic began, studies everywhere from the University of California to the National Library of Medicine show kids are less active right now and Baugues said there are ways communities can change that.

“They can have lots of fun and get moving and get learning together,” she said.

That is something that is important for Evelyn’s mom, Alicia, too.

“While the pandemic is a very stressful time this helps bring some light to it quite frankly,” she said. 

Power Up Fitness is currently offered in several East Tennessee schools like Oak Ridge and Lenoir City. Families can also find it at the YMCA and Centro Hispano.

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Be Fit? An ETF for Health & Fitness

The Global X Health & Wellness Thematic ETF (BFIT) seeks to harness the effects of changing consumer lifestyles by investing in companies geared toward promoting physical activity and well-being, asserts Jim Woods, editor of The Deep Woods.

The fund aims to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Indxx Global Health & Wellness Thematic Index.

BFIT enables investors to access high-growth potential through companies at the leading edge of a long-term, health and wellness trend affecting multiple sectors of the global economy.

Composition of the ETF transcends classic sector, industry and geographic classifications by tracking an emerging theme. In a single trade, BFIT delivers access to dozens of companies with high exposure to the health and wellness sector.

Only 41% of the fund’s portfolio is invested in U.S. companies. BFIT’s other holdings are in foreign emerging markets. This strategy reflects that many industry powerhouses are based elsewhere.

For example, Puma SE and Adidas AG are headquartered in Germany; Shimano and Asics Corp. are in Japan and Fila Holdings Corp. is in South Korea. 

This exchange-traded fund provides diversification domestically and across the globe. Better yet, no individual stock represents more than 4% of the portfolio. The fund has $19.6 million in assets under management, a 0.35% average spread and 58 holdings.

BFIT currently trades around $23 and has a 0.55% dividend yield. The fund has been growing steadily since its inception in May 2016. It is up more than 50% since then, and with an increasing interest in healthy living and general wellness, the fund looks poised to continue growing higher.

The health and wellness ETF tracks an index of equities from companies that promote physical well-being. Its universe of holdings includes small-, mid- and large-cap public companies from developed countries that earn the majority of their revenue from the market niche or whose stated business objective relates to good physical health.

Health and wellness crosses the sector boundaries found in traditional classification systems to include nutrition and weight loss, nutritional supplements, fitness equipment and apparel, among others.

BFIT has a high expense ratio (0.75%) in comparison to other exchange-traded funds and, as a health and wellness fund, has a very different investment strategy than others in this segment.

I urge interested investors to exercise their own due diligence in deciding whether this fund fits personal portfolio goals and risk tolerance.

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‘I want to share my midlife fitness revelation’: how getting fit in your 40s can help you thrive | The last taboo

Amanda Thebe.

Amanda Thebe

I can still remember the utter relief that flooded through me on the day my doctor told me I was perimenopausal. It was 2013 and for two years my health, my relationships and my ability to function had been blighted by migraines, fatigue, mood swings, nausea, memory loss and chronic depression.

I’d seen all kinds of doctors but every test had come back negative. It was only when I broke down during a routine appointment with my gynaecologist that he said I was most likely in the grip of the perimenopause, when a women’s oestrogen level drops as she approaches menopause.

I was shocked. I didn’t even know what the word meant. At 43, I was still having periods and it hadn’t crossed my mind that fluctuating hormones could be behind how awful I was feeling. It was so reassuring to know that I wasn’t going crazy and, since then, it’s become my mission to peel back the layers of the perimenopause and help women navigate it.

I don’t want others to suffer as I did and I believe that the right combination of exercise, nutrition and self-care can even help women to thrive at this time – that’s what drove me to write my book Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too.

Quote from Amanda Thebe: 'I'm keen to spread the message that lots can be done to deal with little leaks'

I’d discovered strength training in my 30s, and I’m now passionate about getting midlife and older women to try it because I really believe it’s the form of exercise that will help you most as you get older. People often assume it’s like bodybuilding but it’s simply about developing your strength and power. Some women worry it’s going to make them bulk up (it doesn’t), others doubt that they can do it (they can) but my job is to show there’s a starting point for everyone.

One of the best things about strength training is the way it expands women’s confidence – there’s something about it that makes you become bigger and bolder in the outside world. It replaces self-doubt with self-belief.

For generations, women have put up with all kinds of physical issues and that makes me angry. Take bladder weakness. I remember wetting myself for the first time while I was out running in 2014. I was with my family and I was mortified. I’d had two kids, I’d been able to bounce on a trampoline with no problems – then all of a sudden, I was soaked!

Now I’m keen to spread the message that there’s lots that can be done to improve it, from visiting a pelvic floor physiotherapist to using oestrogen cream. And most importantly, it’s nothing to be ashamed of – the women in my Facebook group are constantly chatting about it and that makes me happy.

If women in midlife understand what our bodies are going through, we give ourselves the best chance of staying mentally fit and physically strong. Simply pulling back from your busy life and asking “what can I

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