Black Friday may be over, but this weekend of epic Cyber Monday fitness deals continues to march on. If you're looking at the smorgasbord of discounts and struggling to figure out where to begin your weight loss journey, don't worry: we've narrowed down four key ways you can use the health and fitness bargains to aid you in your weight loss journey.
1. Buy an elliptical machine
If you're looking for the best way to lose weight without leaving the house, the best elliptical machines are the way to go. Its secret is combining cardiovascular exercise, which helps us lose weight by burning calories, with resistance training.
Most ellipticals offer varying levels of resistance, forcing our bodies to work harder and expend more energy to keep the machine moving. This not only uses up more calories, but it also develops muscle tone, helping us get fitter and stronger at the same time.
This weekend is the perfect time to pick up one of the best Black Friday elliptical machine deals, as the sales show no sign of slowing down.
Elliptical machine quick links:
- Best Buy: Up to 30% off ellipticals and other cardio equipment (opens in new tab)
- Target: Ellipticals for under $400 (opens in new tab)
- Walmart: Two-day home delivery on many elliptical models (opens in new tab)
- Dick's Sporting Goods: Up to $1,800 off ellipticals and other fitness machines (opens in new tab)
Sole E35 Elliptical Machine | Was $2,599.99 | Now $1,499.99 | Saving $1,100 at Dick's Sporting Goods (opens in new tab)
The Sole E95s Elliptical Trainer is regarded as one of the best machines in its class when it comes to home gyms. Solid, smooth, and customisable, this great all-rounder features a heavy 17kg flywheel and near-silent drive system that feel stable and smooth during use without making a racket.
ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 Elliptical Trainer | Was $1,999 | Now $999 | Saving $1,000 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
A top rate elliptical for pretty much half price? Yes please. This machine comes with a one-year subscription to iFit to help you hit your beast mode. It also features 24 resistance levels and an EKG grip pulse heart rate sensor that is compatible with most Bluetooth heart rate monitors.
Body Flex Sports Body Power Trio Trainer | Was $499.99 | Now $339.49 | Saving $160.50 at Target (opens in new tab)
Another 3-in-1 trainer, another great price. The computer console on this Body Flex model tracks calories burned and time elapsed, plus your speed and distance. It's easy to switch between the three different functions (elliptical, upright bike and recumbent bike) so you can save the sweat session for your workout.
2. Try protein shakes
Your diet is most of the battle when it comes to losing weight. After all, the old adage "abs are made in the kitchen" didn't come around for nothing. However, it's not about restricting yourself to a few leaves and a glass of water: it's all about finding the right nutritional profile.
Carbohydrates, whether from sugars or sources like vegetables, potatoes, grains and bread, is transformed into glycogen and stored at fat when not used for energy. Protein, however, helps develop our muscles and bones, so it's important to get less carbs and more protein in your diet when trying to lose weight.
Protein shakes are a great way to go about doing this. You can browse our best protein powder for women guide, or check out some of the awesome Black Friday deals below.
Protein powder quick links:
- Amazon: Huge discounts on Sports Nutrition (opens in new tab)
- A1 Supplements: 25% off in Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Walmart: All protein powder deals (opens in new tab)
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein Powder | was $40.99 | now $30.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
At 29 servings with 2lbs of chocolate flavoured powder, Gold Standard is among the best-selling and top-performing protein powders in the US, making this offer a real find. That's a dollar per shake.
3. Walk more
No doubt about it, the great outdoors is a place to be savoured. With lockdowns and COVID safety requirements putting the kibosh on gyms and other sporting activities, hiking deserves a resurgence. It doesn't even have to be a wilderness hike, as studies show simply walking around the block every day can confer plenty of benefits.
Walking shoes quick links:
- Dick's Sporting Goods: Save on outdoor equipment (opens in new tab)
- Merrell: Shop the outdoor brand's best Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- Amazon: Save on men's and women's hiking shoes (opens in new tab)
Salomon Women's OUTline Walking Shoes | Were $130 | Now $97.50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
These flexible, agile shoes will ensure your feet stay warm, dry and comfortable on even the longest walks, thanks to Salomon's trademarked shock absorbing EnergyCell EVA foam and OrthoLite insole, which supplies supreme cushioning.
Men's Merrell moc shell waterproof | was $130.00 | now $64.99 at the Merrell store (opens in new tab)
An easy on-off shoe with Merrell's waterproof coating, grippy sole and earth mock-suede upper. Keep your city-slicker style on the mountains and in the fields.
CamelBak Chute Mag Water Bottle | was $14 | now $6.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A BPA free water bottle that's leak proof when closed, these are now 50% off at Amazon. A magnetic handle keeps a lid on things, and it's got CamelBak's lifetime guarantee.
4. Cook healthier
As we said earlier, there's nothing more important to weight loss than your diet. All the hiking and session of the elliptical aren't going to do much good if you're scoffing junk food.
Fortunately, there's plenty of stuff in the Black Friday deals to help make healthy diets easier. From the best blenders to whizz up smoothies and protein shakes to the best health grills, air fryers and loads more, there's plenty to get your teeth into.
Healthy cooking quick links:
- Amazon: Save up to $100 on loads of items in the Ninja store (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy: Save up to 60% on small kitchen appliances (opens in new tab)
Ninja Mega Kitchen System | was $259.99 | now $200.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 on this heavy-duty blender and juicer system from the grand-daddy of blender brands. Ninja, like its namesake, will slice and dice with its tough blades across a selection of cup sizes: a 72oz ice crushing pitcher for parties, an eight-cup food processor bowl and two clip-on smoothie cups, which also serve as the blending container so no nutrition goes to waste.
Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 electric countertop grill | was $229.99 | $169.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 on the price of this 5-in-1 grill. Its huge four-quart capacity air frys, roasts, bakes, grills and dehydrates. Using only a small amount of oil, you can cook huge portions of fries and chicken, for example, using a fraction of the fat you'd otherwise use.
Black Friday deals from around the web
- Amazon Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Walmart Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- Target Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Dick's Sporting Goods Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- Lululemon Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Nike Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- New Balance Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Under Armour Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- ASICS Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
- Wiggle Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- Adidas Black Friday deals (opens in new tab)
- A1 Supplements Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and is currently Fitness and Wellbeing Editor at TechRadar, covering all things exercise and nutrition on Fit&Well's tech-focused sister site. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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