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Freaky Exercise Symptoms! Am I Normal?

www.meganmerchant.comRed face, dizzy head, shaking muscles: these are some common experiences during intense exercise that make you wonder, “What is happening and what should I do next?”

Inside Fitness Conventions: Tips and Secrets

www.meganmerchant.comThere is no greater experience for fitness professionals than attending a Live Event!  Fitness conventions, conferences, and symposiums are the best way to meet your mentors and be revitalized while renewing your certifications.  If you are operating on a low budget or attending for the first time, here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

Loud Demands from a Smashed Toe

www.meganmerchant.comYesterday I had my two nephews (3 and 1) along with my girls (5 and 2) for a few hours of fun.So when I heard a crash, I can easily say I did not see what happened.  But I scooped up the injury victim, my 2 year old, and asked where it hurt and if she was going to be alright.

BOSU Fun for Adults and Kids

www.meganmerchant.comWhen I saw a post on LinkedIn from a trainer about his passion for getting kids to join adults in their workouts, combined with his love of the BOSU, I asked if he would send me his favorite kid and parent BOSU exercises to share with you!  Great for ages 4 and up, enjoy demonstrating these moves to your kids and let them hold your hand when they need additional balance:

Inside: Megan's Fitness Story

www.meganmerchant.comI notice fitness professionals at the gym, buff trainers on television, and athletes jogging sidewalks in my neighborhood.  For each active person I always wonder, "How does THAT person keep going?"  My sister asked me over the weekend, "Megan, why don't you share what keeps you going?"So here is my short story.

Favorite Things from 2010

www.meganmerchant.comMy favorites list this year outside the world of fitness IS:InspirationLife Optimizer and Chris Guillebeau are two great writers whose emails I never delete from my mailbox without first reading.  Always something grand and inspiring each week; Bravo guys!

Resolution vs. Goal: What's the BIG Deal?

www.meganmerchant.comAction initially "depends upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession." - p. 72, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Inside: Personal Trainers

www.meganmerchant.comWith January promotions filling your mail box and free trials provoking you, let’s increase your chance of finding a successful fit with a Personal Trainer (PT below, not to be confused with Physical Therapist). Trainers range from gym fanatics that wish to pass the love of workouts to others all the way to college/medical professionals that have a fascination with human function. So what information should you consider when finding the right one for you?

Reflect and Grow: For Little Ones!

www.meganmerchant.comI found and SAVED this survey for kids a few years back (source unknown!); this is the 1st year my oldest completed it and it was SO FUN!  Print a new copy each year and write down your kids answers to keep; you will be so glad you did! Beneath the questions are some links to my favorite free online kid resources... Yearly Kid’s SurveyIf you could trade places with someone, who would it be?If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you like to go?

Thoughts in Your Head?

www.meganmerchant.comDo you have some mental tricks to get the most from your workout?  Here are some fun mind talks I use to push myself (rather than mentally plan dinner“) during exercise routines:You’re on Camera, GO!  Pretend you are the trainer, instructor, or person on camera.  This works well during a set of simultaneous muscle repetitions with dumbbells or tubing.  It will make you hyper-sensitive to your alignment, posture, and muscle engagement“ and don’t forget to smile!
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