Megan Merchant's blog

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!

Mini-Workout: Burn and Drop Stress“Let it go, let it go, let it go“”  Here is a quick, feel-good, stress-reducer for all ages on this last week of 2010!Arm Circles:  Arm out straight like the letter “T” draw circles the size of a baseball 10 times forward and 10 times backward.  Repeat the size of a beach ball.  Relax your arms to your sides and follow it with a few shoulder rolls forward and backward.  Feel the neck tension slip away! 

Battle Blues with Balls, Balloons, and“ Socks?

www.meganmerchant.comGet rid of your indoor boredom with these games and a few house-hold items.  For adults as well as kids...Game On!Balls

Inside Acupuncture, Part II

Inside Acupuncture, Part I After a conversation with my extended family and hearing my Uncle finally experienced migraine relief with a few acupuncture sessions, I thought I’d ask my acupuncturist friend Jaymie Hettler for some feedback:

Fitness with a PURPOSE

www.meganmerchant.comRecently I was bored with my fitness routine and was not motivated to get out of bed for it.  My parents asked me get their mail while out of town (an hour drive to and fro).  So I packed a lunch for myself and the kids, determined to play outside while stopping by.  I saw a rake on the ground in their yard and one thing led to another...  My kids and I ended up bagging 9 bags of leaves and enjoying 2 hours outside; it was fantastic!
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