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!
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?
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?
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!
www.meganmerchant.com“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!
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
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