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Mini-Workout: Indoor Sports

You'll only need a soccer ball, basketball, or a soft 12" ball to play with these activities.  Try them out the next time your kids or pets need to burn some energy and want to play with you, or you're waiting through the commercials of a sports show.

Thanks To You!

www.meganmerchant.comAs a special thank you to my reviewers and friends that share this new website, when this page reaches 25 followers, we will have our first contest! All I can say is it will be SUPER fun“ so spread the word and we can get it started! Upcoming posts: Mini-workout: Indoor Sports (Hide your breakables!) Fit Games for TV Watching Thanks for reading, and spreading the great news!

Mini Workout: For Airplane and Car Passengers Obviously, this is NOT for the pilot of any vehicle!  But for those of us along for the ride, here are some exercises you can enjoy (so long as you don’t distract the driver“)

Sneaky Workout: Burn Wait Time and See Who Notices So you are standing around waiting for a great store sale, a movie theater ticket, or waiting to board an airplane.  Here’s a sneaky workout for you will that will burn the waiting time away: 1.  Shoulder Retraction/Depression:  Standing tall, pull your shoulder blades back and down, reaching your finger tips toward your heels.  As if someone poured ice down your back, squeeze the muscles together between your shoulder blades.

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for coming to my new fitness tips blog.  In the coming weeks I'll be chatting about mini-workouts you perform anywhere, experiences with different equipment and programs, and fun lifestyle changes that will help change your perspective on exercise from "work" to "FUN!" Check out my archives to see tips on food and shopping, water, sleep, and more that you may have missed. Please leave your comments; I want to know what is important to YOU. I look forward to writing for you!

Thanks to Share with Loved Ones

An OASIS student of mine gave me this about 8 years ago and I searched for it online (Thank you, Google!)  I remember this poem at this time each year; here are a few of my favorite lines: "I am thankful: For the taxes I pay because it means I am employed. For the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends For my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

(Fun!) Calorie Burns for Holiday Eating

It's almost time for that yummy Thanksgiving meal!  If you've been reading along with my blog, you may have new recipes ideas, joyful shopping trips, and are read to prepare and conquer your Thanksgiving dinner.  Or maybe you're job this year is to join in at another's home.  Share these active ideas with everyone included:

Holiday Grocery Shopping

If you are in charge of the holiday food this year, make your shopping mentally fun and physically active!  Here's how: 1. Dress as if you are out for exercise.  Wear layers and comfy shoes and bring water to drink.  The perk to canvas bags (other than reuse) is they get filled to the brim, so whip out your arm muscles for heavy carrying!

Sweet, Blissful Sleep

Most research on the subject says the optimal amount of sleep per night is 7-9 hours for adults.  Less than and you short your body of healing and recovery time, more than and you minimize the quality of the time you are deeply asleep.  So how can we get more quality sleep?
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