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Just a Matter of Time

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Dec 11, 2019

It’s that time of the year. The holidays are looming, college students are in the thick of finals, the short days pass very quickly, and everyone is rushing to finish shopping, studying, working, schlepping, and cooking. How, in this busy season, do you find the time or even the energy to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Where does fitness fit into your day? Your week? Would it surprise you to know that the limiting factor in our lives when it comes to healthy life choices is not motivation or knowledge, but time?

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Topics: healthy living, time for exercise, fitness, holiday fitness

IHRSA Passport Program and TrainAway

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Dec 4, 2019

Traveling for the holidays? Don’t miss a workout with the IHRSA Passport Program and TrainAway

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Topics: fitness apps, fitness, holiday fitness

Cranberries are Part of a Healthy Life, All Year Long!

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Nov 26, 2019

Welcome to the holiday season! Cranberries are commonly found at the dinner table during this time of the year, but don't forget about all the other months and days! These gorgeous, ruby colored berries are packed full of nutrients which are ready to nourish your body and give you radiant skin and hair.

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Healthy Thanksgiving

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Nov 19, 2019

It seems like Labor Day was only yesterday and now the sun sets way too early, sweats are our outfits of choice, and the stress of the holidays is already creeping in. With Thanksgiving several days away, there’s no better time to plan for a fun, festive, and feel-good day.

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Topics: thanksgiving, thanksgiving food tips

50 Squats a Day

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Nov 13, 2019

When I teach classes that have squats in them, and that’s pretty much most of the classes I teach, people will often come up to me afterwards (or before) and tell me they can’t squat. “I can’t do squats. It bothers my knees.” “I don’t like squats, so during the squat track I’m just going to work abs, ok?” “Why do we do so many squats?” In reality, squats, and their many variations, are probably the one exercise everyone should do every day. According to Dr. Christopher Stepien, sports therapist and chronic pain expert, performing 50 squats a day will help your health and well-being. “Daily squats will help you mentally and will even give you better yearly checkups with your primary physician.”

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Topics: Personal Training, group fitness, working out

Why You Should be Doing More Pull-Ups

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Nov 5, 2019

Pull-ups are a total body exercise that offer numerous health and physique benefits. Just about everybody knows what a pull-up is...grip the bar so your body is suspended by your hands and pull yourself up. Pull-ups are simple, though that does not mean they are easy. The challenge is well worth it: not many movements work so many muscles at once.

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Topics: working out

Trick or Treat!

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Oct 30, 2019

Happy Halloween! This is it! The kids have changed their minds about costumes no less than 5 times, the pumpkins are carved and lit, and all that’s left is the magical night of trick or treating. Halloween is beyond exciting for kids (and some adults!). They’re hyper, distracted, and determined to stay up and eat as much candy as possible.

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Topics: kids health fitness, snacking, healthty living

Frightful Fitness

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Oct 23, 2019

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is next week. And, it’s not a far leap to see Thanksgiving and the December holidays just around the corner. Depending on how you look at it, Halloween could very well be the start of a season-long fight against the lure of comfort foods, sweets, and festive meals, or, it could be a practice run for the big food holidays that are soon to follow. Here are some easy ways to stay on the wellness path through this frightful time of year.

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Topics: nutrition tips, food and exercise, food and fitness

An Apple a Day...

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Oct 16, 2019

As the saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Among the world’s most popular fruit, there’s a lot of truth to this old adage. Apples are high in fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. They are filling and can be used in a variety of ways: sweet recipes, savory recipes, juices, sauces, drinks…the list goes on and on.

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Topics: Healthy Recipes, nutrition tips, healthy nutrition

Really...I'm Fine.

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Oct 9, 2019

It’s a joke in my family that whenever someone asks, “How are you?”, the answer is always “I’m fine.” When I was young and would call my grandparents, they were always fine, and so were we. When my Dad was sick, and even until the day before he passed, friends, family, and doctors asked him how he was and he always said, “I’m fine.” And even now, when I’m feeling stress and anxiety (and lately there’s been a lot of that for me), people ask, “How are you?” and my answer is always (and will continue to be) “I’m fine.”

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Topics: group fitness classes, exercise