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How Journaling Can Help

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Apr 15, 2020

After several weeks of dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s evident that we can learn lessons and find personal take-aways from this crisis. During these uncertain and stressful times of social distancing and quarantining, it is essential we tap into reflective activities that can drastically shift our thoughts to a positive mind state.  Thus, helping us get through this with as much grace and peace as possible.

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Topics: mental health, emotional health

Adjust Your Mindset

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Apr 3, 2020

“Watch your thoughts, they become Words. Watch your words, they become Actions. Watch your actions, they become Habits. Watch your habits, for they become your Character. Watch your character, for it becomes your Destiny.” -the Upanishads

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Topics: coping with stress, mental health, depression

What to Do If You Hate Running, But Want to Love It

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Mar 11, 2020

Have you ever talked someone who loves to run? They make it sound glorious.

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Topics: Running

Unplug to Connect

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Mar 4, 2020

After my dad passed away about a year and a half ago, I started attending Friday night services at my synagogue on a regular basis. Initially, this was so I could say the Mourner’s Kaddish (prayer for the dead) for my Dad. But, as time went on, I realized that I enjoyed and appreciated the ritual of ending the work week in this way. The service lasts just under an hour, there’s lots of joyful singing, and, it’s a chance to see friends I don’t see on a regular basis. I always leave my phone in the car, and surprisingly, even that one short hour gives me a chance to unplug from the rest of the world and focus on what’s important and right in front of me.

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Topics: knowledge, healthy routine, spiritual health, healthy lifesty, healthty living

5 Simple Stress Busters

Posted by Alison Jones

Feb 26, 2020

 

Last month, we discussed some of the science behind stress. We all know that stress can take its toll on our physical and mental well-being. Research continues to probe the ways stress is linked to disease and can shorten our life span. And it can certainly make our remaining years less enjoyable.

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Topics: Stress

Healthy Foods Your Heart Desires

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Feb 18, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, decorative hearts remain visible all over. This can help serve as a reminder that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Statistics show that one person dies every 37 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease, and unfortunately, the number of people impacted is only increasing. On the upside, many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.

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Topics: heart health, nutrition, healthy heart

How Cardio Became King

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Feb 12, 2020

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that February is Heart Month. Merritt Clubs is offering many programs and classes throughout the month that support heart health and the American Heart Association. No matter your level of activity, by exercising just a couple of days during the week, you are already taking important steps to fight heart disease.

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Topics: cardiovascular health, cardio workouts

Workout Tips for a Healthy Heart

Posted by Katrina Viloria

Feb 5, 2020

Did you know February is American Heart Month? While maintaining a healthy heart should not be restricted to just this month, we do want to use this time to help you prevent heart disease. Here are some workout tips we gathered after we spoke with Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue Fitness Director Heidi Shaneybrook.

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Topics: cardiovascular health, cardio workouts

Winter Fitness for Kids

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Jan 29, 2020

Most kids stay active throughout the summer, as the sun is out and the weather is warm. When the winter months come around, many kids tend to get lazy and are not as active. This can result in some serious health issues. With flu season among us, it is important to stay healthy and encourage fitness year round. Read on for some tips on how to keep your kids active in the winter.

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Topics: kids fitness

Stressed Out? The Simple Science Behind Stress

Posted by Alison Jones

Jan 22, 2020

Stress that is left unchecked can lead to a wide range of mental and physical health problems. We all know stress can contribute to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and headaches, but did you know that stress has also been linked to diabetes, and some studies even suggest a possible link to cancer? Let’s take a brief look at some of the science behind stress.

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Topics: Stress