Merritt Clubs Blog


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

The Math in Losing Weight

Posted by Merritt Athletic Clubs

Dec 27, 2016

Losing weight is the goal of nearly everyone at one time or another: we’re a weight obsessed society. Whether you want to shed 5 pounds after the holidays or need to lose 50 to maintain your health, chances are you want to know the best way to do it.

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Topics: weightloss, holiday fitness

Enjoy the Holidays While Staying in Shape

Posted by Merritt Athletic Clubs

Dec 6, 2016

The holidays are here and while the season is lots of fun, there is no harder time to stay fit than the time between Thanksgiving and New Years. In fact, most people gain, on average, 5 pounds during these weeks, which typically leads up to the weight-loss resolutions in January. If you want to truly enjoy the holidays, eat the treats you crave, but not have to move up a size in a few weeks, we have a few tips for you.

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Topics: holiday fitness

Exercise Your Options: Stay Fit Over the Holidays with Plyometrics

Posted by RaySa

Dec 9, 2014

At Merritt Athletic Clubs, we know how challenging it can be to get through the holiday season with one’s waistline intact. That’s why we are encouraging you to exercise your options by exploring plyometrics.

Plyometrics is a series of fun yet challenging exercises. Collectively, they have the potential to build your muscle strength, burn loads of fat and increase your running speed. You may have heard about some of the exercises in conjunction with previous conversations about CrossFit classes.

Essentially, the exercises involve many of the physical activities that you may have engaged in as a child. Jumping, hoping, skipping, leaping and simulated skating are just some of them. The plyometrics’ routines also tend to include plank jacks, carioca, flutter kicks, clock walks and lateral lunges.

At this point, you may be thinking that plyometrics is something new. It really isn’t. Olympic athletes have been incorporating it into their routines since the 1970s. It’s just now catching on with those who are use to operating outside the world of competitive sports.

Because it does offer such an intense workout, we’d recommend speaking with our Merritt Athletic Clubs’ personal trainers and your personal physician before starting a plyometrics’ workout routine. You may also want to consult with our registered dietitians. That way, you can exercise your options safely and with professional guidance.

In addition, you should be prepared to feel sore after starting a plyometrics’ routine. It is normal to feel that way because of the workout’s intensity and the muscle groups involved. Thankfully, we do have massage therapy and spa services available at select locations. Partaking of those services should help ease the soreness. In the case of certain massages, they may help free your body of excess metabolic waste products and lactic acids too.

To learn more about plyometrics and exercise your options to the fullest, please contact us. Our Merritt Athletic Clubs’ experts would love to help you get and stay fit.


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