5-16-UVMMC-HealthSourceBlogHave a hard time fitting fitness into your life? Tired of fitness gimmicks? Join the Everything Counts Program and Giveaway to win $500 worth of personalized, professional help from Michelle Segar, PhD, a leading fitness motivation expert. You’ll change the way you see fitness — for good — and you could win other fun prizes!

Every day on Facebook, we will share easy, fun ways to fit energizing activity into your life. And they ALL count as exercise, based on two decades of real-world, scientifically-driven fitness research by Michelle Segar, author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. Plus, every week, Michelle will be sharing a video and blog article on Facebook that can help you change the way you approach fitness.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Click the “Join Event” button on our Facebook page and watch for daily posts showing different ways to gift yourself with physical movement.
  2. WEEKLY PRIZE — Like, comment, and share posts for a chance to win our “flash giveaways.” On random days, we’ll be giving away $25 gift cards and copies of Michelle’s book.
  3. MORE WEEKLY PRIZES — Watch for posts from Genavix Wellness™ Powered By The EDGE. At least once a week, we’ll be giving away the 13-week Genavix Wellness Program (valued at $649). Five different people in all will win.
  4. GRAND PRIZE — At the end of the month, watch for the post asking for you to share the most important things you learned or tried during the Everything Counts Giveaway. We’ll select two lucky Grand Prize winners from among those who comment on that post. Each Grand Prize winner gets a pair of exclusive consultation sessions with fitness motivation expert Michelle Segar to help them continue their fitness journey.

The Everything Counts Program and Giveaway is co-hosted by The University of Vermont Health Network’s five partner hospitals. UVM Health Network serves the residents of Vermont and northern New York with over 4,000 health care providers working throughout the region to offer high-quality care close to home. Our thanks to the Genavix Wellness™ Powered By The EDGE, and New England Federal Credit Union, for sponsoring this event.

Everything Counts Daily Tips:

  1. A long cut means creating a longer walking route to your destinations so you can build in more time in your day to move.
  2. Concerned that adding more physical activity to your life might come at your family’s expense? Be active WITH your family. Play catch together. Go for a walk. Shoot hoops. Remember, everything counts!
  3. Here’s an activity that’s always right at your fingertips — or should we say, toetips? Moving around is awesome. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes. Who feels good after they take a walk and where’s your favorite place to do it?
  4. Find some exercises you can do during a TV commercial break.
  5. If you work in an office, you can still stay active. Stand up instead of sitting down. Stretch throughout the day. And take the stairs when you can. It all counts! Set an alarm a couple of times a day and see how you feel.
  6. Just because Everything Counts doesn’t mean your fitness choices have to be low impact. Do what energizes you, even if it’s running through mud or climbing a rock wall.
  7. Next time you and a significant other are getting away for the evening, try dinner and a walk instead of dinner and a movie. It’s a great time to connect while you generate some energizing movement.
  8. Parking your car 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 of a mile away from your job or an appointment can add a lot of convenient walking into your daily routine. Experiment with this idea in the coming week and see how it works for you.
  9. Be intentional! Whatever activity you enjoy, schedule it on your computer or smartphone with a calendar alert that reminds you to get up and move.
  10. Parents who drop their kids at soccer practice can squeeze activity into their schedule naturally. Go for a run around your child’s field as you wait. Walk up and down the bleachers. You deserve to move, too!
  11. Got a meeting at the office? Take your colleagues for a walk. If you need to take notes, use the recording app on your smartphone and you won’t forget anything. Where would you walk with your colleagues?
  12. Stretching is important, too. Mix in some flexibility moves with other activities.
  13. Whenever you need a boost of energy, close the door, turn up the music, and crank up your heart rate by dancing.
  14. Sometimes, you need to fill your lungs with fresh air. So give yourself the gift of getting outside — to a park, on a wooded trail, or just outside the building where you work. Even 2-10 minutes will do wonders.
  15. Chores don’t have to just be chores. Vacuuming the house, mowing the lawn, and washing the car all count as great physical activities that you can add to your life and add life to your day!
  16. Intentionally gift yourself time for the physical activity YOU love. A spin class, tennis with a friend, a bike ride through the woods — the choice is yours! The important thing is to REALIZE you deserve it and carve out the time to do it. What type of physical activity feels like a gift to you?
  17. Next time you’re having a hard day, take a soulful stroll. It’s not a high-energy power walk. It’s “chill time” for your inner self. And best of all, it counts!
  18. Everything Counts isn’t anti-exercise. Rethink what you can do at a gym. Try some of the things in this video that might give you energy and enjoy the gym like never before.
  19. Giving your dog the exercise he needs can help you get a boost of energizing activity. So get the leash and head out the door.
  20. Got a minute? Set a timer and do a high energy activity you like — jumping rope, doing lunges, running in place. Scientific studies show that 60 seconds of strenuous exertion prove to be as successful at improving health and fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. Try it and see how it feels to you.
  21. Remember having fun in little league? Team sports aren’t just for kids. Call up friends and get a game going. Get on a team. Maybe even join a quidditch league, unless you’re a muggle.
  22. When it’s time for a call, get off the sofa or out of your chair. Stand or walk around your house or office as you talk. Does that sound like an easy way to add more movement to your life?
  23. Genavix suggests that when you need a burst of energy during the day, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’ve done this recently, let us know below how it made you feel.
  24. Not every physical activity has to elevate your heartbeat. So stroll around the neighborhood after dinner instead of sitting on the sofa. It’s a great transition to the rest of your night. If you’ve tried this before, how does it make you feel?
  25. With gaming systems like the Wii and Xbox, you can get up and get your heart racing while dancing, jumping, shadow boxing, or running in place.
  26. Go to the playground with your family. The swings and the monkey bars are just some of ways we used to get exercise as kids…and they still count as adults. What’s your favorite thing to do at the playground?
  27. What do you do while you wait for your food to reheat? Try doing lunges, jumping jacks, stretches, or sit-ups and see how your body feels. It all counts. And you might just want to do it every time.
  28. At work, when you’ve got a question for someone in your building, instead of emailing or calling, walk to them. You’ll get activity AND real human interactivity.
  29. Research shows that sitting for a long time may be bad for your health. So take any activity you’d normally do sitting down — a meeting, watching TV, sitting in the bleachers — and stand up. Even just standing counts toward better health.

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