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Fit-in 15 for Active Living, an iPod Shuffle, and a $20 iTunes Gift Card

A few weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail to a friend in which I joked that I hadn't actively worked out for a sustained period of more than five minutes since 1986. Something about that joke sounded less hyperbolic and more true, so I thought back over the last 21 years and realized that, unless you count the belly dancing class I took a couple of years ago that I skipped out on half the time, I haven't seriously exercised except for walks to the grocery store since 1988. That's 21 years, people.

Yeah. I'll let that sink in for a second.

I kind of freaked out about how I was probably rushing myself into an early grave and ordered Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred while directing the Palinode to bring home some light hand weights after work. Just when I was wondering how I was going to keep myself on track with this whole exercise-to-stave-off-death thing, because my track record is terrible, I was contacted asked if I would like to participate in the Canadian Chiropractic Association's one-week active living challenge, the Fit-in 15.

What is Fit-in 15?

Fit-in 15 has been developed by Canada’s Doctors of Chiropractic, experts in muscle and joint function, and champions of healthy living. They recognize that it can be hard to find time in a busy day to focus on physical activity. That’s why they created Fit-in 15, an easy and manageable way to start the habit. Once Fit-in 15 becomes a regular part of your day, you may find yourself fitting in more.

This came at just the right time. I figure that if I layer the Fit-in 15's

motivational e-mails

and

progress calendar

onto my Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, I might just be able to turn this physical activity thing into a daily habit.

You can't really tell how very, very much I need this in the photo below, because, you know, the HOTNESS, but my body sort of feels like a soft loaf of Wonderbread. Normally, I would keep this sort of thing to myself, but I am willing to go to great lengths to keep myself on track, and if that means showing you my pasty, white, kind of blurry midsection, then that's what I'll do. Fit-in 15 is more about encouraging people to start small and simply begin forming the habit of being active every day and less about dramatic transformation, but I wanted to show you what has motivated me to take part in this challenge. For your health and safety, I am keeping the present state of my butt to myself.

Day 1 - the Shred

And guess what? I have a motivational carrot to dangle in front of you, and we all love motivational carrots. I have an iPod shuffle with a $20 iTunes gift card to give away. Here's how to qualify:

You must be a Canadian resident to enter this giveaway.

Tell me what you do on a daily basis to stay physically active or tell me how you are participating in

Fit-in 15

in the comments for a chance to win.

If you also post about Fit-in 15 on your website, leave a second comment here with a link back to your entry, and you'll have TWO chances to win!

Physical activity! Health! An iPod Shuffle! Leave a comment!

UPDATE: The giveaway closing date is midnight CST on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009.

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