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17 Jun, 2009

Can you Fit-in 15? (Now updated with prize info!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews|Yaktivism

Yesterday I received an email from the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) that I thought was interesting enough to post about here.

The CCA is hosting a blogger challenge to encourage active living and promote the CCA’s new web site.

The Fit-in 15 website features simple, no-cost, no-equipment ideas for creating your own 15 minutes of focused activity. A password-protected activity calendar lets users record their progress and sign up for the motivational email program to help stay on track. 

CCA has asked a select bunch of bloggers to undertake 15 minutes of physical activity every day for one week. During that week, participants are supposed to chart their progress and share their personal “Fit-in 15” story online, however they so choose. At the end of the week, a panel of judges will review the entries and select three bloggers who managed to craft the best “Fit-in 15” story. Three grand prize winners will each receive an iPod Touch 16GB and a $20 iTunes gift card.

Apparently research shows that 90% of Canadians want to be more physically active, but cite lack of time as a main deterrent. 

The emphasis of this campaign is not on dramatic transformation, but is to encourage people to start small and simply begin forming the habit of being active every day. I think this is entirely doable. I went out this morning for a 15-minute powerwalk and I was amazed at how easy it was. Why didn’t I think of this before?

The challenge starts today, Wednesday June 17, 2009. I’m going to be updating my progress on a separate page and tracking it there every day.

What about you? Can you squeeze in 15 minutes a day (starting today!) for the seven days?

There is a prize for Fishbowl readers who are interested in playing along.  

Make the pledge in the comments below to do your own 15 minutes every day (for seven days!) and you can win an iPod shuffle as well as a $20 iTunes gift card. (Sweet huh?)

How to started:

  • Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to participate and enter the draw. Please note, this is a Canadian-based contest but U.S folks are more than welcome to play along (you just won’t qualify for the prize, sorry!)
  • Visit My Fit-in 15 or Upping My Game for practical tips on staying motivated.
  • I’d love it if you tracked your progress on your own blog if you have one. Let’s inspire other people to fit in some fitness into their daily routines! (ETA: this is not a requirement!)
  • Remember it has to be 15 minutes every day! Anything goes: gardening, walking the dog, running after your toddler at the park … etc. It doesn’t have to be 15 minutes on the elliptical trainer! Here’s a tip: do something you LOVE to do. Then it won’t seem like such a chore.
  • The challenge officially closes on June 24, 2009 at midnight EST. I’ll do a random draw on June 25th.

Who wants to try this with me?

50 Responses to "Can you Fit-in 15? (Now updated with prize info!)"

1 | Redheadedmama

June 17th, 2009 at 10:28 am


I’d love to participate as it is something I do anyway – I actually aim for at least 30 minutes of some sort of exercise a day, and most days I manage to squeeze in an hour (even it if is just walking the dog). I’m a BIG proponent of doing something active every day. People forget that walking is great exercise. I also try to incorporate my exercise into my everyday living – e.g., biking to work, biking to get groceries, running to the store instead of driving, playing at the park with my daughter . . . I think if you can incorporate your exercise you are more likely to be fit as opposed to the “drive to the gym to workout model”. I mix up the everyday stuff (biking, walking) with some highter intensity sports stuff that I love (running, ultimate, weight lifting, swimming) for maximum health.

It is hard to fit it all in some days (I have a three year old and work full-time) but I place a high priority on exercise in the hopes of setting a good example for my family.

I don’t have my own blog though, so I guess I can’t enter the actual contest?

2 | andrea

June 17th, 2009 at 10:34 am


Readheadedmama: I like your approach to fitness. I think that’s the way to go.

Re: the prizing. It’s a two part thing.

(1) the CCA has already selected some bloggers to participate in the challenge (2) the bloggers have the option of opening it up to their readers for a prize as well… which is what I’m doing. :)

You don’t need a blog to win the iPod shuffle and iTunes gift card.

Clear as mud? (Ahhhhh. I must need more coffee!)

3 | Julie

June 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am


I’ll give it a go. (If only for a chance at the great prizes!)

4 | Hellcat13

June 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am


I’m game! Like Redheadedmama, I generally do at least 30 minutes of high-impact exercises during the week, but I tend to get a touch lazy through the weekends. This will motivate me. Can we tweet our results if we don’t have a blog, perhaps at #fitin15fish or something?

Today: 45 minutes of ice hockey

5 | andrea

June 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am


Thanks for reminding me…

I’ve been asked to tag my stuff with “fitin15” and use the “#fitin15” hashtag when tweeting.

6 | andrea

June 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am


p.s. ice hockey?!?! You rock it Hellcat.

7 | Miss Vicky

June 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am


I’m in! I’ll try and track it on the blog as well. Or at least twitter it

8 | Fit-in 15? « refashionista

June 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am


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10 | andrea

June 17th, 2009 at 11:31 am



I’m glad I’m not doing this alone… :)

11 | plastikgyrl

June 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am


I’m in. :) I may not blog it, but I can definitely tweet it.

12 | Erica

June 17th, 2009 at 11:47 am


I’m in too! My kickboxing classes are done for the summer, so I’m trying to pick up some more active pursuits that will get me outdoors. I can certainly fit in 15 minutes a day.

(and I can vouch for Hellcat’s awesomeness with the hockey stuff. She’s a hockey fiend who makes it look easy – totally an inspiration, even to those of us who are totally incapable of skating)

13 | Chantal

June 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm


I’m in. I need this pretty bad. Since I stopped jogging I have been struggling in the exercise department. I will track it on my blog for sure. Starting tonight.

14 | porter

June 17th, 2009 at 12:37 pm


Are you kidding???? Sweet! I’m in, I’m in…but what sucks is that it’s raining here (just started fifteen mins ago) and is expected to rain for the next FIVE days! LOL! Good think Walter the farting dog just happens to love to walk in the rain!

15 | BeachMama

June 17th, 2009 at 12:59 pm


Count me in, but I will challenge myself to do something different for those 15 minutes than I already am doing.

Yay for getting fit!

16 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

June 17th, 2009 at 5:29 pm


Since I just started doing the 30 Day Shred this week, this should be easy. The Shred is 20 minutes long. But like Anna (BeachMama) I’ll try to do something else IN ADDITION to the Shred.

Do you want daily updates or can we do it at the end of the day?

17 | andrea

June 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm


You can update any way that works best for you, but I need your name and committment here on this post because this is what I’ll be using to do the draw.

I’m keeping a page open for my own updates here.

18 | Jen

June 17th, 2009 at 6:23 pm


I’m in for sure! I don’t know about putting it on my blog but I will definitely tweet about it.

19 | EmmyB

June 17th, 2009 at 6:53 pm


I have no blog to update, but I’m in. I walk to work/daycare about 15 minutes each way every day, and run twice a week, but I’ll use this as an excuse to add something more – maybe another walk at lunchtime or an extra run somewhere in there.

20 | Life is Good…At the Beach » Workout Wednesday - Fit-in 15 Challenge

June 17th, 2009 at 7:04 pm


[…] Andrea over at The Fishbowl has brought forward a challenge, complete with prizes.  And I am not one to back down from a challenge that is for sure.  The challenge is to add 15 minutes of focused activity into your day. Since I am already trying to fit in some extra activity into my day, I thought I would take this challenge to add something different that I normally wouldn’t do or wouldn’t consider activity. […]

21 | Scattered Mom

June 17th, 2009 at 8:35 pm


I’m in, too. I really need some motivation. And it will be a great blog topic!

22 | Judy

June 17th, 2009 at 8:52 pm


Good post Andrea! All this week I have been lamenting my lack of activity and wondering how I can improve it, and get into a routine leaving for holidays this week.

The husband and I keep saying we are going to commit to an walk each day and have been ok with it. This is a good way to re-commit. Also to commit to avoiding the chocolate at work.

Will try to fit it into my blogging, but not sure how the updates will do while out West!

23 | Allison

June 17th, 2009 at 9:09 pm


Sweet! A chance to win a cool prize for doing something I committed to do since last August—I’m totally in.

I adopted a dog last summer and with no fenced in yard it’s walking everyday for fun and function. I went from minimal activity to daily activity—morning, afternoon and evenings minimum 0.5 hour each time.

Good luck everybody and keep on moving!

24 | J.

June 18th, 2009 at 5:25 am


Count me in! I love talking about different types fitness things that I’m doing. I’ll blog about it on my blog. Thanks Andrea!

25 | Julie

June 18th, 2009 at 7:19 am


I started yesterday – thanks for the motivation! I walked about to do my errands … library returns, mail pick-up, grocery items. For some reason, 15 minutes seems so do-able (as opposed to 30 minutes, a class, etc.)

26 | christa

June 18th, 2009 at 7:40 am


count me in too….I won’t be able to blog about it, but will keep my own personal record.

27 | Brie

June 18th, 2009 at 8:23 am


I will do my 15 minuntes. Bring it on.

28 | Nicole

June 18th, 2009 at 8:40 am


I think I can do that. :) My chiropractor would be happy :>

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June 18th, 2009 at 8:54 am


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30 | Sara

June 18th, 2009 at 10:04 am


Excellent challenge! Started yesterday with a 17 minute jog at lunch…taking advantage of our wonderful Greenbelt trails! Then did an “extra” bike ride last night around the experimental farm. Thanks for the motivation, 15 minutes I can do!

31 | smothermother

June 18th, 2009 at 11:57 am


I’m in. It’s been so hard to post these past few weeks, but I will tweet and try to get in at least one or two posts about it. Today I was off work because my caregiver was sick, and I walked to the dog park with Max. Total time 1.5 hours! Does that mean I’m done? ;-)

32 | EMoss

June 18th, 2009 at 12:55 pm


What a great way to remember not to slack off this summer! I’m in – I’m adding more to my routine of walking kids to school and back, chasing after them in the playground, and half-heartedly following along with the Pilates DVDs.

33 | andrea

June 18th, 2009 at 1:45 pm


Thanks for all your comments! Your participation is great.

Please note: the first day of the challenge was YESTERDAY (the 17th) and the last day is the 24th. You need to be fit for 15 every day between the 14th and the 24th in order to qualify for the draw. Got it? :)

34 | Jennifer

June 18th, 2009 at 2:56 pm


Count me in – great idea! We biked back and forth to the beach yesterday – so we started yesterday. BIked up to Woodroofe this a.m. on the Byron pathway. Where will we go tomorrow…hmmmm.

35 | Phit

June 18th, 2009 at 3:36 pm


I’m in. This is a great idea / website. I get my exercise from cycling to work and yard / cottage work.

36 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

June 18th, 2009 at 3:54 pm


I’m in. I blog/twitter it. Good idea with the hashtag (that’s what it’s called right?).

37 | Rebecca

June 18th, 2009 at 8:03 pm


I am in!

Today I am counting baseball at the park with the Boy…;)

I’ll blog about it over at my http://www.everythingmom.com Blog account (A Little Bit of Everything)

Thanks Andrea!

38 | Get Fit in 15! » A Little Bit of Everything

June 18th, 2009 at 8:22 pm


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40 | Alina

June 19th, 2009 at 9:51 am


I am in! Yesterday, Thursday, I went for a 45 min. power walk with my husband (“power” for me since I am 37 week pregnant). I will walk at least 15 min. every day, including this Sunday which is the day of my cesarean.
Thank you for the challenge!

41 | Colleen

June 19th, 2009 at 11:03 am


I’m a few days late but I’m totally in for this challenge! Great idea!

42 | Jenn @ Beautiful Calling

June 19th, 2009 at 1:42 pm


Oh, I am completely in. Though it is Friday, I’ve spent more than 15 minutes a day thus far. I’ll do a blog post tomorrow on what I’ve been up to and to help spread the word!

Thanks for the chance to win! I’d love an ipod! It isn’t something that I would buy at all since our income has dropped so much but it sure would be nice. On “those days” (like yesterday) I put my 10 month old an 2 year old in the double stroller and off we go just so mommy can really walk….it would be such a blessing (and put more bounce in my step) to listen to music on the go too!

What a great example to our littles to be active!!

beautifulcalling @ gmail.com

43 | Scott

June 19th, 2009 at 2:04 pm


I will participate too. I generally walk a lot at work however will try to encorporate an addition 15 minutes into my day that is focused.

Great giveaway!

44 | andrea

June 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 am


How is everyone doing with Fit-in 15?has it been easy to find the time? Has anyone discovered something new about themselves? :)

FYI – I’m cutting this off to new entrants … ! I don’t think it would be fair for someone to sign up at this point. Thanks!

45 | Melissa

June 22nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm


I’ve been reminded how excruciating I find balance ball sit-ups! ;)

46 | fit15 – Biking « Please Pick-Up Your Socks

June 23rd, 2009 at 5:21 am


[…] – Biking Posted on June 23, 2009 by J. I’ve been really enjoying this fit 15 challenge. Today is day what? 6 or 7? I’m not sure. I’ve been having so much fun with this […]

47 | christa

June 23rd, 2009 at 10:18 am


this has been very easy to do….15 minutes is really not that much out of your day!

48 | Fit-in 15: the summary >> a peek inside the fishbowl

June 24th, 2009 at 8:40 am


[…] (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s the original post (with all the entries too). […]

49 | andrea

June 25th, 2009 at 8:55 am


Congratulations to comment #26 – Christa!
You’ve won yourself an iPod! Woo hoo!

Here’s the (abbreviated) output from random.org:


Congratulations. I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address.

Thanks everyone for participating the the Fit-in 15 challenge. I hope you keep it up!

50 | Twitted by bitofmomsense

July 9th, 2009 at 3:33 pm


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