Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update Exclusive

MHealthy offers free fitness consultations

For many, finding the time and energy to exercise can be challenging enough. Add work, family obligations and financial limitations to the mix and it can be even more difficult to fit in regular exercise.

To help overcome barriers like these, MHealthy is offering university faculty and staff a free, personal fitness consultation with a physical activity coordinator. The consultation takes approximately 45 minutes and includes identifying fitness goals, possible barriers and recommendations on how to fit physical activity into everyday life. The session also includes a hands-on demonstration of exercises that can be done at home or at the gym.

“Most people don’t belong to a gym so we show them how they can achieve results at home simply by purchasing a few inexpensive items like a stability ball, resistance bands or hand weights,” says Alisa Morningstar, associate director for MHealthy Wellness and Risk Reduction Services. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to become more physically fit.”

Appointments are available at various locations across campus from June 10 through mid-August. More dates will be available in the fall and winter.

Discounts for other MHealthy programs are given at the end of the consultation, and the physical activity coordinator will follow-up six to eight weeks later to check on progress and answer questions.

Morningstar says the consultation is not a personal training session but instead an opportunity to develop a plan for improved fitness. “It offers some practical strategies for fitting in exercise when time and money are limited and will help you determine realistic fitness goals for the year.”

To schedule a fitness consultation appointment, go to the MHealthy Web site, www.mhealthy.umich.edu, and click on "Fitness Consultation Registration" under Quick Links.