“No magic will enable me to reap the physical and mental rewards of an active life”

Fra Fiona Gunn vinner av adventskalender 2014Guest blog: Fiona Gunn, winner of Advent Calendar 2014

Eight weeks on from our fabulous two week holiday in Norway, I sometimes have to pinch myself and ask, “Did that really happen?”

I was very privileged to win the CERG 2014 Advent calendar trip to Norway. My son, Eddie and I spent tow weeks travelling by train, plane, ship, car and ferry, through Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and the Lofoten Islands, during the Norwegian summer. Being a New Zealander, I did wonder if I was going to see a larger version of the beautiful scenery that I am so used to seeing in New Zealand. There are similarities, however I struggle to find the words to describe the vast beauty of Norway.

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Used to exercise to look like Daisy Duke – but now our main winner of the Advent Calendar has another reason

10856841_10152975401287498_5758103577617328176_o“I used to exercise because I wanted to look like Daisy Duke (80’s TV program ‘Dukes of Hazard’) when she wore her red bikini. There was always an excuse why that didn’t happen. By looking around and seeing how limiting inactivity can make your life as you get older, I see that there are far more dire outcomes than looking fat in a bikini. I now exercise because I want to be able to participate in life fully for the rest of my life, with no regrets about missing out because I didn’t treat my body well enough when I should have”
Fiona Gunn, winner of our Advent Calendar Christmas Eve

We totally recognize our self in Fionas reason, and hope that many others also find more importand and inspiering reasons to exercise than looking like someone else. But we have all had that feeling, haven’t we?

We had three finalists in our Advent calander. Fiona is our main winner and gets a roundtrip to Trondheim and a day at CERG. The two other gets a pair of trainers:

Bente Pedersen has sent inseveral pictures and reasons to exercise. Here is one of them:

10831755_343767885806726_1757207479_n“I exercise to set a good example for my kids, and to be able to go hiking together with them”
Bente Pedersen, finalist

 

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“Why do I exercise? “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to find eac hother, to feel. That is the purpose of life.” #lifemagazinemotto”
Robbie Mullins, finalist

We want to thank everyone that have participated i our Advent Calendar for their good and inspiering pictures and reasons to exercise, and hope that this calender has been nice to follow for all of you. We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year and are looking farward to sharing both our own and others research on physical activity in the year to come too.

Here are som of us, inspired of you, after our last workout before Christmas:

Siste trening før juleferien. Foto: Ragnhild Røsbjørgen

 

 

Exercise to refresh between work and home

10410223_10152865195400540_513405584889788119_n“I exercise to get refreshed between work and home, to experience natures different seasons, to continually improve and to stay healthy”
Ole Gunnar Tveit, winner December 23ed

Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. If you have a private Instagram profile, you can upload your photo to our International Facebookpage.

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People from all over the world can participate and win. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

Exercise to keep disease at bay

Fjelltur. Foto: Privat“We are a few ladies who each week goes hiking. Some of us go several times per week, in every kind of weather. We go to experience nature, socialise and keeping disease at bay. Several of us have arthritis, and these hikes have become an addiction to function well. The hikes give us more energy, better mood, nature experiences and better health. This picture is taken at Stordalselva in Bøfjorden this summer. We came up after a tiring trip, but to we would not give up on reaching the top! Lovely!”
Liv M Berg, winner December 22nd

Why do you exercise? Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. If you have a private Instagram profile, you can upload your photo to our International Facebookpage.

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People from all over the world can participate and win. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

– I exercise to be able to eat chocolate

10865010_922598811098793_641041179_n“I exercise to keep me and my dog fit and to set an example for my kids. But I think the most important reason is to be able to eat chocolate. A lot of chocolate.”
@ingunnwp, winner December 20th

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People from all over the world can participate and win. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

– Life’s too short to don’t feel it!

Chris Robles“I exercise because life’s too short to don’t feel it!”
Chris Robles

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People from all over the world can participate and win. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

– Age is just a number

Treningsøkt i forskningsprosjektet Generasjon 100

The picture is not sent in by the winner, but is from a work out with participants of our research project Generation 100.

“I exercise mostly 3 times a week about 1 1/2 hour to maintain body functions as good as possible. In addition I do a lot of walking and don’t use my car often. So age (75) is fortunately just a number so far.”
Karl Kr Karlsen, winner December 19th

Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. If you have a private Instagram profile, you can upload your photo to our International Facebookpage.

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People from all over the world can participate and win. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!