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How Steven Made Time for Fitness

Steven White couldn’t find an exercise routine that worked.

“My biggest problem was finding time to get to the gym,” said Steven, who owns John F. White & Company, Inc., a wholesale heating supply company in Providence. “I didn’t have time during my workday, and at night, something would come up or I’d be too tired to go.”

Then, three years ago, he decided to start going to the gym before work, arriving at 6:00 a.m. “In the morning, my slate was clean, and it was easier to fit in a workout,” said Steven. “I’ve lost 20 pounds, and I’m much more flexible than I was.”

Steven added to his routine earlier this year, when his sister Laurie gave him a Fitbit®, a wearable fitness device. “I track my steps at the gym, then all day at work. At my business, it’s just me, so I’m the counterperson, the salesperson, and the delivery person. I can often get in about 5,000 steps a day at work.” If Steven doesn’t reach his goal of 10,000 steps with his morning exercise and his workday, he stops off at Garden City to take a walk after work.

“The Fitbit has been fantastic. It gives me an extra push,” said Steven. “Sometimes I take heating part fittings and use them to mark each lap I do around the shop. I have 15 of the fittings, so I try to do 15 laps.” 

Steven said that making exercise a regular part of his day was the most important change he made. “Now it’s just part of my routine. And even though I’m up earlier in the morning, I feel so much better when I get out of bed.”

4 fitness perks with your BCBSRI plan

At age 56, Steven White has been a BCBSRI member his entire life. His health plan—and yours—offers helpful fitness discounts and resources. So if you’re trying to find a fitness routine that works for you (or you already have one), be sure to take advantage of these perks:

  1. Fitness center discount program
    You receive the lowest available membership rate offered by thousands of participating fitness centers in Rhode Island and nationwide. To learn more or find a location, please call 1-800-866-8466.
  2. Fun fitness with the Virgin Pulse app
    Our no-cost wellness app, powered by Virgin Pulse®, makes fitness contagious. Get motivated by tracking your steps, creating healthy team challenges with friends, and taking a personal health assessment. You can pair the app with a Fitbit or other wearable fitness tracking device. To get started, go to join.virginpulse.com or download the Virgin Pulse app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Choose Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as your sponsor, then connect your wearable device to track and sync steps with the app.
  3. Free fitness classes
    Want to try yoga? Salsa? Or circuit training? We offer dozens of free fitness classes every week at Your Blue StoreSM locations in East Providence, Lincoln, and Warwick. RSVP for a class.
  4. Wellness programs at work
    If you have BCBSRI coverage through your employer, ask if there are any on-site wellness programs coming up. BCBSRI offers health screenings, classes, and other programs at many local businesses. Some employers even offer incentives or other rewards for participating.

*Virgin Pulse is available to BCBSRI subscribers (the primary person on the BCBSRI health plan) and their spouses. Not available with all plans. Standard mobile phone carrier and data usage charges apply. The downloading and use of the Virgin Pulse mobile app is subject to the terms and conditions of the app and the online stores from which it is downloaded. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc. Virgin Pulse is an independent wellness company, contracted by BCBSRI to provide wellness services.