Everything that we do is motivated by some outside force. We go to school to become brighter individuals, to learn a new skill or to prepare for a future job. We learn a craft or trade skill because it relaxes us, allows us to create something or gives us the opportunity to profit from our ability. We work hard to be able make more money, as a stepping stone for a future job, to fill a need or even for personal satisfaction and gratification. We are charitable because we want to help someone in need or it gives us a sense of well-being. We attend movies, plays, concerts and entertainment events because it makes us happy, entices emotions or allows us to relax. We exercise to feel better, for wellness, to be healthier, to prepare our bodies for old age or to meet a specific fitness goal like running a distance or lifting a weight.
For me, feelings of frustration, self-worth, appearance and lack of energy inspired us to step back and look at our habits. We were eating out almost once a day, weren’t exercising enough and generally weren’t taking good care of ourselves. We started making more home-cooked meals, measuring our food, increasing our vegetable intake, exercising more frequently and monitoring our efforts and progress in MyFitnessPal. For over 620 days, I logged into MyFitnessPal to log my food, and/or my exercise. A heart rate monitor, fitness bands and exercise apps became part of our lifestyle and fashion statement. We utilized tools like Nike FuelBand, FitBit Flex, Jawbone Up, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Cyctastic and more. Accountability was important and the results were positive. Aside from weight management benefits, for the first time in… ever… I was finally able to run more than a mile without stopping. Monitoring our activity became key to our success.
However, sometimes we need a little extra push. That is where a goal (or the proverbial carrot) comes into play. It’s a simple fact of life that there are some things we know we should do but find reasons not to. Exercising is a big one for some people. “I don’t have time.” My biggest pitfall is that I don’t drink enough water. I know I should. I know it’s good for my skin. I know it’s healthy. I know it has zero calories. I know, I know, I know… yet I don’t do it. I grew up on well water and the distaste for water has stuck with me ever since. Scott has installed a reverse osmosis system in each house we have lived in and that helps. But seriously, ugh. I would rather drink something else.
Had I know I could be rewarded (financially) for setting goals, I might have been more inclined to work harder. I’ve already said that the nature of life itself rewards us for our accomplishments. We feel better, are healthier, are happier, are wealthier or are (insert your personal satisfaction here). However, what if I told you that just like when you’re rewarded for shopping, you can also be rewarded for living a healthier lifestyle? I’ve already explained the benefits of the Walgreens #BalanceRewards program as well as how it allows you to use clipless coupons through prior educational campaigns through #CollectiveBias. Well, now you’re able to set goals, monitor your fitness and generally learn to make healthy choices all via the Walgreens app or website.
This isn’t just about exercise. In a nutshell, by setting goals and recording your activities – exercise, weight, blood pressure, blood glucose just to name a few, you earn Balance Rewards points. You can then cash in those points just like you would the ones you earn from shopping!
If you’re like me, you want things to be as easy as possible. I record my runs, my food and non-running exercises into their respective apps. Logging into ANOTHER place isn’t something I think I would commit to. Walgreens recognized this and allows users to sync various devices and apps to minimize the need to double enter. The following devices and apps all sync with Balance Rewards for healthy choices: Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip, iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker, iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor, Jawbone Up24, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper.
However, if you don’t utilize apps or gear that syncs, you can easily enter it into the Walgreens system on your own. Using the website, you simply log into Balance Rewards, go to your dashboard and add the activity details.
Entering via the app is equally as simple. Launch the app on your device, select BR for healthy choices, select the area you wish to add (in the example above, I selected ‘step’) then add the activity. You’ll see your existing activities, can sort by time frame or add new ones.
So there is no excuse for not monitoring your activity – it’s easy, earns Balance Rewards points and helps you be accountable for your choices! Now I just need to get my water under control. Thankfully, Walgreens has me set there also!
Would knowing you get rewarded for healthy choices make you more likely to do things like set goals, exercise or track your blood pressure?