The company that I work for has a self-funded health plan and is always looking to positive ways to cut costs. The most recent push is a weight loss competition with some pretty serious rewards if you can reach a weight loss goal and maintain it for two years. Along with that is a 90 day walking challenge, we were equipped with a nice pedometer and are to track our steps. The goal is to hit 10,000 steps 6 days a week for 3 months.
On weekends this goal hasn’t been too difficult to meet, but as a desk jockey and cube dweller, the weekdays have been a challenge. The reward for all this walking is a gift certificate to a sporting goods store and the extra time it’s taking to walk all these steps won’t be worth that reward. What makes it worthwhile isn’t the extra exercise either, because it’s not a huge amount. What makes this a valuable pursuit is that it’s laying down new and healthy habits in my life, and I am a creature of habit.
What healthy habits have you taken on and what have you done to make them stick?