My company recently launched a wellness program. We first started with biometric testing.
Our results were input into a web portal.
After that there was a wellness assessment in which I answered questions about my mental and physical health, fitness and exercise, work and personal situations, etc. From there my strengths were identified and areas I could work on–such as getting consistent sleep.
I can set up goals and challenges. One of the challenges I am participating in is to have 64 ounces of water for at least five days in a week. I am pretty good with my water intake. But Fridays and Sundays are challenging for me. Now with an incentive I am more proactive on those days as well.
And while doing this points are rewarded, levels achieved and prizes awarded.
One of the challenges is the Century Mile. At first I didn’t sign up for it because I thought it was about running. And I don’t run.
Then I realized you could bike, hike, walk, run (probably even Zumba) your way to 100 miles. The challenge started in mid-March and ends mid-May. The challenge spelled out: Track 100 miles of exercise–walk, run, bike, hike, dance, or whatever your movement of choice– and be rewarded with 200 points.
Well, today I hit my 100 miles, plus 12.
I am not normally a competitive person. (Well, except for when playing Taboo.)
But these challenges have definitely made me competitive. I like when my name shows up on the top of the leaderboard, whether it’s for the Century Mile of the Breakfast challenge or whatever it may be.
I have decided that since I hit my 100 miles within two weeks of taking on the challenge I am going to challenge myself to hit 500 miles total by mid-May. I spin three or four times a week (at the minimum twice a week) and I ride 15-20 miles each time.
At the most 5 miles of my total is from walking. So I may try to get a little more walking in as well over the next six weeks.
Because of this challenge I may push myself a little more. Today I rode 22 miles, which was a little farther than I normally go. And I can feel it. I am super tired this evening (hoping for some awesome sleep tonight) and my thighs are sore.