Well the first challenge was to only eat dessert once a week. Piece of cake, right? Not exactly. It’s not until you start tracking something that you realize how often you do something. I found out that I must have been eating dessert and candy everyday, multiple times per day, because that was how often I found myself having to turn down treats. And Heather’s experience was just as hard. We started living for the weekends, or whatever our planned sugar day was. They never seemed to come fast enough. It was a VERY long 8 weeks. But you know what? We survived.
The other 2-month long challenges throughout the year had to do with being active 20 minutes for 4 days per week, getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, drinking 8 cups of water, consciously trying to control our thoughts and stress, and eating two vegetables per day. It was honestly quite challenging to find out how hard it was to do these basic things that we know we should all be doing. The good part was that we only had to complete each challenge 80% of the days to earn our incentive and it was on an honor system. So it was just us and our consciences to decide if we were really going to embrace these challenges.
At the end of the year we had earned our $400! We decided that we wanted to spend it on something to make our health better. So Heather let me use the money to buy my first road cycling bike. The next year, we completed our challenges again and she got the $400 to purchase a super nice juicer. In 2014 I used the money to upgrade my road bike again. In 2015 Heather gave our pantry contents a make-over. And when our check arrives this month I’m going to use it to renew our family gym membership where we’ve been swimming all winter.
It’s so wise of health insurance companies to offer healthy living programs, since all they need to do is save a family three visits to the doctor and they have covered their costs. And long-term if they can help us avoid a preventable disease then they are tens of thousands of dollars ahead. Does it pay to be healthy? Absolutely! For myself, my family, my company, my insurance company, and ultimately for the whole country and the world at large. Our healthy choices can remove a financial burden and free up all that money to be used for better causes.
Your turn. We’d love to hear: What kind of healthy living program does your company offer? What do you use the money for? And if your employer doesn’t offer a program, what do you think about paying yourself an incentive out of your tax return?
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