Healthy Challenge Competition
The healthiest marriages are the ones that turn everything into a competition, right? I think I read that somewhere.
I mean, Ryan and I don’t turn EVERYTHING into a competition. Still, sometimes there’s nothing like a little healthy competition to kickstart motivation in a big way.
It started with the Fit Bit—first I got one, then Ryan got one, and then, obviously, the competition for who could get the most steps began. I mean, Fit Bit practically begs you to compete with other Fit Bitters, posting the daily steps of everyone you know who has a Fit Bit to see who reaches the most each day. As someone who tends to be a *little bit* on the competitive side—I love it.
So it was only natural that we turned our “who takes the most steps” competition into a very involved “Healthy Challenge” competition. Right? Right? It’s promoting a really healthy atmosphere around the house:
So here’s the deal. We came up with a point system—some of which are activity-based, and some of which are food-based:
Healthiest Week Points System
1 trip to the gym: 25 points
1 gym class: 30 points
2500 steps: 5 points
Running outside: 10 points a mile
Yoga/barre class: 25 points
dog walk: 10 points
fitness dvd: 15 points
home fitness (twenty minute minimum): 15 points
plank: 1 point per minute
at least 8 hours of sleep: 5 points
cutting off screen time by 8pm: 10 points
a day without Facebook: 10 points
stretching/foam rolling (10 minutes at least): 5 points
1 serving fruit: 5 points
1 serving veggies: 8 points
12 ounces water: 2 points
day without sweets (including baked goods and bars): 25 points
day without drinking: 10 points
a meal with at least 5 natural colors: 10 points
a meal with at least 5 fruits and/or veggies: 5 points
We’ve been logging our points at the end of each day in a spreadsheet, in which we can both see each other’s points as well:
Yep, it’s a little complicated. But it’s also been really fun. And, dare I say, it’s been getting us out of our “winter blahs” rut in a MAJOR way. We’ve been eating way more fruits and veggies, and making an effort to get more and more steps in every day. Sometimes you need a little shake-up, right?
We’re going to add up our points at the end of each week, and the winner gets *something*—we haven’t quite decided what yet, but it will probably involve sleeping in on the weekends while the other person gets up with the kiddo.
Do you have any health challenges in mind to get ready for spring and summer? Care to join us?!? I can always add another person on the ol’ spreadsheet…