Now that it is warming up, I am starting to get back into the habit of taking walks on a regular basis; or at least I will be once school is out and I have more time in mornings to take one before it gets really hot outside.
Like a lot of people, I do have some difficulty staying motivated and, because of that, I’m always looking for some sort of added incentive (other than the fact it’s good for me). I think I might have found that with a new program; Walk with Walgreen’s.
I came across this program by accident. I was on the Walgreens.com web site a couple weeks ago, noticed the link, and clicked on it. And, after signing up for it (it’s free), I immediately became a fan.
This isn’t the first time I have tried something like this before. I have discovered a few other web sites (such as Walkamerica.com) that had a similar concept, recording your steps whenever you take a walk.
However, with most of those web sites, you really didn’t gain anything other than maybe a certificate that you could print out saying you achieved your goal. What set’s this program apart from those is, as you walk, you actually earn prizes.
OK, to be fair, the prizes aren’t really much more than coupons. For example, when I signed up, I got $5 off a pedometer and, a short time later (when I recorded the steps I took while mowing my lawn), I earned a $1 coupon off of a Neutrogena product (I gave that to my wife). But, it’s still better than getting nothing at all and you do still have to earn them. Oh, and if you don’t have a Walgreen’s in your community, many of the coupons can still be used on their web site.
Another thing I like about the web site is the map function that is on it. With other sites, I have to count the steps myself. This isn’t always the easiest thing for me since pedometers never seem to work (my wife tells me it’s because I don’t swing my hips enough when I walk). And, at times, I had to guess.
The map function takes the guessing out of it. All you have to do is plot your walk out on it and it will give you the distance in miles and steps. I was even able to use it to figure out the number of steps I took while walking in the park down the street last Sunday.
My only real complaint about Walk with Walgreen’s is the site isn’t quite as user friendly as some others might be and, as a result, it does take some time to figure out how to navigate through it. But, it only took me a little practice and I’m guessing the average person should figure it out after only a few minutes.
If you plan on taking advantage of the nice weather by taking morning or evening walks, I recommend checking out this program. If you are walking anyway, why not get rewarded for doing it?