So, I’ve been working healthy habits for a while now, and one of the tools I use is Health Month. Health Month is a website where you can track your progress on various goals every day. It’s set up sort of like a game; you earn points, and you can lose life points if you don’t meet your goals each week, and you can assign yourself rewards and consequences for the end of the month.
So, for instance, for September my goals were:
- Write for at least 10 minutes 2 times per week.
- Walk at least 5 miles per week.
- Ride my bike at least 30 miles per week.
- Do yoga at least 1 day per week.
And I made a contract with myself that if I survived the month with at least one life point left, I would buy myself a new top. And if I didn’t have at least one life point left, I would donate $5 to charity (it occurs to me that I ought to make the two things more equal).
I didn’t meet all my goals every single time. But the system is flexible, and if you start losing life points you can heal yourself with fruit, or ask other people to heal you with their fruit.
And next month I’m adjusting my goals — I added meditation and weight training, and I cut back my biking and walking goals a bit.
I also started a team, because I have not tried that part of the game yet. It’s a team for Portlanders — if you want to join, it’s at http://healthmonth.com/teams/show/923. You can try Health Month for free, as long as you do three or fewer rules. I did this for a couple of months before I decided to commit a little more — and it’s only $5 for the month to play more than three rules, AND you can easily request a sponsorship if you can’t afford that.
I like Health Month because it helps me with both fitness goals and mental health goals (by the way, I started my new medication, and have been feeling amazing for the most part). And it’s easy to track – just check a few boxes and/or fill in a few numbers every day. If I miss a day or several, it’s easy to go back and fill in the blanks.
And now I’ve got ten minutes of writing to check off for today!