So, like many companies, my company is interested in creating a healthier workforce. And there are lots of good reasons: it lowers health care costs, reduces absenteeism, and improves productivity. The newest addition to their plethora of health promotion items (already including smoking cessation, weight watchers, and subsidized gym memberships) is something called Nutrisum.
It’s probably too early to tell, as today is the first official day of the program, but I think this is the type of system I’ve been looking for. Basically, it helps me keep track of health-related accomplishments without making me go into too much detail. I decided a while back to do a search for online food trackers. I came across a few, and tried using FitDay, since it allows you to track what you’ve eaten throughout the day. I figured I’d like it because I like using walletproof for tracking every single purchase I make. I think the problem was that it was too difficult to find the exact food I ate, and determine the exact amount I ate. Too much work! Tracking expenses is much easier: look at your receipt, and record that number!
So, with this Nutrisum system, you get to earn points. And I like to earn points! You earn points for things like eating breakfast (because that gets your metabolism going in the morning), having 3 servings of whole grains, 5 fruits/veggies, 5 glasses of water, and not eating within 3 hours before bedtime (or at least not eating after dinner). You also get points for exercise. I like the idea of it because it encourages you to do healthy things. And now that I’m conscious of those important activities, I’m more likely to do them.
Oh, and reading over this, it sounds like I’m some sort of infomercial promoter or getting paid for this post. Let me assure you, I’m not! I’m just excited to try something that’s a bit easier. Oh, and in other news, the gym near work (where work will subsidize a membership) is offering a free trial run and training session so I can see if I like it. I know that it’s a bit of a trick, since they try to hook you with the free trial, but I’m looking forward to just trying out the gym before I fully commit to joining.
I’ll keep you updated on how well I stick with this new health kick!