Get paid to walk by using one of the ideas below.
I never knew how much walking would become part of our lives after having a baby.
From about birth + 14 days, walks have provided so much for us.
Taking a Walk with a Baby:
- Gives you something to do. It’s amazing how many hours there are in the day that you need to fill once you have a small child. And sometimes, you just run out of ideas! I remember looking at our little guy about 9:00 in the morning, wondering (with a little desperation) how on earth I was going to get through the day. What were we going to do together? Ahhhh yes. WALK. For an hour, at least.
- Gives you a break. Being outside, in nature, walking by all sorts of things keeps our little guy quite intrigued. Going on walks is really like a break for us, the parents, because we can disengage for a bit.
- Gets you out of the house. Especially in those first months when you’re nesting, being able to strap your baby in and get fresh air (even if just a mile around your home) feels like just enough to keep the cabin fever at bay.
So…it’s not surprising that with all these miles I’ve logged I’ve figured out how to get the most bang for your walks.
Log Your Miles for Health Insurance Premium Savings
Do you remember when I discussed the trick to employer-sponsored plan savings? It’s taking part in their wellness programs. For us, taking part in our wellness program will yield a total premium reduction of $900 this year.
That’s $900 directly back into our paychecks, folks.
Among various other things – such as tracking water we drink each day, and taking a biometric screening survey – is tracking the amount of walking and/or exercise we complete. All of these activities add up to a lot of dough for us. It’s kind of like getting a cost of living raise…while raising your quality of life (double raise!).
Log Your Miles for Charitable Donations
One way you can catapult your results: make your walking goals bigger than yourself. With the use of the Charity Miles app, each time I leave the house to go on another walk I’m donating to The Wounded Warrior Project. In fact, I call them my Wounded Warrior walks.
Log your miles to donate for free to organizations and causes that are important to you (one of the 5 volunteer from home opportunities I talked about recently).
Log Your Miles for Cash (for Real!)
There are health apps out there that incentivize good health choices with money. Like actual cash. Apps such as Pact allow you to set specific health goals as well as track them on a weekly basis. If you meet your goals, then bravo! You are paid actual cash off the backs of members who have not met their goals (so make sure you’re on the right side of that equation!).
What kind of money are you looking at? So far, rewards have been between $0.30 to $5.00 per week.
Which one are you dying to implement today? Perhaps two?