HealthMonth: Motivation Online

After getting hooked on Foursquare, I commented to someone that if there were a similar game that would give you points for healthy behaviors, I would love to play. I’m excited to say that I’ve found that game: HealthMonth!

From the website, here is the quick and dirty:

Health Month is all about making small improvements to your health, one month at a time. Players  can choose 1 or more rules to try to stick to for a month from the many different dietary, fitness, relationship, mental health, and financial health behaviors that are currently in the game.

For first time players, 1-5 rules is a nice way to start. Choose rules that you want to work on, and try to make small improvements to your current behavior rather than going cold-turkey, whole-hog, or crazy-wombat. You can always ratchet up the difficulty next month, once you get the hang of it.

After you commit to your rules, you start each month with 10 shiny new life points. The goal is to end the month with at least 1 life point. You lose a life point whenever you don’t stick to one of your rules, but don’t worry if you lose all of your life points — that’s what friends are for!

Friends and other players of Health Month have your back when you need to be healed (this is a big part of why Health Month totally rocks compared to other health plans and services). This game is NOT about making you feel guilty. It’s about helping you discover what works for your current lifestyle (do more of that) and what doesn’t (skip it).

I’m playing with a group of folks from #fitblog chats, an online group of people interested in health and fitness, most of whom have a blog, like me.

My goals are simple:

  1. Drink at least 84 oz. of water per day.
  2. Limit makeup and beauty purchases. (Spend SO much $ on makeup, money I could spend more wisely elsewhere!)
  3. Eat something green at least five days a week.

I’m excited about playing HealthMonth and will be sure to post updates on how the game is going!

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