Step It Up

“Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.” 1 Timothy 4:7 (Phillips version)  

Last year our insurance company sent out pedometers to everyone covered by their health insurance plan. We were told to wear them every day and then regularly plug them into our computer where the steps would be logged. At the end of the year, depending on how many steps taken, each person would be rewarded. I figured a little motivation couldn’t hurt and it wasn’t a big deal to clip the pedometer on my belt loop every morning. When I realized the reward could potentially be as much as $300, I got serious. Getting paid to walk? Are you kidding? I’m in!

Unfortunately, not everyone in the household was on board. One day I noticed an unused pedometer sitting on  the counter and *cha-ching*, I saw money walking out the door. So I clipped it on next to mine. Not sure that’s ok. I feel slightly guilty, so it’s probably not ok.

Perhaps I’ve lost sight of the real motivation for all this. The money is nice, but exercise and good health is really what this deal is all about. Wearing my hubby’s pedometer might garner me a few bucks, but it will do nothing for his health. When it comes down to it, everyone needs to be responsible for their own steps if they want the true reward.

3 thoughts on “Step It Up

  1. Wow! That’s a neat reward system from the insurance company. Your own reaction to the left-lying pedomenter made me laugh — I decided years ago to be honest to a fault (and have, when necessary, gone back into stores to pay up what was inadvertently undercharged) but recently found myself trying to decide AGAIN what the right/honest reaction would be . I found that my outlook, now that I’m a vendor at Farmers’ Market, has changed me a bit. It surprised me to find that I’m more apt to recognize a company error as an error that I am not responsible for, to let them reap what they’ve sown. I am, however, intrigued that the insurance company TRUSTS people to be honest enough to risk “their” money for the cause. When my brother’s Farmer’s Market was smaller he used to leave it open on Sundays, with a coffee can with change in it, for people who might stop. Yet as homeschoolers the BIG question regarding grades is always ‘how do WE know you’re being honest’. Thanks for making me smile again. 🙂

    • As unethical as this seems, at least I didn’t follow through with a suggestion by another family member: hook the pedometer on the dog’s collar and let her run around! I couldn’t go THAT low!
      What’s worse: wearing his pedometer or nagging him to death?! Better to live on the corner of a roof than share a house with a nagging wife… Uh oh, using scripture to justify my actions. One thing leads to another, right?!
      Smiling with you! Thanks for reading. Sam put a link on his facebook page to the “This Is Why” post and I had 72 hits in one day! Now I’m back to my usual 5-6!

  2. Didn’t want you to think I missed that this was truly about our own spiritual health. Believe me, there are times when I WISH someone else could “walk” for me. I suppose that’s why we need each other — to encourage one another. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

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