As a person that doesn’t really find that much joy in running, I found this article to be rather interesting. I stumbled across a post by MSNBC the other day that summarized a study done on teenagers. They had displays by sugary drinks, such as soda that displayed calorie counts, and even how long it would take to burn off that drink by doing physical activity. The study shows that when you compare a food calorie count to something we are familiar with i.e. running for 30 minutes, they were less opt to purchase the drink.
Why is this? Most likely it is because most individuals don’t really grasp the impact of the calories or other numbers listed on the nutrition label. However, when you compare it to something that you can visualize in your head, it gives you more of an impact.
To read the article presented by MSNBC, please visit their article, “Will ’50 minute jog’ label curb your 250-calorie soda habit?“.
So at the gym they are doing this punch card. You go to so many fitness classes and you have a chance to win a gift card. Win free stuff? Heck, I’m in! I’ve been doing it since the beginning of the month. My activity choice? ZUMBA! They just started classes this month, let’s just say its a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Well, realistically, even going to Zumba 4 days a week won’t allow me to achieve the punch card goal.
So one day I went to a stretch class because it was before I go to work. I think I was the only one under the age of 60, so I skipped that the next time. I should have known considering it’s during the work day.
Instead I added kick boxing into the weekly rotation. I am enjoying that although the instructor is scarily muscular. Finally, I needed another class to add into the mix to ensure I get my points, I decided a core class was a good option. I mean really 15 minutes, I’m at the gym already, PIECE OF CAKE! Ya, that’s not what my quivering arms, legs and abs told you. That class meant business. I enjoyed it though so I’ll be back.
Anyways, the punch card thing has been a motivator and quite fun. I’ve tried classes that I never thought I’d try. If your gym is offering any incentive programs, take them up on the offer. You’d be amazed at how motivated it might make you.