I have now reached Level 3 (of 5) in the HealthMiles incentives program, less than 2.5 months after activating the GoZone pedometer that came with the program, offered through our conference’s health insurance plan (see my first post, Racking Up HealthMiles).
When I reached Level 2, I estimated that it might take about 60 days to reach Level 3; it took 50. But it will take longer to reach Levels 4 and 5 because each requires 12,000 HealthMiles instead of 6,000 (each) for Levels 1 and 2. And while I racked up 12,000 HealthMiles in less than 3 months, some of those early HealthMiles were given simply for signing up, activating the pedometer, etc. I think it’ll take around 4 months for each of the next two levels, at my current pace.
My number of steps/day has been increasing. Overall, I’m averaging 15,719 steps/day, but I’m averaging 17,460 steps/day in April, including seven days with at least 20,000 (a mark I only hit four times in the month and a half before April).
I am still waiting for a Mac version of the software used to upload steps from our pedometers. In the meantime, we are using a PC that we have access to. A beta version of the Mac software is being developed, but it isn’t working for me yet. I have provided feedback on my experience with it (as requested) and am waiting for the next version (while I would gladly do the testing for free, I will receive 250 HealthMiles for testing it).
Reaching Level 3 adds another $75 to the $25 earned for reaching Level 2 (Levels 4 and 5 provide $100 each for a total of $300). By the way, the program is now available to individuals; see this page for details.
Even outside of the HealthMiles program, though, I think simply wearing a pedometer is a good way to track your steps and your level of activity.
Next stop, Level 4. One step at a time.