October 29, 2010

For the month of October, I've been playing Healthmonth, a site set up to help you meet health goals in a game like way. I learned of Healthmonth from Matt Haughey's post about it. Matt's right, it's a good site.

I've really enjoyed playing Healthmonth, even though it adds a little stress to my life. Amazingly, I am quite motivated to meet my Healthmonth goals even though all failure means is losing virtual points. I've found myself out for a run or eating fruit at 9PM just to meet my Healthmonth goals.

You can view my profile here and see what I was trying to do. I learned that I needed to think out my month before setting goals. Initially I had put in riding my bike 80 miles a week. This means 3 good rides, at least, to meet this per week. In reality, rain, triathlon training, travel factored in and I could only meet this goal one week out of the month. For November, I'm going to make my goals a bit more flexible to match up with the fact that I'll be traveling and the holidays.

If you want to improve your health or even just do more blogging, you might consider playing Healthmonth. It might just be the small push you need to stick with it during the week and make the changes you want. You can make any kind of custom goal you want and the site will track it for you. Since I paid for a membership, I think I can sponsor people if they want to play.

The guy behind the site, Buster Benson is sharp and always improving the way things work in response to that players want. I'd love to see more interaction between players the idea of group & team challenges beyond personal goals. Imagine a team goal to run 200 miles as a group or have 30 vegan days per month. Accountability to a group is a strong motivator. So go sign up for Healthmonth now.

Posted by michael at October 29, 2010 02:10 PM


i think it's misleading to say that a "vegan day" is somehow healthy (or more healthy than a non-vegan day.) is that part of the game? if so, i worry.

Posted by: kp [] on October 29, 2010 4:41 PM

I'll go check it out and sign up. I agree with "Nameless" above. Veganism is a political choice.

Posted by: BillB [http://squidly.com] on October 31, 2010 12:01 PM
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