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50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss

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I really like the concept. We each have to come up with what rewards work to motivate us. I think my reward will be a mani/pedi for summer! Report
Take a selfie???? NO THANKS!!! Report
I wish any of these were rewards! When you are 74 and work 4 or 5 days a week, try to get the shopping in, and try to get in bed early enough to get 7 or 8 hours a week, there is NO time left for exercise. Report
I love these ideas, especially the "spa at home" idea. I also love the idea in the comments about your friends money to buy you something small. I might try that! Report
Great article. Some great ideas there. I love the idea of a plant for every milestone.
@Maurizia, I really love your idea! A small surprise at each milestone is a great idea. And how lucky you are to have friends who care enough to help you by picking out, getting and wrapping you something they think you'll enjoy and that will help keep you motivated. Sounds like you have a good group of supporters. :)

I may have to ask my husband and sisters to do the same for me. Report
How wonderful!
To those concerned about adopting a dog as a walking buddy -- don't worry about the wording of the suggestion. All that was suggested was adopting a dog as a walking buddy -- not necessarily adopting a dog into one's home. There are several ways to do this! Walk a friend's dog! Or -- I think it is a LOVELY idea to volunteer at an animal shelter as a dog walker. You'll get the exercise, get to meet more people, and also get all the benefits of doing good for those less fortunate (and there are many!).

My favorites of your ideas are the charm bracelet and the new sports bra ones. Here are my ideas:
1. reward yourself with gardening -- flowers or vegetables, even if only in a big pot -- will lift the spirits.
2. Dress up (yes, really -- heels and make-up!) and go to your nicest shopping center, mall, or favorite gathering spot and strut your stuff -- a la "Pretty Woman", when we watched Julia Roberts saunter down the street after her shopping trip. Window shop, power walk, shop for real, or be one of the ladies who lunch (on a nice salad!). Just let yourself feel pretty and worthy and special for awhile!
3. Get yourself a play toy. Mmm-hmm! Something active. I got myself a soccer ball, frisbee, hula hoop, and a pogo-stick! And I go to the park and have FUN! Report
CHRISTINATODAY is right on. The tip to adopt a dog as a reward is way off. This is a living creature that will depend on you for its life - food, shelter, medical aid, love - every day, 24/7, for the rest of its life. Please adopt for the right reasons - to give another living creature a loving home - NOT to give yourself a walking buddy. Report
Love these ideas! I've been trying to think of small rewards and was coming up short!
Thanks! Report
Love this idea!!! going to start right away!!! Report
People are so different. I respond well to rewards (or punishments), but for some reason it has NEVER applied to weight control. I have enough years of failure with this to fill a small book. For instance, I tried many times when I was working full time to join coworkers in pooling money to be given to the biggest weight loser. No matter how much it cost me, I always gained 10 lbs instead of lost lol!!! For me what works is just establishing healthy eating as a habit. It is hard, but I have been making significant changes at this late stage of my life! Report
Do NOT get a dog because you want to walk more or lose weight. This is an ANIMAL, a living creature you are talking about. A dog gets 12-18 years old and ALL THAT TIME you will need to not only walk it, but also feed it, train it, love and cuddle it, and pay the vets bills.

The other ideas are good but this one - NO! Report
I've never rewarded myself. My thought is, why reward myself for something I should be doing? It's like rewarding myself for cooking or cleaning the house. Haven't been able to change my thinking on this.
Using a reward system is not an easy thing to do when you grew up that" good behaviour was expected and bad behaviour was punished". No rewards, ever. Does SparkPeople have an article that deals with that? Report
I invest in myself. I give $5 to several friends & ask them to pick up something that will encourage me in my journey or that I would like. They wrap it as a gift and I have a box in my office in which they are put. Each time I reach the elimination of 10 lbs, I get to pick a "grab bag" as a reward. Did this when I first joined SP and it helped me stay on track to the loss of 37 lbs. Unfortunately, I lost my momentum because of change in jobs. This year I've reinstated it. Just a 1/2 lb away from the first 10...and I can see those gifts. Wonder what is in them? Report

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