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I’ve been regaining my fitness after a few months of being injured and sluggish. I joined a gym and have resumed running, slowly but surely. I did overdo it last week (of course!); it was my first time back on the trail in a few months, and my first four-miler since I was able to start running again, and it felt great.
Naturally, the very next day I decided to run two more miles. In super-minimalist shoes, no less — the same kind that got me in trouble in the first place! I followed that up with another two miles later that same day (in regular running shoes, at least).
So, that’s how you can find yourself unable to run for a few days. Maybe a week. But there are other ways to stay fit. For example, I try to walk or bike the kids to school as often as possible. If I do this for both drop-off and pick-up, that’s three miles a day of extra walking or biking on top of gym time or running.
Considering how active I am, I was happy to participate in this Walgreens Steps With Balance Rewards opportunity. Like many drugstores and other stores, Walgreens has a rewards program for shoppers. They’ve taken it a step further, though, by giving customers extra rewards for healthy habits: weight management, fitness activities, setting fitness and health goals…even just walking a mile!
Signing up is pretty easy. You go to the Walgreens website, then click on Balance Rewards.
Step your way to an active lifestyle and earn Walgreens Balance Rewards. #BalanceRewards #cbias
I went to Walgreen’s to check out items that might help me maintain my active lifestyle. If you’re counting steps (they do, after all, give points for every mile walked!), they have a selection of pedometers. In the store I went to, it was back under the Diabetes sign. They also sell a variety of scales. Check out my entire shopping experience on my Google+ album.
Me being me (and owning a Garmin running watch, which — while not actually counting my steps — tells me pace and distance and time and a number of other things, should I choose to use it for anything but running), I checked out snacks. How healthy and active can I be if I’m hungry? And I don’t eat junk food; nor do I tend to feed my kids junk food.
It was nice to find an array of healthy snacks at Walgreens: dried fruits, all kinds of nuts (raw, roasted, salted), trail mixes, and applesauce squeezies for the kids (actually, I usually shy away from squeezable fruits, but they can come in handy in a pinch! And they store better in the car or my bag than fresh fruit does). They also had popcorn and “healthy” chips.
Walgreens has a great array of nuts. #BalanceRewards #cbias
And bars! I don’t normally eat bars, especially the processed kind (Zone, Balance) but I was hungry. I’m following a strict cleansing diet right now, so you might think a highly-processed bar wouldn’t be on my list of acceptable foods, but I grabbed a few anyway, for emergencies. I mean, I do get hungry, and sometimes fast fuel in the form of a bar is better than making unhealthy choices.
So now I have all the high-energy snacks I need to keep walking, running, and working out. And every time I log an activity in my Steps With Balance account (you can do this online really easily), I earn extra points.
It’s really easy to log an activity to earn more points. #BalanceRewards #cbias
I didn’t manage to earn more points while I was actually shopping there, partly because I had my antsy two-year-old in tow and didn’t take enough time to browse the flier before hand or check the aisles more carefully while in the store. But for those of you more savvy than I, or more used to Walgreens — or those of you not silly enough to bring a toddler there around his nap time — you’ll do better than I did earning in-store points.
But for me, most of my points will be earned on my feet, I think. I mean, I’m always in motion anyway, so why not?
It’s great to have fuel for before and after my run! #BalanceRewards #csbias
If you are already active or want to move more, check out the Walgreens Steps With Balance Rewards to start earning points today.
You can also enter the Steps Up To Win Sweepstakes which has daily instant win prizes and a grand prize, a trip to The Biggest Loser resort of the winner’s choice (Chicago; Ivins, UT; Malibu; Niagra, NY). The sweepstakes start April 1 until May 31st. Official sweepstakes rules can be found here: http://shared02.plcontent.com/stepuptowin-pl1151/Content/OfficialRules.pdf?cdn=-424254979.
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