Okay, Baby Boomers; we all know we need to make healthy choices in both what we put into our bodies and our fitness if we want to live long and healthy lives. As we grow older. our bodies begin to sag and bulge just about everywhere.
The older you get, the flabbier you become unless you take action to “arrest” that “not so attractive” development.
We all make a zillion excuses. I do. Come on, admit it, you do too, right?
“I’ll do it later, tomorrow, next year, . . in my next life.”
“I don’t have time to work out.”
“I won’t be caught dead with all those young hard bodies at the gym.”
The truth is; there are no excuses if you want to stay fit and active well into your 90’s and beyond.
It’s important to set specific health goals and hold yourself accountable if you want to succeed. Otherwise, you’ll grow bigger every year and your health will take a nose dive.
Stay accountable and make healthy choices with the Walgreens app
Walgreens has devised a very well designed app that makes it easy for you to set realistic health goals and track them on your smartphone. That way you can update your progress from anywhere and earn Balance Rewards at the same time. Simply sign up online, or in a Walgreens store for an account, and then download the Walgreens app on your phone.
Don’t know what an app is?
Trust me. They’re very cool. An app is a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose. They’re made primarily for mobile devices.
If you have a smartphone, iPhone or Android) find out where your “apps” are located.
Once you’ve found them, search for the Google Play or Apple Store icon. Click on the icon and type “Walgreens” in the search bar. The app should come up immediately. Click install.
After installation, the app will create an icon on your phone. Click the Walgreens icon to open it up. You’ll see a screen that has all the services that Walgreens provides.
There are buttons that will let you connect with the pharmacy, find a store, check out coupons, order, and refill prescriptions, shop, make an appointment with the healthcare clinic and more. Click on the icon called “BR for healthy choices.”
When that screen comes up you’ll be able to start filling out your profile and set goals.
Do you love rewards?
Walgreens will reward you every time you exercise, weigh in, check your heart rate, purchase featured items either online or in the store, or complete other activities You’ll earn badges for completing tasks, and balance rewards to be used for future purchases.
A fitness day in the life of yours truly
I’ve been on an exercise kick lately. I work on my computer all day and know that sitting for too long is a health hazard. Even though I’d been walking every day for quite some time, the results had been minimal.
I decided to step it up a notch and really commit to overhauling my ole’ body.
This is my current morning routine:
- I wake up at the crack of dawn. I’m weird that way. The sunlight blasts through the window and wakes me up naturally.
- First stop, the bathroom. Well, you all know what we do in there. I wash my face, brush my teeth, and read a book or magazine for a little while before popping in my contacts. It’s the only time I can see the words without reading glasses.
- I dress up in my workout duds and take my two little pups out to our community clubhouse about a block away. That’s where the lawn is. After the dogs have done their thing, I walk them back home. The Coyotes are still wandering around at that hour because we live high up in the rocks and the dogs are only interested in what’s for breakfast anyway.
- After the pups are fed, I take my water bottle and go for a 40-minute walk. Because I’m up in the hills my walk is aerobic. I say “hi” to the coyotes, squirrels, and rabbits as I walk by.
- Once I’m done, I walk back home and power through another half hour of exercises in the house. I do strength training with 5 lb hand weights, pushups, sit-ups, leg lifts, squats, and then finish it off with yoga moves. This causes me to work up a sweat but it feels great.
- To relax, I sit on the floor and meditate for about 10 minutes. It’s the only time of the day that my house is quiet.
- I take a shower, eat a healthy breakfast, and then it’s time to go to work at my desk in the next room.
The Walgreens App and tracking
Once I signed up and synchronized my Walgreens app, I discovered that I could add activity tracking devices that are available for purchase either in the store or on their website. Certain devices will sync to my Walgreens account to record my exercise activity.
I decided to buy the Fitbit Wireless Activity Tracker. It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. The website will tell you if the product is available in your local store, or you can purchase it online.
I walked down the aisle to where the medical and fitness equipment was located. . .
And there it was!
I purchased it. While I was there, I also picked up a couple other items I needed.
I saw a flashing message on the sign outside announcing that you could earn 500 balance reward points if you have a flu shot in the store.
Nice to know.
When I got home I logged into my Walgreens desktop account and connected my Fitbit to Fitbit.com. Both Walgreens and Fitbit are synched so that after my steps are recorded on the Fitbit Zip it can be transferred to my Walgreens account and smartphone app.
I’m excited to start using my Fitbit because it will help me earn more Balance Rewards at Walgreens!
I love that Walgreens is taking a proactive approach to improving the health of its customers through its excellent in-store services, website, and mobile app. If you’re interested in tracking your health goals to earn Balance Rewards, I recommend that you sign up for Walgreens Balance Rewards and download their mobile app. Your body will love the healthy choices you’ll be making and the savings will be well worth it.