Once upon a time, I was to be fit! I used to be fit! I was part of the school's Track and Field team for a while for crying out loud! Now I just make excuse after excuse for not exercising:
- I live in a 4-storey walk-up : surely that's enough exercise?
- I mop the floor : that's a good arm work out, right?
- I chase after the kids : certainly I've burnt some calories along the way?
- 2 kids and no maid : where got time!
So when AIA approached me to take up the AIA Vitality Challenge, I knew that this was the push I needed. A wellness programme that rewards me for getting healthier? Why not?
So that was just what I did. I went for a health check up (how quick? Like 10 minute quick!) at Guardian Pharmacy at Ion Orchard and yippee yay - I'm in good shape!
|Blood glucose level : checked!|
|Blood pressure level : checked!|
|My results! 19.2 BMI - not bad! Height and weight: normal, blood glucose level: normal, yay!|
|Here the Pharmacist is explaining my results to me, not handing me a graduation certificate of sorts|
The great thing is, as an AIA Vitality member, the Vitality Health Check only costs $15 (including GST) and after completing it, I even got a $10 Guardian Health and Beauty voucher, upon payment (which I promptly used to buy a step counter!). This is how AIA Vitality rewards you for doing your health check!
I'd always known that I walk quite a bit so the step counter was a good thing to get to count exactly how much I actually walk. I bought the Omron pedometer to count the number of steps I take, but the good news for AIA Vitality members is that you can get 33% off the Polar Loop activity tracker or 25% for the fitbug or Adidas miCoach.
|This was how many steps I took in 2 hours in the evening. Apparently 10000 steps per day is good.|
If you are extremely motivated, you can even pose challenges to your friends who are AIA Vitality members or other members of the community to a 5km walk or run for example. In fact, you can even challenge yourself!
Upon the completion of each challenge, you get to earn AIA Vitality points. The more points you earn, the greater the rewards. I love it! It's like a game of sorts, where I am not just challenged to get healthier, but also, stand to enjoy the fruits of my labour – score!
In total, there are 5 categories of challenges to choose from:
- Lifestyle and well-being
- Pregnancy and parenting
- Nutrition and weight management
- Health conditions
- Fitness and Exercise
"Say No to Sweets and Soft Drinks for 7 Days"
We seldom order drinks when dining out. At home however, I don't know when the habit started but my husband and I share a can of Coke Zero with almost every meal. Can I go back to having plain ole plain water for seven days in a row? I don't see why not!
|I pushed myself to go for my first day-time run since - oh I don't know - Sec 4?|
"Work out for 5 Days a Week"
This may sound crazy at first glance but upon closer reading, the challenge simply calls for one workout for 30 minutes or more a day, for 5 days a week. That's not impossible to do; I just have to set aside the time for it. The spirit has always been willing, but I will no longer accept the excuse of the flesh being weak! I'm going to do this!
The AIA Vitality app, available on the Apple store and Google Play, has a GPS tracker so you can track the amount of calories you’re losing from walking, running, cycling…the works! It’s seamless so you can earn up to 100 points a day for qualifying recorded workouts
"Keep a food diary"
I have to confess - I am guilty of cooking and ordering the same foods over and over. There is little variety in what gets served at home, and the only purpose cook books serve is dust collection. However, ever since joining AIA Vitality, I have become more conscious of what I eat, a first step towards improving my nutritional intake. So I thought, why not refer to those healthy recipes and whip up a hearty meal for myself and my family?
Examples of other challenges include "Stop Smoking", "Track Your Weight for 4 Weeks", and "Say No to Alcoholic Drinks for a Week", just to name a few.
I love how each challenge gives very specific information like for my first challenge, "Say No to Sweets and Soft Drinks for 7 Days", I learnt that a low sugar intake can boost energy levels and moods and blood sugar levels will be more stable. Also, a low sugar diet limits the chance of tooth decay. Good to know.
And then what, you say?
Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to present... the AIA Vitality rewards!
How does saving 50% on Royal Caribbean Cruises, Air Asia and Emirates flights sound to you? Cause they sure sound mighty good to me! That's what I look forward to enjoying, once I hit Platinum status.
You can also enjoy the following discounts with AIA Vitality's list of quality partners. They include:
- Discounted movie tickets at Cathay Cineplexes
- Discounts of up to 65% on membership with True Fitness gym
- 25% off Adidas products
- Dental maintenance packages at Q&M dental group
For the full list of partners and discounts, see here.
AIA Vitality membership is available to all existing AIA policy holders and is priced at $108 per year. If you're an AIA Vitality member, or are intending to become one (hey, I don't profit from your signing up, by the way), feel free to look me up for challenges!
For more information on AIA Vitality, check out their website, or Facebook page.
And specially for you, I have 2 X AIA Vitality memberships worth $108 each to give away! (only for AIA Singapore policyholders). Simply follow the steps below:
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