UnitedHealthcare Motion is an innovative program that lets you earn money for out-of-pocket medical expenses by walking. You are paid to take steps toward good health. What could be more motivating?
This program gives you more power to manage your health-care costs. You and an enrolled spouse each have the opportunity to earn annual financial rewards for things like copays, prescriptions, and deductibles. Plus, by achieving walking goals, you and eligible coworkers will help your company qualify for a renewal-rate cap, which limits the increase to next year's insurance premiums.
You get a complimentary activity tracker that works with a free mobile app and online account. Wear your activity tracker every day and earn money for each walking goal you achieve.
By regularly meeting 3 daily walking goals, you'll understand the value that comes from being intentional about how you move throughout each day. The simple act of walking can be hugely rewarding—physically, mentally, and financially.
A good recipe for healthy eating is to spread your meals throughout the day with the right balance of nutrients. Similarly, there is a recipe for healthy walking. Step count is one ingredient, but frequency and intensity of movement are significant contributors to good health, too.
The 3 daily goals we've developed are based on this need to walk with frequency, intensity, and tenacity. Our FIT goals, and the rewards that result from achieving them regularly, set UnitedHealthcare Motion apart from (and above) other programs.
Goal: Take six brief walks over the course of your day, at least an hour apart. (For each walk, you just need 500 steps within 7 minutes.)
Benefit: Working out for an hour a day can still leave you with elevated risk of abnormal cholesterol and high blood sugar if you spend the majority of your day sitting. Moving around throughout the day reduces risk factors for metabolic and cardiac health.
Goal: Take one brisk, airport-paced walk. (3,000 steps within 30 minutes, averaging 100 steps/minute.)
Benefit: A regular moderately intense walk has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase focus. It also reduces risk factors for cardiovascular, metabolic, bone, and mental health as well as cancer.
Goal: Take at least 10,000 steps in a day. (The activity tracker will reset at midnight.)
Benefit: Consistently reaching this step-count goal promotes general health, increases energy, and facilitates weight loss.
Find an easy-to-remember place to set your activity tracker before you go to bed.
to work the FIT goals into your routine. (Once you’ve created an account, look for TIPS in our website’s menu for a sample mapped-out day.)
Invite your coworkers to take 5-minute walks together. Walking with others can strengthen connections and promote a cohesive work environment.
You can increase focus and creativity just by walking. It's also a way to find some personal quiet time.
Form small walking groups or teams. Challenge your friends and make it fun. (Once you’ve created an account, go to the Rankings dashboard to see how everyone stacks up.)
Time yourself and check your step count while walking around the building or neighborhood, and then create walking maps that support your goals.
Use your time away from work to stroll with a companion—it can even strengthen the relationship.
Your activity tracker records FIT-goal achievements and displays your progress. The FIT-goal data is uploaded to your online account via the app. You can see how you're doing whenever you want from your personal dashboard (on the app or by logging into your account on a computer).