DailyFeats – Establishing Good Health Habits Online

Everyone knows how hard it can be to establish new healthy habits.

On Sunday afternoon you have extra time to inspect your belly bulge and you decide to do something about it. You say to yourself “From now on,  I will eat more fruits and veggies, use stairs instead of the elevator and go for a walk at least three times a week.” On Monday morning you’re still huffing and puffing with enthusiasm for your new healthy lifestyle. You take your first walk on Monday evening and eat a banana.

Then life intervenes, and on Friday morning you realize you’ve forgotten all about your new healthy lifestyle.

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Most of us could use some support for establishing good health habits. There are even online applications for it. This week I stumbled upon one such application – DailyFeats – when I visited Charlotte’s fitness blog. It looked interesting, so I decided to give it a try.

DailyFeats is a simple social application where you can sign up for various daily feats and earn points for every feat you complete. When you’ve earned enough points, you can reward yourself with treats like Amazon GiftCards or a dinner at your favorite restaurant.

As you can see, the DailyFeats’  user interface and working principle is similar to Facebook, so there is no learning curve. Social support (and pressure) is built in too,  because you can receive props from other members and give props in turn. You can also see other people’s status updates so you can see what they are up to.

You can team up with other members and participate in challenges. Scheduling your feats and sending daily/weekly reminders to yourself by email is possible too.

For establishing good health habits, you can pick from numerous health-related feats:

  • !floss
  • !walking
  • !fruitandveggies
  • !takethestairs
  • !foodjournal
  • !healthysnack

What ultimately drew me in was the !floss feat! Dental care has never been one of my stronger points, so the floss feat is something I really need.

I’ve been on DailyFeats less than a week but have already flossed in six consecutive days, which is probably more than I’ve ever managed to floss in a row. Social comparison seems to work well for me, because when I saw that someone had flossed twice a day, I started flossing in the evening too!

Not to mention that feeling of satisfaction I get every time I check in some feat. 🙂

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So if you need to boost your good health habits, give DailyFeats a try.

Best Wishes,

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Comments

  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Well, I definitely did analyze my food habits today. Whoa! I say.

    As for flossing, I just did a dentist post on my blog. I have gingivitis around just one wisdom tooth. That is caused by bad brushing and flossing around that tooth. I need to floss more.

    You are right. We have to be accountable somehow. I was thinking of making a list of food to eat in the morning and cross off as I went through the day. That has worked in the past, and it is a little bit lazier than writing it down all day., but also more focused. i have to do something or lose the progress I’ve made. Put that way, the decision seems obvious.

    🙂 Marion

  2. Satu says:

    Hi Marion! Simple things like checklists often work better than huge complicated systems. I try to keep DailyFeats mostly for the flossing feat so I don’t get overwhelmed with learning new things!

    My former dentist took away all my wisdom teeth..

  3. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Email me if you have time. I have stuff to discuss with you. 😀

    Marion

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