How one Salford family have been motivated to walk this winter

Kerri French - 11 January 2018

BetterTogether Salford member Natalie L. shares her story with us here:

'I started using BetterPoints when I found out you can use it to donate to charities and get vouchers; this seemed like a bonus for the walking I did normally; however I soon increased my walking when I realised how easy it was to clock up the points!

This app really has encouraged me to get active when I normally wouldn’t. It’s been winter and I find myself drawn to the comfort of a warm car or public transport, even for short distances, however BetterPoints has provided a great incentive to ignore those lazy thoughts, wrap up warm and go for a brisk walk.

My family benefits from BetterPoints too. As well as donating points to a local charity, (which I’ve found so easy to do via the app) I’m saving points to buy rewards for my children for all their great walking, reminding them about this keeps them motivated and we get extra points for walking together: bonus! Because extra points are awarded for walks in some parks, we regularly go to our local park and rather than just sit on swings, go for a stroll before playing. And my competitive husband has fun trying to earn more points than me so he’s walking miles more than he did previously!

So, all in all, BetterPoints has encouraged us to get outside, increased our exercise, helped us be more generous and is fun!'  - Natalie

Photos supplied by Natalie and her family