8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food
February 14, 2018
When you set out to change your eating and exercise habits, it’s important to craft realistic goals and reward yourself for reaching them. But food rewards aren’t always the best option because they have the potential to conflict with the goals you set. The solution? Look to calorie-free ways to treat yourself, like the eight below.
- Sarah Bossenbroek
1. Pursue Your PassionHave your eye on a new lens for your photography hobby? Need an excuse to save up for a new piece of music equipment? An excellent way to reward yourself is to invest in your hobbies. Or, if you’ve been wanting to take up a new hobby, you can reward yourself by signing up for a class or buying a beginner’s book.
2. Have a Spa DayIf you’re not in the habit of getting massages regularly, consider using them as a reward for when you hit a milestone in your healthy lifestyle changes. For larger milestones, consider treating yourself to a full spa day. For smaller ones, even a 15-minute chair massage can be a major reset. To find deals at spas near you, try searching on Groupon.
3. Upgrade Your StyleWhen you improve your eating and exercise habits, chances are you might start seeing changes in your body that make you happy. Celebrate your progress by treating yourself to a new pair of jeans that show off the fruits of all those burpees, or a sleeveless tee or dress that highlights the newly-achieved definition in your arms.
4. Spend Some Time at the SalonSplurge on a top-shelf barbershop visit, a pricey set of highlights, or a five-star manicure and pedicure.
5. Take a Personal DayIf you can swing it, take a day off for yourself. Whether or not you spend a dime, you can spend the time doing things *you* enjoy: browsing vintage stores, going to the beach, taking a day trip, soaking up an art museum, or even just organizing your closet, if that brings you joy.
6. Keep the Momentum GoingThink of items that will get you excited about your new eating and exercise habits. It could be some new workout shorts, a piece of fitness equipment (like a foam roller or kettlebell), or an upgraded water bottle to remind yourself to stay well-hydrated. To reward yourself for hitting a bigger goal (such as sticking to a new routine for 30 days), you could splurge on a bigger item, like a powerful blender or a new set of cookware.
7. Outsource an ErrandHave a task on your to-do list that you’ve been dreading? Reward yourself by hiring someone else to do it. You can find someone to mow the lawn, walk the dog, or drop off the laundry at a wash-n-fold. Check out TaskRabbit, a simple service for hiring someone to do everyday errands.
8. Have a SiestaIf you ever find yourself at home in the middle of the day, treat yourself to a 30-minute nap. Draw the blinds, spray a relaxing aromatherapy mist on your pillow, and take a quick snooze. You’ll wake up with more energy for the evening, and feel like you indulged in a major luxury.
- Sarah Bossenbroek