How can I earn points?

You can earn points for almost any kind of healthy move you make — from jogging, to gardening, to playing with your kids.

Here are some great ways to add points to your total:

  • Enter your healthy activities on your EveryMove home page.
  • Walk a certain number of steps per day, as measured by a linked tracking device such as a pedometer or FitBit.
  • Check in at a healthy place like your gym or a 5k event via Facebook or Foursquare.
  • Invite your friends to EveryMove and participate in our community. When your friends are active, you can earn Friends Points and get into the Reward Zone even faster.
  • You'll even earn 100 points, just for signing up with EveryMove.

How many points is an activity worth?

EveryMove's points system reflects both the intensity of an activity and the amount of time you spend doing it. So riding your bike for an hour will earn more points than walking for an hour, but fewer points than an hour-long boot camp. Double the time doesn't always mean double the points, though, so a 14-mile run isn't necessarily worth twice as many points as a 7-mile one.

Why not? Well, it's complicated, but basically studies show that "more pain, more gain" isn't necessarily true when it comes to your health. In fact, regular exercise of moderate intensity is great for your heart and lowers your risk for many diseases a lot more than say, bench pressing 350 pounds or running a five minute mile. And even heart-healthy activities like jogging and biking have a "point of diminishing return" (yeah, fancy term -- go ahead, Google it) where additional effort doesn't have much of a payoff.

So we love that you can run a marathon on your lunch break and still go out dancing that night! Just understand our points system rewards you for the biggest health benefit, not so much for bragging rights.

Does every activity earn points?

We love points, and we love to give them to you! But there are a few cases where a logged or synced activity on EveryMove doesn't award you any points. If you're not receiving points for an activity, it's probably because:

  • We've seen it before. This usually happens if you use multiple apps or devices to track your workouts - logging a bike ride on both Strava and MapMyRide, for example. In these cases, only one instance of the activity will generally score points.
  • It's a distant memory. We only award points for activities that are completed and recorded within the last three days (72 hours.)
  • You're just getting started! A single push-up or a walk to the water cooler won't meet the minimum threshold for granting points. And because many devices roll up activity across longer periods of time, those minimums can be a little higher. For instance, you need to record more than 5,000 steps a day on a pedometer connection before those points start rolling in.
  • Not all places are created equal. We award points for location check-ins only if they're on our list of health or fitness minded places. Parks, gyms, and pools are good bets, but casinos and airports won't give you points on EveryMove.

What is an "Active Day" bonus?

An "Active Day" bonus is a points-oriented pat on the back for really breaking a sweat. There are two ways you can earn an Active Day Bonus. The first is within the day. For example, if you rode your bike to work on the same day that you swam a mile and walked the dog, you could score an Active Day bonus for that day. You can earn these bonuses every day depending on how much you do.

Second, if you have more than one Active Day a week, you get even more bonus points for staying consistent. This type of Active Day bonus can be earned up to three times a week. That's a lot of bonuses!

What is Spread the Love?

For every Active Day that you earn, you get 15 bonus points that you can share with three friends. Spread the Love points add to their total and help them get their reward more quickly. Spread the Love points don't come out of your total, so it's a great way to show someone that you think they're doing a great job or better yet, a nice way to nudge someone who has fallen off the fitness wagon.

What are the criteria for getting a badge?

While we show you a list of possible badges, we don't disclose exactly how you get them. We think of badges as a fun way to reward activities that fall outside the every day world of points and rewards. However, when a friend earns a badge, you will be able to see what they had to do to earn it.

Why don't you have my favorite activity?

We're adding activities faster than you can hula hoop on roller skates. From AMT to Zumba and most everything in between, we've got lots of them in our database. Still, there are some that don't show up. Juggling knives, anyone? When that happens, we give the activity as many points as a brisk walk might earn, since we don't really know how much actual exertion is involved.