I am a member of Discovery Vitality Active Rewards program which encourage exercise through exercise. Â Each week, which run from Saturday till the following Friday, a points goal needs to be achieved for certain benefits and awards needs to be obtained. Â For example, 100 points gets allocated for taking more than 10000 steps.
However the points allocated are highly scewed towards gym exercise, running or cycling and totally discriminates against hikers. Â I am going to use a hike I did past Saturday, 21 May 2016 to explain my point.
I hiked for 23.27km in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve over rugged terrain and up and down mountains carrying a daypack with water and food for the day. Â I use Runkeeper to track the hike and here is a screenshot of the hike with the details:
Here is the splits per km:
and below is a Google Map which show the terrain that was hiked.
With Samsung SHealth app I also tracked my steps (37000+ steps) for the hike (This is from Discovery site and as reported to Discovery):
and here is what Discovery allocated to me for the hike (100 points):
So Discovery have awarded me with 100 points for a 23.27km hike that took 5 hours and 25 min of actual hiking with over 37000 steps taken. Â The total time with breaks was 7 hours and 30 min. Â Am I the only one that think this is discrimitarry when 90 min in a gym will get you 300 point and a hour run will also give you the 300 points. Even a short Parkrun will get you 300 point. If I spend 5 hours plus running or in the gym or cycling then I would get much much more points. Â And please do not tell me that hiking in the mountain at an average pace of 4.3 km/hour for over 5 hours is not as strenuous as gym or running. This just does not make any sense??
Me being an active hiker and the way I do my exercise will never get more than 100 points for a hike irrespective of the distance or the difficulty and most hikes are strenuous and difficult. My current weekly goal is 600 points and since I will never get more than 100 points per day, it is almost becoming impossible to reach my goal so why should I even bother to take part in the program. Â I will however not stop hiking.
Would like to hear the views of others so please comment below. Â If anybody from Discovery reads this, then I would really appreciate a comment.
Happy hiking and exercise.