By Aileen’s own admission, exercise was not high on the priority list before she came across the BetterPoints app. The car was most definitely king.

Here is what she said about how using the BetterPoints app and joining Get Active in Ebbsfleet changed things for the better:

“Before I discovered the BetterPoints app I was pretty lazy to be fair. I was using my car just to drive a couple of streets down the road. Now I am a lot more active than I used to be. I am walking my dog more, getting out and about on foot on a regular basis. I am always walking to the local shops or simply round the block for some fresh air. I have still got my car, but I rarely use it, only for long distances.

I find the rewards on the app really motivating, it makes me want to exercise more. I have earned a lot of medals as well as BetterPoints. I like watching my progress too, seeing how far I have walked and the hours that I have done across the week. I am an addict now, I am always checking it!


I then asked Aileen what health benefits she has noticed now she is more active:

Using the BetterPoints app has influenced other healthier habits as well, not just the amount of exercise I do now. I used to smoke heavily, but I have cut it right down, so it is virtually non-existent. This is a positive step in the right direction.

I am even more motivated and active around the house. It has helped me to lead a healthier way of life in general. Even after the lockdown has finished I still intend to keep it up. I am not using the app simply because I am bored. It is because it energises me and gives me that ‘get-up-and-go!’

I introduced the app to my husband, he is currently not as active as me, but if needs be I will chain him to my ankle and bring him along on my walks!” – Aileen C, Gravesend

A big thanks to Aileen from Gravesend for sharing this with the BetterPoints community. We are proud to work for a company that makes such a difference in people’s lives. She was picked to be our ‘Ditch the Car Star’ for November 2020.

The winter months are tough to stay motivated and be active. We want to share more great user stories like Aileen’s, so we are offering you a chance to shine and win 25,000 BetterPoints too.

See the original story on the BetterPoints website here