Wellness Challenges

Engaging Challenge Prize Ideas

Written by Amber

When it comes to rewarding employees for their efforts, everyone loves cash. However, thoughtful prizes can also be a very effective motivator. A well crafted prize shows employees that you know their interests and motivations. Employees feel more engaged when they know their company is paying attention to their needs. Wellness challenges are no exception. You can make your wellness challenges more engaging by providing an awesome challenge prize to look forward to (but be careful of these key wellness challenge mistakes)!

Here are a few prize ideas that will keep employees on track and make them feel appreciated:


The benefits of massages are insurmountable! Not only do they relieve sore muscles, but massages can improve sleep and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Employees that sleep more are more productive. It’s a win-win!

Chiropractor Visits

Chiropractic care is not just for people with back pain. It can treat both neck pain and headaches! Many medical professionals claim that chiropractic appointments are good not just as for symptom treatment, but for preventative care as well.

Meal Plan Delivery

Services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh can help employees eat better. Employees are sure to love this because it takes the hassle out of nutritional cooking. A better diet will also help staff feel better both physically and mentally. You may also be able to set up challenge prizes to encourage healthier eating habits.

Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements are delicious! They’re also a healthy and thoughtful way to show employees you care.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Paid time off is a great reward that reduces employee burnout, and boost creativity. Be careful with running too many challenges, as you may end off having to fight challenge fatigue.

Lunch Dates

Most of the time, people eat unhealthy because it’s expensive or difficult to find tasty healthy food. Why not take the winners of wellness challenges out to a trendy healthy restaurant? Or you could offer winning teams a healthy catered lunch instead.

Fitness Classes

Not all fitness classes are created equal. Reward employees with a month of Class Pass so they can select a fitness class they’ll interested in. We’re thinking Aerial Yoga.

Charitable Donations

Find a cause that your employees truly care about and have the challenge prize be a donation to that cause. The more they do, the more you donate. This is not only super motivational, but it’s also a tax write-off for the company! For IncentFit clients, we can automate these donations for you!

Gift Cards

An oldie but a goodie! Companies have been raffling off gift cards as challenge prizes since the very first dinosaur entered it’s very first Fitbit challenge. To make it more meaningful, we recommend picking a gift card that is focused on healthy products. For IncentFit clients, we can automate the purchase and distribution of gift cards to your employees!

There are many ways of setting up a good wellness challenge. You can set up a walking challenge, step challenge, or even decide between running a group challenge or personal challenge. Either way, you would also benefit from reading about the secret to creating engaging fitness challenges.

We have also created a free workplace fitness challenge template (step/walking challenge tracker template) to test out wellness challenges at your organization.

Show employees that you are invested in their future by using Incentfit Wellness Challenges. Incentfit makes it easy to track your status in challenges in real time. It’s easy to implement, and requires almost no work to run fun, interesting, healthy group challenges all year long! Get in touch with us to learn more.