If you swore to yourself that you would kick your fitness routine into gear recently but can’t seem to stay motivated, you need to try these apps. They’re based on rewards systems and use the ultimate motivator of all –your bank account.
Everyone can agree that losing money is the worst. And getting money is the best. Also, donating to a cause you care deeply about is rewarding. Fitness apps have caught onto the idea and are using it as motivation to help people achieve their goals in the gym. Now, you can get paid to work out and reach benchmarks. You can also get charged dollars when you don’t.
Check out these 5 fitness apps that are sure to keep you motivated.
1. Lazy Jar
Lazy Jar makes you pay for not going to the gym, in a literal sense. The process is simple. You download the app on your iPhone or Android device and set a workout goal. You can make your goal span for a few months or a year. The app then asks you to break down each month into a series of weekly goals.
Their weekly goals include the number of calories you burn, how many steps you get in, and how many miles you walk or run, as well as total minutes of activity. If you don’t reach those goals, your bank account gets charged.
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GymPact, formerly called Pact, takes the opposite approach and provides financial rewards when you reach your fitness goals. You download the app, set your workout goals, and check-in on the app whenever you’re at a gym or fitness center. Once you meet your weekly goal, GymPact will credit your bank account with a financial reward.
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StickK also works via financial incentives. It’s available for both iPhone and Android and motivates users through what they call a “Commitment Contract.” You set your own goals and then put your money on the line. Your goals can range from achieving your “contracted” amount of weekly gym sessions to meeting a weight loss goal.
With StickK, if you don’t meet your contract, the money you put behind your goal either gets donated to a charity or awarded to a friend of your choice. You can decide to name a charity you support or a cause you don’t for extra motivation.
4. Charity Miles
For running enthusiasts who are also dedicated to a cause, Charity Miles donates money to a charity of your choice via corporate sponsors. What this means is that you don’t pay a thing to use the app, but for every mile you run, the sponsors will donate a set amount to the 501(c)(3) you’ve chosen.
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HealthyWage asks you to input your weight loss goal and gives you a minimum of six months to reach it while monitoring your progress every thirty days through weigh-ins. You bet a certain amount of money each month, ranging anywhere from $5 to $995. If you meet your goal, you get your cash. If you don’t, you lose the money.
HealthyWage uses a community-based approach, providing weekly contests and a way for participants to interact and encourage each other to meet their unique goals.
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A Note from GR8NESS
We’re here to say we believe in you! Set your fitness goals and keep going.