If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m now going in to my third week of GymPact, an app that motivates you to workout using something that most recent college graduates hold near and dear to their hearts: money.
At the beginning of the week, you commit to a certain number of days of workouts for the
week–and they can’t be changed. To make you actually get off the couch and do the workout, money that you bet at the beginning of the week is used to influence you.
Talk yourself out of your workout? Well, that money you bet is going to be taken out of your bank account.
As a 21 year old journalist, there’s no way I’m about to miss a workout and lose my precious money just because I was feeling lazy. So, I haven’t missed a day yet, and have done 16 workouts at this point.
Even better? When you meet your “pact” at the end of the week, GymPact pays you. Now, I’m not going to try and play it off like you’re making any significant amount of money, and you certainly can’t use GymPact to pay any bills. But making a few bucks a week just for going for a run, hike or bike ride? I can dig it.
And then there’s the question I hear: “Making only a few bucks doesn’t make it worth it.” Yes, people I’ve told about this app have said this to me. What about the benefits of working out on a regular basis? Sure, 20 cents or so a workout seems minuscule but the sizes you drop and your overall physical appearance and well being trump the few bucks a week, in my opinion.