Exercise apps punish you for not training and pay you for working out

Written by Jan Corpus. Posted in Apps, New Media

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Published on March 28, 2014 with No Comments

Need a better reason to run more? What if skipping a workout hit you not only in the waistline, but in the wallet as well?

Now you can get an extra incentive to lace up those running shoes, thanks to a new partnership between two fitness apps that delivers a payday for sticking to your goals, and a punishment for skipping out on your workout.

RunKeeper, an app that helps you track your runs, is teaming up with GymPact, an app that charges you for not showing up to the gym, but rewards you for breaking a sweat.

Gympact, which launched earlier this year to help people with their New Year’s resolutions, attemps to encourage you to exercise more by letting you set how many times you want to go to the gym, and how much you are willing to be charged for failing to show up. If you hit your goals you get paid but, if you slack off, the money goes to other people in the service who are successfully staying on track.

“We know that real money is something very motivating to many people, so we’re interested to see what happens when there is real money on the line around sticking to your fitness goals,” RunKeeper told The Next Web.

Now that the service is teaming up with RunKeeper, which broadcasts your running record on your social media accounts, you can shame yourself into being active by not only telling the world about your fitness successes or failures but also by adding a financial component.

You can use the service to get paid for completing runs, walks, or bike rides, according to Mashable. The apps work on a wide variety of smartphones so your operating system is no excuse.

The first 1,000 users who sign up for the synced service get a $5 reward right off the bat.

So far, GymPact’s tough love approach has proved successful.

Story by NY Daily News

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