A couple of weeks ago, one of my group fitness students introduced me to the Pact App. I was skeptical but after 2+ weeks in I am hooked. So what's it all about? I am going to give you a little breakdown so you can get to getting paid for working out. You'll thank me later.
So what's Pact?
So first off, let me say that in no way has Pact asked me to write this review or endorsement. I just think the app is pretty cool and wanted to share it with my fit fam. The Pact app is available from the Apple Store or Google play. The premise is to make a pact to hold yourself accountable to workout more or eat healthier. If you do it you can earn some money- if you don't do it you pay money to other users. Money is often a really good motivator for most people, including myself.
So once you download it there are a few steps to get it set up. They are pretty easy to follow instructions, so I'm not going to bore you with the details, but you do need to link a form of payment. I use my Paypal account.
The nice thing about this app is that if you don't go to the gym to get your fitness on, you can still earn money. The screenshot on the left shows how you can check into a gym. You have to stay at the gym for at least 30 minutes. The app uses your GPS location to make sure you are at the gym. Guess what? They verify the gym locations, so Courtney's couch does not a gym spot make.
The screenshot on the right shows you that the app syncs with some other popular apps. If you are a runner you can sync your RunKeeper or MapMyFitness workouts OR if you have a Fitbit like me- you can sync your steps. As long as you hit 10,000 steps for the day you have met your workout requirement. Note: manually entered steps do not count. So you need to wear your Fitbit and it must be charged up. No manually entering your walk or run after that fact.
Now if you don't go to the gym and you don't use any of these apps you can use the motion tracker option in the Pact app.
You can make 2 other types of pacts: Food Logging Pact and Veggie Pact. The food logging pact is done by syncing to My Fitness Pal and it syncs all of the food that you logged for the day, the Veggie Pact requires you to snap a picture of one serving of a fruit or veggie that you are eating. The picture is voted on by the Pact community to verify that it looks like its being eaten and that it really looks like a serving of fruit or veggie. So basically, no, you cannot snap a picture of your Crunch Berries at breakfast time and earn some cash.
I decided to be a little adventurous this week and add another Pact. I added the Veggie Pact. Above is a screenshot of my lunch; an Arugula salad with chicken. If it gets a thumbs up from the Pact Community it will count as one of my veggies. If it doesn't (bummer!) I will have to snap a picture of another fruit or veggie that I am consuming.
So that's the gist of it. If you have workout anyways, this app is a no-brainer. If you are looking for something to motivate you then put your dough on the line. I bet it will get you moving! www.pactapp.com for more info or feel free to ask me any questions in the comments. xoxo court
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Just your average 30- something who finally found the motivation to make a fit and healthy lifestyle change. Now I'm trying to motivate others to do the same!