Lose weight, eat healthy & get paid with the Pact App
Pact is a fitness app designed to motivate you to exercise, eat healthy and generally adopt a healthier lifestyle by charging you for failing to reach your goals, and rewarding you with cash incentives when you do. The idea behind Pact (originally GymPact) is the principle that people are strongly motivated by the desire to not lose money, and if the stats on Pact’s website are to be believed it has a success rate of 92%.
How does Pact work?
Incorporated into the app (available for both iOS and Android) are 3 different types of Pacts: the Gym pact, the Veggie pact, and the Food logging pact, and you can decide whether or not you want to commit to one or all of the Pacts. You don’t need to pay anything up front and the App is free to download; you simply pledge to eat Instead, you pledge to eat so many servings of fruit and veg per week and if you miss your goal then you’ll be charged the total you pledged at the start of the week. And if you meet your Pact, you get a cash reward for each day committed, paid for by those who didn’t manage. The amount you’re rewarded will depend upon the amount charged to those who failed to reach their goals; Pact states that weekly rewards are typically between $0.30 to $5.
How are activities verified?
Pact utlisises GPS, partner tracking apps, photos and other services to verify activities, as only actions that have been verified can count towards your Pact goals. The Gym Pact lets you check-in to your Gym or any exercise facility (which is not your home of office) to log your workouts; and also works with wearable Fitness Trackers FitBit and Up, as well as RunKeeper and MapMyFitness Apps (for those without) to track runs, walks and bike rides outdoors. The veggie pact is definitely one to be made by selfie addicts, as you have to verify each serving by submitting a photo (which are assessed on a variety of criteria for authenticity) in order for it to be counted. And the Food logging Pact works with MyFitnessPal and requires you to complete your food logs (which must consist of 3 meals and a total of at least 1,200 calories) by midnight.
For anyone who needs that extra motivation to sustain healthier habits; Pact is an innovative and well designed app that will hold you financially accountable for not keeping the promises you make yourself when it comes to diet and exercise that may give you the incentive you have been waiting for.