Posted 01/03/2014 at 9:45 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Three days into the New Year and there will be a fair few of us that could do with a little incentive to help us stick to our New Year’s resolution of eating better and exercising more. New app Pact aims to provide the motivation you need.
Launched for Android and iOS, Pact is an app that challenges users to put their money where their mouths are by putting a price on workouts. Meet your goals and you’ll earn rewards; fail and you’ll be charged a fee.
If you are a regular fitness app enthusiast, the premise of Pact might sound rather familiar – that’s because it is not entirely new. Pact is simply the rebranded name for the popular GymPact, re-launched in the hope of capturing an audience of New Year’s health and fitness devotees and new smartphone owners.
The app is divided into three “pacts”: food, gym, and veggie. The food pact teams up with the excellent MyFitnessPal to provide a function that monitors eating habits, based on your logged daily intake. For the gym pact, you’ll earn rewards in the form of credits for completing tasks such as going to the gym, cycling for 30 minutes and recording 10,000 steps a day. To help you log your activity easily, Pact is able to sync with the likes of RunKeeper and Jawbone Up.
Finally, the veggie pact requires you to set an achieve goal to eat a certain amount of fruit and vegetables a week. Servings are verified by taking a photo of each meal before you eat it and sending it to the online community. If your meal is given the okay by Pact users, you will earn around 30 or 40 cents. To ensure you stick to your goal, the app lets you set penalty amounts at $5 increments, and, as studies prove, there is nothing like the thought of losing cold hard cash to help you focus!