Every morning, I scrape myself off of the bottom of my hangover’s hobnailed boot and try to make it down to the gym. About two-out-of-five times, I’ll oogily succeed and manage to douse myself in the pool until I’ve either done fifty laps or turned the water fifty proof, whichever comes first.
If only there was a way to be better motivated, I’ll often think to myself. Which is why I’m intrigued by a partnership between GymPack and RunKeeper, that will not only award me real money when I successfully drag my carcass to the gym, and actually penalize me money when I don’t.
I’d never heard of GymPact before, but it’s a site that allows you to monetize your exercise. You sign up for a membership and then tell GymPact how much money you are willing to lose if you don’t make your exercise goals; using that figure, GymPact will calculate how much they’ll pay you if you do make them.
It’s a great idea, and I wish I’d known about it before, but the service is even better because they’ve now partnered with the iPhone’s best exercise tracking app, RunKeeper, to count the following activities towards your goal:
• All runs, walks or bike rides tracked by RunKeeper’s GPS
• Minimum 1/2 mi (0.8 km) distance
• Minimum of 30 minutes activity, with a pace exceeding 2 mi (3.2 km) per hour
Since I bike a fair amount even when I don’t go to the gym, and since I love using RunKeeper anyway, this almost seems like cheating. I’ve got to give this a shot.
If you’re similarly interested, you can download the GymPact and RunKeeper apps free on the iTunes App Store.