This intrigues me…there are now websites designed to help you keep track of your exercise habits and reward you (in some cases monetarily) for doing what you set out to do.
When we first seek to get (back) in shape starting is the hardest thing. We can’t believe how out of shape we are and how everything seems so difficult. How many times have you thrown in the towel and gone back to your same habits?
Those of us who exercise on the regular (especially runners and CrossFitters) will tell you that it feels GOOD to exercise and when you miss a few days you actually crave movement. While this may make us seem
neurotic a bit crazy to most people, there are intrinsic benefits to regular exercise, namely the release of endorphins – feel good chemicals that act on the pleasure center of your brain. But it takes time to get there.
So, what can you do in the mean time to keep you coming back to the gym until the intrinsic reward of movement takes over and a true mover-for-life is born? Click the name of each to try these strategies on for size:
Would you fulfill a goal you had set for yourself if money was on the line? Gympact allows you to make a little extra bank when keep an exercise pact you make with yourself. Register online or download the app to your iPhone and choose the number of days per week you plan to hit the gym along with the penalty that will be charged to your credit card if you don’t follow through. Check in each time you hit the gym (the GPS in your phone will know if you are lying), meet your weekly target, and collect some cash. The money you earn by keeping your promise comes from those who fell short of their goal.
The Breakdown – Get paid to get in shape. That’s almost like sponsorship…you’re one step closer to being a professional athlete 🙂
Step One – choose a health goal. This is where this program sets itself apart. The goal (or rally) you choose does’t have to be a weight loss goal. It could be increasing your health in any number of ways, for example lower cholesterol, quit smoking, quit drinking soda, run a 5K, etc. You can choose to set up your own rally, or make a rally for a friend. Set the goal – something measurable and time sensitive – then invite family and friends to join in. Your support community can make pledges and donations toward your reward as well as offer encouragement.
The Breakdown – Building a supportive community is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a lifestyle change. Letting everyone know what you are up to creates community and the positive pressure of not wanting to let your community down – especially if they’ve pledged or donated toward your chosen reward. Do what you set out to do and become an inspiration to your community in addition to getting your chosen reward!
Research shows it takes approximately 3 weeks, or 21 days to change a habit. This site capitalizes on that 21 day time period and helps you stick to your desired change – I will not watch TV, I will go to bed at 9pm, I will not drink diet soda, etc. Pledge $21 dollars via PayPal or credit card and each day you check in you keep one dollar. Skip a day or fail to check in and you dollar is donated to a charity of your choice. When the 21 day time period is up, you collect what you’ve earned in terms of money and habit.
The Breakdown – “Invest in Yourself” as the website states. Totally blow it? At least the money goes to a good cause…
- 12 Tools That Can Help You Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals (marksdailyapple.com)