I am a little behind on the whole new years resolution/exercise bandwagon. Mostly because I have exercised regularly so I did not feel like I *needed* to make a resolution. However, now that I am home more with the Kiddo it is harder to get in a good workout so I have been trying to think of ways to encourage/strongarm myself into getting off the couch (which, if you have or have had an infant you know how difficult that can be!).
I want to have a goal to work towards. I “thing” to do, but I don’t yet know what that is, so in the mean time I have jumped headlong into two apps to keep me motivated even when Im not feeling it so much. The first app is GymPact. This app allows you to make a pact to workout a certain number of times a week (I have made a 3 day a week pact) and you check in using your smart phone at your gym. If you work out for 3o minutes at the gym you have satisfied your pact and all is well. Here the kicker, if you do not keep your pact, they charge you a fee. The fee is dependent on how much you put on the line. So, for example,if you say you will work out four days a week and will put$5.00 on the line for each workout and you only do two workouts that week, GymPact will charge you $1o.00 for the two you missed. That $10.00 is then put into a pot and dispersed to the folks who did keep their pact. So, it is both a carrot and a stick, and I like that. What I do not like about it is that you cannot count home gyms. If you have the latest iPhone there is a GymPact Anywhere which will allow you to (as it says) workout anywhere using the accelerometer in the phone, but no such luck for Android users like me. Happily, GymPact can connect with Runkeeper and once you connect those two apps you can count walking and running towards your pact so long as you are walking/running for at least 30 minutes.
This has been my first week with GymPact and thanks to the Runkeeper app I was not only able to exceed my pact (I got in 5 workouts in the week, not just the 3 I agreed to), but I am super jazzed to be able to track my progress with my walking. I am challenging myself through Runkeeper to walk 100 miles in the next six months, which is kind of a low bar but its a starting point.
Do you use apps for your fitness goals? If so, what are you using? How do you like it?