App Charges You for Missing the Gym

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (2 years, 9 months ago)

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, so a clever app called Pact is taking a different approach to helping you keep your promises to yourself. Miss a gym session or skip your veggies and Pact will deduct a penalty from your credit card, but for each resolution you keep, you’ll earn some cash back.

Pact originally launched a year ago, when it was originally known as GymPact, but the app has been relaunched with a new name and a wider scope of uses.  Aside from keeping appointments at the gym, Pact now also helps users to keep track of their healthy eating goals too, as well as syncing with other apps and tech devices such as Jawbone UP, MyFitness Pal, and Fitbit.

Users can choose from three different “pacts”: regular exercise goals, logging meals on MyFitnessPal, or eating more vegetables. When you select a pact, the app will allow you to choose the amount of money to deduct from your credit card if you forfeit on your goals. For many people, the real threat of losing even a small amount of their hard-earned cash is a great motivation to keep on burning those calories.

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