Oh, boy. I struggle with this. I used to be in such good shape... but then I had two children. I thought that regaining my old figure would be motivation enough, but it just hasn't been. I needed to find other ways to keep myself focused, and I did that through a few apps and rewards programs.
First, Pact, which is an application for both Android and the iPhone, has been instrumental to my success. Essentially, this app keeps you motivated by charging you money if you do not reach your weekly goals. You earn a little money if you meet them all, but for me, I get up and get moving primarily because I don't want to pay anything. There are three kinds of goals you can set. The first is your "gym pact." You determine how many days in the week you want to go to the gym. You can also link your activity tracker - 10,000 steps in a day is considered one gym workout. You then set how much you want to pay for any missed days. They lowest "pact" is $5 per missed day, which is what I am set at.
The second type of pact is a fruit/veggie pact. Determine how many fruits and vegetables you think you can eat in the week (you can upload a maximum of five pictures per day). Like the gym pact, you will be charged money for each missed fruit/vegetable, with the minimum being $5. Users vote on the pictures and determine whether something is actually a fruit or a vegetable.
Finally, the third type of pact is the only one that I have not yet participated in. It is the Food Logging Pact, done in conjunction with MyFitnessPal. It works similarly to the two pacts mentioned above.
I typically earn about .07 per completed fruit/veggie and .20 per completed workout. Not a lot, but it is fun to see the balance rise. Like I said though, I am primarily motivated not to lose any money.
I also like FitStudio, which is a rewards program run by Sears. They give you 5,000 points (the equivalent of $5) per week for either walking 15 miles or burning 1500 calories. You can also earn and additional .40 per day for completing a few activities. Now, the points expire quickly - in 7 days. However, by using the points I get from FitStudio in conjunction with surprise points offered through the Shop Your Way program, I have been able to purchase birthday and Christmas gifts for my kids for little to no money at all. That has been very motivating!
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