Have you ever wondered if you could get paid for achieving your fitness and nutrition goals?  Would knowing that there's money on the line motivate you to work out at least 30 minutes a day a few days a week?  Well, now you can.  The Pact app,  which is available for both Android phones and the Iphone, pays you for achieving your fitness and nutrition goals.  This article will discuss the Pact app and how you get paid for achieving your fitness and nutrition goals.

Questions about the Pact App

What kind of fitness and nutrition goals can I get paid for with Pact?

There are three different pacts that you can create - the fitness pact, the food logging pact, and the fruit and veggie pact.  You can do all of them or just one if that's all you think you can do.  Keep in  mind though, the more pacts you make and keep, the  more you'll get paid.

How much can I make?

That depends on how many pacts you have and how many people don't fulfill their pacts.  For my first pact, I logged at least 1200 calories for 4 days and I made 88 cents.  It's not a lot, but if you keep at it over time, and increase the stakes by adding more days, or adding additional pacts, you'll make even more.  Once you earn $10, you'll be able to send your earnings to your Paypal account. 

What happens if I don't fulfill my pact?

When you set up your account, you enter either your credit card or Paypal information and then choose a certain amount of money that will be deducted if you don't achieve your goal for the week.  If you don't fulfill your pact for the week, that amount will be deducted from your account. 

How do the pacts work?

With the fitness pact,  you choose a certain number of days you know you can work out continuously for 30 minutes.  The only workouts that count are workouts at gyms (you check in at a gym and the app verifies that you were at that gym), and outdoor runs, bike rides, and activities that are measured by apps and devices like RunKeeper, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, Moves, MapMyFitness, and MyFitnessPal.   Please note that you cannot workout in a home gym - it must be a gym that the app can verify. 

With the healthy eating pact, you choose a certain number of days you know you'll be able to log at least 1200 calories in MyFitnessPal's food diary.  In addition to eating 1200 calories a day, you also have to eat at least 3 meals a day - however the meals do include snacks, so if you ate breakfast, a large lunch and a few snacks, that would still count as long as you ate at least 1200 calories.

The fruit and veggie pact is a bit different.  You commit to eating a certain number of fruits and vegetables per week.  When you eat a fruit or vegetable, use your phone to open up the app and choose the veggie pact.  This opens  up  your phone's camera so you can take a picture of yourself eating or getting ready to eat the fruit or veggie.  You put a caption on the picture that describes what the fruit or veggie is, and then upload it to the website so that others can vote on whether it is a fruit or veggie.  If your picture gets enough positive votes, you'll get credit for that fruit or veggie.   Please note, you don't have to eat different fruits or veggies to fulfill this pact - as long as other users verify that  the picture you upload is a fruit or veggie, you'll get credit even if you eat five servings of baby carrots, for example. 

What do I do if I know I won't be able to fulfill my pact for a while, such as if I get sick?  

If you know you won't be able to fulfill your pact for a while, you can schedule a break for one or all of your pacts.  Just click on the gear icon in the app, select "Schedule or update a break," and then choose the pact or pacts you need to take a break from.


My Experiences

After using this app for a week, I can definitely say that I think it's very beneficial. When I first started using it, there were days that I wasn't quite eating 1200 calories a day when I ate at home. After using this app and logging my food with Myfitnesspal, I've started to find ways to boost my calorie intake a little bit more - I now eat a little bit more at breakfast, and I've also started eating a few more calories at lunch by mixing my vegetables with some light ranch dressing when I eat them. These small changes have helped me get up to at least 1200 calories on the days that I eat lighter. Of course, there are days I have no problem eating 1200 calories or more, like on days when I eat out. I've also added a veggie pact - I logged one serving this week, and will log another serving next week just so I can see how that works. If it works out well I'll probably raise the number of servings I log. I've also increased the number of days I'm going to log my food to 5 days starting next week. If you've used Pact, I would love to hear about your experiences.