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I feel like the title of this post is an infomercial.. get paid to lose weight! But it’s not. Come on, you know I wouldn’t do that to you guys!
But as part of my journey to a healthier me I find myself participating in a lot of online support groups where we hold each other accountable, share motivational advice and cheer each other on. I’m the kind of person who really likes to be a part of a group, especially when they’re full of passionate women who are all on a journey to bettering themselves and uplifting others around them.
I recently shared about my new Intel 2in1 HP Envy Notebook and how much I’ve been using it. Shameless plugin here: I love it! Of course as a blogger I need reliable devices to do all of my foodie stuff, but I use it just as often to help me stay on track of my fitness. I love having all of my information in one place, so if I’m not at home it’s really helpful to still have access to all of my top sites. I use my Notebook to login to track food, weigh in and more– whether I’m at home, at the library or at the park playing with my kids. Plus the Windows 10 system is clean, familiar, easy to understand and a has wealth of new features that just make it fun to play around with!
For the past month being active and mindful of nutrition has been my number one priority, and I know that a lot of you are interested in this topic as well. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Hensrud says,”Traditional therapies are not working for a lot of people, so people are looking for creative ways to help people lose weight and keep it off.” The conclusion? People with monetary incentive to lose weight do better with their short and long term goals!
I wanted to tell you some of the ways that I’m using my Notebook to help me lose weight and I began researching all of the different websites (and a few apps) that incentivize weight loss. Nothing gimmicky, I promise, and a few of these I’ve already participated in and found great results!
This is the site that I’m currently using (in fact, I just won $100 off of it this week!). You enter a game, pay your dues (typically $25 or $35) and then you have 4 weeks to lose 4%. It’s tough, but if you really need a kick in the behind this is a good place to do it. What I love about this, as I mentioned already, is the sense of community. Generally the host will share tips and inspiration, other players will cheer you on, and if you lose then you can all gripe together about it after 😉
Not crazy about the name, but hey– whatever keeps you motivated! Basically this is a similar system to DietBet except you have much more control over the variables. You put down a wager and your goals, you track your weight and the winners take the pot. Your weight is tracked on a graph that’s visible to everyone– NOT the numbers, just the fluctuations, for a little extra incentive.
Okay, you get the point by now, right? You put money at stake that you make your goal and if you do you win a bunch. This one, the site claims, lets you win BIG though with much higher stakes. Plus with HealthyWage you can enter as a group, making it a good program to use if you’re doing this with the office or as an entire family.
I used this one for a while and I enjoyed it because it offered payment for the things that I already committed to doing. Basically, you tell the program your goals for fitness and eating and if you don’t make that goal you have to pay in. Each week that you do make your goal you get a percentage of the money that was paid out from people who didn’t meet their goals.
As an example: I used my fitbit and committed to walking 10k steps a day. I told my Pact that I would walk 10k steps 5 days a week and wager $5. If I met my goal I’d get a small amount of money –typically it was a dollar or two every week– if I broke my goal I’d lose $5.
Available on iOS and Android, this app tracks the miles you’ve accumulated on your run, walk, or bike ride, while also raising money for a charitable organization of your choosing. It’s a great, additional motivator for those who love to support social causes. With Charity Miles, bikers earn $0.10 for every mile biked and $0.25 for every walking or running mile. Of the several charities currently available, users can choose from the likes of Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA, Autism Speaks, and DoSomething.org.
Okay, so that’s my list! Are there any sites you know of that I’m missing? Let me know! And share: how do you use technology to help you stay on top of fitness?