In his book The Four Hour Chef, Tim Ferriss suggests holding money in escrow and if you fail to meet a goal, donating it to a pre-selected “anti-charity.” Gympact works off of a similar premise. Sign up and tell the app how often you plan on working out each week. Then, pick a penalty if you miss a workout (minimum $5). Not only do you avoid paying the penalty every time you work out, the money collected from those who missed their workouts is put into a pool and divided amongst those who stick to their goals.
Backed by Twitter founders, this app aims to help you develop a positive habit (i.e. exercising more) and then lets you check in once you've done it. Everytime you add goals that others are trying to achieve as well, you will see everyone who checks in when they've done it. The app also has an equivalent of a Facebook 'like' via "props" and you’ll get a personal report that tells you how you’re doing.
Track your calories in and out with this app that lets you easily add things you eat to a food diary (they have over 2 million food items including homemade and restaurant items stored) and workouts you complete. You’ll get nutrition facts and estimates of calories burned for a clear picture of how many calories you’re actually consuming/burning.
Work out anytime, anywhere with this app that boasts nearly 100 custom-built workouts with detailed instructions and audio commentary. It also allows you to track all your workouts so you can see how you're progressing.
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