This week has really been an off week for me. I’ve been exhausted, struggling to sleep and thus been left with zero energy to hit the gym and workout. I’ve done some really light working out at home, some stretching and a few moves with my exercise bands, but nothing to break a sweat.
I’ve even let my step count slip. *insert audience gasps here*. I know. Shocking.
I only managed a mere 65k on my FitBit this week, 30k less than the previous week. It was enough to win one of my challenge groups but not the other. FAIL.
But I’m not going to beat myself up too much. We’re all entitled to an off week every now and then. I’ve finally managed to catch up on my sleep which has defiantly helped, we all know zombies don’t run fast!
With little to report on actually doing anything to get all sweaty this week I thought I’d bring up Bounts. Nothing beats a financial incentive to do something, especially when you’ve got so much to save for and an acquired taste for really good gin. Anything that puts a few pennies in my pocket is always worth investigating.
Bounts is a free to download and register with site (with mobile phone apps available for fee too) that rewards it’s users for working out. It integrates with a whole host of fitness apps and trackers too. I linked it right to my FitBit Flex and started earning points right away.
What do points make? Prizes!
Bounts works on a points system, e.g 5 points for every 7,000 steps you take, 5 points every time you check in at your gym and stay for at least 30 mins, and points for things like signing up new members and taking part in activities, challenges and tracked exercise. Points can then be converted into vouchers for some of your favourite stores and online shops including; Amazon, Boots, John Lewis, Tesco, Debenhams, Tk Maxx, Thomson holidays and many many more.
It’s insane how many stores and companies are signed up to this program. But you do need around 2778pts for a £10 voucher.
Obviously the more your work out and the more apps you can link your account to, the more points you will earn. They also have a premium subscription you can sign up to that allows you to earn points faster. But, the way I see it, you’re working out anyway, just letting this run in the background, checking in every now and then, it’s an almost too easy way to earn a little extra cash on the side.
Looking around online, many users tend to cash out £5 vouchers every 3-4 months, which might not sound like much, but money for free is always welcome in my purse!
If you download Bounts and use the code campbell169 we both get 100 extra points after your first step count check in!
What do you think about financial incentives when it comes to working out?
Until next time,