This post is sponsored by Treadmill.com. All opinions expressed are my own. (And I promise my next post wonâ€™t be sponsored! Sorry for two in a row.)
I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ve ever shared this on here, but when I was losing weight, my mom and I had a little deal going on.
I was 26 and working as a reporter. I was overweight and unhappy and believed that losing weight would change my life. (It did, but it was more that it was the catalyst to take my life into my own hands than the actual weight loss.) I wanted to go to a trainer at my gym, but couldnâ€™t afford it on my own.Â
My parents had helped me pay for trainers before that, and Iâ€™d go, work out with them and carry on with my same bad habits the rest of the week in between, or Iâ€™d lose interest after several sessions.
When I asked this time, my mom asked how things were different this time. She was willing to help me, but she also wanted to make sure she wasnâ€™t throwing her money out the window. We decided that Iâ€™d put the sessions on my own credit card so that I could rack up miles, and sheâ€™d pay me back ifÂ I lost the weight. Since I couldnâ€™t afford to pay her back, I was determined to do whatever it took to lose the weight.
I also think the stars had just aligned, and I was ready that time and nothing was going to stop me – but the financial incentive didnâ€™t hurt, for sure.
So, you need to make a minimum purchase of $499 on their site in order to participate. But the way I see it, if you were already thinking about trying to lose weight andÂ you were thinking of buying a treadmill (/elliptical/stationary bike), it could be a good way to offset the cost and light a fire under you to achieve your goals.Â
They also have minimum weights in place to encourage safe weight loss (although I think the 100-pound incentive could start at a lower weight like 250.)
What do you think about this/financial incentives to lose weight?Â I think theyâ€™re a great added push when you already have that desire, but you gotta want it first. I donâ€™t think financial incentive alone is enough to keep someone motivated, but it doesnâ€™t hurt. (In fact, studies have found that a financial incentive definitely does help.)