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Published January 09, 2014, 07:03 PM

App of the week: Pact - Get Paid to Work Out

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Are you one of the 45 percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution? How about one of the 36 percent who give them up before a month?

By: Kerstin Kealy, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Are you one of the 45 percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution? How about one of the 36 percent who give them up before a month?

There are things you can do to meet those goals and be successful, and the motivation may be in your phone - because, there's an app for that.

Losing weight, staying fit and healthy - they are always at the tops of New Year’s resolution lists. For proof, just go to a gym at the beginning of January - Those same gyms can look a whole lot different a month or two later.

A newly rebranded and expanded app could motivate more people to stick with the Stairmaster. It pays you to exercise and eat healthy, and charges you if you don't reach the goals you set for yourself.

It's called Pact.

There is gym pact, veggie pact and food log pact.

For gym pact, you set the number of times you want to work out each week and how much you want to wager on yourself. You earn money for each trip, on average it's about 30 to 50 cents. The app keeps you honest by using partner apps and GPS to track you. No tricking the treadmill.

And if earning money isn't enough of an incentive, maybe losing money will be. If you miss a trip to the gym, it costs you $5, and you can up that amount in $5 increments. That's the money used to pay the dedicated people who meet their goals.

It's similar for veggie pact; you set the servings of vegetables you want to eat in a week. You can also set your own goals for the food log. Pact then uses partner apps and photo verification to have users ok your work.

Real cash is on the line.

Pact says it's working - 92 percent of people meet their goals.

People betting on themselves and getting added motivation to get to the gym well past January 30th. So either you get lighter, or your wallet does.

Pact is free in both the Google Play and Apple Markets.

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