Running for Mental Health

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When I started running a few years ago, I realized that I was not running for the same reasons most runners were. I didn’t care about beating my time, I had no interest in running the big 6 marathons, and I didn’t care if it took me three times longer to run the same distance as another runner. ⁠

I started running during a very dark time in my life. Very little made me smile and very little motivated me to get out the door. Somehow lacing up my sneakers and going on a run, helped. It cleared my mind and it helped me to feel better. ⁠

If you or someone you know can relate, please feel free to share this with them.

10 Apps to Motivate You To Get Fit

  1. Cash for Steps   

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Only available on iOS. It allows you to get cash for walking. Track your progress. Follow friends and track their progress. Daily bonuses. Cash-out for gift cards or PayPal payments.

2. Achievement

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Get paid to track your steps, log your meals, meditation, sleep, and biking miles.

3. Charity Miles

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Walking/ Running tracker that allows you to earn money for your favorite charities. Get healthy and raise awareness at the same time. I personally use Charity Miles every time I run. I like knowing that my exercise helps the greater good.

4. Healthy Wage

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This app seems too good to be true, but it has a lot of positive reviews. You bet money that you will lose a certain amount of weight in a specific time-frame and if you meet your goal, you get your money back plus a bonus amount. In order to not cheat, you send in weigh-in verification videos at the beginning and at the end of a challenge.

5. RunBet

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This app has more of a game feel. Once you log in, you look for a game you want to participate in. You bet on yourself by putting money into the pot. Complete the runs and if you win, you split the pot. Each game has its own set of rules.

6. StepBet

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This app is similar to RunBet, except instead of counting runs, you count steps.

7. Yodo

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You get rewarded for sports-related activities and inviting friends. The rewards are not capped and you can withdraw them for cash.

8. Sweatcoin

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This app pays you in sweatcoins that you can use to buy things with. You turn your workout sweat into free things.

9. Winwalk Pedometer

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Walk or exercise and get coins that you turn into e-Gift Card Rewards from popular brands.

10. Lympo

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Sign in and complete daily challenges. Earn coins while walking or running and then cash them out for name-brand rewards.


Have you tried any of these apps? Did they work for you? Do you have other apps you use that are good?

Towel Parade

At this point, I have been on many cruises with various destinations, companies, and styles. One of my overall favorite things to see on a cruise are towel animals! I can’t believe that some cruise lines don’t even bother. It’s something small that takes a little effort and makes people ridiculously happy.

Towel Parade on the pool deck of a Carnival Cruise. There was no announcement. At least not that I heard. I went by the pool deck one morning and there they were!

Normally the room attendant will clean the room in the evening while your group is out at dinner or at the show. This is when they work on their little towels masterpieces. Every day I wait with anticipation to see what type of towel animal I will get today. The staff is very creative. Some will take items in your room, like your sunglasses or book and use it in part of their design.

Scorpion made with the bed cover on a Disney Cruise.