There’s no underestimating the impact of social influences on motivating consumers, and the need for a helping hand is particularly acute when it comes to reaching fitness goals. Recent examples include Finnish Heiaheia, which aims to motivate users by simply making their fitness achievements visible to friends and family. Now, HealthRally takes the concept a step further by allowing supporters to contribute money towards a tangible reward for when the user achieves a particular fitness goal.
Users of San Francisco-based HealthRally can set up a “rally” for themselves or for a friend. In either case, they specify a fitness goal — quitting smoking, for example, or losing 10 pounds — along with a deadline. Next, they can invite friends and family members to join the rally and pledge their financial and moral support for a successful outcome, with progress updates along the way.