There are always a thousand reasons to not do something, as the saying goes, but these days the reasons for maintaining an active lifestyle continue to pile up. As the final year of the present millennium’s second decade winds down, remarkable fitness news hits the (digital) press every day.

One of the latest involves monetary incentive for exercise, as the app Lympo uses crypto currency and cardio challenges to inspire users to avoid some of the pernicious sedentary habits that are so common in first world countries. In a press release published this week on Yahoo Finance:

Blockchain fitness startup Lympo announced their reward app “Lympo,” and crypto token “LYM” was listed on Samsung Blockchain Wallet.

Lympo incentivizes healthy lifestyle and focuses on healthy habit formation by inviting its users to join 6 – 8 daily walking and running challenges. Once a challenge is accomplished, the user will see a reward in LYM tokens on the in-app wallet. Lympo, currently available in the U.S. and South Korea, grew to 250,000+ users in just six months with more than 89,000 monthly active users.

Galaxy s10 users who have Samsung Blockchain Keystore and Samsung Blockchain Wallet in their smartphones can transfer LYM tokens from Lympo app to Samsung Blockchain Wallet and can exchange it to real fiat money. This token transfer function supports Galaxy s10, s10+, s10e, s10 5G.

Meanwhile, on college campuses the term “freshman fifteen” may include more than just pounds from now on, as the app Plyo incentivizes fitness by giving students coupons after exercise, according to an article published this week by The Lantern. Story author Beka Cagle writes:

A few hours in the gym can earn students a gift card or free meal, thanks to a new fitness app.

The app, called Plyo, rewards university students with discounts and gift cards for businesses such as Amazon, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle for exercising at campus recreation facilities. The app has been rolled out at nine universities, including Ohio State. 

Plyo co-founders Peter Schultze and Justin Buhl, University of Minnesota alumni, said they have always had a passion for health and fitness. The pair said they created Plyo in hopes of incentivizing students to prioritize exercise despite potentially busy schedules.

“During college, we saw a serious problem in the lifestyle habits that our friends were forming,” Schultze said. “It’s so important, especially at such a crucial part of our lives, you know, when we’re kind of forming the habits that stick with us the rest of our lives.”

Students earn 50 points per hour spent at a campus recreation facility, or double that if they are joined by a friend using the app, with a limit of three hours per day. Those points can then be redeemed for discounts, gift cards and freebies at participating local restaurants and retailers.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on whether or not any ambitious Samsung smartphone owners or devoted students tally up huge figures in money saved and calories burned from these new apps. Stay tuned.

To read Cagle’s full writeup, click here.