Review: Paceline Fitness App and Credit Card
One of the biggest things that make a difference between an enjoyable hiking experience and a miserable one is fitness. Sure weather, gear, and all of those things go into the adventure as well. But think about this, how much fun are you going to have climbing a mountain when you’re huffing and puffing and worrying about putting one leg in front of the other.
Especially if you’re someone who wants to get into bigger and more challenging hikes and backpacking trips. When you’re adding on the miles, days, and pack weight, fitness can literally make or break your trip.
A few years ago, I was adding on the miles and how challenging my backpacking trips were without factoring in my training. Then I injured my knee. During my recovery process, I learned that the most effective way to prevent hiking injuries and unwanted pain (like knee pain) is to strength train (here is my entire blog post on how to train specifically for hiking).
On a late night scrolling on Instagram (I’m not perfect), I discovered the Paceline App. I saw them talking about getting rewarded for working out (first in disbelief) but I was procrastinating on going to bed so I downloaded the app.
It’s a simple download, then the app gets connected to your fitness watch (I have an Apple Watch) and it tracks how many minutes you exercise per week. If you get to 150 minutes in a week, you’re rewarded with a selection of gift cards, discounts, or free products.
I was intrigued, so I tried it for that week. It’s been two or three months by the time I’m writing this, and I’m hooked.
One of the weekly gift cards you get to pick from is a $1 Amazon gift card. You might be thinking it’s only $1, whatever. But hear me out…
It might be $1, but we can all agree that hiking gear is not cheap.
I think we can also agree that sometimes you need a little extra motivation to train that week. Especially if you’re like me and have weeks where you have about a million meetings and still need to get a million tasks done with unrealistic (or maybe realistic but you procrastinated) deadlines. Oh and still need to find time to breathe, sleep, eat… you know the human things you need to do.
And you still need to be training for those big hiking objectives. I know if I fall off training, my knee pain comes right back.
So getting even a small reward helps to keep the motivation going.
Think about this also, if you’re hitting that goal every week, how much closer are you going to be to not only doing the type of adventures you want to, but those $1 Amazon gift cards add up really quickly.
After I became a #superfan of the Paceline App, I learned that they have a credit card. The first credit card to reward people for being active.
We’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on health care (by we I mean people in general) but no one is really investing in helping people be healthy and stay healthy. Why aren’t we rewarding those who choose to be active and follow a more healthy lifestyle?
This is where the credit card comes in.
If you’re an active traveler like me, then you know those travel credit card perks really help you get out and explore. So why not have the same thing but for your health and for the fitness that allows you to get out and explore?
I love that Paceline has created something that does exactly that.
With the credit card, you receive up to 5% cash back on all health, wellness, and fitness purchases. This means you’re getting money back when you shop at REI on all of your gear, or on your gym membership, or when you buy hiking clothes and other athletic apparel, groceries, and so much more. Plus, you get up top 3% cash back on all other purchases.
You’re literally getting rewarded from multiple sides for being active and healthy. FINALLY!
Plus, if you don’t have an Apple Watch, you can purchase one with the Paceline Card and they will reimburse you for one over the course of a year so you can track your workouts and hikes.
If you’re ready to sign up for the app and credit card, click here.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Paceline, but all of my thoughts and opinions are my own.