Discovery Vitality wants you to log your workouts to receive rewards.
It’s a good motivator, but let’s get real, sometimes you’d much rather knock back a brewski after a tough day at work than jog around the block.
Well, now there’s a way to get those benefits and have a cold one without the workout.
BusinessInsider has verified the existence of a Fitbit hack that will earn you 300 Vitality rewards points from the Discovery scheme – for just over a minute of work.
For most users the point system is capped at a weekly maximum of 900 points. Achieving your weekly goal gives you access to rewards like free smoothies, shopping vouchers, popcorn and charity donations – an incentive people are willing to sweat for.
But, and here’s the good bit, you can simulate a 30-minute workout without actually doing that amount of work.
Let’s see how it works:
Using a Fitbit, get your heart rate above 160 beats per minute.
This will put you into a vigorous workout category, according to Vitality’s score system, where you can earn 300 points for an exercise routine of longer than 30 minutes.
After you hit the 160 mark, pause the workout and leave the Fitbit running for over 30 minutes.
After the time elapses, end the workout and wait for it to appear in the Discovery Vitality App.
And there it is – 300 points for just over a minute of actual exercise.
In theory, this hack could make it easier to achieve annual Gold status with higher rewards, or keep Gold status for three years, and jump up to the Diamond Tier.
That’ll get you rewards like 35% off sports gear, hotel accommodation and flights.
Joe van Niekerk, COO of Discovery Vitality, and Dinesh Govender, CEO of Discovery Vitality, said that they’re always on the lookout for hacks.
“Since 2016, when we made that major shift toward manufacturers that could provide gathering reliable clinically-relevant data, these incidents have become the periphery of the system. In this case, it’s something we haven’t heard about, so we’re going to need to sit down with Fitbit and see where the problem is and experiment with it and how it affects the data stream,” said Govender.
So if you want to cheat the system, you’d better do it soon, because the hack will likely be unavailable in the very near future.
Or, you could just do the 30-minute workout and reward yourself with a drink.
Best of both worlds.
Besides, cheaters never prosper.
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