All of us want to be active and live a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes wanting something isn't enough to make us go out and get it. Are you trying to become a more active person? Are you also trying to put a little more money in your pocket? How do apps that pay you to work out sound?
This study found that individuals with a financial incentive to lose weight were almost five times more likely to reach their weight loss goals within a specific time range than those without a motive.
Now keep in mind these apps are not just for individuals who want to lose weight.
They are great for anyone who wants to stay in shape and be healthy. The study above is just a great example that shows financial incentives work.
If you're having a hard time staying consistently active, having apps that pay you to work out and stay fit could change your life (and they're all free).
If you don't want to skip straight to a particular app, click the name of it below:
7 Apps That Pay You to Work Out
- HealthyWage (Get paid to lose weight)
- SweatCoin (Get paid to walk outside)
- Carrot (Get paid to walk – Use code dylanh8949 for 50% more points)
- Achievement (Get paid to be healthy)
- DietBet (Earn up to $10,000 losing weight)
- StepBet (Get paid to walk)
- Charity Miles (Earn money for charities by walking/running)
Apps That Pay You to Work Out
HealthyWage is THE BEST fitness app ever if you're trying to lose a lot of weight.
Because you can win up to $10,000! That is an insane amount of money.
So what's the catch?
In order to win any money, you've got to risk your own money. You need to bet on yourself. This is what makes HealthyWage so powerful and motivating.
For example, say I want to lose 20 pounds in 10 months. If I bet $15/month on myself, and I accomplish my weight loss goal, I could win $167-441 (you'll get an exact amount when you sign-up)!
The more you bet on yourself, the more you can win. If I use the same weight loss goal above but I bet $100/month on myself, I could win $1,111-1,600! You can bet up to $995/month on yourself, earning more money the more you bet.
If you're confident that you can hit your weight loss goal, you can make a ton of cash while getting super healthy.
But if you lose, say bye-bye to that money you bet. But don't feel too sad because that money will go to HealthyWage and other users prizes.
Interested and confident you can do it?
Head over to the HealthyWage prize calculator to see how much you could potentially win.
PS: If you want to go at it with a team instead of solo-dolo mode, HealthyWage has got you covered with the Team Challenge.
SweatCoin is a neat app that pays you in SweatCoins to take outdoor steps (treadmills don't count).
It's currently available in the US, UK, Ireland, and now Canada!
For every 1,000 steps, you'll receive 0.95 SweatCoins.
Sometimes the app doesn't track all your steps, even if you're outside, so here are some tips:
- Don't force quit the app (double tap home and swipe up on it). When you do this SweatCoin can't track your steps.
- When you're about to go for a walk, turn off the battery saver so that it can track effectively. I just turn the battery saver back on when I'm inside.
Even if the app doesn't track every single step, this is free money and the goal is to get outside and get moving!
After you've earned a handful of SweatCoins, you can start thinking about what you want to spend them on. Each day the offers inside the app will change and circulate, some examples of offers are magazine subscriptions, yoga classes, and even iPhones or Apple Watches.
If you look hard enough, you may even be able to find users online who are willing to buy your SweatCoins from you, that is if you're willing to agree on a price.
If no current offers interest you, save up those SweatCoins until something does. They aren't going anywhere.
Carrot is my favorite fitness rewards app because it allows me to collect Scene points which I can use to get free movie tickets.
I only signed up for the app about a week ago and I've already earned 425 scene points, which is almost halfway to a free movie ticket! I'm pretty excited about that! Keep in mind I referred a couple people so I got 200 points just for that.
It's currently only available in Canada.
All you need to do to get started is link a loyalty card (Scene, Drop, More Rewards, Petro-Points, Aeroplan Miles) and then connect a Fitbit or your phones step tracker.
Carrot will analyze your steps for the first week, and then start giving you daily step goals. Complete the goals and get rewards. Simple as that. There are also Step Up Challenges and Step Together challenges which can earn you more points.
Finally, there are also occasional offers like simple health surveys that will earn you extra points.
Sign up bonus: Sign up with my code – dylanh8949 – and you'll receive 50% more points!
Achievement is an app that pays you to do all sorts of healthy activities. These activities include walking, meditating, logging what you've been eating, tweeting about your fitness, answering surveys, and opting into challenges. That's a lot.
The app tracks this activity by connecting to multiple apps on your smartphone. Don't worry about incompatibility issues either because Achievement can connect with over 30+ Android and iOS apps. These apps include Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health, Samsung Health, Strava and more!
As you track your activity and use the app, you'll be earning reward points. 10,000 points = $10. It's that simple. Once you earn that money, you can withdraw via PayPal or Direct Deposit. At the time of writing this, they've paid out over 500,000 dollars to users!
Now, although you won't be making massive bank with this app, you will be getting healthy and earning money doing things you are hopefully already doing. It doesn't get much better.
The DietBet app allows you to earn money by losing weight.
There are three game types to choose from right now:
- Kickstarter – Lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks.
- Transformer – Lose 10% in 6 months.
- Maintainer – Maintain your current weight for 12 months.
Once you decide which goal you want to achieve, find a game on the app and join it! You can participate in a game with random players, or you can make your own and compete with friends and family. Remember that more players = bigger pot = bigger potential winnings.
Once you join a game, you'll need to do a weigh in. For each official weigh in you will have to submit a full-length photo of you standing on a scale in lightweight clothing, and another picture of the number on the scale with a unique “weigh in word” that changes daily (this is used as a time stamp). These photos will stay completely private, and you can choose whether to keep your weight hidden or not. If anything unusual is suspected during the weigh-in process, players will be asked to submit a video weigh in.
When the game ends, all the winners (those who achieved the goal) will split the pot evenly.
This is a great app, and I think money is the perfect motivator for a lot of individuals (including myself).
The creators of DietBet released an app called StepBet, and the apps are quite similar. The difference is that StepBet focuses on…steps!
When you download the app, you'll be asked to sync a fitness tracker, or you can simply use your phones step tracker. The app will gather your step history and come up with personalized goals called Active and Stretch goals.
Here's how the game works:
Most games are six weeks long, but the duration can vary. The average bet is $40 per game, but this can also vary. The first week of the game is a warm-up round where no players can be disqualified (Ain't that nice?). Once you join a game, you must hit your personalized goals every week. If you manage to succeed, you get to split the pot with the other winners.
If you'd like to learn more, check out the StepBet FAQ.
This app doesn't entirely fall under the “Apps that pay YOU to work out” category. Instead, you will be earning money for charity. In fact, you get to choose from 37 different charities each time you go for a run, walk, or bike ride.
You'll be earning up to 10 cents per mile for biking and 25 cents per mile for running and walking. This can be done solo, or you can create a team and work together with friends and family. This money comes from the apps corporate sponsors which include sponsors such as MasterCard.
The downfall I see in this app is that they have not integrated use with Fitbit or other activity trackers. Which means you'll have to have your smartphone with you whenever you go for a run or a bike. Hopefully, they will add more features in the future.
People are always talking about getting fit and working out, but too often I see them give up a month or two later. Having apps that pay you to work out can make the experience more fun and motivate you to STAY active.
Have you used or gotten paid by any workout apps like the ones I've listed? Post a comment below and tell me how your experience went. If you know of any other apps that pay you to work out that you think I should have included on this list, let me know!
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