There are people who enjoy working out, and then there’s me… I require a little extra motivation. 😉 I don’t work out nearly as much myself as I want to, but if someone were dangling free money in my face you can bet your ass I’d be out that door before even finishing this post.
There are lots of websites and apps out there that will help you track your eating and log your miles. However, these programs are typically the most useful for those individuals who have a great internal drive or commitment to healthy living. Or at very least, the motivation to remember to log in and stick to the plan.
What about the rest of us who need a little (or a big) push? Fortunately, nowadays there are apps/websites available that actually pay you to exercise and eat healthy.
Here are the multiple ways I’ve found to get paid to get fit and healthy:
AchieveMint is a completely free online program and app that rewards you not only for doing healthy activities like running and biking, on apps that you’re probably already using. It also incentivizes you to do things like hit the gym or use social media to share the healthy things you’re eating.
Why not get paid for the things you’re already doing?!
It also offers special ways to earn extra cash or rewards for taking online surveys or participating in online studies about health. AchieveMint uses a point system for rewards where 1,000 points equals $1. Earn points for logging your food, walking a certain amount of steps, sharing on Twitter, taking surveys, doing a weigh-in and much more.
If you’re determined to lose weight, and I mean really determined, HealthyWage can earn you a decent chunk of change.
You’re essentially betting on how much weight you’re going to lose. You give them your height, weight, how much you want to lose in a given time frame, and the amount you’ll bet each month. They’ll then tell you how much you’ll win if you succeed. The higher you bet, the better your prize will be. However, if you don’t lose the weight, you lose all of your money—meaning it is quite the risky bet.
Walgreens Balance Rewards
Walgreens Balance Rewards is a store loyalty program where you accrue points for shopping at Walgreens. You can also earn points by connecting your Fitbit! If you don’t have a Fitbit, no worries—there’s a whole list of health apps you can connect.
You’ll earn 20 points for every mile you bike, run, or walk! 5,000 points equals $5, and 40,000 points equals $50.
If friendly competition and financial incentives get you motivated, DietBet might be for you. You choose to lose either 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks or 10% in 6 weeks and start or join a DietBet game. You’ll then bet your money into a pot with other players, and if you make your weight loss goal, you split the pot with the other winners.
Like DietBet, you’ll join a game and bet on yourself to reach your goal. If you do, you’ll split the pot with the winners! StepBet will give you personalized goals for steps you take based on your steps history from the device of your choice. It works with FitBit, Apple Watch and fitness trackers in iPhone and Android smartphones.
Bounts doesn’t require you to gamble your money away. With this straightforward app, you’ll earn points, which you can redeem for gift cards, by connecting devices (like Fitbit or Garmin), apps (like Runkeeper), and checking in at gyms.
There is a free and paid version. Here’s the breakdown:
- Free version allows a maximum of 15 points per day (5 points per activity)
- Premium version ($1.08 per month) allows a maximum of 90 points per day (10 points per activity)
- Premium+ ($1.67 per month) allows a maximum of 180 points per day (20 points per activity)
With Pact, users make weekly healthy living goals and track their progress all for cash stakes. Those users who eat well and exercise frequently reap cash rewards paid by those members who don’t meet their goals.
Yes — you can lose money, which is certainly motivating to a penny pincher like me.
Sign on to make veggie pacts, gym pacts, food log pacts, and more. Rewards generally range between $0.30 to $5 per week.
You’ll earn 1 point for every 100 steps you take, redeemable for discounts and freebies on things like activewear and protein shakes.
You can also participate in challenges with other users to earn entry into drawings for sweet prizes like iTunes gift cards. Simply sync your Fitbit with Higi for easy tracking, download the Higi app, or visit a Higi station to record your healthy activities.
With FitCoin, you are rewarded for working out with Bitcoins.
To use this app, which is free, you simply need to set up an account, and use a workout tracker, like Fitbit, to measure your workouts.
Using workout data, like your pace and distance, the app will calculate a FitCoin value, which is the amount of Bitcoin you’ve earnt from simply working out.
WellCoin is an app that allows you to earn Wellcoins for healthy choices. You simply log the healthy things that you do, and you’ll be rewarded.
You can redeem the points for discounts on products, which is a bit less flexible than the rewards offered by other apps.
All you need to do with SweatCoin is download the app and then start walking. Within a month or two you should have enough coins to redeem for some pretty good fitness-related products and services.
You’ll earn .95 sweatcoins for every 1,000 steps you take. As you can see, you won’t earn much, but sweatcoins add up, and you should be able to reach the cheaper rewards within a few weeks!
Wellth rewards you for taking daily steps toward better health! If you have a chronic condition, Wellth will help you to manage your daily medications and care plan, and will remind you to take the right next steps on time.
Challenge friends and other FitPotato users to earn cash for exercise. Join a weekly commitment (ex. 3 gym sessions @ $5 per missed session). Choose from gym, walking, Yoga, running or dog walking. For every session you complete and others miss, you get rewarded. Back yourself.
If you’d like to do some good with all your exercise, check out Charity Miles. Bikers earn 10 cents a mile and walkers and runners earn 25 cents a mile. Charities include Habitat for Humanity, Stand Up To Cancer, RED, Every Mother Counts, Pencils of Promise, Feeding America, Wounded Warrior Project, The Nature Conservancy, and more.
If you feel like you need a little extra push to get healthy, then consider trying one of these apps.
The cash incentive alone is a great motivator, and the fact that most of these apps require you to track your healthy activities means that you’ll be much more likely to keep up with your fitness goals.