Working out can be a drag to some.
The gym membership contracts, the monthly fees and let’s not forget the crowded gyms around 5 p.m.
While there are some great things about working out, we can all probably agree that staying healthy isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap.
But, what if I told you that there were ways to actually make money while working out like you’re doing right now? And, in some cases, I’m talking hundreds of dollars.
If you’re going to work out, you might as well get rewarded, right?
Of course, I know you’re probably thinking it’s too good to be true, and I agree.
I was skeptical at first, but upon researching, I did find some awesome resources you may want to consider if you want to get paid to work out and even lose weight. Some are free, while some do cost a few bucks to get started, but don’t get scared just yet as this investment can often lead to a lot more cash than you put in.
Now, don’t expect to get rich with most, but you could make $100+ with some of these options as long as you stick to your goals. And, yes, you do need to prove your goals!
If all of this sounds great, stick with me at least and check out a few of these websites to see if any are of interest to you.
Get Paid to Work Out
NOTE: Most of these apps/websites will require that you have a fitness tracker of some sort, such as a Fitbit or Garmin. Some will work with your smartphone if it has Samsung Health or Google Fit, too. Just make sure you read the restrictions before starting to ensure you’re getting paid.
HealthyWage is probably one of the best options on this list for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is that you can make a TON of money.
If you want to lose weight and have a motivator to do so, then I highly recommend you at least give this app a shot to see how you succeed. I have read a lot of great success stories online from those who wanted to lose a lot of weight but just didn’t have the motivation.
This is where HealthyWage comes in.
Now, you do need to invest your money, just like a bet, however, if you meet your weight loss goals, you will get your bet back and the prize. The higher your bet is, the more you’re going to be able to make. In some cases, you can win as much as $10,000! Yes, you’re reading that right.
So as long as you stick to your goals, you won’t lose money.
To learn how much you can make, I encourage you to at least sign up with an account and play around with the official calculator. This will give you a better idea.
But, as you guessed it, if you don’t lose the weight and meet your goals, you lose your money, so do so at your own risk.
As one of the best options here, it’s a great motivator to help you shed some pounds.
- Website: HealthyWage
DietBet works similar to that of HealthyWage, but the biggest difference here is that it’s more of a competition more than anything.
As part of the program, you will join a competition, pay the monthly bet and split the pot once the competition ends as long as you meet your goals. Not only that, but some competitions also offer pretty cool prizes, such as an exercise bike.
If you do decide to join, you will need to check in and you will then be required to submit two photos confirming your weight. One will be of you standing on the scale with the read-out as well as your weigh-in word displayed, while the other is one of you standing on a scale in lightweight clothing.
Again, like HealthyWage, as long as you meet the criteria, you will win part of the pot.
The website does note that out of 700,000+ DietBetters, more than 99.93% have lost weight during their challenges, winning more than $52 million! It’s a pretty big company.
Of course, your results will vary, but if you need a motivator to lose weight, then this may be one to try.
- Website: DietBet
StepBet works just like DietBet, but the key difference here is that you can bet on your “steps” rather than focusing on losing weight. In a way, the two go hand and hand, and you could use both of these apps if you really wanted to capitalize on making money since there’s a good chance you’re walking quite a bit while trying to lose weight.
When using StepBet, find a game/challenge of interest, make sure your fitness tracker is synced and bet into the challenge to officially join. Most of the challenges last up to six weeks, with the average bet in the $40~ range.
Then, as the week goes on, walk to reach your goal to ensure you stay active and claim the prize at the end of the competition.
Like DietBet and a few of the other diet betting websites I mention, if you fail to reach your goal, then you lose out your on your bet, so it’s so important that you reach your goals to not lose out.
For first-time users, StepBet is risk-free for the first week. If you don’t like what you see, you can cancel during this time and get your money back.
- Website: StepBet
I did write about Sweatcoin in the past, and in short, it’s an app that pays you for every step you take. Just turn it on, start walking and you earn sweatcoins.
As you step, the app converts them into “sweatcoins,” in which you can then spend on products and services. It’s pretty simple, to be honest.
It does take quite a while to earn these sweatcoins, but it is free if you want to at least try it. Aside from making money from taking steps, you can also earn coins by referring your friends.
Seeing it’s free and you’re probably walking, at least download it to see how much you earn by the end of the week.
- Website: Sweatcoin
The highly popular Runtopia app will convert your daily activity into Sports Coins, in which you can exchange for free products, such as PayPal cash prizes, fitness gear and so much more.
To use it, you will have to link one of your fitness wearables so that it can track your daily activity and start earning.
From my quick research, the cool thing about this app is that it can record all of your activity in real-time, such as the distance walked, your pace and even the calories burned. So, really, it offers more than just a way to make money as it’s also a great way to keep track of your daily fitness activity.
As with a lot of these apps, the more you exercise, the more you can earn. At least give it a shot seeing it’s 100% free to try.
- Website: Runtopia
The Achievement app will basically reward you simply for being healthy, such as walking, tracking your food and even taking health surveys on occasion. I have written about this app in the past, particularly in my best money making apps guide, another post I highly recommend you check out if you want to make money with your phone.
As you complete these tasks, the app will reward you with points, in which you can cash out for Amazon gift cards. For every 10,000 points you earn, you can cash out for $10 in rewards, with absolutely no limit to your earnings.
Like most of these options, and as noted in my notes above, you do need to connect your tracker, such as a Fitbit, in order for it to track you and give you points, so do keep that in mind before getting started.
The website does have an in-depth FAQ section, so I encourage you to at least check it out if you have any questions as to how it works.
- Website: Achievement
Walgreens Balance Rewards (get free Walgreens gift cards)
If you shop at Walgreens, you may already be familiar with the company’s Balance Rewards program.
If not, it’s like most retailer’s loyalty programs, where you get rewarded for every dollar you spend, etc. Once you get enough points, you can apply them toward your purchases.
Well, as part of this free program, Walgreens will reward you with points if you when you link a health app or device and start working out.
While it isn’t much and you have to redeem your points at Walgreens, it still should be looked at as a reward, nonetheless.
The company will give you 20 points per mile and another 20 points per daily log that you complete. You can also earn points for other activities such as quitting tobacco, weighing and much more. You can read more about how the program works via the company’s FAQ page here.
Signing up for the program is 100% free.
- Website: Walgreens
The GymPact helps you commit to exercise using cash incentives.
To start making money, you will have to specify how many days you will exercise and then check into any gym to start earning cash. As long as you keep your “GymPact,” you get paid. According to the site, 90% of their members have committed to their workouts.
You do have to make a wager, starting at $5 per day missed, but as long as you show up to work out, you will come out ahead. It’s a great way to stay motivated and get paid to work out!
- Website: GymPact
Okay, you’re not technically making money for yourself with the CharityMiles app, but you could find yourself helping a charity in need. Almost as good as making money, right?
Here’s how it works…
Download the official app, set up an account and then choose from a charity in their database that you’d like to support. They work with popular organizations such as Feeding America, Pencils of Promise and World Wildlife Fund, to name a few. I’m sure you can find a charity you want to support.
After setting up your account, just start moving, whether it’s walking or dancing, and the app will start to track you and reward you for doing so. For every mile you move, you can help your charity earn cash.
To learn more about how this app works and how you can help your favorite charity, be sure to check out the FAQ for more information as to how it works in depth.
- Website: CharityMiles
Higi is a pinch different than most of the options I listed here since you will need to check in with an official Higi kiosk to earn your reward. And, if you’re wondering, these kiosks are commonly found in grocery stores and pharmacies across the United States. For reference, refer to the official kiosk locator to see where you can find one to check in with your device.
To earn points, simply check in at a kiosk and sync your fitness tracker to earn what’s known as “watts.” For every 100 steps you take, the company will give you one watt, but you can earn in other ways as well such as taking your blood pressure and weighing yourself.
Now, the only downfall is that Higi doesn’t really pay you in cash, but they do offer random freebies and discounts, sometimes almost as good as cash.
While I wouldn’t go out of my way to use one, it doesn’t hurt to at least check in if you find yourself shopping at one of the official kiosk locations.
- Website: Higi
The Step Younger+ is a pedometer app of sorts that helps keep track of your step count, but the unique thing is that you can earn puzzle pieces and spin entries to win free prizes. When you log in, you will see a variety of tasks that you need to complete in order to win the said prize.
As long as your device is with you and the app is installed, your steps will be tracked.
Aside from being a pedometer, it offers a variety of other features as well, including recording your history, setting personal goals, tracking your habits and much more.
As I write this, the app has more than one million downloads with a 3.9/5 rating.
- Website: Step Younger+
DICK’S Sporting Goods Mobile App
The DICK’S Sporting Goods mobile app will reward you with ScoreCard points just for walking, similar to that of Sweatcoin. The only difference is that you can earn DICK’s gift cards.
As with all of these apps, DICK’S asks that you connect your fitness tracker with their app and start walking as you usually would.
According to my research, the company will give you three points for every 10,000 steps you take, and once you hit 300 points, you can then cash out for a $10 reward, only to be used in store.
Sure, it’s a ton of points, but if you find yourself shopping at DICK’S and don’t mind syncing your tracker with the app, it’s a pretty simple way to earn $10.
- Website: DICK’S Sporting Goods
AARP Rewards for Good
The AARP Rewards for Good program lets you connect your Fitbit wearable device to your free Rewards Account and earn points whenever you hit certain fitness milestones. You must be an AARP member to take advantage of this program, however.
It wasn’t one of the best options on this list, but I wanted to include it since it is yet another way to earn points while working out.
For example, as I was writing this, one reward would earn you 150 points if you hit 10,000 steps. Another was a 1,500 bonus once you reached a grand total of 50 miles. There seemed to be quite a few rewards you could take advantage of as part of the program.
With your newfound points, you can use them toward discounts on multiple services, such as hotel rooms, local offers, gift cards and much more.
- Website: AARP Rewards for Good
The Pact app is said to be the most effective way to keep your fitness and weight loss resolutions, letting you earn cash just for staying active. It has been featured in many prominent media outlets such as CNBC, Good Morning America, the New York Times and many more.
To use the app, it simply asks you to set a weekly commitment, also referred to as a pact, hence the name, and fulfill your commitment to get paid cash. This will include your exercise and eating goals, and basically, the app wants you to check into the gym and track your workouts while using the app’s GPS.
As long as you stick to your goal throughout the week, the app is said to pay anywhere from $0.50 to $0.70+ per workout.
It’s 100% free to download and you can get started in a matter of minutes.
- Website: Pact App
To earn gift cards, apparel, and yes, even trips, with PK Rewards, you will be asked to track any workout you partake in to earn coins.
For every workout you complete, the app will give you a certain amount of coins, which in turn, can be exchanged for a myriad of rewards. The harder you work out while the app is active, the more you can earn.
The app is free to download and fee to use, but you will have to download it outside of the Google Play and iTunes store. This can be a turn off to some.
- Website: PK Rewards
Get an Active Job
I will be honest.
All of the apps/websites I mentioned above will pay you peanuts and there’s no way you can even come close to making a living, let alone paying a utility bill.
If you came to this post looking for a way to make good money, then there are other options, of course, but like a job, you will have to put yourself out there and apply for the gig, if one is even available in your area. The options I’m about to list are jobs after all.
In this section, I will recommend a few jobs I found online that you may be interested in that basically pay you to stay active throughout the day. Here were some I researched and you could consider if interested:
- Teach a fitness class of sorts
- Guide a walking tour
- Coach and/or referee games
- Personal trainer
- Babysit younger kids
- Become a server/waitress
- Dog walker
If any of these jobs sounds of interest, I highly encourage you to use Indeed or even SimplyHired.com to find a position near you. These job aggregators comb thousands of websites and present most of the job opportunities in your area that you can apply for. It’s free to use and can hopefully help you find a great, active gig.
Aside from searching the specific job titles I mentioned prior, using keywords, such as “get paid to workout” and “workout” can yield some good results as well.
There’s probably a great job out there that keeps you quite active and pays you an okay hourly wage in the meantime.
Who said you can’t earn cash while working out?
As you can see, there are actually quite a few options that you can take advantage of and earn some great money in doing so.
Sure, while you do have to bet on some of these websites, studies have shown that people who bet money often lose weight more than those who don’t. So, before you judge it, you may want to give it a shot to see if you can shed some pounds.
And, of course, even if you don’t want to invest any money, that’s fine as there are many options that don’t require a penny on your part.
As always, if I’m missing any apps and/or websites, be sure to let me know in the comments.
Also, let me know if you tried out any of these websites! I would love to hear about your experiences.
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