The start of a new year is here again, which means countless people making new years resolutions to lose weight, get fit, and eat healthier. Maybe one of those people is you! If you’re anything like me, I maybe make it a month into the year, 2 if I’m lucky, before I give up on my fitness goals. This is the sad reality that many of us face when it comes to our fitness. We get busy and there just isn’t enough motivation to keep us going. Well, this year I’m going to try something new. After researching ways to get motivated to work out, I stumbled across apps that actually pay you money to achieve your fitness goals. How freaking cool is that?! I don’t know about you but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. Below, I’ve listed the best apps to use to get paid to achieve your fitness and health goals and how to use them.
This app has recently received a ton of publicity. It has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News and in a number of other mainstream media outlets. The app works by having its users essentially “bet” their money on a time-specific weight loss goal of their choosing. If they achieve their goal, they win money. Its as simple as that.
If this sounds enticing to you, here’s how to get started:
- Start at The HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose (minimum 10% of your starting weight), how long you think it will take (6 to 18 months) and how much you want to bet ($20-$150/month). The calculator will then determine your prize amount, up to $10,000 dollars.
- Sign up and place your “bet”. You will be required to pay the monthly amount of your choosing for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize money! You’ll start and end your challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in to show your weight loss. You’ll also log weekly weigh-ins (not on video) throughout the challenge. This is to insure you are losing weight in a healthy way and not through extreme measures.
It is important to note that if you lose your challenge, your money will go to HealthyWage, which helps fund prizes for others who achieve their goals. That being said, make sure you set a realistic goal for yourself before you begin your challenge to insure you will not lose your money.
Achievemint is one of the most simple apps to use when it comes to tracking health outcomes. All you need to do is sync it to your external health tracker, such as Apple Health or Fitbit (the app works with over 40 health and fitness apps). You earn points through eligible activities, which include walking, sleeping, logging meals, and weighing yourself. For example, approximately 360 steps equals 1 point. You can redeem your points for money. 10,000 points can be claimed for $10.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Try Achievemint today.
DietBet works by users participating in games and placing “bets” on themselves to lose a specific amount of weight in a specific amount of time. If you reach your weight loss goal you and the other winners of the game split the jackpot. There are three different games you can participate in:
- The Kickstarter – lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks.
- The Transformer – lose 10% of your weight in 6 months
- The Maintainer – to keep the weight off for 12 months.
You can win, on average, 1.5 – 2x your bet in the Kickstarter program (along with various prizes). According to DietBet, as a Transformer winner you can make a minimum of $325 for winning all 6 rounds, or $175 for winning only the final round. You can also win money by becoming a DietBet coach. As a DietBet coach you make an extra 5-10% of the gross pot for each game you host.
Sounds like a fun way to get fit and make some extra money! Get started with DietBet today.
Pact is a health app that allows you to make weekly health goals, called “pacts,” and earn money for achieving them. There are various pacts that you can make, such as veggie pacts, gym pacts and food log pacts. If you follow your healthy eating or exercise plan, you will be paid cash rewards. Rewards range between $0.30 and $5 per week. However, if you do not meet your weekly goals you will be charged money. For example, if your pact was say to eat 10 servings of veggies this week, and you achieve this goal, you will make about $2, but if you miss your goal you will be charged a minimum of 5 dollars for each serving of veggies you missed. This may sound like a big risk but there really isn’t that much at stake. Research shows that when there is money on the line, people are much more inclined to achieve their health and fitness goals.
Sound like the extra push you need? Start earning with Pact today.
Wasn’t expecting to see Walgreens on this list huh? I wasn’t either. The Walgreens Balance Rewards program allows you to earn points for tracking your fitness activity. You can either attach it to a fitness app such as MyFitnessPal or log your activity manually. You earn 20 points per mile walked, ran, or cycled. You can also earn points for tracking your blood glucose levels, your weight, sleep and blood pressure. 1,000 points = $1 which you can redeem as a deduction on your purchases at Walgreens.
If earning money for people in need motivates you more than making money for yourself then Charity Miles is the app for you. With this app, you earn money for your favorite charities through exercise. Its simple. You’ll earn 10 cents per mile for cycling and 25 cents per mile if you walk or run.