16 Apps that promise $$ for Exercise

First let me say these apps don’t pay out a huge amount. No, it’s more like a trickle or nothing at all. However, if you are exercising anyway and if these help with your motivation they might still help? Some also seem like scams to me eg those that give “prize draws” and “pay us first”. However many people like them so here goes:

1. Sweatcoin (Rating +++)

Sweatcoin is a neat app that pays you to walk, run, hike, and some users say it works for bikers too.This fitness tracker counts your steps using your phone’s GPS and accelerometers.

It’s currently available in a lot of countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands and more.

For every 1,000 steps you take, you’ll receive 0.95 Sweatcoin. Pretty small and there is a 5% commission.

Rewards include like magazine subscriptions, vacations, fitness equipment, yoga classes, PayPal cash, and sometimes iPhones or Apple Watches.

2. Evidation aka Achievement (Rating ++)

Website | iOS | Android

Earn cash with Achievement for doing simple tasks like tracking your steps, logging food, meditation sessions, sleep, and log miles biked. This app that pays you to work out is backed by some of the top investors in Silicon Valley and their ultimate mission is to collect research so that they’re able to help make America healthier.

As an app member, you will also be given the opportunity for extra ways to earn cash by taking surveys or contributing to cutting-edge health research. The chance at participating in these studies is totally optional though and keep in mind that you must meet study requirements in order to partake.

Even more convenient, the app also allows you to link any of your other fitness apps to track healthy activities on Fitbit, Strava, Stop, Breathe, and Think! These activities include walking, meditating, logging what you’ve been eating, tweeting about your fitness, answering surveys, and opting into challenges.

You’ll potentially earn $10 for 10,000 points 

Once you earn that money, you can withdraw via PayPal or Direct Deposit (or a charity donation).

3. Optimity (Previously Carrot Rewards) (Rating +/-)

Website | iOS | Android

Optimity promises to pay to you to exercise, you can also earn money by taking quick and simple surveys related to health and wealth.

The rewards on this app are lacking so I am not sure its 100% legit

4. PlayFitt (Rating ++)

  • Available on: Apple
  • Available in: Canada, US, UK.

PlayFitt markets itself as the an all-inclusive fitness app that allows anyone to get paid to work out.

Instead of just paying you to walk or run, PlayFitt has real workouts with rewards — think squats, pushups, and situps. They actually track your movements too with the tech in your phone.

5. PK Rewards (Rating ++)

  • Available on: Apple | Android
  • Available in: US and Canada.

PK Rewards allows you to earn cash and other rewards for doing any type of workout you like. As you exercise, PK tracks your effort level, and then turns that effort into coins.

6. Runtopia (Rating ++)

  • Available on: Apple | Android
  • Available in: Internationally/Worldwide including Canada, US, Mexico, Taiwan, Spain, UK, China, Australia, France, Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, India, Japan, Peru, Chile, Russia, Germany, Egypt, and more.

Runtopia is one of the more serious apps that pay you to exercise. They’ll pay you to run, walk, or bike.

They also have in-app training programs, advanced tracking, a community page to connect with other fitness enthusiasts, and little tasks you can do to earn more cash (like logging in multiple days in a row).

7. DietBet (Rating +)

Website | iOS | Android

The DietBet app pays you to lose weight, but only if you’re willing to risk some of your own cash first. winners (the ones who hit the game goal) split the cash pot evenly amongst themselves.

There are various levels based on your weight loss goals: Kickstarter (4% of body weight in 4 weeks), Transformer (10% of body weight in 6 months), and Maintainer (keep the weight off for 12 months).

8. StepBet (Rating +)

Website | iOS | Android

From the same company that owns DietBet, StepBet is another app that pays you to work out and helps enforce healthy exercise habits by syncing to your activity tracker. Like DietBet, you set your personal steps goal and place a bid. If you stay true to your bet and hit your goals throughout the game, you’ll split the pot with the other winners.

App is compatible with Apple Watch, Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit, Samsung Health, and Garmin

Bets are typically around $40, which can seem a bit high. You get an active goal that you have to meet 4 times per week and a power goal that you have to meet twice a week. The power goal is usually about 2500 steps more than your active goal. It also evaluates your current step amount when calculating so you are given realistic goals.9. Higi

9. Higi (Rating +/-)

Higi With this app, you can set your fitness goals and get fit to receive points to redeem for health-related discounts and cash prizes.

This app allows users to connect devices like a Fitbit so they can track physical activity. Simply visiting a check-in station and checking in will also earn you points and let you get paid to exercise. Completing two check-ins each month puts you in the drawing for one of five $50 gift cards.

The points you earn through this health app can be redeemed for prizes and fitness-related discounts based on the type of challenge.

10. MapMyFitness (Rating +/-)

MapMyFitness is a “free” fitness app from Under Armour that awards prizes to the top monthly and annual performers. But you have to cover 1,022 kilometers (635 miles) in the year on any of:

  • Hiking / Running/  treadmill / Walking

Up to two walks or runs will count per day. Any more than that won’t register. You can also only do a maximum of 150 miles per day.

It says free but it can cost $6 per month or $25 per year to use this app.

11. Vitality (Rating +/-)

Vitality partners with employee wellness programs. If your employer doesn’t partner with Vitality, send a request to HR so you can get paid for your healthy behaviors. It is not great but you can get a free fitness tracker device, such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit, for free when you exercise on a regular basis.You can also win additional prizes like Amazon gift cards as an additional reward for your effort.

12. FitCoin (Rating -)

FitCoin, like Sweatcoin, is one of the apps that pay you cryptocurrency to work out. The app is free to use, and you can connect it to fitness trackers like Fitbit to track activity.

Similar to other choices that let you get paid to exercise, FitCoin tracks activities like walking or going to the gym to lift weights.

It measures the amount of activity and determines a value for that activity.

Your earnings are paid via Bitcoin, NFTs, or items like Amazon gift cards.

13. myWalgreens store points (Rating +)

Website | iOS | Android US only

Simply join weekly challenges under the myWalgreens Health Goals which start every Monday and run for 4 weeks. Each challenge includes physical activity and lifestyle goals and you can even participate in one of each at the same time to double your chances of earning Walgreens Cash! You’ll earn $0.25 Walgreens Cash rewards for every week you successfully complete a health challenge. Complete all 4 weeks of the challenge for a chance to win up to $2 bonus Walgreens Cash rewards. Plus will you earn 1% Walgreens Cash Rewards for every purchase and 5% on Walgreens branded products

14. Healthy Wage (Rating +/-)

Website | iOS | Android

With Healthy Wage, you can sign up with friends, family, and co-workers as a team (or be added into an already existing team), and the team with the highest percentage of weight loss wins $10,000

Plus, if you maintain your weight for 6 months after the challenge, you’ll even win your entry fee back and you’ll have 24/7 access to the HW Coach via the Support Feed

 calculating your potential winning

15. Move: collect Dick’s store gift card (Rating +)

Website | iOS | Android

If you’re a ScoreCard member at Dick’s (it’s free to join), you can earn 3 ScoreCard points every day through their app that pays you to workout! All you have to do is complete one of the following daily activity goals as reported by a participant’s third-party fitness device to the MOVE fitness tracker on the Dick’s Mobile App:

  • at least 10,000 steps with Fitbit, Apple Health, or Garmin trackers
  • Reach at least 3 miles with MapMyRun or MapMyFitness
  • Complete at least 30 minutes of fitness activity

Every time you reach 300 points you’ll receive a $10 gift card in the mail or via email when you sign up for their eRewards program.

16. Earn money for charity: Charity Miles (Rating +)

Website | iOS | Android

Speaking of charities…while this app doesn’t technically pay you to work out, it turns each step you take into a donation for a worthwhile cause.

They have over 40 charities to choose from. You’ll earn 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. But there is no smart watch or fitbit option so you’ll have to have your smartphone with you whenever you go for a run or a bike.

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