Walking is a part of everyday life, so wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid for doing it?
You may be surprised by the number of apps that pay you to walk. In this article we’ll take a look at ten of the best options.
If you get a lot of exercise already, some of these apps will allow you to easily earn rewards for that exercise. Other apps will give you motivation to start getting more exercise. The outside motivation can be really helpful!
The first seven apps that are covered in this article are great, but to be honest, you’re not going to get rich from them. They will, however, allow you to make a little extra money for something you’re already doing, or give you some motivation to get more exercise.
The last three apps that are featured will give you far more earning potential. If you’re looking to make more than a small amount of something extra, be sure to consider the apps listed at numbers 8-10.
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Sweatcoin is a popular app that converts your outdoor steps to cryptocurrency (Sweatcoins). The app uses your phone’s accelerometers and GPS location to track and count your steps, and then it converts the steps into Sweatcoings. For every verified 1,000 steps, you’ll get 0.95 Sweatcoins.
One of the most important things to understand about Sweatcoin is that only outdoor steps will earn anything. Indoor steps will be counted, but they won’t earn you any Sweatcoins.
You can use the Sweatcoins that you’ve earned by redeeming them for prizes. The prizes change frequently. It’s hard to say how much a Sweatcoin is worth in terms of dollars because each prize is a little different, but you can redeem 20,000 Sweatcoins for $1,000 in cash.
With the base account you can earn up to 5 Sweatcoins per day, which means it will take a crazy long time to earn 20,000 Sweatcoins. If you want to earn Sweatcoin faster, you have the option of upgrade to a plan that allows you to earn up to 10 Sweatcoins per day. The current cost of that plan is 4.75 Sweatcoins per month.
You can also earn 5 Sweatcoins for each friend that you refer.
Lympo is somewhat similar to Sweatcoin in that you’ll be able to earn cryptocurrency, in this case LYM. But there are also some very significant differences between Lympo and Sweatcoin. Most significantly, all steps are equal on Lympo (not just outdoor steps). You can walk or run outdoors or indoors, even on a treadmill.
You can link Lympo to Google Fit to track your steps. The way to earn through Lympo is by completing challenges. Each day you’ll find a new challenge, and you’ll be rewarded with LYM if you complete the challenge.
After you’ve earned some LYM, you can redeem them for your choice of prizes.
You can also earn LYM by referring friends.
Overall, Lympo is a fun app with a nicely-designed interface that is easy to use.
Achievement will allow you to earn points for healthy activities. In addition to walking, you can earn points for things like tracking the foods you eat, tracking your sleep, and other types or exercise aside from just walking.
You can connect Achievement to Fitbit, Garmin, MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, or many other apps that you use to monitor your health. Once you’ve earned 10,000 points, you can redeem them for $10. If you earn the maximum of 80 points per day, you can make about $30 over the course of a year from Achievement.
There are some additional ways to you can earn extra points, like taking health surveys and referring friends.
Sometimes a little pressure or outside motivation can be just what you need to get in better shape. Stepbet is different than the other apps we’ve already featured because it involves placing a bet or wager that you will either win or lose.
Stepbet links to several different fitness trackers, like Fitbit. Based on your current fitness level, Stepbet will set daily goals for you in terms of how many steps you need to take. If you’re confident and you want some motivation, you can place a bet and join one of the games within the app.
Games last for six weeks and in order to win the bet, you’ll need to meet or exceed your step goals at least six days each week during the game. If you hit the goals, you’ll win the bet and some money (the money is split between the winners). If you don’t, you’ll lose your money. Most bets are around $40.
Walgreens Balance Rewards doesn’t pay you in cash, but you can earn points that are redeemable for purchases at Walgreens.
You can earn points for a variety of healthy tasks like walking, linking a health app or device, logging your sleep, testing your blood pressure, monitoring glucose, exercising, and weighing in. You can even earn points if you quit smoking.
Since it connects to a Fitbit or other device, most of it is done for you, so it doesn’t take much effort to earn some points. You can earn up to 1,000 points per month (2o points per mile walked, 20 points for exercising, 20 points for weighing in, etc.).
To get started, you’ll need to sign up for Walgreens Balance Rewards on their website and link an app or device. Once you start accumulating some points, you’ll be able to see your balance on the website.
Carrot is a great option for Canadians. It connects to a Fitbit or your smartphone (Android or iOS). Carrot will track your steps and you’ll receive personalized step goals. When you hit your goal you’ll earn points.
You can also connect with your friends, create challenges, and earn more points for winning the challenges.
The third way that you can earn points is to complete short quizzes where you’ll learn about important wellness topics.
The points you earned can be redeemed for things like credits in the Drop app.
Charity Miles with not pay you for walking, but it will donate money to a charity of your choice as a result of your steps.
The app uses your smartphone’s GPS and you can earn by walking, running, riding a bike, and even dancing. One of the differences between Charity Miles and the other apps here is that you’ll have to open the app and actually initiate the tracking before you walk/run/jog/ride. It’s a little bit inconvenient and you’ll need to remember to open the app, but it’s for a good cause.
There are more than 40 popular non-profit organizations that you can choose to support, and you can even get friends and family to sponsor you if you want to.
Make More Money by Working While You Walk
The apps listed above are fun and will allow you to make a little extra money from walking, but you’re not going to make a huge amount of money with any of them. If you want to make more money while you walk, you can turn that walking into a service. There are a few options, and here we’ll take a look at the best ones.
Rover is a website/app that connects pet owners with dog walkers and pet sitters. You can create a free profile at Rover and list your services as a dog walker. Pet owners in your local area can then find you through Rover and hire you.
Obviously, this involves a little more effort as compared to an app that automatically credits you with some points for your steps, but you have the potential to make so much more as a dog walker.
There are many pet owners who are in need of someone to walk their dog, either because they’re not home or because they’re not physically able to do it themselves. The services are in demand, it pays pretty well, and Rover makes it easy to find work since they have a huge user base.
Dog walking presents, in my opinion, the best earning potential if you’re looking to make money from walking. As a bonus, you can also use the apps listed above to earn more money while you are walking dogs.
Postmates is an app that allows customers to get food from restaurants delivered to them. Anyone can sign up to deliver for Postmates, and you can make deliveries by car, bike, or even on foot.
If you’re in an urban area, it’s possible to make extra money by walking and delivering food through Postmates.
Like dog walking with Rover, this opportunity won’t pay you directly for walking, but it will allow you to earn a much higher amount of money while still walking and getting exercise.
Of course, in order for this to be a viable option, you’ll need to live or work in the right area. A rural location is not going to work if you’re walking. Keep in mind that the schedule is totally flexible, so if you work in the city you could make some money on your lunch break, or even stay in the area for a short time after work and take advantage of the busy dinner hour.
Like Stepbet, HealthyWage is another one that comes with a bit of risk, but can serve as a great motivator. You won’t directly earn money for walking, but you can earn money based on losing weight, and walking can obviously help you to lose weight.
With HealthyWage you will make a weight loss bet. If you hit the target weight by the end date of the bet, you can win up to $10,000. The amount you can win will depend on factors like your current weight, how much you want to lose, how fast you want to lose it (wagers are at least 6 months long), your sex, your height, your waist measurement, and how much you are willing to bet per month. They have a calculator on their site. You can enter your details and see how much you could win.
In addition to doing a wager on your own, you can also start a challenge with friends and family, or compete in a corporate wellness program.
Making a wager is a great way to give yourself some motivation to hit your weight loss goals, but keep in mind that you’ll lose the money if you don’t hit your weight loss goal.
There are plenty of apps that make it possible for you to earn some extra money for the walking that you already do. They can even give you some extra motivation to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.
There are also a few apps that make it possible to earn a significant amount of money by offering a service while you’re walking.
Try a few of these apps that seem like they could be a good fit for you. Try Lympo if you’re looking to earn some rewards for your walking. Try dog walking with Rover if you want to make serious money.