6 Apps That Pay You to Workout

By Kyle James on 7 February 2017 0 comments

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions every year is to get fit and lose weight. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most broken resolutions as well. Perhaps if there was more of a financial reward tied to getting in shape, it would be easier, or maybe if there was a way to stay more accountable. Fortunately, there exist some highly clever smartphone apps that will help you with both. Here are six of the most popular apps that will actually pay you to workout and help keep you accountable in the process.

1. PACT

The free PACT app is a clever healthy living smartphone app that keeps you accountable, both in terms of diet and exercise. The app works by allowing you to make weekly "pacts" with yourself to either eat healthier or exercise more.

Once your pacts are set, you choose how much money you'll pay other PACT members if you don't reach them. On the flipside, if you do reach your pacts, you get paid by other members. So essentially you make money by staying healthy and you get paid by the members who don't. You might only make a few dollars a week, but the app keeps you accountable and makes for easy goal setting. Plus, it lets you connect to other popular health apps like RunKeeper, Fitbit, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal.

2. DietBet

The DietBet app is a fun way to track your weight loss goals, stay accountable, and tap into your competitive side. Essentially the app let's you join "Games," pay a small entry fee, and compete against other motivated folks to try and lose a certain percentage of weight in a specific amount of time. Win the game and you'll split the pot with all the other winners.

3. Healthy Wage

The Healthy Wage app is similar to DietBet, with a couple important differences. While you get paid by winning weight loss challenges, the app focuses more on the user creating challenges with friends and family as well as corporate challenges. The challenges make for a fun way to track your progress and interact with others who are also trying to develop a healthier lifestyle.

You can join up to 10 challenges at one time, as well as simply create personal challenges that'll keep you accountable. You pony up some money, join the challenges that interest you, and try to win some substantial bucks. Refer friends to the challenge and your winnings grow substantially.

4. Charity Miles

If you're looking to get into shape and are the type who regularly gives money to your favorite charities, then the Charity Miles app is worth a look. The app essentially donates money to the charity of your choice any time you "walk, run, bike, skip, dance or any human-centered activity." By using your smartphone's GPS, Charity Miles can easily track your movement and track your activity. The more you move, the more money your charity receives.

Sound too good to be true? Charity Miles is completely legit and pays out via corporate sponsors like Humana, Johnson & Johnson, and Chobani.

5. WellCoin

The folks at WellCoin have developed a mobile app that gives you rewards points for doing healthy things. From sleeping seven hours a night, to drinking plenty of water, to going for a jog, you'll earn WellCoins for doing all of the above. Earn enough coins and you can redeem them for workout gear, healthy food, and even exercise classes in your area. The app is a great tool to help keep you accountable throughout the day.

6. FitCoin

The FitCoin app is another fun way to earn rewards with your Fitbit or any fitness tracker supported by the Apple Health app on your iPhone. Once the app is synced to your fitness tracker, you simply start burning calories by walking, jogging, or hitting the gym, and start earning "FitCoins" for your efforts. Your burned calories turn into FitCoins which can be redeemed in the FitCoin boutique for cool stuff like Amazon gift cards.

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