If one of your 2016 New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape and eat healthier, there are plenty of Free apps out there to help you reach your goal. But, did you know that there are quite a few Free apps available that also offer rewards just for being healthy? Check out a few popular apps that offer various benefits…
Here’s how it works: You make a weekly Pact to exercise more or eat healthier. Set the amount of what you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it. Use the Pact app to track your progress and earn real cash for living healthily, paid by the members who don’t! Go here for more details.
Raise money for charity! Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you walk, run, or bike, the Charity Miles app will track your distance and the money earned. Bikers will earn up to 10¢ per mile; walkers and runners can earn up to 25¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors (such as Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Timex Sports and Kenneth Cole). When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship and they’ll send you a note confirming your good work. Go here for more details.
Get Balance Rewards points for setting and achieving goals and daily tracking. Simply log your walk, run, bike ride, weigh-in, blood pressure/glucose reading, or other healthy activity, and you will earn Balance Rewards points that can be redeemed at your local Walgreens (5,000 points equals a $5 reward). Your healthy activity can also be sent automatically if you sync select health and fitness devices & apps. Go here for more details.
Shop Your Way members who are registered users of FitStudio can earn Shop Your Way points to redeem at Sears or Kmart whenever they complete a qualifying activity. Earn 200 points for signing up, 100 points for completing your profile, and 200 points whenever you connect a device. Plus, members can earn 50 points per qualified activity and can earn 2,000 points whenever they walk or run 15 miles or burn 1,500 calories! Go here for more details.
UPDATE – As of February 10th, 2016, Fitstudio.com and FitStudio ‘Points for Progress’ rewards will be deactivated. After February 10, 2016, you will no longer be able to earn Shop Your Way points for your fitness or social activity. They will honor points you’ve earned from the previous week, February 3rd-9th, 2016 and those points will expire seven days after they’re issued. Also, they will no longer track and apply your exercise stats and you will no longer have a dashboard page on FitStudio.com. (Thanks, Neha!)
Bounts, a British based company that’s also available in the USA, Canada and several other countries, lets you connect your favorite fitness apps and devices (Garmin, RunKeeper and more) to earn “bounts” whenever you walk, run, swim, cycle, gym – every activity earns you bounts. For most devices/apps, you must take as little as 7,000 steps a day or 20 minutes of continued exercise from your connected apps. Plus, you can earn nice rewards such as genuine cash gift vouchers from big brands and local stores. Go here for more details.
Higi is a free and easy way to keep tabs on your health and wellness information. Your higi score is a measure of your recent activity, so the more active and engaged you are within higi the higher you score. Higi Stations are located in select retail pharmacies and grocery stores (such as Whole Foods, Rite Aid, H-E-B and Publix) and will measure your weight, BMI, pulse blood pressure. However, you can also track your progress with the Free Higi App and you can connect your account with other fitness apps, including Fitbit, Garmin, Nike and more. You can earn rewards, such as a Free month of Bulu Box, discounted Element Bars and Orgain products and more. Go here for more details.
AchieveMint lets you earn rewards with the health and fitness apps you already own, use, and love. Just connect the applications and devices you like and AchieveMint will generate insights that help keep you healthy and active. You earn rewards just by doing healthy things so the more you do, the more you earn! Go here for more details but note that they currently have a waiting list for new members.
Now it’s YOUR turn! Which Fitness App is your favorite?