These Fitness Apps Actually Pay YOU To Work Out (& One Even Donates To Charity)

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Get out what you put in.

Did you know you can turn your weight loss goals into cash? It’s not some strange magic – with the help of clever smartphone apps that pay you to work out, you can actually make money with your fitness and diet goals. The strategy to success is the monetary gain (or loss) that holds you accountable for your healthy progress.

Check out some of the innovative tech and ways to earn:

1. Lose 4-10% of your weight and play among friends with DietBet.

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Place your bet in the bidding pool, reach the weight loss goal, and winners split the pot—it’s that easy! Just join in one of DietBet’s weight loss games that start each week to get started. 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).

apps that pay you to lose weight — screenshots of dietbet app on ios

You can even join into betting pools hosted by other DietBet app users, or start your own pool with family and friends! With their 7-day risk-free cancellation policy, cheating prevention methods, and No Lose guarantee, what do you have to lose (except for pounds and inches)?

2. Reach daily step goals over a 6-week period with StepBet.

close up of woman wearing sneakers in active step

From the same company that owns DietBet, StepBet 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!

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The app allows for a grace period in the first week as a warmup so users understand how the tracking process works (and to make sure that your connected device is syncing properly). Bets are typically around $40 (which can seem a bit high), but it adds an extra layer of encouragement to get out there and get stepping!

3. Up the ante (and your steps) using RunBet.

woman running on pavement listening to music

You can already see where this is going. From the makers of both DietBet and StepBet, there’s also RunBet, which focuses on setting and sticking to a running schedule. It helps to form regular running habits, while also having users place bets on their performance and win money when they don’t stray from the designated routine.

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It’s especially helpful for those who want to run in their first 5k, half-marathon, or full-length marathon. The app syncs with popular fitness trackers when running outside, though treadmill runs are still fair game (they simply require a few pictures to be verified by the RunBet team). As with the other Way Better programs, the app has a money-back and No Lose guarantee.

Hip Tip: If high-intensity workouts are more your thing, get on the email list for SweatBet to be notified when the workout betting app launches.

4. Earn Walgreens Balance Rewards points with each healthy activity.

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You probably already know and love all the ways you can save in-store with the Walgreens Balance Rewards program. Now, you can even earn points for daily healthy activities like watching your weight and exercising. They’ll also reward you for monitoring sleep patterns, testing blood pressure and glucose, or trying to quit smoking.

Potential points earning scenario in a 30-day period:

    • Link a fitness tracker – 250 points
    • Log daily weigh-in – 300 points
    • Meet maximum exercise allotment – 1000 points
      • You can log exercise in two ways:
        • 20 points per mile of walking, running, or cycling
        • 20 points per exercise activity
    • Log sleep daily – 300 points

That’s 1850 points for activities you may already be doing!

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You can track all of your progress right on the Walgreens app under Health Services, and watch your Balance Rewards grow!

5. Lose weight as a team with Healthy Wage, and split up to $10,000.

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Support is key when working toward a weight loss goal, so why not make the journey as a team? 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 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.

If a team setting isn’t your thing, Healthy Wage also offers personal jackpots and individual challenges. Though if you do encourage friends to sign up to use the app, you’ll have a bonus added to your prize, and they’ll get an extra incentive bonus, too!

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Arguably the most fun part of this program is calculating your potential winnings. You indicate your desired weight, timeline to get you there, monthly wager, and enter some details about your existing weight. Then the handy tool will give you your winning amount if you meet your goal!

6. Download Achievement to partake in health studies for cash or charities.

woman wearing a smart watch using achievement app

Earn cash with Achievement for doing simple tasks like tracking your steps, logging food, meditation sessions, sleep, and log miles biked. This app 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. Getting paid to eat well, walk, and even sleep has never been easier!

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.

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Even more convenient, the app also allows you to link any of your apps to track healthy activities on Fitbit, Strava, Stop, Breathe, and Think! You’ll earn $10 for every 10,000 points and these rewards are paid out pretty quickly (within 3-7 business days). Achievers can redeem cash directly into their PayPal account or bank account of choice. What are you waiting for?!

7. Exercise for good and raise money using Charity Miles.

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While this app isn’t technically paying you, it turns each step you take into a donation for a worthwhile cause. When you download the Charity Miles app, you simply pick your desired charity and get moving! No matter how you move, you’ll earn money for the charity you chose when you complete each mile.

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But where does the money come from? Charity Miles partners with major corporations to leverage their media budget to funnel the funds to charities instead. In exchange, those companies can advertise on the app for less spend, so everyone involved wins! You can even share your activity on social media to gain sponsorship from friends and family!

man on pedal bike machine in gym

While we love that these apps have created a clever way to keep users motivated to stick with fitness goals, keep in mind that some of these apps may not be for everyone, as most do require you to use your own money as an investment.

But if you’ve been waiting for an extra incentive to stick to your healthy lifestyle habits, give these fun fitness apps a try!

Check out the 6 Best FREE Workout Apps to try this year!

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Comments 43

  1. Mary

    Would love to try one of these. Anyone has feedback they can provide regarding any of these? Thank you in advance.

    • Shannon

      I have my fitness tracker and food log (my fitness pal) linked to My Achievement and it works great. It takes a long time to get to the 10k for an award but that’s okay since it’s free.
      I also do the Walgreens program but I log in to add the challenge I chose to do and I get points. For some reason I didn’t want to connect my fitness tracker for them (I can’t remember my reason). It still adds up to free rewards to use in the stores.
      I don’t suggest Sweatcoin. I exercise a lot and have never cashed in points because it never was something I wanted.

    • rebecca

      i have used StepBet and DietBet many many times, and i would recommend both. They are run by the same company, and the apps are pretty easy to use, and they really pay out with no problems if you meet your goal. I have never had any issue with getting my money (i have them transfer it to my PayPal account.)
      i have always found the other users in the community to be very supportive. (even though they are competing to win the same money as you, the other players/users are always nice, no trash-talking or negativity on their sites.)
      if you end up with a legitimate medical reason that you can’t complete your goal, you can get a refund.
      these two competitions encourage healthy goals that are tailored to your own body weight or activity level, and you can invest as much or as little as you want.

      i did the Walgreens one for a couple years, and loved it, i received easy rewards from it, but it stopped working a couple months ago, and i can’t figure out what went wrong.

    • Mellissa

      I agree with Rebecca StepBet is really easy to use and all the users are very supportive. You can share/ask questions and everyone helps out and supports with positive feedback. I think I am on my 7th StepBet currently and I’ve earned a little over $50. The payouts I have had have ranged from 7.00 to 12.00 earned. You always get your original $40 back if you make it to the end. 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. Like I stated this is my 7th and my steps have slowly increased over time.

      The best part – I’ve lost 35 pounds in the process. So that in itself is the best reward. I find that StepBet just keeps you accountable to be active – plus a little money added in the end. Good luck!!

      P.S. If you ever have any syncing issues StepBet is super helpful and fix the issues quickly. I once emailed them on a Sunday and I got a response in under 15 mins.

    • Steph

      As others have mentioned, Achievemint is slow-earning. But it syncs automatically if you have a tracking-device already. I logged in and based on my regular workouts, weights, and sleep tracking it was an unexpected $10.

      I also LOVE charitymiles! The one downside is that it tends to run via gps-tracker in its own app, though I believe one of their more recent updates was supposed to better sync with existing fitness trackers so you don’t need to have the phone and GPS running with you when you’re active, but not sure it ever reached that point.

    • SavingsMama

      I personally didn’t like Dietbet…but it depends on your body type. After the initial 15lbs off, I subsequently gained muscle mass. I could do 1 of them, but no the 6month pay outs because there’s nothing for muscle gain, just overall weight. I want to try some of the other ones, but I have an Amazon tracker and I guess that won’t link for many.

    • kellaphin

      Hi Mary, I’m doing Healthy Wage right now, it’s been such a great motivator. If you are interested you can use my referral link, if you sign up by January 8th they will give you an extra $100 in prize money!

  2. Caitlin

    With the fleet feet app, you can earn miles towards certain merchandise by running, walking, hiking, etc. You can earn merchandise like socks, hats, coffee mugs, etc. And it is free as well if you have a fleet feet near by!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for the suggestion, Caitlin!

    • Lisa A.

      I wasn’t aware that Fleet Feet had this program. Does it take a long time to earn a reward?

  3. ally

    I’ve started using Swetacoin which converts your steps into money and then you can spend it in their “store”. Check out this free app 👆 It pays to walk!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    • k

      It’s a waste. The coins amount is so less that you could only buy something small after 1 year of walking.

    • savvyshops

      I don’t prefer sweatcoin, you don’t earn much and the prizes or what you can buy are all discount codes and a lot of subscriptions, unless you refer people that make the only way to make actual $$

  4. Sara

    I’ve been using Achievement for quite a while (I have it connected to my Garmin Vivoactive) but had no idea I could earn points by connecting My Finess Pal! Thanks for sharing that!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome, Sara! Glad to help!

    • LisaK

      Thanks Sarah, I totally forgot to look at the app and I had a $10 reward.

  5. Kristina

    DietBet is great!! I recommend it. It helps you stay focused to know you have some money on the line. It’s also nice having other players with you.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! That does sound fun. Thanks so much for the recommendation, Kristina!

  6. karink

    I have achievement app linked to my Fitbit Versa. Easy to track but just FYI it takes a long time to earn 10 dollars.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the honest warning, Karink! Good to know!

  7. Denise

    I am using Healthywage right now for the 2nd time. First time i lost 50 lbs in 6 months and won almost $800! Now I am on track to lose 35 lbs in 6 months to win over $600! Here’s my referral link for anyone who wants to join and add $40 to their prize!

  8. chellesiooo

    I’ve been using both StepBet and RunBet for about 9 months now. Both are fantastic motivators to get steps/runs in and earning a little bit of money is icing on the cake! 🙂 I’ve made about $60 far and just bought the $50 yearly membership for StepBet that allows winners to split the entire pot on member only games (StepBet takes a 15% cut of the pot for non member games) and allows you to join 3 games at once (non members can only join 1). They also guarantee that you’ll at least make the money that you put in back, as long as you meet your step/run commitment. I highly recommend both for having a motivation for keeping up with your fitness.

  9. Gisette

    Just earned another 10$ prepaid Visa card from Achievement. Mind you I run a lot, so it takes a bit to rack up 10,000. Points.

    • NolaGirl

      These apps collect location data and lots of other information. What can. I do to maintain privacy while using these apps?

      • Animity

        Agreed. Every app wants too much information.

    • Anna

      Do you have to put up money upfront?
      Also can I ask how much you run? I do too but I’m wondering how much running before you earn money. Thx

  10. Christie Sampson

    I love StepBet- I’ve done a few rounds and usually end up making at least $5 over the 6-week bet. I did Achievement for a while and don’t think it’s worth it. They are getting a lot of your data (when you sleep, when you move, how much you weigh, when you eat, anything you track on your fitbit/garmin/etc. app) for pennies per day. Sweatcoin ( ) and Lympo ( ) don’t pay out much but at least they only get my step counts and Lympo has fun challenges.

  11. Brazilchick32

    I wish I knew about some of these before I lost 201 lbs!

    • Animity

      Wow!! Good job!!

  12. Celeste Stanger

    If you would like to try Achievement you can use my referral code Thanks!

  13. Maggie

    “Walk for a Dog” is another good app that gives to charity every time you walk your dog. You can pick a local animal rescue or shelter in your city as the beneficiary of your dog walks. It’s free. It interfaces with the step tracker in the Health app in iOS.

    • Lisa A.

      Love this idea! I’ll look into it and maybe recommend that this be advertised to the volunteers at the animal shelter where I volunteer.

  14. Samantha

    Love the suggestions! Also, Dick’s Sporting Goods has a program too called MOVE. You have to get in 3 miles, 30 minutes of activity or 10,000 steps a day to earn up to 3 points. The points add up quick and I believe you get 150 points when you sign up. Once you have 300 points, they issue you a $10 reward to use at their store. Sometimes they do challenges as well.

    • Shannon

      Is this an app or do you find the Move program on their website?

  15. Tricia

    Darn I wish I knew about all of these two years ago when I lost 200 lbs.

    • Charlotte Esquivel

      CONGRATULATIONS, though!! That’s an AWESOME achievement!!

      • Tricia

        Thanks 🙂

  16. Kristen

    My watch is linked to Dick’s Sporting Goods. I earn points toward store gift certificates.

  17. Cristine

    Check your health insurance too! Mine has an app and it syncs to my fitbit. If I meet the goal, I get $20/month! This is part of their healthy lifestyle reward ( they used to give a set amount toward a gym membership) but it seems super easy to earn money.

    • Charlotte Esquivel

      Christine, which health insurance company if you don’t mind me asking?

  18. bfunkwa

    Charity Miles is awesome I’ve been using it for years . Got my first $10 from Achievement a couple of months ago.

  19. kellaphin

    I’m doing Healthy Wage right now, it’s been such a great motivator. If you are interested you can use my referral link, if you sign up by January 8th they will give you an extra $100 in prize money!

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