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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) below!

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

scale with apple and measuring tape on surface


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!

apps that pay you to lose weight — stepbet screenshots on ios

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 take 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!

screenshots of healthy wage app on ios

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. Synch up with SweatCoin and earn cold, hard cash.

apple watch showing an activity tracker


Simply walk and earn—that’s it! SweatCoin tracks and verifies your steps through your fitness tracker or smartphone health app and converts the steps into SweatCoin currency. So what can you buy with SweatCoin? Well, pretty much anything you normally spend money on!

screenshots of sweatcoin app on ios

Their marketplace partners with companies that sell goods, services, and even experiences that you can receive by exchanging your SweatCoins. You can even gift your balance and pay friends and family in the app! It really couldn’t be any easier to get paid just for walking around.

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

large group of people running on highway in organized race


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.

screenshots of charity miles app on android

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!

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!

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Comments 31

    • JoAnne

      It looks like you need an Apple watch to particpate in the Attain program to get an Apple watch?

  1. Mrsg

    Thank you ! I hadn’t heard of run bet. Another site is
    I’ve been using it for 5 years and you just get money by PayPal when you reach a certain number of the points.

    • Penny

      I have been using this one for years. It’s simple but takes forever to earn a $10 gift card. And I’m a runner too!

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      Cool! Thank you for sharing that site and glad it’s worked well for you 🙂

    • Sarah

      Yep, I love achievement, too!

  2. Diana

    Aetna recently launched their Attain healthy rewards program where you can earn a free Apple Watch and gift cards. Apperently if you do the goals it will take about 2 years to earn the basic Apple watch.

  3. Lynn

    Dicks sporting goods also links your steps to earn rewards

  4. Denise

    I’m doing Healthy Wage now! If I lose 50 pounds by October I win almost $800. I’m almost halfway there. 🙂

    • Diana

      Good job!!!!

    • Caitlin

      Way to go Denise!! That is so awesome 🙂

    • Denise

      Wow thanks everyone! Wasn’t expecting encouragement, was just vouching for Healthy Wage. What a nice surprise! 🙂

      • Jesenia

        High Five 100 times over. Be Loud.Be Proud !!!!!!!! There is very little to get as excited about, as when you lose a substantial amount of weight. Again Denise, Be Loud.Be Proud !

    • Yessenia

      That’s amazing! Good job!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! That’s wonderful, Denise! Congrats on your success! 🙌🎉

    • Staci

      Denise congratulations on the pounds lost so far you are doing a great job. Can you explain how much you had to bet/ time given in order to get to the $800 finish line ?

    • Penny

      Awesome! Keep it up!

  5. debzeppelin

    Go Denise! Rooting for you!!

  6. Melissa

    Principal life insurance has an app as well that you can earn gift cards. I’ve had it for about 3 months and have earned $15 in amazon cards just for doing my normal routine but linking it to my Fitbit

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      Very cool! That’s a great payout for activities you’re already doing!

  7. Shannon

    I have SweatCoin but have never found anything I want to spend my points on. Am I missing something? I’ve had it for years and have never cashed in for anything.

    • Michelle

      I have sweatcoin as well and don’t really understand how it works.

    • Megan

      I agree about sweatcoin. There really aren’t good things to cash in on.

    • Chloe

      Felt the same way. I’ve started cashing in on some of their offers like free face masks, 3 month trial of Tidal music, a month of meditation app.

  8. Rn

    Yeah I had Sweatcoin also and deleted it..hard to understand and crappy prizes

  9. Bella

    I agree. Also to cash out for money, you would have to have this app for at least 2 years. It takes too long to receive anything. I stopped using the app after 2 months. Seems like there are much better apps out there.

  10. Diana

    So could I sign up for most of these and get rewards from all of them? Assuming I have time to do all this and sync it as needed.

  11. mrspike

    Achievement is an app that pays as well.

  12. Kay Sanders

    I use the Walgreens app with my iPhone. I get $5.00 reward most months. It’s very easy.

    • Laura

      How does this work with the Wags app?

  13. Claudia

    I have the sweatcoins app and it sucks. Big time! I have almost $200 and unable to cash it out because you don’t actually get money. You get discounted prices on things to try. Like a Walter or razor or app. And even still when you “cash in” there’s still money you have to pay like shipping or half the price of the item. Not with it really. You only get PayPal if you refer a certain amount of folks. I do not recommend it. Good prices are in the 50,000 😫

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