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There are people who enjoy working out, and then there’s me. I require a little extra motivation — like money.
Here are 5 ways I’ve found to get paid to work out:
1. Get paid $0.50-$0.75 every time you show up to work out with GymPact.
Set a goal, stick to it, get paid. It’s that simple with the GymPact app. You set a weekly commitment — called a Pact — that goes from Monday to Sunday. Fulfill that commitment and you get paid out at the end of the week — between $0.50 and $0.75 per workout.
2. Get paid $44 to drop 20 pounds with HealthyWage.
If you’re determined to lose weight — and I mean really determined — HealthyWage can earn you a decent chunk of change.
You’ll essentially bet on how much weight you’re going to lose. Provide your height, weight, how much you want to lose in a given time frame, and the amount you’ll bet each month. They’ll then tell you how much you’ll win if you succeed.
For me, if I bet $50 a month and want to lose 20 lbs in 8 months, I’ll get $444 back (that’s the $400 I bet, plus a $44 prize). The higher you bet, the better your prize will be. However, if you don’t lose the weight, you lose all of your money — meaning it is quite a risky bet.
3. Make $10 a year for walking with Walgreens Balance Rewards.
Walgreens Balance Rewards is a store loyalty program where you accrue points for shopping at Walgreens. You can also earn points by connecting your Fitbit!
If you don’t have a Fitbit, no worries — there’s a whole list of health apps you can connect.
You’ll earn 20 points for every mile you bike, run, or walk! 5,000 points equals $5, and 40,000 points equals $50.
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4. Lose 10% of your weight and win cash with DietBet.
If friendly competition and financial incentives get you motivated, DietBet might be for you. Choose to lose either 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks or 10% in 6 weeks and start or join a DietBet game.
You’ll put your bet into a pot with other players, and if you achieve your weight loss goal, you split the pot with the other winners.
Some games are small with pots of a few hundred dollars, but some celebrity-hosted games have pots of a few hundred thousand dollars! The typical betting amount is $30, and winners get back an average of 1.5-2x their bet.
Plus, there’s a no-lose guarantee, so if the majority of players in the game win, the worst-case scenario is you simply get your money back.
PRO TIP: StepBet is a great compliment to DietBet in terms of reaching your fitness goals. Like DietBet, you’ll join a game and bet on yourself to reach your goal. If you do, you’ll split the pot with the winners! StepBet will give you personalized goals for steps you take based on your steps history from the device of your choice. It works with FitBit, Apple Watch and fitness trackers in iPhone and Android smartphones.
Download StepBet for iOS and Android.
5. Get paid for reaching your step goals with StepBet.
If walking or jogging is your jam, StepBet is for you. It’s pretty simple. Just set weekly goals based on how many steps you’re going to take that week.
Bet a certain amount of cash that you’ll reach your step goals for the duration of a “game.” On average, each game lasts six weeks and bets tend to be around $40.
6. Let your fitness benefit nonprofits with CharityMiles.
OK, so you’re not getting paid directly, but there’s real monetary impact to your fitness with the CharityMiles app. For every mile you move, you help earn money for the charity you choose.
CharityMiles is funded by corporate sponsors like Johnson & Johnson, Del Monte Fresh, Brooks Running, Blueprint for Athletes and others.