How to Get Paid to Walk

9 Walking Apps That Earn Rewards in Cash, Discounts, or Charity Donations

Wouldn't it be great if your walking earned you money or rewards beyond race t-shirts and medals? You may already be using a pedometer app to track your walking. These apps can turn your steps into money, discounts, or charity donations. Sadly, you won't be able to quit your day job, but it's nice to make a few bucks for your efforts. Now that should help you overcome walking excuses.

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Charity Miles

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The Charity Miles app lets you earn money for charities without begging your friends and family for walkathon donations. This app allows you to log your running, cycling, or walking workouts. You choose a charity and it uses your phone's GPS and the motion sensors to track your mileage. It can log both indoor and outdoor workouts, so you can put that treadmill time to good use.

You can choose from over two dozen charities, including the ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, Alzheimer's Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, and Wounded Warrior Project. Charity Miles is available for both iOS and Android.

The drawback of this app compared to some others is that you must open it and track each workout. You don't get credit for your all-day steps and activity, only for those dedicated workouts.

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Achievement

With the Achievement app, you can earn money for walking, biking, swimming, and other exercises as tracked via the app. You can earn up to 80 points per day for exercise activities and six points per day for logging food, sleep tracking, weighing yourself, meditating, or sharing your health journey on Twitter. They pay $10 for every 10,000 points you earn, and you can donate your points to listed charities.

Maximizing your point-earning, it will still take four months to earn $10. Although the payouts are slow, it could earn you $30 per year. Your points expire one year from the date they are earned. They have other opportunities to earn cash and rewards besides this baseline system. You can take surveys on exercise and heath that earn points.

With the app, you can connect to over 30 apps including Apple Health, Samsung Health, Fitbit, Garmin, Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, and Misfit. As a result, you don't even need a fitness tracker to use Achievement as it can connect to the activity logged by your mobile phone.

It can truly be "set it and forget it," other than remembering to redeem your points for cash. However, you will most motivate yourself if you check it to see how many points you are earning per day.

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Higi

Higi isn't its own app. Instead, it partners with many devices and apps to turn fitness efforts into points for rewards on Higi. The company acquired the Earndit site, which performed the same function (your account is transferable). You can join for free and link your apps to automatically update your points earned in their challenges. The challenges can be a week long or a month long.

You earn points per mile (or mile's worth of daily steps). You can also earn points by using a Higi health tracking station, located at pharmacies. These measure your pulse, blood pressure, weight, BMI, and body fat. Points convert into chances in a prize drawing at the end of a challenge. Points also count towards rewards, which are discounts for health and fitness items. You can get more points by recruiting friends to sign up. Track your points vs. your friends and turn it into a fun social competition.

Pluses: They link to an impressive range of apps and devices, including Fitbit, Nike+, Strava, RunKeeper, Omron, endomondo, Garmin, iHealth, Striiv, and Under Armour. You can't game the system by tracking the same workout on more than one app or device. It just gives you credit for the one that logged the most activity.

Minuses: You have to spend money to redeem most of the rewards, such as getting 20 percent off Garmin products. At times, they offer charity rewards so you can donate excess points to charities.

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Walgreens Balance Rewards

You can earn Balance Reward points towards Redemption Dollars at Walgreens by tracking your walks and other fitness activities in the Balance Rewards for healthy choices program. Sign up on the Walgreens website or link your current Walgreens BR account to the healthy choices program and download the app. The app is available for iOS, Google Play, and Windows Phone.

You can link a fitness tracker (including your phone's motion sensor) to log your steps, distance, or duration on the app. You get 20 BR Points per mile. However, there is a cap of 1,000 points per month for fitness activities.

You also earn points for tracking your weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, sleep, and oximeter readings with other health apps. That's a further bonus for those who track their sleep already with Fitbit or MyFitnessPal.

Within the app, you can view your activity in steps and minutes. On the Walgreens website, you can see your totals tracked on a graph as well.

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Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin gives you cryptocurrency rewards for walking. The basic app is free, but has a walking step limit for the day. It converts every 2,000 steps into their own currency you can use for various rewards or to trade. The company is U.K.-based and the app is available for both iOS and Android.

A drawback of this app is that you have to walk outdoors as it uses GPS. It doesn't link to any fitness trackers but only uses your phone's GPS and built-in accelerometer. It also uses an algorithm to ensure you are walking rather than driving, so there will be a speed limit.

Featured rewards include gift cards, but availability is limited. They note the ability to convert 20,000 Sweatcoins to $1,000 in PayPal cash. However, they also say this will take 18 months to accomplish and you can redeem only one per customer.

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MapMyFitness

Using MapMyWalk, MapMyRun, or any of their related MapMyFitness apps gives you the opportunity to join in challenges and earn chances for prizes. The prizes include many Under Armour produces as well as those from other fitness-oriented companies. While you won't earn real cash or guaranteed rewards, this is a nice perk of using these apps. The apps can connect to your Fitbit and phone sensors for all-day activity, or you can track individual workouts via GPS.

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BetterPoints (U.K. and Europe)

The BetterPoints app offers rewards for walking and other physical activities for those in the U.K,. Poland, France, and Italy. You must track your activities in those countries. After joining, you select a challenge and earn points or a ticket in a drawing for a large number of points. The points are redeemable for gift cards that are valid in the countries where they are earned. The points can also be used for charity donations to specific charities.

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Carrot (Canada)

The Carrot app offers rewards for reaching your daily step goal, but only for those in certain Canadian provinces. You can track your steps with your phone or a linked Fitbit. The app determines your step goal and the goal is to improve your physical activity.

The points you earn are redeemable through several programs, including Aeroplan Miles, Drop, More Rewards, Petro-Points, RBC Rewards, and SCENE. 

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StepBet

With the StepBet app you bet on yourself (with real money) to reach your step goals. You can win or lose. Your steps are tracked with your Fitbit, Garmin, or your phone's health app.

The app determines what your step goals should be based on your previous activity, both your typical active days and Power Days that you meet a stretch goal. You must achieve four active days and two power days each week for the length of each game period (usually six weeks) to split the pot. If you don't make your goals for any week after the first week, you are out of the game and you lose your money.

There is a set amount required for each game period, usually $40. Users report making a few dollars more than their bet if they are winners. This can be very motivating as you have real skin in the game.

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