Today I wanted to share with you guys how I make money at the same time as following my healthy habits. You’re doing all of this work and putting in the effort to meet your goals, so why not get paid / rewarded for it!?
A few years ago I signed up to Pact and I still use it to this day. You bet every week how many times you will exercise, complete a food log (My Fitness Pal) and eat vegetables / fruit. Pact is an excellent way to be accountable for meeting your health goals. You’ll find yourself prepping enough veggies for the week and dragging yourself to the gym just to make sure you don’t miss your pact. Before long, it becomes a part of your usual routine!
To verify your pacts, the app can sync with other apps like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper and wearables like Jawbone and Moves (no Fitbit integration yet). You can check into your local gym via GPS and also use the in-built activity tracker. For the veggie pact, every time you eat a serving of vegetables, you take a photo with the app and the Pact community will vote on it to verify if it really is a veggie vs. a processed food.
For every pact that you miss you will be charged, how much depends on how much you have set the bet at. You are rewarded weekly depending on how many bets you have been able to meet and how many other people have not been able to meet their own (the bets they lose are distributed to the winners). I earn between $1-$3 every week.
I have completed a few StepBet’s and I love the way they encourage you to be active throughout the day and into the weekend. It’s amazing how you might be going to the gym but only taking a mere few thousand steps throughout the day (recommended for basic activity being 10,000 steps – are you getting them in?).
To enter, you pay $40 which goes into a pot. Total pots can easily reach thousands of dollars. StepBet will sync with your mobile fitness tracker (S Health) or wearable (FitBit) and give every player an individual Active and Stretch step goal. Over a period of 4~6 weeks you will need to meet your daily step goals to stay in the game and win a portion of the pot at the end. If you become a member you can enter multiple bets at the same time! Winnings range from $5-$15 for each game.
Running / Cycling Heroes
Running Heroes (& Cycling Heroes) doesn’t pay you but it does give you points and prizes for walking, running and cycling. The app syncs with a whole range of other applications like RunKeeper, RunTastic, Strava, Garmin, Fitbit, Moves, JawBone and Withings so it’s easy to just set everything up and forget about it while you accumulate points. The more points you accumulate the bigger discounts you can get (from 15%-50% off) for a range of major fitness and health brand products. Brands include Saucony, Speedo, Lorna Jane, Running Warehouse, Sportitude, Sungod Eyewear and even my favourite protein company True Protein (love their grass-fed whey!). There are also prizes to be won if you sign up to the challenges.
Maybe you want that extra push to meet your goals? Not losing money and potentially making more can be a great motivator for some people. Being able to gamify your activities can also make the experience fun! Seeing your points accumulate, your exercise verified and your healthy food choices approved can be super encouraging to keep going!
While you won’t become a millionaire with these apps you can make enough money to reward yourself. Use the little bit of extra cash to buy new workout clothes, gym shoes, some headphones, new tunes, a massage or to go out for a lovely dinner.
Some other apps which I have not personally used / reviewed, but also provide money and rewards:
Sister app of StepBet; you can join DietBet challenges and compete against other players to win a percentage of the pot depending on how much weight you have lost over the challenge period.
HealthyWager lets pick your own weight loss goal and place a bet. If you meet your bet, you win the prize you have selected on the prize calculator at start up. Make a HealthyWager Today!
What apps have you used to help encourage your healthy habits? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!