Most of us make the same New Year’s resolutions every year: get more exercise and make more money. What if there was a way to achieve both of those goals at the same time?
When you consider that sitting all day is terrible for your health and that 40% of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 to cover an unexpected expense, taking advantage of apps that pay you to walk seems like a no-brainer.
It may not be January 1st, but there’s never a bad time to inject more movement and more money into your life. As an added bonus, improving your health will reduce the amount of money you have to spend on healthcare over your lifetime.
If you’re ready to get fit and make some extra money while doing so, here’s a list of the best apps that pay you to walk.
Gig Economy Apps
We all know that delivery apps are a great way to make extra money. But if you don’t have a car, you might think this particular side hustle is out of reach. But you don’t need wheels in each and every case — a handful of gig economy companies allow you to make deliveries on foot.
iOS rating: 4.6/5 with 339,000+ reviews
Android rating: 3.8/5 with 62,000+ reviews
Quick summary: Postmates connects customers with freelance delivery people who pick up everything from food to dry cleaning and from coffee to pet supplies. After signing up, you simply log into the app and wait for offers, which you have the choice to accept or reject. There’s no set schedule, and you can work as much or as little as you like.
Most orders are already paid for, and all you have to do is go to the location and pick them up. Sometimes, you’ll actually do the shopping yourself and pay for the items with a debit card provided by Postmates. Then, just walk the order to the customer’s doorstep. You get a base payout for each delivery, plus 100% of the tips.
How you get paid: Postmates pays weekly via direct deposit. If you need cash now, you can use the instant deposit feature to withdraw your payment at any time. There’s a 50 cent fee for each instant deposit.
iOS rating: 4.8/5 with 3,200,000+ reviews
Android rating: 4.5/5 with 433,300+ reviews
Quick summary: DoorDash is similar to Postmates, but it only offers food delivery service. Customers place an order, which gets sent to “Dashers” (freelance delivery people). The orders are pre-paid, so you’ll just pick them up and deliver them to customers. Note that with DoorDash, you are required to sign up for “Dashes” (shifts) and be online for a set period of time.
How you get paid: DoorDash pays once a week via PayPal or direct deposit, but Dashers can withdraw their earnings whenever they want via the DailyPay function in the app (which is great for those looking to make fast cash). There’s a small fee for daily payments.
iOS rating: 4.9/5 with 163,000+ reviews
Android rating: 4.1/5 with 6,000+ reviews
Quick summary: Rover is a dog walking and pet sitting service. What could be better than getting paid to walk dogs? After passing a background check, users can create a profile and set their own prices. If you’re not sure what to charge, check out other profiles in your area and base your pricing on the going rates. Pet owners then contact and hire you through the app.
How you get paid: Rover bills the client on your behalf. The money will typically appear in your Rover account within two days of job completion. From there, you can withdraw the money to your PayPal account or request that a paper check be mailed to you.
iOS rating: 4.6/5 with 1,500+ reviews
Android rating: 3.3/5 with 5,000+ reviews
Quick summary: GigWalk pays users to complete small tasks for retailers. Based on your location, the app will notify you of available tasks, like verifying that a certain product is on a specific store’s shelves, as well as that it’s correctly displayed and priced. Users take a picture of the product for verification, and then enter a bit of information about their findings.
How you get paid: GigWalkers typically get paid within 24 hours via PayPal.
Diet Betting Apps
Nothing is more motivating than putting a little money on the line. I don’t endorse gambling, but these diet betting apps that pay you to walk are an exception, because the outcome is largely within your control. The potential to lose money can be a powerful accountability tool and motivator, but you should be very thoughtful about how much you wager.
The best way to think about this is to factor it into your budget as a cost of improving your fitness, like a gym membership. Assume that you will lose whatever you put on the line, and think of it as an expense that helps you get in shape.
If your budget can’t support a particular number, lower it. Then, if you hit your target and win a prize, think of it as icing on the cake. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, or struggling to save or pay down your debt, then consider the money you wager as part of your entertainment expenses — and realize you might have to give up some other expenditure (like going to the movies or eating out) in order to keep your budget healthy.
iOS rating: 4.8/5 with 8,500+ reviews
Android rating: 4.4/5 with 2,400+ reviews
Quick summary: HealthyWage is an app that rewards you for achieving your weight-loss goals. After signing up, you’ll tell the app how many pounds you want to lose, how much you’re willing to bet that you’ll lose it, and the number of months you think you can do it in.
HealthyWage’s prize calculator will then tell you how much you can win if you hit your target. If you’re not sure about your goals and the amount of money you’re willing to risk, you can play with the calculator as much as you like before committing; entering different weight-loss amounts and timelines will increase or decrease your potential payout.
How You Get Paid: HealthWage pays out via PayPal or paper check.
iOS rating: 4.8/5 with 6,200+ reviews
Android rating: 4.5/5 with 3,200+ reviews
Quick summary: StepBet is a fitness service that tracks your activity. When you sign up, you’ll place a bet that you’ll meet the challenge offered by the app. Challenges (such as a total step goal) typically last for six weeks, and if you’re successful you’ll split a prize pot with fellow winners.
How you get paid: Your winnings are paid via PayPal, usually within 48 hours of requesting payout.
Walking Reward Apps
Whether you’re already an avid walker or are looking to include a little more physical activity in your daily routine, these fitness apps that pay you to walk are a perfect choice.
iOS rating: 4.5/5 with 84,000+ reviews
Android rating: 3.9/5 with 101,700+ reviews
Quick summary: Sweatcoin allows users to accumulate “coins” for walking and running outside. The app registers how many steps you take, and you earn .95 coins for every 1,000 steps (which is about half a mile depending on your pace). Sweatcoin doesn’t work indoors, so if you’re one of those people who like to pace around the office or house while on the phone, it’s good motivation to take your calls outside and get some fresh air.
How you get paid: Your coins can be exchanged for things like fitness products, restaurant gift cards, electronics and even vacations. The payout threshold depends on the item you’re exchanging for.
iOS rating: 4.7/5 with 15,500+ reviews
Android rating: 4.6/5 with 10,000+ reviews
Quick summary: Achievement is an app that gives reward points to users who link their other health-related apps, like MapMyWalk, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and Stop, Breathe & Think. Each time you take a walk, go biking, log a healthy meal, meditate, or do any other healthy activity that can be tracked through a linked app, you earn points.
How you get paid: The minimum to cash out is $10 (10,000 points), and you can be paid via PayPal or a selection of gift cards to major retailers like Amazon.
#9. Walgreens Balance Rewards
iOS rating: 4.8/5 with 2,000,000+ reviews
Android rating: 4.4/5 with 276,500+ reviews
Quick summary: You might know Walgreens Balance Rewards as a discount program that rewards you with points when you purchase eligible items. To collect points, you only need to register for the program and scan your card (or enter your phone number) at checkout. But you can also earn points when you download the app and use it to track healthy behaviors like walking, sleeping, lifting weights, and monitoring your blood pressure.
How you get paid: When making a purchase, the Walgreens cashier will ask if you want to redeem your available points. If you have 5,000 points, that’s worth $5 off your purchase. Since all you have to do is sign up once and then use your phone number at checkout, you’re essentially getting free money for no extra work.
iOS rating: 4.5/5 with 500+ reviews
Android rating: 4.5/5 with 1,900+ reviews
Quick summary: Lympo is a health app that rewards users for meeting daily walking or running challenges. If you’re a treadmill runner or a mall walker, this health app is the best of the bunch for you and it tracks both indoor and outdoor steps — something many of the other apps that pay you to walk don’t do. Just connect your fitness tracker to Lympo, choose a challenge, walk or run the required distance, and earn points.
How you get paid: Lympo is unique among the other apps that pay you to walk on this list. It uses blockchain technology to create a currency that users earn and can redeem in the Lympo store for things like fitness wear and electronics. Blockchain technology is how Bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies work.
Apps That Pay You to Walk Summary: Get Fit, Get Paid
For some people, exercise is a pleasure — a hobby they look forward to taking part in. Those people don’t need an added incentive to walk, run or lift weights. Although, if you’re going to do something anyway, why not make money at the same time?
But for others, working out is a chore. We all know we need to do it, but sometimes that in and of itself isn’t enough motivation. But almost everyone is motivated by money (at least a little bit). That’s what’s so great about apps that pay you to walk. Money is motivating. That’s why we often tie our kids’ allowances to their chores.
Some of the apps on this list have the added benefit of “gamifying” exercise. You’re either competing with others — which many people find motivating — or against yourself (as in the case of apps that let you wager on your fitness goals).
These walking apps are also great tools for starting to build healthy habits. It’s satisfying and motivating to log in each day and track your results over time. Plus, you can use them as a way to spend more time with your family and interject more movement into everyone’s lives.
Instead of trying to find something on Netflix that everyone can agree to watch, you can all grab your sneakers, turn on your apps, go for a walk together, and make a little money too. What could be better?
Further reading: 17 Legit Money Making Apps for iOS and Android