6 Websites and Apps That Reward You for Being Healthy
Finding the motivation to get healthy and focus on your fitness is difficult. Even with the hundreds of workout apps and fitness devices available, it can be hard to muster up the willpower to actually use them. Sometimes rewards are a stronger motivation to get in gear. Here are some easy-to-use apps that actually reward you for building healthy habits.
Virgin Pulse, a reward program employers can enroll in for their employees, awards users with points for calories tracked, exercise tracked, and special programs completed. Later, trade in these points for gift cards or donations.
Quite a few companies offer this program, so check to see if yours does as well, and consider suggesting it if not. Virgin Pulse offers demos for companies, and the use of the program could potentially save your employer money by decreasing health insurance costs.
Download: Virgin Pulse for iOS | Android (Free)
A free pedometer app, winwalk gives you one coin for every 100 steps, and you can collect up to 100 coins every day. After collecting many points, redeem them in the shop.
Exchange 16,000 coins for a $10 gift card to Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Adidas, and many more retailers. Whether you want a fancy coffee or some new sneakers, there’s likely a gift card for your interests.
In addition, you can refer a friend to the app to receive 300 points. Completing Missions, such as responding to a survey, will also give you more coins.
For the most part, though, you’ll earn coins by walking and keeping up your step count each day. The app relies on your phone’s sensors—not GPS—to track steps, so it doesn’t drain your battery quickly. It’s a free, simple app that rewards your walking habits with prizes.
Download: winwalk for Android (Free)
Previously known as AchieveMint, Evidation awards points for a variety of activities, including walking, cycling, and even being social about your healthy habits.
Once you earn 10,000 points, redeem a $10 reward. Initially earn points for setting up your profile and completing health surveys. Connect your Evidation profile to your Fitbit or other fitness apps to earn more points. For instance, tracking your heart rate earns 6 points, tracking your sleep gets 6 points, and walking 150 steps gets one point. Earn up to 80 points per day with these tracked activities.
In addition, Evidation also rewards points for healthy tasks, such as tweeting a healthy tweet (worth 6 points) or checking your blood pressure (also worth 6 points). Participating in offers and research studies can also earn you points as well.
Even though it will take a while to get to 10,000 points for a $10 reward, the app is a nice perk for healthy habits you already want to do.
Download: Evidation for iOS | Android (Free)
4. Paceline: Rewards for Exercise
Another free app, Paceline also offers prizes for working out. Work out for 150 minutes per week to earn a weekly reward, including gift cards and discounts on wellness products.
Paceline works well with Apple Watch. You can also pair other fitness trackers with the app, including Apple Health, Fitbit, and Garmin. The many rewards include discounts on specialty coffee, bedding, workout gear, and more.
In addition to the prizes, the app also displays your workout streaks and badges. Sometimes simply reflecting on your past achievements is motivating in its own right.
Download: Paceline: Rewards for Exercise for iOS (Free)
Want to start a new fitness activity or work out regularly without missing a day? For that level of dedication, it might cost you. Cadoo uses cash to help you reach those fitness goals.
To get started, select a challenge and pay the entry fee to lock in your goal. The challenges vary a lot: you may pay $1 to do 10 push-ups and get accustomed to the app. Or, you can opt to pay $80 and run a total of 20 miles in one week.
If you complete the challenge, then you get your money back. If anyone fails to complete the challenge, then their payments get distributed among the winners. Not every challenge will result in earned income; however, the chance of earning some extra cash is always motivating.
If you’re dedicated to meeting fitness goals, Cadoo invites you to bet on your own success and potentially earn a little money in the process.
Download: Cadoo for iOS | Android (Free)
WayBetter is another app that allows you to gamble legally and get healthier at the same time. Start by confirming your goal, as well as selecting your preferred motivation booster, whether that’s making a financial commitment or choosing a friend to be your accountability partner.
Next, choose a game to support this goal, such as committing to four 20-minute cardio workouts a week or drinking water instead of sugary beverages. Win at your chosen games to keep advancing to other levels in the app, which provide further instruction on mindset, nutrition, and fitness.
Data from a WayBetter article shows that players who bet on their workouts are five times more likely to succeed. When you win a game, you’ll get back your initial financial commitment, in addition to any money from players who did not complete the game.
With various challenges to improve your fitness, nutrition, and even mindset, there are many ways to stay accountable. Show that you completed each activity with before-and-after photos, data from fitness trackers, or post-workout selfies.
Note that this app is rather specifically targeted toward weight loss, so if that isn’t for you, then opt for one of the other apps that are more geared toward fitness and other healthy habits.
Download: WayBetter for iOS | Android (Subscription required, free trial available)
Take Advantage of Rewards to Get Healthy
It can be frustrating when it seems that you have tried everything to create a fitness habit that actually sticks and become a bit healthier. Take the hassle out of getting healthy and make it enjoyable with reward programs or fun apps (such as Pokémon Go or Zombies, Run!). Whether you rack up points to earn a gift card or bet on your success against other athletes, these apps and websites can help make your fitness goals a reality.