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  • Writer's pictureDennis Toh

5 Fitness apps that pay you to work out

The first quarter of the year is wrapping up soon, but many of us may not be anywhere close to reaching our 2020 fitness goals. Whether it’s a lack of motivation or finding excuses to skip that jog, here are 5 fitness apps that will give you a reason to start running.

1. Sweatcoin

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Sweatcoin’s concept is simple – it pays to be healthy, literally. The app allows you to earn “Sweatcoins” based on the number of steps you take each day, which can be used to purchase rewards such as discounts, freebies, and gift cards. Users can also redeem $1,000 of PayPal money when you reach 21,000,000 steps, so get out and get walking!

2. StepBet

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Have enough money to spare? Put your money on the line as encouragement to achieve your fitness goals! The goals you are assigned are based on your historical activity levels and weight loss targets. If you don’t hit your goals, you lose the money you put in. If you successfully hit your targets, you get paid. It’s that easy.

3. Charity Miles

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While this app doesn’t really pay YOU to work out, you will still be earning money for a greater cause. With Charity Miles, you can choose from 37 different charities each time you exercise, and donate to them based on how much you exercise. You can earn 10 cents a mile for biking, and 25 cents a mile for walking and running. Some of the charities supported by Charity Miles are WWF, Habitat of Humanity, and Autism Speaks.

4. Achievement

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Compared to the other apps on this list, Achievement requires more effort to earn money, and is more suited for people who work out vigorously. No matter how much you walk on a given day, you will be rewarded 6 points; for more vigorous sports such as biking, swimming, or running, you can be rewarded up to 80 points a day.

Achievement doesn’t track just exercise, but also other healthy activities such as sleep and nutrition. You can also earn extra points by taking part in surveys or digital health studies.

5. Skillshare

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If you are a fitness instructor, try Skillshare - an app which allows you to make money through conducting video courses for others. While Skillshare isn’t a fitness app per se, it is a great platform to share your skills to people who are actively searching for exercise content. Through the app, you can learn from other instructors or fitness enthusiasts too!

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