One of the main struggles I hear about from work-at-homers is the struggle to maintain a healthy weight and activity levels. Walking from bed to the home office with a few stop-offs at the kitchen doesn’t offer many opportunities to get exercise throughout the day. Especially when our job keeps us sitting in front of a computer with no scheduled breaks or coworker accountability!
Luckily, there are some great apps that not only help you lose weight, but pay you to succeed at it! Not to mention there are a variety of reward and business opportunities that will help you get paid by watching fitness videos, making healthy choices, or selling products and programs. Let’s take a look at 5 ways to get paid for losing weight and getting fit in 2018!
One nice thing about these apps that allow you to make money losing weight is that many focus on health and safety over some crazy self-set goal. With DietBet for example, you have three challenges to choose from: Kickstarter, Transformer, and Maintainer.
Kickstarter is their short-term challenge. It runs for four weeks and every participant’s goal is to lose 4% of their body weight. The average bet (cost to buy in) is $30 and the pool is split among everyone who “wins” by meeting the 4% goal at the end of 28 days. (DietBet takes a cut, of course.) Most winners report earnings of 50% to 100% on top of their bet and an average weight loss of 9 pounds. Not too shabby!
There is also a longer-term challenge called Transformer that runs for 6 months. The Transformer goal is for participants to lose 10% of their body weight. You bet either $25 per month or pay $125 upfront. If you meet the goal every month for 6 months? You get $325! Even if you only meet the goal in round 6, you can still win $175. $200 and 10% weight loss (with winners losing 24 pounds on average)? I’ll take it!
Their Maintainer challenge is for people to hold steady at their goal weight, keeping off the pounds they’ve lost. It’s still pretty new, so they don’t have the data yet on how much weight people lose on average or how many players tend to win yet. It’s $25 per month for 12 months (or $275 up front). Check out the site if you’d like to participate, but they don’t have any info yet on what the winnings are!
Beyond being a health-conscious weight loss app, DietBet also ensures that you don’t earn back less than you bet if you win your challenge. That’s right, if the pot is split among so many winners that your payout is lower than your bet, they’ll forego their fee so you make your money back. So even if you don’t make any money, you’ve still lost weight for free! Learn more at DietBet here.
This site allows you to set an individual HealthyWager or start a team challenge with a few family members and friends. You decide the goal, the wager and the time frame – for example, you may choose to lose 10 pounds in 9 months, betting $50 per month. They’ll give you a potential winnings range up front – for example, mine was $500 to $750 for the parameters above. If you’d like to see exactly how much you can win, simply answer four questions (about your sex, height, weight, and waist measurement) and create a password. Then you’ll see exactly how much money’s on the barrel!
Team Challenges run 12 weeks and start at predetermined intervals – in January 2018, the current challenge runs from January 5 to March 30. To participate, you pay $25 per month for the three months of the challenge (or $70 if you pay all up front). Teams are made up of five people, and you can join with your friends, family, or coworkers. (If you don’t have five people to sign up with, don’t worry – they’ll match you with others looking for a team as well.) Your team wins big if you’re the top three teams in terms of the biggest collective weight loss percentage: the prizes are $3,000 for your team to $5,000 to a grand prize of $10,000! Smaller prizes are available as well and the most you will pay in is $25 per month per person. They even say you’ll earn your entry fee back merely by maintaining your weight loss! Learn more about HealthyWage here.
Walgreens Balance Rewards
Walgreens has recently been pushing their message that they want you to be healthy, and their Balance Rewards app certainly backs that up! Not only does their rewards card do all the typical rewards card stuff – rewarding you for store loyalty and your in-store purchases – but it also rewards you for making healthy choices in your life.
If you use their Balance Rewards app to log information such as your health goals, how much you’ve walked (or run or cycled), your exercise sessions, daily weigh-in, and more, you can earn points that you can later convert into dollars off future Walgreens purchases. They’ll even reward you simply for tracking your blood pressure and blood glucose, or even for quitting tobacco. Learn more at their program details page.
(Not a Walgreens shopper? It looks like their competitors CVS and Rite Aid also have rewards programs, but they appear only to award points for getting your prescriptions filled and flu shots or vaccinations.
Get-Paid-To Programs are those sites where you sign up and complete actions to earn points you can convert into gift cards or cash. You know the ones – PrizeRebel, Swagbucks, MyPoints, and so on. You take surveys, play games, shop through affiliate links – but that’s not all you can do to make some extra cash!
If you’re a member of Swagbucks (you know I am!), then you know that you can earn points by watching videos – but did you know that they have fitness watchlists in their videos? They do! You can get a workout in and score SB at the same time. Right now, their Fitness section includes a full body workout, a yoga series, how to do pilates instruction, and a shorter “Weekend One-Up” workout. They appear to earn you between 2 to 3 SB – and, if you Swag, you know every SB counts! (You can also find fitness videos on MyPoints and perhaps other GPT programs as well, so check your favorite one for the opportunity.)
There are dozens of direct sales companies out there that specialize in offering health-focused products: from proprietary food and drink products along with supplements (Le-Vel) to weight loss materials and fitness methods (Team Beachbody). Or teaching people how to cook from home and make healthy choices (Healthy Hands Cooking)! By taking on the challenge of getting yourself in shape – whether that’s just becoming more fit or also losing weight – using the methods or products of one of these companies, you’re also turning yourself into a walking commercial for your own direct sales business! Your own fitness can help you sell products so you can maintain a healthy business and a healthy weight.
If you’ve resolved to get healthier in the new year, give yourself a financial incentive to keep at it! Also, if you’re a workaholic, you won’t feel like you’re “wasting time” by taking time to be more physically active and preparing meals that are both tasty and good for you. There’s no better time to start getting healthy than right this very moment and it’s always a good time to get paid – so what are you waiting for?