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Get Paid to Walk. You Heard Me Right!

Searching for ways to get paid to walk? I’ll show you how to make money with Fitbit, and without a Fitbit.

I never knew how much walking would become part of our lives after having a baby.

mom in pink shirt smiling looking at baby in stroller, text overlay

From about birth + 14 days, walks have provided so much for us.

Taking a Walk with a Baby (or just walking in general):

  • Gives you something to do. It’s amazing how many hours there are in the day that you need to fill once you have a small child. And sometimes, you just run out of ideas! I remember looking at our little guy about 9:00 in the morning, wondering (with a little desperation) how on earth I was going to get through the day. What were we going to do together? Ahhhh yes. WALK. For an hour, at least.
  • Keeps your eyes on the fitness prize. Walking can keep you very fit, and can help meet your steps + weight goals.
  • Gives you a break. Being outside, in nature, walking by all sorts of things keeps our little guy quite intrigued. Going on walks is really like a break for us, the parents, because we can disengage for a bit.
  • Gets you out of the house. Especially in those first months when you’re nesting, being able to strap your baby in and get fresh air (even if just a mile around your home) feels like just enough to keep the cabin fever at bay.

So…it’s not surprising that with all these miles I’ve logged I’ve figured out how to get the most bang for your walks.

Can You Make Money Walking (is the App that Pays You to Walk Real)?

Short answer? YES.

You can absolutely make money walking.

I’ve got loads of ways to do so below, but I want to let you know that the best way to do this is to layer these money-making deals.

In other words – you want each mile you walk to count towards money in more than one program at once.

For example, you can use the same steps walked once to count for each of these programs: 

  • Enter them in an Individual challenge at Healthywage.com for your chance to win $10,000.
  • Open the CharityMiles App on your phone while you walk, and have your miles go towards a donation to a charity near to your heart.
  • Manually log the miles in your employer’s health wellness program towards a financial incentive (we’ve earned over $900 in my husband’s paycheck by doing this).

See how that money can start to add up?

All for taking Fido or your baby for a walk they should probably be going on, anyway!

Let’s get down to the exciting details, now.

Get Paid to Walk – Fitbit

You’ve got a Fitbit – or you want to purchase one – and you’d like to earn back the money for it (yes! great strategy to buying a Fitbit– earn money with Fitbit, and it will pay for itself).

I’ve got an excellent idea: use it to get paid to walk.

Seriously!

Let’s look at opportunities to get paid to walk and to exercise using your Fitbit:

1. StepBet

With Stepbet, you bet in favor of meeting the step goals you set for yourself.

If you reach your step goals for each week of the game, then you get to split the pot with others (you’ll at least get what the money you bet + a profit for meeting your walking goal).

You can participate using

  • Fitbit
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Health
  • Google Fit
  • Samsung Health
  • Garmin

Winnings are deposited as points into your account, which you can be sent to your PayPal within 48 hours! Ka-ching!

Free and available for iOS and Android.

2. HealthyWage

Did you know you can enter a challenge with the chance to win up to $10,000 for meeting your step counts or weight loss goals?

It’s pretty awesome.

Especially since by entering, you can get both:

  • accountability
  • MONEY (average winner gets to take home several hundred bucks!)

You can enter a challenge – either as an individual, or get together a posse of your best friends and enter as a team – at HealthyWage.com.

In order to win a money prize for the step count, you’ll need to increase your step count by 25%.

In addition to the Fitbit, you can also use Apple Health, Garmin, or Google Fit to track everything.

Sounds doable, right?

Take the challenge.

3. Evidation

Track your steps using your Fitbit at Evidation, and get $10 CASH for every 10,000 points.

girl with fitbit strapped to upper arm, ready to walk, with text overlay

You can earn up to 100 points per day for checking in on your health and your actions, such as tracking:

  • Walking
  • biking
  • exercising
  • running
  • swimming
  • wheelchair pushes
  • Your blood pressure
  • Your food intake
  • Your glucose level
  • Your heart rate
  • Your sleep
  • etc.

Payout options include:

  • Paypal payment 
  • Charity donation
  • Gift card 
  • Prepaid Visa card—either virtual or physical 
  • Bank deposit

Again, they accept over 30+ apps (including Fitbit), so you might be able to participate with what you’ve got right now.

4. Fit for Bucks App

Sync your FitBit, and start earning rewards for your walks with the Fit for Bucks App.

A sampling of rewards I found just the other day:

  • Free 12 oz. cup of coffee (20,000 steps)
  • $20 off a local exercise class (20,000 steps)
  • Free breakfast yogurt cup (30,000 steps)

Hint: many rewards offer you something free with the purchase of something else.

There’s a daily earn limit of 10,000 steps, and steps not redeemed for rewards expire on the last day of the month following the month they were earned in. Also, there are online rewards for everyone, and then there are local rewards just for the communities where they’re active (so far, local LA communities).

Here’s the free iOS app (android is not available).

Log Your Miles for Health Insurance Premium Savings

Do you remember when I discussed the trick to employer-sponsored plan savings? It’s taking part in their wellness programs. For us, taking part in our wellness program will yielded a total premium reduction of $900 two years.

That’s $900 directly back into our paychecks, folks.

This year, we participated again. Except we got to put our $900 in collective rewards towards a Southwest Airline gift card that is largely paying for our airfare home for Christmas!

Among various other things – such as tracking water we drink each day, and taking a biometric screening survey – is tracking the amount of walking and/or exercise we complete.

All of these activities add up to a lot of dough for us. It’s kind of like getting a cost of living raise…while raising your quality of life (double raise!).

Log Your Miles for Charitable Donations

One way you can catapult your results: make your walking goals bigger than yourself. Also a great way to use your Fitbit steps for charity.

  • Charity Miles: With the use of the Charity Miles app, each time I leave the house to go on another walk I’m donating to The Wounded Warrior Project. In fact, I call them my Wounded Warrior walks. Hint: you can absolutely use the Charity Miles app on a treadmill. There’s an option to click “indoor walk” or “indoor run” instead of “outdoor walk” or “outdoor run” for your activity.
  • Sweatcoin: Sweatcoin offers a way for you to donate your sweatcoins for three different categories of charities (human, animal, and planet).
  • Stickk Commit: Make a Commitment Contract and wager money for sticking with your walking goal using the Stickk app. Then, create a Stake or the charity you choose that gets your money if you don’t achieve your goal. Talk about a fun “negative consequence”! It’s really a win-win because you either meet you fitness goal (yes!) or you donate to a charity of your choosing (yes!).
  • Evidation: You can donate your cash payout within the Evidation app.

Log your miles to donate for free to organizations and causes that are important to you (one of the 5 volunteer from home opportunities I talked about recently).

Get Paid to Walk – No Fitbit Needed

Let’s talk about even MORE opportunities to earn cash for walking (no Fitbit needed).

Just sign up, walk, and get money!

1. sweatcoin

I absolutely love it when you sign up for something, and then forget it’s there (while it’s still silently rewarding you in the background).

That’s what happened to me – I signed up for the sweatcoin app in April and completely forgot about it.

And look: I’ve already earned 260.63 sweatcoins!

shows 265 steps today and a balance of 260.63 sweatcoins
purple and blue background showing each of the last 10 days and the sweatcoins earned between 1-9 each day

You can use sweatcoins to shop with on their marketplace, bid on auctions, or donate.

Having said that…the current prizes aren’t too exciting for me. Still, I love that this app counts my steps (when I have my phone on me). I’ll keep my eye out on their marketplace, now that I know I’ve got a stash of sweatcoins built up.

Does sweatcoin actually pay cash? Yes – though you have to catch the days when they offer PayPal cash for your sweatcoins (rumored to be rare).

Earn 0.95 sweatcoins for each 1,000 outdoor steps you take (it won’t work on a treadmill, as it’s measured by GPS). Each day they offer different ways you can cash in your sweatcoins, such as through Amazon gift cards, Paypal cash, or credit for workout gear.

Free and available for iOS and Android.

Which one are you dying to sing up for today? Perhaps two (or 5)?

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Amanda L Grossman

Personal Finance Writer and CEO at Frugal Confessions, LLC
Amanda L. Grossman is a writer and Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 13 years, her money work has helped people with how to save money and how to manage money. She's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here or on LinkedIn.

Red Wood

Monday 16th of October 2023

I would like to ask about paid surveys. Are they a scam?

Amanda L Grossman

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Hi Red Wood - I have definitely used paid survey sites to make cash in the past. Most are reputable. That said, you're not going to get rich off of them. But, they can bring in a little extra money!

Dorothy S.Roberts

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

I don't fully understand. I have a fitbit.So how do I get paid for walking? Please explain it to me.

Amanda L Grossman

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

Hi Dorothy - sure. You'd need to click on the link of what you want to sign up for in order to get paid to walk. Each app that pays you to walk with show you how to connect with your fitbit. For example, you can click on the StepBet link, then go through their process for connecting to your fitbit device for tracking.

Adriana @MoneyJourney

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

I'm amazed to hear about an application that pays you to walk!

My boyfriend and I actually try to squeeze in a daily evening walk, even if we're both tired. And before this, I've experienced the joy of going for a walk with a baby myself, when I babysat :) I didn't believe it at first, but this particular activity is actually very relaxing and it gives you the time to think or plan so many things! It's like recharging your batteries.

Mrs. Adventure Rich

Monday 19th of June 2017

I have heard of Pact, but not the charity miles app. That's awesome! I'll have to check it our :)

And I agree with the walk + baby. After our son was born, I'm pretty sure the only way I maintained my sanity was our daily (sometimes multiplies times a day!) walks.

Amanda L Grossman

Monday 19th of June 2017

Glad it's not only me, Mrs. Adventure Rich! Walks are golden:).