6 Walking Apps That Earn Rewards

Wouldn't it be great if your walking earned you money or rewards beyond race t-shirts and medals? You may already be using a pedometer app to track your walking. These apps can turn your steps into money, rewards or charity donations.

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Pact

Pact App
Pact App. Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

Pact is a way to actually earn money from your fitness and diet success, or to fine yourself if you don't meet your goals. You put your money on the line. If you make your goal, you earn money from other users who failed at their goals. As of July, 2014 you can sign up for three different goals.

The Gym Pact goal is to log either a 30-minute workout or 10,000 steps per day. You set the number of days you will achieve this goal and the amount of money you will pay for each day that you don't meet the goal. You have to log workouts using other apps and devices.You can log 10,000 steps with Fitbit, Jawbone UP or the Moves app. You can log 30-minute workouts via Runkeeper and MapMyFitness. A workout will also count if you check into a fitness facility to log time in a gym. Gympact will verify facilities that are separate from your home or office.

The Food Log Pact requires you to log at least three meals per day via the MyFitnessPal app. The meals must total 1200 calories (they are not promoting anorexia). You set the number of days in the week you will achieve this and the amount you will pay if you don't. You have to log before midnight for it to count.

With the Veggie Pact you post a photo of fruits or vegetables you are eating and photos approved by the Pact community count towards your total.

The Pact App is available for both iOS and Android.
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Charity Miles

Charity Miles Screen Shot
Charity Miles Screen Shot. Charity Miles - Screen Shot by Wendy Bumgardner

Do you want to earn money for charity but you're tired of begging friends and family for walkathon donations? I love this app that allows me to log my walking workouts and earn money for charities. I've been using it since it debuted in 2013. Just install the Charity Miles app and choose a charity when you go for a walk, run or ride. It uses the GPS in your mobile phone to track your mileage. It works only for dedicated workouts, it doesn't count steps per day or mileage on a treadmill or stationary bike.

You can choose from over two dozen charities, including the ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, Alzheimer's Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior Project.

Charity Miles is available for both iOS and Android.

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AchieveMint

With the AchieveMint app, you can earn money for walking, biking, swimming and other exercise as tracked via the app. You can earn up to 80 points per day for exercise activities, and six points per day for healthy social activities. They pay $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.

Maximizing your point-earning, it will still take four months to earn $10. Your points expire one year from the date they are earned. They also warn that the longer you are a member, the slower you are allowed to earn points.

They plan to have other opportunities to earn cash and rewards besides this baseline system. Plus, they will have opportunities to participate in clinical studies.

With the app, you can connect to Fitbit, RunKeeper, Withings, MapMyFitness, RunDouble, Sleepy, Twitter, Moves, MyFitnessPal, Jawbone UP, Strava, Misfit, iHealth, DailyMile, Garmin, and more. Although the payouts are slow, it could be $30 per year, so why not?

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Higi

Higi isn't its own app. Instead, it partners with many devices and apps to turn fitness efforts into points for rewards on Higi. The company acquired the Earndit site which performed the same function, and your account is transferable. You can join for free and link your apps to automatically update your points earned in their challenges. The challenges can be a week long or a month long.

You earn points per mile (or mile's worth of daily steps). You can also earn points by using a Higi health tracking station, located at pharmacies. These measure your pulse, blood pressure, weight, BMI and body fat. Points convert into chances in a prize drawing at the end of a challenge. Points also count towards rewards, which are discounts for health and fitness items. You can get more points by recruiting friends to sign up. Track your points vs. your friends and turn it into a fun social competition.

Pluses: I was impressed at the range of apps and devices you can link, which include Fitbit, Nike+, Jawbone UP, Strava, RunKeeper, Omron, endomondo, Garmin, Withings, iHealth, Striiv, and Under Armour. You can't game the system by tracking the same workout on more than one app or device. It just gives you credit for the one that logged the most activity.

Minuses: You have to spend money to redeem most of the rewards, such as getting 20 percent off Garmin or Withings products. But I quickly logged more reward points than I wanted to use on any of their rewards for myself. They at times offer charity rewards so you can donate excess points to charities.

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Walgreens Balance Rewards

Walgreens Balance Rewards App
Walgreens Balance Rewards App. Walgreens Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

You can earn Balance Reward points towards Redemption Dollars at Walgreens by tracking your walks and other fitness activities in the Balance Rewards for healthy choices program. Sign up on the Walgreens web site or link your current Walgreens BR account to the healthy choices program and download the app. The app is available for iOS, Google Play and Windows Phone.

You can link a fitness tracker or manually log your steps, distance or duration on app. You get more BR Points for more steps and distance, 20 points per mile. However, there is a cap of 1000 points per month for fitness tracking activities.

You can connect your Fitbit, Jawbone Up, iHealth trackers and MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, or Runkeeper apps. You also earn points for tracking your weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, sleep and oximeter readings. That's a further bonus for those who track their sleep already with Fitbit, Jawbone Up or MyFitnessPal.

Within the app, you can view your current day's activity in steps and minutes. Press the Steps icon and you can see your activity total by day and tracker for the current week, past 7 days, 30 days and 90 days. On the Walgreens web site, you can see your totals tracked on a graph as well.

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Bounts

Bounts is based in the UK but is also available in the US and Canada. You can use its app or website. You can connect your Fitbit, Garmin, RunKeeper and other apps that track your exercise. You earn points when you complete an activity of a least 7,000 steps or 20 minutes of exercise in a day or check-in at a gym that supports their program. With a free account, you can only earn 5 points per activity, up to 15 points per day. With a premium account you get 20 points per activity, up to 180 points per day.

At the free account rate, it would take you at least 93 days to earn a five-pound Starbucks gift card and six months to earn a 10-pound iTunes gift card. There are many UK rewards and fewer that are redeemable elsewhere.

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