Global Running Day: Check the best apps that pay you to walk

It's time to turn your steps into money and celebrate the Global Running Day! Check these apps and programs that can help you earn some extra money while you walk.

Earning some extra money by exercising seemed to be impossible...until now! If you were having trouble finding the motivation to put your gym shoes on and go for a walk or a run, you are going to like this news: There are plenty of apps and programs that pay you to do it!

Take a look at the best 10 options and prepare yourself to exercise and celebrate the Global Running Day!

1. Charity Miles

This app will help you earn money for charities without asking others to contribute to walkathon donations.

Charity Miles will track your mileage through your phone's GPS and motion sensors. In this case, you can log your outdoor or indoor walking, running or even cycling workouts.

Among the charities, you can choose you will find ASPCA, Alzheimer's Association, Habitat Humanity and Wounded Warrior Project.

Bear in mind that this app only tracks your workout once you open it! You won't be getting credit for your everyday steps.

2. Achievement

With this app, you will need to accumulate points to receive the payment. Achievement can track your walking, biking, swimming and other exercises.

You can earn up to 80 points per day for exercising, plus six daily points for logging your diet, sleep track or sharing your journey via Twitter.

For every 10,000 points, Achievement pays $10. You can also earn some extra points by taking surveys on exercise and health. It may take some time to get your money, but you could earn $30 per year.

Remember that your points are valid for a year!

3. People Walker

This app will help you earn some money by being a walking partner.

People Walker has a small application fee to cover a background check. Once you are on it, you will be able to earn some extra money just for walking with someone searching for a partner.

For now, this app is only available on some cities on the West Coast, but it will probably expand soon.

4. Walgreens Balance Rewards

By tracking your walks and other exercises featured in the app, you can earn Balance Rewards points towards Redemption Dollars at Walgreens.

First, you will need to sign up on the Walgreens website or, if you already have an account, link it to the healthy choices program and download the app!

You can log your steps, distance or duration by linking the app to your fitness tracker. You can earn up to 20 BR points per mile. Nevertheless, you will have a 1,000 points limit per month for this type of activity.

You can also earn some extra points by linking the app to those health applications that track your sleep, weight, blood pressure and blood glucose.

5. PK Rewards

By using this app you could earn virtual coins and exchange them for rewards or donate to charities.

PK Rewards will track any physical activity you do and the more effort you put into it, the faster you will be earning coins!

There's no limited amount of coins you could earn per day, so you will have a daily extra motivation to exercise. Nevertheless, there's a daily limit on how many coins you can bank to donate or spend on rewards.

6. Sweatcoin

As suggested by its name, this app will give you cryptocurrency for walking. Although it has a walking step limit for every day, you can convert 2,000 steps into their currency and exchange it for rewards or even to trade.

Bear in mind that Sweatcoin only covers your outdoors walk as it only uses your phone's GPS to convert your steps. Also, you can't cheat on this app and drive instead of walking! It will track the speed limit.

7.  Higi

This app actually partners with many other fitness apps and devices to turn your efforts into points for rewards. You will earn your points by achieving week- or month-long challenges.  

You can earn points per mile and also gain some extra points by using a Higi health tracking station. You can find them at pharmacies and they measure your weight, pulse, blood pressure, body fat and body mass index.

You can also get more points by recruiting your friends to sign up and compete against them!

The main drawback in this app you should bear in mind is that you will have to spend money to redeem most of the rewards.

8. FitFetti

Let your friends sponsor your steps by using FitFetti!

This iOS app links to Apple fitness features and takes note of your daily steps and activities. Your friends can pledge money for weekly goals you must achieve in order to get paid.

In this case, you will receive your reward in Amazon credits.

9. StepBet

With this app you can bet on your step goals!

Your steps can be tracked by several apps like FitBit or your phone's health app, and your goals will be based on your previous activity.

To win your bet, you will have to achieve four typical active days and two power days for the period involved in each game. These challenges usually last six weeks.

If you are not able to achieve your goals within the first week, then you will be out of the game and lose your money!

10. MapMyFitness

By using one of the apps related to MapMyFitness (like MapMyWalk) you can join in challenges and earn prizes, such as Under Armour products.

You can link this app to your FitBit and phone sensors o track your workouts with your GPS.

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