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I recently started wearing my Fitbit after a looooong hiatus, and it’s so much fun to watch my steps accumulate throughout the day. I don’t have the free time that I wish I had to go for a good walk, but I try to make the most of morning and afternoon breaks during my day job and to squeeze a quick walk.
After I started wearing my Fitbit again, I got to thinking… Are there any programs out there where I could earn money for walking? As a matter of fact, there are! I’ve only uncovered three worthwhile ones as of writing this post, but as I find more, I’ll certainly pass them along.
Walgreens Balance Rewards
I love Walgreens in general. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve found something unique there. Or an incredible bargain. Or some type of makeup that I have trouble finding elsewhere. It’s just a great store.
However, I had gotten out of the habit of shopping there. Once I started back and started using my Balance Rewards card again, they resumed their emails to me with all sorts of offers. I truly don’t remember what made me check to see if they offered a program for people that utilized my fitness tracker, but I somehow stumbled upon it. If you want to sync up your fitness tracker to earn rewards, keep reading to see what’s involved with the set up.
First, you’ll need to create an account online at Walgreens.com and sync up your Balance Rewards card. There are multiple fitness tracker options to choose from. You’ll earn 20 points per mile walked per day. With the rewards program, once you’ve reached 5000 points (from all kinds of activities), you automatically earn $5 back from Walgreens.
You can earn points from multiple healthy activities. I encourage you to check it out if you a) already wear a fitness tracker or b) already maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This is another new program for me, and it’s just as easy to set up. Simply visit Achievemint.com and set up an account. Upon joining, you will automatically get 250 points. Complete your health questionnaire (super easy!) and earn an additional 750 points!
Once you’ve completed those two steps, simply connect your fitness tracker to your account. I noticed that when I connected mine, it actually went BACK and gave me points for previous days when I wasn’t technically part of the program – bonus! In addition to earning points for steps, you also earn points for getting a good night’s sleep. Make sure you wear your fitness tracker at night so you can snatch those points as well.
Once you have earned 10,000 points, you can cash out for a $10 reward!
Humana Go365 (formerly Humana Vitality)
Humana Go365 will only be an option for a handful of people, but if you’re a Humana member and don’t already utilize this program, you’re missing out. My day job is in the health insurance industry so I’ve discussed this program with several of my clients, and the benefits are amazing.
You can earn points for exercising (multiple options available), for getting your flu shot, going to the dentist, or getting an annual biometric screening just to name a few. The point values are different depending on what you’re doing. For instance, a biometric screening will earn you a lot of points. Earning points from walking requires you to at least reach 10,000 steps in one day. Specifically for exercising, you have the opportunity to earn bonus points if you multiple workouts in one week.
Once you start seeing your points increase, you can then spend your points on gift cards, movie tickets, or any of the other rewards offered.
So, there you have it – THREE programs that can help you earn extra cash/rewards simply from walking! If you know of any others, please take a moment to leave a comment and share the details. 🙂