Top 5 Incredibly Easy Ways to Make Money While Getting in Shape

by Hank Coleman

How to Make Money While ExercisingIf you’re like most Americans, getting or staying in shape is probably one of your top priorities for the new year. But, do you know how to make money while exercising? Another popular New Years’ resolution is managing finances better, whether you want to make more money online without wasting your time on low-paid surveys or boost your financial well-being by getting more involved in your investments.

The problem with New Years’ resolutions is that most people’s motivation tends to wane after the initial spark of determination you get from the “new year, new you” mindset. If your own resolutions haven’t panned out too well for you in previous years, then why not combine your fitness and financial goals into one package and make money while getting fit?

How to Make Money While Getting in Shape

Here are a few ways you can stick to your resolutions this year and improve your physical and financial wellness at the same time:

Walk Dogs

If you’re an avid animal lover, then don’t miss out on an opportunity to get paid to play with dogs! Rover.com is known as the “Uber for pet owners” that allows freelance pet sitters, dog walkers, and exotic pet caretakers to offer their services to pet owners in their area.

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You’ll have to go through a background check and have at least one testimonial in order to start out, but once your profile is set up, you can decide how much to charge for your services. Rover takes a 15% cut in exchange for hosting and promoting your account.

Busy dog owners particularly need dog-walking services to ensure their pups get the exercise they need while the humans are at work or on vacation, so get your running shoes ready for a dog-filled adventure that pads your wallet at the same time.

AchieveMint App

Even though some tech addictions are bad for your wallet, there are several ways to make money through fitness apps. Just look at AchieveMint, whose main marketing claim is “Get paid to be healthy.” Sounds too good to be true, right?

Luckily it’s not, because apps that pay you to get in shape are exploding in popularity. They draw money from a multitude of sources, including sponsors (professional sports organizations and corporations), as well as data analysis companies that want to study health and fitness trends from AchieveMint’s massive database.

AchieveMint integrates with social media and other fitness-related technologies (like Fitbit) and pays you small chunks of change for each exercise outing or healthy meal you record. You have to earn a minimum amount before cashing out (1,000 points = $1, for instance), but it’s an excellent way to add some more motivation to your exercise and clean eating routines.

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Pact App

Want to add a little urgency and competition to your exercise regime? Consider signing up for the Pact app, which pays users for accomplishing their fitness or healthy dieting goals on a weekly basis. The premise is simple: set a couple goals for yourself (e.g., consume 1,500 calories per day or run 10 miles in a week) and if you succeed, you get money.

If you don’t succeed, then other Pact users who succeeded that week get paid instead. You can earn between $0.30-$5.00 per week, depending on the magnitude of your goals. The higher dollar amount equals more risk that you might not achieve it. So, proceed with caution.

Teach Fitness Classes

If you’re very fitness-savvy then why not transform your favorite hobby into a side income? Gyms and recreational centers are always on the lookout for talented instructors for their classes, whether you want to teach Zumba, motivate clients to lose weight through hardcore boot camps, or even teach swimming lessons. Some places might require some sort of certification beforehand, but if you’re willing to do it, teaching fitness classes is a win-win for you and your students!

Landscaping Services for Neighbors

The idea of shoveling snow off driveways, trimming shrubbery, and raking leaves seems pretty cumbersome for some folks, so why not offer these services to your friends and neighbors in exchange for some cash? It’s definitely hard work, but it gets you outside, builds muscles, burns calories, and can bring in some extra money for your post-holiday shopping financial hangover. 

This year, many people will pay for hefty gym initiation fees, personal training sessions, group exercise classes, and fitness equipment that they may or may not still be using by spring. However, the opportunity to not only save money on gym expenses but actually make money while getting fit is there for the taking, so why not try it out? You might not make a lot of money from it, but if you were going to exercise for free anyway, then you don’t have much to lose.

Do you know how to make money while exercising? It’s possible. What are your favorite ways to make money while exercising?

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


Hank Coleman has written 588 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.


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