Earn Money Using Your FitBit (and other trackers)

Earn money from exercising? No seriously, read on!

Do you sometimes lack the motivation to get yourself out exercising? What if I said you could earn money from doing so? Interested now?

You can now use your FitBit or other activity tracker to start earning cash vouchers.

I vary from super motivated to downright lazy, but since quitting the cigarettes I’ve become a lot more aware of how easy it is to pile on the pounds. Last year I attempted to quit and shot from a svelte 11 stone to 14 stone in less than 4 months, a mistake I am not about to make again.

Get rewarded and earn money to exercise

Websites and trackers have teamed together to bring us rewards in return for our exercise – no I’m not kidding. A quick walk or a session down at the gym can bring cash rewards as they log our activity.

This is nothing new in the US, the market is bigger and the rewards greater. In the UK we don’t have the same amount of companies to choose from but one little beauty has emerged!

Bounts

The concept of Bounts is every time to you exercise while using a fitness app or a device like a FitBit or even when visiting the gym, your daily exercises are tracked and are automatically turned in to points or BOUNTS!

Start earning by creating your own account here

If you click through this link we will both be rewarded with 100 points when you complete your first activity.

All you need to do is carry on exercising, collecting points along the way that you save up to earn money vouchers from their store.

Under the free membership you can log:

  • up to 7,000 steps per day
  • check in to one venue
  • carry out 20 minutes of tracked exercise

If you are 13 or above you can register as a Bounts member, application takes 2 minutes – even quicker if you log in using Facebook – and best of all it’s FREE!

Simple as that!

Membership options

As with most of these types of things there are paid options as well as the free one.

With the paid options you are able to earn more points and log more activities but if you want to stay super thrifty then you can remain a free member.

Most importantly, you can still earn with absolutely no cash outlay.

Tracking your activities

There are a whole variety of different lifestyle trackers that you can use to track what you do. Each one has a different requirement and full details can be found on their website.

You can download free apps if you don’t want to fork out for a tracker, or if you just want to test the water first.

Exercise trackers include:

  • mapmyfitness – app
  • Preva – app
  • runkeeper – app
  • Strave – app

Lifestyle trackers:

  • FitBit
  • Garmin
  • Health app
  • Jawbone
  • Misfit app
  • Moves app
  • MYZONE app

Venue map

With Bouts there is a mobile app to download that works alongside the current device you use to track your exercise.

When you have the app open you can collect points from different places all over the world, providing you stay at the location for at least 30 minutes with your GPS or Bluetooth running.

You can find bonus venues like fitness centres and sports clubs that everyone is able to earn points from. By opting for a premium membership there are other locations such as private fitness clubs that you could earn from too.

You can see the map on the main website but you have to be using the app to earn any points at the locations.

Earn more points from challenges

There are different challenges you can get involved with too, on top of your usual exercises to earn extra points.

Reward Wheel

Try your luck at the Rewards Wheel to see if you can exchange one of your points for extra rewards.

Be aware it is a gamble and if you’re unlucky you will lose one of your points.

Earn money by exchanging points for cash vouchers

SO we finally get to the bit that interests us all – THE REWARDS!

You can cash your points in for cash vouchers for many of the high street and retail favourites in the UK, such as;

  • Amazon
  • American Golf
  • Arcadia (this included Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Evans, Wallis)
  • Argos
  • BHS
  • Boots
  • Cafeé Nero
  • Cineworld
  • Costa Coffee
  • Curry’s PC World
  • Debehhams
  • Donation to Oxford Youth Ambition programme
  • Evans Cycles
  • Great British Pub
  • H Samuel
  • Halfords
  • Homebase
  • Homesense
  • Hotel Voucher Shop
  • House of Fraser
  • iTunes
  • John Barras
  • John Lewis
  • Leisure Vouchers
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Morrisons
  • National Book Tokens
  • New Look
  • One4All Card
  • Pizza Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Primark
  • Red Letter Days
  • River Island
  • Sainsburys
  • Schuh
  • Sports Direct
  • Sunglasses Hut
  • K. Maxx
  • Ted Baker
  • Tesco
  • The Restaurant (including Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Belgo)
  • The Rugby Store
  • Theatre Tokens
  • Thomson
  • Ticketmaster
  • Toni & Guy
  • Toys R Us
  • Vue
  • WHSmith

Not so shabby I’m sure you’ll agree!

The value of the vouchers varies from retailer to retailer. You can also exchange your points for various amounts – £5, £10, £25 or even £100 of vouchers.

In some cases you can use them to top up an existing voucher card, meaning no waiting about for a new one and access to your money instantly!

£5k Challenge goals

I am going to give this a go, I need the exercise and I’m looking to make and save as much money as possible. Anything I earn will go towards things I’ll already need to spend on like birthdays etc. and the money it would have cost will go straight into a savings account. Let’s see how much I can earn!

If you fancy giving it a go too just click here

If you click through this link we will both be rewarded with 100 points when you complete your first activity.

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8 thoughts on “Earn Money Using Your FitBit (and other trackers)

    1. It has inspired me to get out and do a bit more! I’m using the vouchers I have earned for people’s Christmas presents to save my own cash!

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