There’s a common stereotype about work from home people that we are extremely sedentary. I understand where that stereotype comes from. When you’re working from home, you don’t need to run from one meeting room to another. You also don’t have to walk from the train station or parking lot to your office. All you do is get up, walking to your designated home office… and that’s it.
And that is why I decided to give Sweatcoin a try. Sweatcoin is an app that lets you earn just by walking! It’s a great motivator for me to get up and move - and, I’ll be honest, I need all the motivation I can get. I read somewhere that a sedentary, desk-bound lifestyle can be harmful in the long-term. Which is why I decided to take my physical fitness seriously. And since I’m earning, I don’t feel like I’m losing out by being away from my desk.
Okay, here’s my Sweatcoin review. If you’ve been wondering whether Sweatcoin is legit or not, read on!
Sweatcoin is one of the most popular fitness-tracking (or rather, fitness-rewarding) apps out there. The development team doesn’t really fit the typical tech nerd stereotype - they’re into the outdoors, and want to encourage people to get up and be more active.
The company has gotten some pretty good press from major publications, such as The New York Times, TechCrunch, Forbes, and The Daily Mail. It’s always impressive to see a company catch the attention of mainstream media outlets, but I need to experience the site for myself - so I did just that!
How to Earn on Sweatcoin
It’s really simple: you walk! As of this writing, the company has converted (deep breath) 1,721,548,081,103 steps into earnings.
The app tracks and verifies your steps using GPS. I also need to add that these steps need to be outdoor steps. So not only will you not earn by walking on a treadmill, you actually need to be outdoors while walking.
If it seems like a big imposition, it is. But that is kind of the point. The makers of the app want you to be active. You would in theory walk thousands of steps in the living room, but that won’t improve your health the way actually walking outside would. So embrace this requirement!
The app was created for people who need a little nudge, a little extra bit of incentive, to get off the couch. That incentive comes in the form of points, called Sweatcoins. Walking earns you Sweatcoins, which you can later trade for cash or other rewards.
Earning Potential on Sweatcoin
1,000 steps gives you .95 Sweatcoins. Daily earnings are capped depending on your account tier. They are:
- Mover - Earnings capped at 5 Sweatcoins per day
- Shaker - Earnings capped at 10 Sweatcoins per day
- Quaker - Earnings capped at 15 Sweatcoins per day
- Breaker - Earnings capped at 20 Sweatcoins per day
Normally, I’m against having to pay for a membership on rewards sites. But Sweatcoin is the exception. When you have to pay coins to earn more coins, it puts you in a sort of loop that requires you to get out and move more. I like it because it accomplishes its goal of getting people moving.
Your earnings will depend on one thing - the amount of steps you take every day! If you like taking marathon walks daily, you will of course earn money. But what about average people?
I read a study that said the average American adult will walk around 5,000 to 7,000 steps a day. That translates to 5 Sweatcoins (Mover-tier). You could probably earn even more if you make a conscious decision to walk even more. If you ride a train, perhaps you could get off one station farther from your usual exit point, or you could park your car farther from your office.
Once you’ve earned a minimum of 50 Sweatcoins (about ten day’s worth of walking for average peeps), you can request a payout. Payments can be sent as cash via PayPal, or you could redeem a variety of rewards available through the site. There are the usual rewards such as Amazon gift cards, but you can also redeem some hot-ticket items like fitness apparel or even a new iPhone.
I like the fact that gadgets like iPhones are offered. It’ll obviously take a while before you earn enough points to redeem it, but seeing it on the site and app can inspire you to move more.
Sweatcoins: The Pros and The Cons
Let’s break-down what is good and not-so-good about this app, shall we?
Awesome concept - Walk and earn points. It’s extremely simple, but also extremely awesome.
Great rewards - Apart from the usual rewards (cash via PayPal; gift cards), Sweatcoin has awesome options, including fitness gear and high-end gadgets. I definitely appreciate the efforts the company made to give members an awesome rewards program.
Maintaining Your Membership Level Might Get Difficult - Take note, you’ll have to pay Sweatcoins monthly for the opportunity to earn more Sweatcoins. There’s a noble reason behind this, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it can get a bit difficult to maintain a higher tier membership. Personally, I don’t count this as a knock on the site, but your opinion may vary, of course.
How to Join Sweatcoin
If you’re ready to get off the sofa and start earning, here’s how to register. Simply visit their site and download the app to your mobile phone. Here are some links:
Membership is free, and there are no special requirements (beyond having a smartphone and mobile data), but I also recommend you check with a doctor if you’d like to keep pushing your walking distance records.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Sweatcoin is totally legit! I’m a big fan of this app, and I think it has the potential for improving a lot of people’s lives. Give it a try!
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Now it’s your turn to share! Have you tried out Sweatcoin? How much have you walked, and what were your earnings like?
Let’s hear your stories!