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Finding the motivation to get healthy and lose weight is hard. Even with the hundreds of calorie-tracking apps MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter - The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter - The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone Everyone knows that losing weight is difficult. It requires a certain level of commitment that not everyone is prepared for. However, when you meet those weight loss goals, it is one of the most satisfying... Read More and fitness devices available, it can be hard to muster up the willpower to actually use them. Sometimes rewards are a stronger motivation to get your butt in gear.

Here are six easy-to-use apps that actually reward you to get healthy.

1. Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse, a reward program employers can enroll in for their employees, awards users with Virgin Health Miles. I was able to use the program through my husband’s work, and users were rewarded Health Miles for calories tracked, exercise tracked, and special programs completed. Users could then trade in their reward miles for gift cards.

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Quite a few companies offer this program, so check to see if yours does through Virgin Pulse’s company search. If your company does not have it, try suggesting it. Virgin Pulse offers demos for companies, and the use of the program could potentially save your employer money by decreasing health insurance costs.

2. higi

higi rewards users for a multitude of health-orientated tasks, even including checking in with Foursquare at the beach or church. higi syncs with your fitness tracker apps and rewards you points for steps taken and exercise completed. There are also many higi check-in stations that allow you to get your higi score, which includes your weight, BMI, pulse rate, and blood pressure.  These check-in stations are available nationwide, mostly at RiteAids and other retail pharmacies and grocery stores. Find a location near you through higi’s search.

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In comparison to the other reward programs, higi’s rewards are not the best. There is not an option to redeem your points for cash or gift cards. Instead, you can redeem your points for coupons The 3 Best Online Coupon Sites to Save You Money The 3 Best Online Coupon Sites to Save You Money Coupon sites are one of the best and easiest ways to save when shopping online. From quick deals to guides on how to control your budget, here are the best coupon resources on the Web. Read More or free health products. Right now, you can redeem points for a 25% off coupon for Garmin products or a free eight-count box of Element bars (plus the cost of shipping).

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The nice perk about higi is that it connects with so many health trackers and devices, so it is nice to see all of your information in one place.

3. AchieveMint

AchieveMint awards points for a variety of things, like weighing in, tracking calories, and even being social about your healthy habits. Once users reach 50,000 points, they can redeem the points for $50 Visa card. If you connect your AchieveMint profile to your Fitbit, you will earn points for steps taken. Achievement rewards one point for every 125 steps.

Like higi, AchieveMint also rewards points for healthy tasks, such as tweeting a healthy tweet (worth 5 points), sleeping (worth 20 points), and Instagramming a healthy photo (worth 20 points). Logging food and exercise other than walking can also earn you points.

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Even though it will take a while to get to 50,000 points for a $50 Visa card (walking 10,000 steps every day for 400 days will get you there), the app is a nice perk for a healthy habit you already want to do.

4. Walgreens Balance Rewards

Sign up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program for a way to earn points on purchases and healthy activity. The Balance Rewards program syncs with popular fitness trackers 17 Best Health and Fitness Gadgets to Improve Your Body 17 Best Health and Fitness Gadgets to Improve Your Body Over the past few years, innovation around health and fitness gadgets has exploded. Here are just a few of the amazing pieces of kit you'll be able to use to keep you feeling great. Read More and apps, and it also allows you to track activity manually. First-time sign-ups earn 250 points automatically.

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Even if you do not shop regularly at Walgreens, the Balance Rewards program can still be a great way to earn free stuff Yay, Free Stuff: How to Get a Freebie Every Day for a Week Yay, Free Stuff: How to Get a Freebie Every Day for a Week The internet is loaded with free stuff, from trial software to sites that offer free samples and coupons. Unfortunately, the good stuff is drowned in a sea of scams and dubious survey sites. And even... Read More . Walgreens has many great deals on cosmetics, grocery items, vitamins, and baby supplies, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out how to spend Balance Reward points.

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Points expire three years after you earn them, but it shouldn’t be hard to accumulate enough to get some free products before they go.

5. Pact

Want to eat better or workout without missing a day? For that level of dedication, it might cost you. Pact allows users to link their bank account or PayPal account An Introductory Guide to PayPal Accounts & Services An Introductory Guide to PayPal Accounts & Services PayPal offers a lot of services that you might not be aware of -- here's a guide to understanding some of the lesser-known options. Read More and make a healthy pact for $5 or $10 per day. You can choose from one of three pacts: gym, veggie, or food tracking.

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You only pay if you miss a day, and at $5 to $10 a day, you are less likely to ditch your health goal 3 Science-Backed Steps to Finally Achieve Your Goals 3 Science-Backed Steps to Finally Achieve Your Goals You have already started thinking of New Year resolutions. Maybe, you didn't achieve all of them this year. Here are three specific steps you need to take if you're serious about your goals. Read More . However, if you stay dedicated to your pact, you can earn money. According to the site, “If you meet your Pact, you get a cash reward for each day committed, paid for by those who didn’t make it. Rewards have generally been $0.30 to $5 per week, depending on the number of activities committed.”

6. DietBet

DietBet is another app that allows you to gamble legally and get healthy at the same time. For those who wish to start out slow, DietBet has a “Kickstarter” level that allows you to try it out. All you have to do is lose 4% of your body weight in four weeks. For someone who weighs 200 pounds, to win the DietBet round, you will have to lose eight pounds, or two pounds a week.

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Winners usually get one-and-a-half to two times their bet. Betting $35 on yourself could earn you $52.50 to $70, and you will have lost weight in the process. To verify ethical competing, you must take specific pictures before and after the bet. DietBet has been highly successful and the site brags, “Out of 406,919 DietBetters, 93.32% have lost weight during their challenges. Combined, they’ve lost 5,150,182 lbs and won $23,300,999.”

Take Advantage and Get Healthy

It can be frustrating when it seems that you have tried everything to stay on a health plan 4 Popular Courses That Teach the Tricks to Eating Healthy 4 Popular Courses That Teach the Tricks to Eating Healthy Learn some key things about nutrition and how it can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Read More and get healthy. Take the hassle out of getting healthy and make it fun with reward programs or fun apps, like the Pokémon Go or Zombies, Run! apps. And share your favorite apps and website for getting fit so we can try them out!

What websites and apps have you used to eat better, lose weight, or exercise more? Did you find them helpful? Or were they just distracting? Share your thought in the comments below.

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  1. Noobdenial
    August 15, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Can you use all these programs concurrently? Are there any known issues with connecting these programs to your fitbit concurrently? I would assume not.

    Several of those Rewards programs look like they reward the same activities, so it would make sense to stack the rewards.

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