Walking. It’s what we do on a daily basis. If you’ve gone to college or live in a big city and avoid driving, you’ve probably walked so much that you’d have miles upon miles of walks if you added them each year. I’ve enjoyed walking ever since I can remember. Nothing beats a good walk at your college campus or at a national park, like Yosemite (which I’ve gone to in several occasions) in times where the weather is nice in California (September-November, normally at least). One thing I would’ve never imagined though, is that I would ever be rewarded for walking.
Yes you read that right. Receiving a reward for walking.
Who rewards you for walking?
So who does this? An app that was developed in London called, Sweatcoin.
I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it but since I enjoy walking so much, I had to try it. I’d always wanted to get one of those Fitbits but this app would help me save money and be rewarded at the same time. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that from an app.
What does Sweatcoin “reward” you with?
So I decided to try it a couple of years back, and it did just what it promised. It paid me in a virtual currency called, “Sweatcoins“. With these “sweatcoins” you’re able to use them in their store which allows you to purchase all kinds of real items. I’ve seen gift cards, iPhones, traveling gift certificates, etc. and they are constantly updating the items available for purchase. You can also use them to donate to a charitable cause or send them to friends.
How do I earn “Sweatcoins”?
For every 1,000 steps , you get 1 sweatcoin. It might not seem like a lot but take into consideration that if you go out walking to like a National Park or to a theme park, you could easily walk anywhere from 5,000+ steps. Once it starts counting steps, the app also simply runs in the background and it hasn’t affected my mobile devices performance at all. Battery-wise, it doesn’t drain the battery much so no worries there (they also have a battery saver option in case you want to maximize your battery but some of your steps may not count). If you look at your notifications it’ll always be there at the top but that’s actually good because it shows you how much Sweatcoins you’ve earned each day and how many total steps you have on the particular day you check. If you want to know your total earned Sweatcoins and steps you just have to click on it so it opens the app and gives you that data.
They also have a daily bonus thing going on where if you claim your bonus on Day 1 you get a Free Sweatcoin, Day 2 you get 2 Sweatcoins and Day 3 you get 4 Sweatcoins. I believe you have to claim them in consecutive days though. In order to get to claim the daily bonus, you just have to simply watch a super short video ad on an application.
Sometimes they have other ways of getting more that doesn’t involve walking so check from time to time. For example right now they have a promotion where if you add a friend to the app you get a bonus 5 Sweatcoins.
What steps are counted?
The only steps that are counted are those done outdoors. Since it’s GPS-powered, they’re able to only count outdoor steps which isn’t bad since walks are always better outdoors than indoors (unless you’re in California’s Central Valley in the Summer when 100 degree days are typical). Steps are usually sent directly to be analyzed automatically at 2,000 steps and it’s at that point where they take away any indoor steps. You can also force send steps at any time so you do have that option too.
Is there a limit to how much Sweatcoins (SWC) can be earned?
There are limits of course, otherwise someone would be a Sweatcoin millionaire in a day, but the limits are so high that you’d have to be running marathons in one day to meet them.
They currently have 4 Membership Levels that increase your maximum amount earned per day. One thing to note is that you don’t actually pay physical currency to change membership levels. You simply use your already earned SWC’s to upgrade.
- Mover – The default option. It’s Free and lets you earn up to 5 SWC per day or up to 150 SWC per mont
- Shaker – Costs 4.75 SWC/month. You can earn up to 10 SWC per day or 300 SWC per month.
- Quaker – Costs 20 SWC/month. You can earn up to 15 SWC per day or 450 SWC per month.
- Breaker – Costs 30 SWC/month. You can earn up to 20 SWC per day or 600 SWC per month.
- They are also working on adding a 5th option called “Trouble Maker”. I’m not sure when that’ll be available but it’s in the works.
Can you add friends on the Sweatcoin App?
Yes, you can! Once you add friends you’ll get their “leaderboard” that shows your friends and how much SWC they’ve earned per day. It’s a great way to have friendly competitions to see who gets the most coins in a day. If you select a friend, you can also send them SWC on there too and it also shows you which membership level they have.
Where can I download the Sweatcoin App?
The app is available on the App Store & Google Play. If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to download using my referral link.
After you’ve created an account, if you invite friends to join, they have promotions ranging from getting more SWC yourself or getting PayPal dollars.
If you’d like to add me to your friend list my username on Sweatcoin is luis145974.
Happy Walking! 🙂
Have you used Sweatcoin before? Did you download it after reading this post? I’m interested in knowing your thoughts on the app. Please feel free to leave a comment below.