Last week, I was avoiding responsibilities and wasting time scrolling through Snapchat, when I saw that one of the musicians I follow posted a story. I, of course, opened it to see what she was doing in her life of fame, and an add- like post came up. It took me by surprise because the only brand she usually promotes is her own, so instead of clicking through, I read about it. She talked about an app that she’s using to make a little extra money by just walking around. Hm. I was intrigued. An app that pays people based on the number of steps they take in a day. Just out of curiosity (and the wind blowing through my empty wallet), I downloaded the app called Sweatcoin. I had seen advertisements from this app previously, but I never thought it had any legitimacy behind it until now. With that being said, I am currently writing this blog post as more of a “product review” per se.
The app is set up to where you link your health app to the Sweatcoin app, and that allows Sweatcoin to track your steps throughout the day. As you walk, the app logs your steps and translates those into SWC, which is the cryptocurrency used by the app. I’m not sure what the exact exchange rate is between SWC and USD, but there are ways to see what the amount you earn in the app can get you on other websites who partnered with Sweatcoin. There are Amazon rewards, Apple rewards, audiobooks, and other daily/ weekly specials that can be viewed on the shopping bag tab. Other tabs in the app include “My Balance”, which allows you to view your balance in the app and spend it or transfer it (via email), the “Updates” tab that tracks your steps and money amounts you earned, and the profile app that is a summary of your movement throughout the day, week, and month.
I have had this app for a week now, and I will say it is a pretty cool idea. The fact that I can accumulate “money” through walking to my classes instead of driving is fascinating to me. I have earned $25, or at least that’s what my balance says. I have not tried to transfer or purchase anything through the app yet, but I think that might be my next experiment.
One of the downsides to this app is that some of my steps get lost or aren’t recorded, so Sweatcoin will think I have 2,000 less steps than my Apple Watch says I have. There might be some algorithm that translates my actual steps to what the app thinks are actual steps, which could cause a slight disconnect; however, it doesn’t seem like too much of an issue. It is a battery draining app because it must constantly be running in order to “keep track and log” all of my movement. Lastly, like most free apps, there are limitations to what you are offered and what the paying customers receive. As a free member, I can only early up to $5 per day, but if I were to upgrade my account and pay $5 per month, then I could make up to $10 per day. I’m sure there would be more special features offered with the upgraded subscription, but I’m just not that in to it.
Overall, the idea of this app is extremely motivating and rewarding. Although I can’t be certain that I will ever get those $25 that I earned, I’m not too worried about it because it cost me nothing in the process. With talk of cryptocurrency sill looming, this app has the potential to take off and take over the daily lives of people. Could be a major break or a major bust, but the idea of getting paid to get fit is something I believe most of us could get behind.