I've always thought that I'd be MUCH more motivated to lose weight if doing so paid me. Luckily, there is a site called Healthy Wage that does just that!
I thought this sounded too good to be true, but no, it's for real. Hundreds of people using Healthy Wage earn money as a reward for meeting their weight loss goals. Below is a little about how this works:
How do you start at Healthy Wage?
First thing to do is register. Fill out your profile and choose what challenge you want to participate in. There are several different ones, but the most popular one is the BMI challenge that will pay you $100 to get your BMI (body mass index) into the healthy range, which is below 25.
Note that you cannot sign up for this challenge unless your BMI is 30 or higher. You can find out what your BMI is using this online calculator.
How long do the Healthy Wage challenges last?
The challenge will last for one year after your start date.
When/how does Healthy Wage pay?
It says on the Healthy Wage website that earnings are paid within one month after challenge completion. They pay with check or Paypal.
How does Healthy Wage know for sure that you've lost weight?
This is the big question I had, too. It seems like cheating would be simple.
The way it works is, you have to verify your weight at least twice while you participate. You do it once when you start and again at the end of your challenge.
You can verify one of two ways — privately at home with a short recorded video of you weighing yourself, or through a doctor, health club, or Weight Watchers meeting.
Is Healthy Wage free?
It is completely free to participate in the $100 BMI challenge. However, some of the big money challenges do require an entry fee.
They have a few other BMI programs where you can put up $150 of your own money to win $400 back if you meet your goal, or put up $300 of your own money to win back $1,000. They also have team challenges where you can go in with your friends on weight loss and possibly win up to $10,000.
Details on how that works are here.
Obviously the free challenge is the most popular one, but if you're feeling really ambitious and completely believe you can meet your weight loss goals, you might feel confident enough to put up some of your own money to try and earn even more.
I personally think that if I paid them $150 or more of my own money to try and win more for losing weight, that would probably keep me on track. I would hate to lose money I put in.
What's in it for Healthy Wage?
This is another question I had, too. How does Healthy Wage make money? They have to have some way of paying all these people (and it definitely looks like some people are winning when you check the winners board here).
This paragraph on their website explains it:
HealthyWage is financially supported by insurers, health systems and hospitals, food companies, and the government. Government and corporate leaders know that incentives work and are a cost effective solution (paying incentives costs less than paying for health care for an obese population).
I would also assume that their paid programs generate them some revenue as well if anyone pays and doesn't meet their goals.
Why did I decide to share this today?
I realize this is not a job or an online earning opportunity exactly, but I've always felt like working at home comes with weight gain for many people. When you're mostly sitting all day and have quick, easy access to anything in your fridge anytime you want it, the pounds just pile on — especially if you're not exercising.
Because I'm a blogger and my job revolves around a computer, I'm sitting much of the day. As a result, my weight yo-yo's up and down just depending on how motivated/focused I am to get my daily exercise in.
And it's no secret that money is a big motivator! Verifying your weight on Healthy Wage is easy enough since you just need to record a video (something you can do with your smartphone or someone else's), so I thought some of you might be interested in giving this a try!
Can you participate in Healthy Wage if your BMI is less than 30?
Note that I'm trying to find out if you can participate in any of the other challenges if your BMI is less than 30. It does specifically say that for the (free) BMI challenge, it has to be at least 30.
But anything from 25 to 29 is considered overweight, so I'm wondering if with the paid challenges you can have less than a 30 BMI. I have emailed Healthy Wage to find out, and I will let you know when I hear back.
Update – Healthy Wage emailed me back and said this:
Anyone can join our $10,000 team challenge or 10% Challenge. Only the BMI Challenge is limited to folks who are obese.
So if your BMI is less than 30, you can still participate in the other challenges. But, you can't take part in the free one.
Want to get started at Healthy Wage?
Go here to sign up. Please update me if you find this is working for you!