During the winter months, it’s important to take care of our mental health and wellbeing. Shorter days and colder weather can make things a bit harder, and this year we also have to deal with the stresses and strains of Covid. One of the most effective ways to keep healthy and happy is regular exercise – but how can you fit this into your life and work without it being a chore? Here’s a list of some great ways to earn some extra money on the side, while exercising with a purpose.

1. Taskrabbit

Taskrabbit is a nifty app that lets customers hire Taskers to complete just about anything. The app is popular amongst skilled freelancers like electricians, gardeners, painters and plumbers but you can also become a Tasker for other miscellaneous tasks that don’t require any special training. You can get paid to clean, shop, help someone move house, build furniture or even organise their things. These manual tasks are a great way to stay active without thinking about it, while earning money at the same time.

2. Tailster

If you’re an animal lover, Tailster is the perfect app to help you earn money while exercising. What better way to stay fit than dog walking? Tailster connects you with local people looking for a hand with their pets. When you join as a Carer, you choose what kind of service you want to give – whether that’s dog walking, pet sitting or feeding. The great part about this app is that you can set your own rates and choose exactly when you want to work. Tailster is a great incentive to get outside and keep active in the winter, all while earning some extra cash. 

3. Deliveroo

If you’re a competent cyclist, Deliveroo is a great way to keep active. Offering support for local restaurants during Covid-19, Deliveroo pays you for each delivery you make, whilst also giving you the opportunity to earn tips for the jobs you complete. Once you’ve joined as a Rider, you’ll get a free kit to help you with deliveries – all you’ll need to get started is a bike and a smartphone. 

4. Airbnb experiences

Live in a touristy city or know lots about the area? Airbnb doesn’t just allow you to host your home, you can also host an experience for visiting tourists. This is a fantastic opportunity to make money while doing something you’re passionate about. Airbnb looks for just about any kind of experience so there’s lots of opportunities to incorporate exercise. Host a walking tour, nature hike, sport, dance class or whatever works for you and your skills.

5. Shepper

Shepper works by offering you simple checking tasks, local to you, which means its a great choice for earning money while exercising. Once you become a Shepherd, you’ll be able to pick and choose which checks suit you, and complete them within the listed time frame. As the checks are all on your doorstep, you’ll be able to easily walk, cycle or jog to the locations. Sometimes you’ll even get bonuses for completing a certain amount of checks, giving you an incentive to keep exercising and earning! Great for when you want to get out of the house and even get to know your local area while earning a little extra on the side.