Set It and Forget It: This Free App Literally Pays You for Walking Around
Winter is coming.
That means I’ll be wearing chunky sweaters and eating fatty comfort food for the next few months. I don’t have to worry about slipping into a bikini (thank goodness) or showcasing my tank top arms…
…at least until April swings around.
I do this every year -- put on some pounds, then bloat with regret when the weather warms.
And it’s not just my physique -- it’s my mental state, too. I feel awful when I don’t work out and gorge instead.
Yet I do it every year. I have zero motivation. Maybe it’s like the movies and I need someone to hang a king-sized Snickers bar in front of my face while I run. Or maybe if someone offered me some cash…
Yup. My Penny Hoarder ears perk up when I hear the word “cash.”
Apparently, this is an online program and app that connects to more than 28 other health and fitness apps (think: Fitbit, MyFitness Pal or Apple’s Health app). It tracks your fitness and nutrition data and rewards you with points, which you convert to cash.
So say if I hit 15,000 steps one day; I earn some points. It’s a lofty goal, I know, but money is a good motivator. Even if you only hit a few thousand steps per day, you still get points -- the more you walk, the more you earn. You can even get points for sleeping.
Set it and forget it.
Since it sounds way too good to be true, I scoured social media to see if there’s positive (or negative) buzz -- if this could actually be a legitimate solution to my winter fitness hibernation.
5 Steps To Earning Money With Achievemint
I’ve hit the jackpot.
Achievemint also rewards users five points for sharing their progress on social media, so cue healthy inspiration (or guilt, at this point).
Here are some of the reasons people love using this app.
1. Earn points by posting pretty food.
A lot of people claim to get annoyed by food Instagram photos, but I really don’t understand how. It’s like candy for the eyeballs -- without the sugar.
Here are some of my favorites people posted while snagging up points with the app. Also, can you all just come cook for me?
— Willette Brye (@WBrye) October 25, 2016
2. Earn points by doing what you do each day.
You know that built-in Health app in your iPhone? Well, it automatically tracks your steps, so why not walk a little extra and nab some points? These people have been.
— Mindy (@Hazeleyez1974) October 22, 2016
— Maria Rios (@kiky_rios) October 15, 2016
— Ace Trainer Azza (@txkAzzAlane) October 11, 2016
3. Earn points for working out.
You don’t have to invest in a trainer to earn points, but you can if you’d like. You can work out in your living room, take a run or even hit up the roller derby rink. These folks have the right idea.
— megan (@magnumcaliente) November 2, 2016
— Amy Andoe (@melodic_failure) November 1, 2016
4. The more points you earn, the more the results will (probably) show.
Any amount of change -- physical, mental or all of the above -- is exciting, especially when you’re tracking it on social media. And earning points toward money. That’s nice, too.
5. Points = cash = a happy bank account
This actually works.
It’s neat seeing people logging the money they’re raking in. Some even said they forgot about the app.
Three years later and they’re popping money into their bank account? Talk about passive.
@achievemints Just signed up and already have 300pts. This is awesome!
— Keradwen McDowell (@keradwen) October 13, 2016
— Nae Nae (@DanaeLyn) April 27, 2016
How To Start Using Achievemint
Sign up at Achievement here, enter your email address and the site will get you started connecting your health apps.
Score. I earned 50 points just for signing up. Achievemint also sends an email to new users three days after signing up. You’ll get 750 points for taking the included health survey and 250 more points for referring friends.
Anyway, it took two seconds (give or take). So I have 9,049 points to go until I earn my first $10, which I suspect will add up fairly quickly once I just get up off the couch and start moving.
Your Turn: Have you found a way to get healthy and make money?
Disclosure: This one time, Kyle came into the office with $6 worth of Taco Bell that he planned to eat over the course of three meals. By clicking the affiliate links in this post, you help us help Kyle seriously ease up on the Taco Bell.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.