By Kristen Johnson
Finally – I discovered a company that pays you to exercise and eat right. You read that correctly – get paid to do what you should be doing anyway. I don’t work for this company or have any stock in it. I’m just a big fan.
Achievemint is simple to use and easy to set up. I discovered them on November 2nd of this year, and it took about 5 minutes to set up. The idea is to use fitness apps that you already use (or sign up to use them if you don’t) and connect them to Achievemint. Every time you use one of your apps to log food or track your activity, and every time you Tweet a health-related article, you get points. Once you get to 10,000 points, you get $10! As an added bonus, you can request a report of your activity and within minutes, an email arrives showing all your data for past months!
The psychology behind it really is working on me. I realize that the idea is to get people to exercise more, and to eat healthier food. Since November 2nd, I’ve earned 3,929 points. That number should be significantly higher than it is. At the moment, I am only exercising 30 minutes a day and logging all my food. Once upon a time, I exercised a minimum of an hour and a half a day (usually more, and I generally rode my bike several hours at a time on weekends). If I could get back to my former fitness-stud-self, I’d get to 10,000 points much faster!
I’m a big enough fan that I wish Achievemint would hire me. 🙂
To sign up for Achievemint, see my referral link here: http://tinyurl.com/zxae37j.
In order to use Achievemint, you need to sign up to use related apps. Following are some of the apps that I use on my phone that are easy to use and easy to connect to Achievemint:
MyFitnessPal: Incredibly easy-to-use, it’s a simple way to keep track of the food you eat, and your exercise. What’s really fun is that you get “credit” for exercise and you get to eat more! Simply plug in your weight, height, and your goal (lose weight, remain the same weight, etc.) and the app will tell you how many calories a day you can eat to get to your goal. You can use the app online, but the phone app is a lot more user-friendly and allows you to scan barcodes of food. I have been using this super-cool app for 3 years now and I highly recommend it! You can sign up in the App Store on your phone or here: https://www.myfitnesspal.com.
RunKeeper: This is absolutely my favorite running/walking app – also easy to use on your phone. Once you’re set up (which takes about 2 minutes) you simply click on “Go Walking” and it will map your power-walk (or run if you are a runner). It’s really a nifty app because when you tell it you’re finished, it shows you how far you’ve walked, how many calories you’ve burned, and how your pace compares to your other walks. It goes so far as to show you a little map of where you’ve walked. I’ve been using this app for a number of years and I highly recommend it! Other walking apps simply do not live up to this one. You can sign up in the App Store on your phone or here: https://runkeeper.com.
Strava: Unfortunately, I just don’t bike like I used to. (But, it’s a goal of mine to get back to it!) I’ve used several bicycling apps, but Strava is my favorite. Similar to the other two apps I’ve recommended, it is easy to use and takes just a few minutes to sign up for it. It tracks your rides, and then tells you how far you’ve gone, your average pace, how many calories you’ve burned, and shows you a nifty little map of where you’ve gone. I can’t wait to use Strava again soon! You can sign up in the App Store on your phone or here: https://www.strava.com.
The New Year is a great time to get started on the path to health and fitness. Getting paid to do it is just an added bonus!
Good luck in your healthy endeavors. Please write a comment if you have used any of these apps and once you’ve signed up for Achievemint! I’d love to hear from people getting healthy!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NRSV): 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple[a] of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
Serve all with love.
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