Can You Really Get Paid to Walk? What is the Achievement App?

Have you noticed we’re starting to see more and more health apps? Many seem very beneficial. But can you really get paid to walk? Frankly, I was very skeptical. And yet, I had to check it out.

Like so many others, I made a resolution to improve my fitness level this year. My goal is to average 10,000 steps per day in 2020. It might be a little too early to do much crowing. Still, I’m proud to say that so far, I’m meeting or exceeding my goal. In fact, walking and monitoring my steps is now an integral part of my lifestyle.

I also love finding ways to supplement my income and then share my findings with my readers. So, when I started hearing some positive chatter about Achievement, I became intrigued. It seemed like a natural fit for me since I was exercising already and the App is free,

I won’t keep you in suspense. We won’t get rich with the Achievement App. But I do expect to earn $10 every three or four months for just meeting a personal goal and doing nothing that I wasn’t doing before.

The idea of earning a bit of mad money for taking healthy actions appeals to me. And I think others will have a similar reaction.

So, let’s look more closely at how Achievement works, shall we?

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What is the Achievement App?

Achievement is a free app that rewards you in points for a variety of healthy activities and behaviors. After downloading the mobile app, which is available for both IOS and Android devices, you can connect from within Achievement and synchronize with more than 20 health-related applications.

What is the Achievement App

You can earn points for engaging in things like walking, biking, or golfing. Additional points are also available for related actions like weighing yourself, logging food and water, or even tracking your sleep. Moreover, you can answer survey questions within the App or even tweet about health matters

The Achievement app is owned by Evidation Health, which is a health and measurement company focused on researching and understanding how everyday behavior and health interact. Currently, Achievement is available to US residents only.

More than 3 million users have downloaded the App, and it has a 4.7 rating on the App store. To date, Achievement has paid participants more than $500,000. Do you need an incentive to help you stick to your goal and overcome all those walking excuses?

How Does the Achievement App Work?

Achievement is a legit approach to earning a bit of free cash for exercising. To create an account, all you need is an email address, your choice of password, and your birthdate.

The App is effortless in the sense that it syncs with other fitness or health-related apps you’re already using. There are more than 20 apps you can select from to track activity in the background, which makes earning points an automatic process.

Do you wear a step-tracking device?

I wore a Fitbit for years. These days I wear a Garmin Approach S40. This is an ideal choice for me because it’s a smartwatch that tracks my daily steps, monitors my sleep patterns, and is also a golf GPS device. Both devices have tracking apps that you can easily sync with Achievement.

I also connected Apple Health and MapMyFitness. All of these connected apps feed information to Achievement automatically. But I’ve found that Garmin Connect works best for tracking everything reliably. Apple Health will use your iPhone to detect steps, but it seems to only work when you’re walking outside, and even then, it misses a lot.

Earning Points

I joined Achievement in the middle of February and immediately received 50 points for linking my first App and 200 points for taking a basic health survey that took about 5 minutes.

You can earn up to 80 points per day for each tracked exercise, but getting the maximum points isn’t easy. You earn roughly .0026 points per step, and you need about 30,000 steps (15 miles) on a given day to get all the points for walking.

I also don’t receive the full allotment of 80 points when I complete a round of golf. But that seems reasonable given that my course is an Executive course and therefore not as long,  My points appear to be calculated based on course mileage. Other activities like sleep or logging food will earn you 6 points per day for a total of 30 points for all non-exercise activities combined.

I was pleased and surprised that when I connected my Garmin, Achievement pulled my tracked activities for the prior month and awarded points.

How Do You Get Paid By Achievement?

Achievers earn $10 for each 10,000 points. As you can see from the screenshot below, I’ve earned 2,350 points to date. So, I feel like I’m on track to get my first payout in about 3 to 4 months. Once you accumulate 10,000 points, you can request payment through Paypal or as a direct deposit to your bank account.  You also have the option of donating the money to charity.

How Does Achievement Work

Obviously, it’s not a lot of money, but on the flip side, it’s free money. The way I see it, if Achievement motivates you to move more and sit less, it can’t be a bad thing, right? Monetary benefits may help get you off the couch!

Things I Really Like About Achievement

  • The App is free to use
  • Setting it up and connecting other health-related apps is a very simple and quick process
  • The ability to sync with a tracking device like Garmin or Fitbit improves accuracy
  • Exercise and activity points post automatically
  • Survey questions are short and easy to complete (they’re also optional)
  • Tracking my fitness goals with Achievement helps keep me accountable
  • Money is a motivator and is a powerful incentive for most people

Things I Don’t Like About Achievement

  • Earnings are minimal
  • Requiring 30,000 steps per day to earn the maximum daily points seems excessive when 10,000 steps per day are generally viewed as a healthy goal (most Americans only manage 3,000 to 4,000 steps)


I downloaded the Achievement App with a fundamental question in mind. Can you really get paid to walk? I’m pleasantly surprised to discover that the answer is yes. You won’t make a lot, but there is a financial incentive that encourages healthy behaviors.

I hope you found this Achievement App review helpful and that you’ll decide to give it a try. I’m all about finding ways to pad my income, and I suspect many readers would also like to make a little more money each month.

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Have you used the Achievement App? Have you found similar Apps where you can get paid for walking? Please jump into the comments below and share your experiences.

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14 thoughts on “Can You Really Get Paid to Walk? What is the Achievement App?”

  1. Ah! I remember this one! I found this application a while back. Actually before becoming a member of the platform you had mentioned (really loving it to be honest), me and my friends were testing this application. 

    To be honest, I was on the walking and testing side of things but my friend literally jumped the gun and ran for it thinking running would increase the rate of income. But even-though it was not a “source” of income you can depend upon, we had our fair share of fun!

    Thank you for reminding me of the good ‘ol days!


    • Hi Nithin,

      Yes, it is fun and something that it’s nice to do with a friend. You can challenge one another and I think it helps with accountability. You are correct that the income is minimal. But they are a very legitimate operation and you can depend on receiving your earnings from them. I think an extra $10 every few months is OK when it’s earned automatically and encourages sensible behavior.

      I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

  2. Thanks for the great post. That’s an extremely novel idea –  an app that gives you free money for looking after yourself!  I have never heard of this approach before.  Is this a leader or are there other instances of this kind of incentive driven app and what is in it for the developer of the app; I am intrigued?


    • Hi Hamish,

      Yes, I found the app intriguing as well. The app was developed by a company that does medical research and this is a way to gather data. They ask users to complete health-related survey questions.periodically. I understand there may also be offers to participate in research studies although I have not yet seen any information regarding a study.

      There’s another app that I’ve joined but not yet reviewed called SweatCoin. They also claim to pay you for walking. But so far I’m much less impressed with SweatCoin. Instead of paying users in cold hard cash, they pay you in their virtual currency. You can use SweatCoins towards the cost of items offered through the app. I personally find that a lot less appealing than being paid in cash that I can use for anything.

      I hope this answered your questions. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow excellent reference here in the Achievement App. Although the payout is not a lot, the work is virtually seamless as it can be incorporated into an everyday workout. Also, it can be a nice motivator. I like how it doesn’t require surveys to be filled out. I think if they were required it would make the app less appealing, so I hope they keep it this way. All in all this looks an excellent app so I appreciate the reference, and wish you best luck with it as well!

    • Yes, I am finding it to be a nice motivator 🙂 It’s fun to check with the app and see how I’m doing. Thanks for jumping in with your comments and good luck to you also!

  4. Intriguing little app. I never thought that you could get paid by doing exercise. But how do the developers make money out of this? Are there ads that they get revenue from? I guess that for something extra it’s a nice app to have. It will for sure never make you start exercise if you never did but if you do then this may be an excellent way to get something extra for no effort as you would already do your daily exercises no matter what.

    • Hi Stratos,

      The Achievement app makes money by supplying health-related data to market research firms. I agree it’s not a powerful enough incentive to change the mindset of someone who doesn’t normally exercise. But as someone who’s committed to walking regularly, I do think it adds a little fun to the process.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. The Achievement App seems very promising and I think I will need to add it to what I am doing. It is nice that the app is free to use and I am eager to check it out. I am glad that it works with other health apps that I already have on my phone. THe one downside is that is can be hard to reach 10,000 steps much less than 30,000 steps. It will be work. 

    • Hi Lee,

      I’m enjoying the Achievement App a lot. It keeps me motivated. I’ve been walking at least 10,000 steps a day since the first of the year. At first, it did seem like a challenge. But after a while, you get into a routine. Now, it’s almost impossible for me to go to bed at night if I don’t have my steps yet. It’s been a very healthy choice for me and I have more energy than I’ve had in years.

      I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for connecting!

  6. Hi Linda,

    The Achievement App may not be available in my country since its currently restricted to US residents but I must admit that this is a well thought out concept. The rewards might be far removed from being termed as thrilling but its nevertheless money that can contribute to subsidize recurring monthly membership payments. Additional perks like surveys that contribute to earning points are a great way to boost points but also a clever move by Achievement to tweak their app especially if questions relate to its usage.

    We are Blessed.

    • Hi Mark,

      I’m sorry to hear that the Achievement App isn’t available in your part of the world. Maybe that will change in the future. Thanks for jumping into the conversation!

  7. Hey Linda, 

    Fantastic review! I have also been hearing lots about this app and I thought it had to be a scam or there was something else to it. Thank you for posting this review, it was very informative. 

    On the negative side I live in Canada and you mention the Achievement App is not available outside of the US, do you know if they are going to make it available to other countries? Or maybe you’ve heard of similar apps that would be available to your readers from outside of the US?

    Thanks again for the great content. 

    • Hey Tyler,

      It’s too bad that the Achievement App isn’t more widely available because users all seem to enjoy it very much. I haven’t read anything specific about expansion to Canada or elsewhere. But it wouldn’t surprise me because it’s become so popular.

      You might check out Sweatcoin. I don’t like the Sweatcoin App as well because they don’t reward you in cash. You earn Sweatcoins that can be used toward discounted purchases. But that can be nice as well if you’re walking anyway.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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