Last Updated on September 19, 2019 by Michael Brockbank
Colorado Plays donates what it can, when it can, to a variety of charities. Usually, it’s in support of something related to gaming. And today, we’re looking at donating monies earned from Achievement to Geeks of Grandeur.
Which goes to help support medical-grade gaming equipment for hospitalized children. In fact, this isn’t the first time for helping Geek of Grandeur as we enjoyed ourselves at the Halloween party in 2018.
We’re eagerly awaiting the next event…hint, hint.
What is Achievement?
Achievement is a data-collection app that connects to a variety of health and fitness systems. You earn points by recording your daily activities which go into a pool.
Once your pool reaches 10,000 points, you can redeem $10 through PayPal.
However, Achievement recently connected with Benevity…a charity portal which houses a huge number of different organizations. Instead of redeeming the cash, you can now choose to donate the $10 to a favorite registered charity.
In my case, it was Geeks of Grandeur.
The best part about MyAchievement.com is that you really don’t need to monitor the app. Since it pulls information from systems you’ll use anyway, it’s one of those things you can simply set and forget.
For me, it’s all about getting paid to walk with my Fitbit. Plus, it pulls data from MyFitnessPal to keep track of nutritional information.
It’s probably one of the easiest apps to make money from doing nothing more than what you’re already doing.
Achievement is essentially a data-collection service. It uses the information it collects for research, such as how many steps the average person takes in any given day.
And over the last couple of years since signing up, I have yet to see spam or other issues come from sharing my data.
What Can Achievement Do for You?
Achievement hands out points based on activity and the data collected. Perhaps one of the primary contributors to these points is walking. Which means you can literally make money with Fitbit just by your device keeping track of your steps.
Since I have a Fitbit Charge 3 strapped onto my wrist at all times, I’m technically making money as I walk throughout the day.
Originally, I signed up with Achievement simply to provide motivation to be more healthy. But in reality, I keep forgetting I have an account until I get an email telling me that I made my 10,000 point goal.
And integrating with fitness apps is only part of the system. Sometimes Achievement will have offers available where you can earn points by completing surveys or reading health-related articles.
How Fitness Improves Game Play
As a gamer, probably the most important organ in your body is the brain – well, aside from your fingers and thumbs. The ability to remember, process information and react quickly all come from a mass of neurons in your head.
Based on a wide scope of studies and a growing amount of evidence, exercise is good for brain development. So it only makes sense that you’d want to be healthy to get a competitive edge in gaming.
Now I’m not saying that running a 7-minute mile today will guarantee a spot in eSports. However, eating healthy and regular exercise will contribute to how you interact in a gaming environment.
Exercise isn’t merely for shaping your muscles. It’s just as vital for training the brain as in any sporting activity – whether it’s basketball or League of Legends.
And thanks to apps that pay you to walk, such as Achievement, you have another incentive to get the most out of health and fitness.
Why Donate to Geeks of Grandeur
Aside from Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur is one of our favorite charities. I suppose it’s because they help sick children by giving them something to do other than stress about being in a hospital.
In fact, it’s often found that gaming has a positive impact on patients. This is especially true for those who suffer debilitating issues or have weaker body control.
Since Geeks of Grandeur combines two of our favorite types of charities, gaming and children, it’s no wonder why we like them so much.
Not only that, but the founders of the organization are simply just good people.
What are Some Notable Features of Achievement?
In and of itself, Achievement is pretty basic. It’s little more than a platform to collect data regarding health and fitness. Which means it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles outside of collecting data.
However, it does have a few features that are worth mentioning.
Supports a Variety of Fitness Apps
MyAchievement.com will pull data from more than 20 apps you connect to your account.
Personally, I have Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Twitter connected. However, you can use things like Garmin, Google Fit, Apple Health and many other popular platforms.
Yes, I said Twitter. If you mention anything related to health in any tweet for the day, you’ll earn an additional six points.
Occasional Offers and Information
Like I said earlier, you can earn additional points by taking advantage of offers presented on the system. For example, I can earn 100 points by referring a friend. I can also earn 20 points by taking a survey.
These offers change often, so it’s a good idea for you to probably log in at least once per month.
You can log into the Achievement system and see recorded activity. For instance, I can see that I earned 23 points by walking 8,558 steps. I also earned six points by tweeting something health-related.
Another aspect of the Activity screen is seeing your point totals. At the moment, I am 2,455 points into my fourth 10k goal.
The Bottom Line…
MyAchievement.com is one of the few apps that pay you to exercise and will do so in cash. Some systems will simply give you credit or discounts at popular stores. One even gives you cryptocurrency to spend on questionable items.
This is the third time I’ve received $10 from Achievement, although I did donate this payout to Geeks of Grandeur.
Needless to say, this is a legit system that will give you money for doing nothing more than tracking your health. And if you’re like me, it’s something you were going to do anyway.
Why not get a $10 payout for the effort?
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Ease of Use9.0/10
- Easy to sign up
- Lots of ways to make points
- No apps to drain your battery
- Pays to PayPal or Donations
- You can forget about it until you hit 10k points
- Takes a while to earn $10