Realistic goals for me!
I am able to complete daily actions and earn points even while there are some weeks I haven’t met goals due to illness. I haven’t experienced the issues many have had, yes goals were increased but even then did not require me to work out every single day, but as long as I am semi-active most of the day (I.e. getting up from my desk and walking around on my break), I am still able to make my goals. I Love this app! I have had since January, “payments” for my watch started in February, I haven’t had to make a payment yet- and if I took the next month “off” I’d still have enough points to cover 2 months of payments. I love it! It’s motivating without feeling unreachable. Today I actually got a notification that they’ve adjusted calorie goals for members- mine actually went down, which is good for my points, as this new goal will be easy- but I am a little disappointed because my previous goal requires that I stay conscious of my movement and I had to put in at least a little effort every day to stay focused on it. Hopefully they’ll use current activity to gradually increase goals. Overall I’m very happy!
Overall I am happy with the app and am happy to be able to “work off” the payment for an Apple Watch. But like others I have a problem with when you get to 7 days required for the weekly bonus.
This isn’t like training for a marathon, the requirements aren’t so strenuous that you need a day of rest. The goals seem pretty much like push yourself a little more than usual and you’ll meet your goal. So I’m not going to complain about the 7 days as a whole. But, as a source of motivation, I think it’s bad. If you miss one day, that’s it. Your week is shot, and you will pretty much have to pay something for the watch that month. There is no margin of error and it is not possible to make up the 2000 points for that week by any other means other than paying the $2 for that missed weekly bonus.
And again, the $2 isn’t the end of the world either. I just don’t think that is effective in motivation. To me, it feels more punitive if you don’t hit your goal. If it was maybe changed to a weekly average or something, you would have the motivation to work more to make up that difference. As of now, if you have a work trip or something and are unable to do much on Monday, then there is no motivation to do anything for the rest of that week, because you cannot make it up.
More of a review of program
Make your goal? The next week it will Jack your days up... and keep doing this until you have to meet your calorie burn 7 days a week, with no rest days. Eventually, if you can’t sustain the 7 days, you get no points for meeting goals. Which means, for me, for example, I will not ever get my watch paid for just by activity alone unless I’m a robot! The other activities are small points and barely contribute toward meaningful pay down of the cost of the watch. So what do you do? Miss a month of goals so you can get it back down to 3x a week that you can manage, knowing that once you do, the cycle starts all over again. In short, this program doesn’t motivate me. It frustrates and makes me feel worse because the goals eventually get unreasonable. It asks for 500 calories of burn for me and on a good day, I can get 300. For me to get all 500 it would be an hour and a half on the bike every single day. This program actually sets you up to fail by being too rigid in the expectations. 4 days a week is reasonable. 7 days of hard exercise a week for 2,000 points, $2 toward the watch, is a lot to ask. So only do this if you are OK with them singing your credit card each month for the watch payment. Don’t think you will actually be able to earn the watch payment every month as advertised, because you won’t. They don’t tell you at sign up how they lure you in and then change the expectations on you. Caveat emptor.
The first time I’ve ever hit my work out goals!!
I have an Apple Watch and was already checking on steps and trying to close things. To get paid, even if it’s a little, is so worth it to me because I’m ALREADY doing this. This app makes moving so easy!! I’ve had no real problems and have cashed out about $50 worth of gifts cards so far..... what’s not to like about that?? I also appreciate the apps tips and the fact that they go beyond “hey go run” but also include mental health and stress management, all necessary for healthy living. The only thing I’d change is including a tab that houses all the tips and tricks I’ve already “learned” for me to review if I want to or maybe challenge myself to do them again if it isn’t a habit yet.
The other reviews are accurate
I got this app because it was a part of my insurance plan’s wellness benefits. Previously when I had Humana, they had a great wellness incentive program and I was hopeful this would be the same. It was ok at first, but has gotten progressively more frustrating and less motivating. It’s always a mystery if you’ll get your points for the healthy actions. The most recent one I had was to track any workout from the workout app for more than 30 minutes. I never got those points despite doing this all three days it was an option. You are also expected to hit your move goal seven days a week. If you’re training for something like a half marathon, this is not very realistic, as you are supposed to take rest days. And the points you get for doing a day’s worth is so minimal that it isn’t motivating to do it if you can’t get the weekly bonus. The Humana program made it worthwhile to hit your movement goal daily, and it was very motivating.
It seems clear that this was something they felt they “had” to do but that they have no real interest in actually paying out any incentives. If they did, it was be structured differently and would be more motivating. I’m just glad I bought my own Apple Watch and am not trying to earn it through this!
Attain: growth encouraged
I’m gonna have to disagree with the other reviews for the most part. I’ve had the app for a little over half a year and been keeping up off and on, not as much as I should... but working on it!
The activity goal starts at 3 days and moves up. My current daily goal is 600, I believe because that is what my watch is set to. If I do any exercise that day, including a chill 30 minute walk, I’m fairly likely to hit that goal. I am currently training for a half marathon and most days are easy to hit. Off days are more of a challenge, but I appreciate the goal of some movement, as I don’t take rest days to mean non-existent movement.
That said, there are a couple bugs with points though they are typically uploaded later to compensate. They have daily information/goals to try which add some flavor to with mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. Was very impressed by these.
I earned a $50 gift card to this point, and I think that is fair, considering I’m being paid for being healthy. Thanks for the motivation and half off Nike shoes, guys!!
Great app, not so great execution
Before I downloaded the app and began, I read several of the reviews to see how it worked. Even after the mostly negative reviews I decided to give it a shot seeing as I’m pretty active I didn’t see it being an issue hitting the weekly goals. We run 5k/10k’s, OCR races as well as do Crossfit 4/5 days a week consistently. That being said even the most active fit person needs a rest day every once in a while so it’s actually counterproductive to be forced to meet the goals 7 days a week or miss the goals. The $2 per week if you don’t meet them won’t break the bank but it’s just how quickly it jumps up to the higher number of days to meet the weekly goals that is rather frustrating. I’ve liked the ideas I’ve read from others about the increasing average. Maybe we could come up with a better more motivating answer to make this app more appealing and the users more successful at meeting their fitness goals. After all healthier members helps the whole group!
This App is amazing
The Attain App is amazing with it’s constant encouragement to move and be active daily, with challenges and goals to meet, even ideals and suggestions to use my Apple Watch Apps for exercises, how to breathe properly, even educated and encourage you to get the proper rest, from bad eating habits with suggestions on how to make better choices, all to Help us with Healthy habits, I love it and need it, it’s easy to get out of control, at least it is for me. Oh plus they have Rewards, yes, gift cards!!! What a great incentive to reward me for reaching my goal for the day and completing challenges or just reading and trying their suggestions. What a great resource of healthy information. It really has helped me a lot. Thank you Attain
Edit: please stop saying “look out for changes”. Just lower the activity goals for people. Seriously. Make them never be 7 days a week. It’s that simple. Stop feeding us BS about “changes coming up”. Nothing is coming. Most of the reviews agree that the goals are unattainable. This is a giant scam. I hope nobody actually tries to get a watch through this (I’m so glad I didn’t!). I think we should all start filing with the attorney generals of our states (consumer protection division) and the FTC. This is deceptive and low.
I work out every day, I’m healthy and pretty active. Leave it to Attain to penalize me by setting a calorie burn that’s higher than my Apple Watch suggests and making the goal to hit that EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. Um what? Perfectionism is not the answer here, people. It’s unrealistic to expect me to hit the goal every single day of the week. Rest days are a thing. I’m at a healthy weight and am more active than most people, yet I can’t hit these goals.
Good App & Hope it Gets Even Better
Invited to try app by insurance company and I’m happy I did. After trying other activity trackers and apps, I splurged on an Apple Watch and started Attain. After nearly a year, it’s still keeping me motivated and active. I consider the points and gift cards a bonus, so I can see why some reviewers may be frustrated if they’re trying to earn a watch. Requiring 7-day a week goals to be met is rough and I’m not sure it’s a healthy balance. At some point, life interferes and there should be a grace option to miss daily goals once or twice a week without losing all the weekly points. I’m hopeful that the app will continue to evolve with insights gained from constructive reviews.