Happy Tuesday! I’m always excited when I hear about new ways to motivate myself to workout. A few weeks ago, I read about StepBet on Instagram. Someone I follow on Instagram talked about how they were joining a game on StepBet to help stay accountable this Fall. I checked out the website and the app to learn more about it and then decided to join a 6 week game. Today I’m happy to discuss my experience!
What is StepBet?
“StepBet is a fitness game that motivates you to be more active. Players “bet” on themselves to meet their personalized step goals during every week of the game, and win money if they do. The cash prize, accountability, and community support help you build a more active lifestyle.”
Sounds easy, right? I wanted something that would motivate me to not only get moving, but also get me to workout more. Of course it’s much easier to hit a step goal on days that I run, but knowing that I signed up for a StepBet game made me get up from my desk more during the day. This included lunchtime walks and walking more laps around the floor.
How does StepBet work?
You “bet” on yourself by paying for the game. The games are $40 and last for 6 weeks. The first week is normally a warm up week. This means that you don’t have to hit your step goals everyday. It’s a week to get you acclimated to the game.
Your steps are calculated based on data from your Fitbit, Garmin tracker, Apple Watch, Google Fit or S Health. The app looks at your historical data to come up with your goals. Based on these numbers you will be given active and power day goals. For most games you need to hit your “active” steps at least four days a week and “power day” steps at least 2 days per week. You get one free day per week as well.
For my game, my “active” goal was 12,645 steps and my “power day” goal was 15,288 steps. Definitely reasonable and I liked having those numbers to strive for throughout the weeks.
How do you get paid?
First let me start by saying that StepBet has a No Lose Guarentee. This basically means that if you and everyone else in the game hit your goals every week, you automatically get back your $40.
Although StepBet retains 15% of the gross pot to pay Referees, transaction fees, game hosts, and administrative support, you can still win money. Now it won’t be a huge amount of money (as you can see in the image below), but it’s still something. Always remember that the more players in a game, the larger the pot and therefore the larger the payout! After the game is officially over, you will get paid in 1-2 days. Once you’re notified of the payout, you can transfer the money back to your banking account via Paypal.
Is StepBet hard to use?
Absolutely not! Once you download the app on your phone, it’s SO simple to use. It only took me a few minutes to set up an account and link my FitBit to gather data. Also the app will give you alerts everyday when you hit your goal or just to remind you to get moving to hit your step goals.
Do they have other games?
If you think that StepBet isn’t your thing, you have other games you can try.
DietBet – In this game you bet that you will lose a certain percentage of weight over a span of a few weeks. This would be great incentive to stay on track during all of those holiday parties.
RunBet – In this game you commit to running a certain amount of days per week (usually at least 30 minutes each run). You can run indoors or outdoors and you can use Garmin, Strava or Runkeeper to upload your runs.
SweatBet – This game isn’t available yet but it sounds awesome! This game motivates you to work out more by doing the workouts that are laid out in the game. Once this goes live, I’ll be researching it to learn more.
Overall, with any of these game you bet on yourself. To me, that’s the best part! You are betting on yourself to “win” whatever game you enter. It shows that you have confidence in yourself to see it through and there’s no better feeling than that. Currently I just started another StepBet game yesterday to help keep me accountable through Thanksgiving and well into December. I don’t know about you, but knowing that I have money to lose gives me way more incentive to get my butt moving!
Have you ever tried StepBet, or any of these other games? If so, how did you like it? If not, what’s your motivation for getting your steps in daily?