If battling it out with an opponent doesn’t get you walking, check out yesterdays post on BattleSteps, how about the thought of losing money, or maybe better yet the thought of winning money.
StepBet is an app where you can join in on a game of steps, for around $40. You are betting on yourself that you can accomplish the daily required steps, determined by your previous step history.
If successful, all the participants in this bet share the overall pot money, after the company deducts 25% to take care of costs. If it happens that all the participants are successful in fulfilling their individual goals, though these cases are rare, the company fails to take its cut of the pot money.
How a User Participates
The game is usually 6 weeks long. The first week is usually the warm-up week when no one gets eliminated. Charges for the service vary but most of the time is $40.
- Select “Join Game!”.
- Choose your source of steps to be given your personalized step goals
- Place your bet to join the game.
- Begin the challenge and start stepping!!
It is important to note that the there is no specific goal that each and every participant must reach but rather each participant must reach his or her individual step goal every week or they stand a chance to be eliminated. The goals are divided into stretch goals and active goals. Active goals are those that are achieved in the four active days of the week while stretch goals are achieved in the remaining two days. The participants get one rest day. These goals are set after calculations are made using step history extracted from the participants’ trackers once the trackers are connected.
Some of the trackers used by this app include:
- iPhone Apple Health through phone
- Android S Health through phone
- Android Google Fit through phone
- iPhone Apple Watch
- iPhone Fitbit
- Android Fitbit
Cheating in the Game
Cheating is not tolerated and indulgence in any form of it will lead eventual disqualification. The data is closely monitored from the trackers and any suspicious tendencies are flagged. The participants may be asked to present additional information on their phone or trackers if they are flagged.
Pros of the game
StepBet makes the process of adding more movement to your day more interesting by introducing money to be won or lost.
There is zero risk of losing your money as long as you complete your daily goals. You’re not really betting because, the game is completely under your control.
You have two opposing motivations working for you. The fear of loss, of losing your money and the positive motivation for the chance to win money.
The major flaw with this game is, a person may get disallowed from the game if his or her tracker fails to record his or her progress for just a day.
The StepBet app is an awesome game as well as a great community that greatly motivates its users to make more steps by combining the thrill of risking money and personal goal achievement to achieve a healthier version of themselves.
The average money money won ranges from $8 – $16, which is a pretty kick ass investment of $40 if you ask me.
My only concern is when I join a new game in six weeks how much more will my step goal increase.
But we shall see. So far I’m loving it.