I completed my Step Bet Challenge on July 22! It was so exciting to finish the 6 week bet and make some money! The last week of the Stepbet was a bit challenging as my knee was starting to swell for no particular reason and that definitely makes walking long distances even harder.
I took 505, 642 steps in over a span of 6 weeks! The average daily step of that is 12,039 to put it into perspective. That’s a lot of steps and it is over the recommended 10,000 daily intake that we are supposed to take anyway.
Week by Week Thoughts
Week 1 was a warm up week and it allowed everyone to warm up and see how things worked. It allowed you to see what your steps would be and how manageable it would be. If you missed a few days, it was still all good as no one gets eliminated in the first week.
Weeks 2-4 were pretty easy for me as I got into a groove of which days would be my active days and which ones would be my stretch days. The stretch days are 2,000 steps longer than the active days. Every night before I would go to bed I would check my numbers to make sure that it was synced and said completed. I didn’t want to wake up and see that I missed it by 50 steps or less (as some members had happen to them). I didn’t want to be eliminated so early in the game and really not at all. I wanted to finish, get my money back and a bonus of what was left in the pot that is split between members.
Weeks 5-6 were surprisingly more challenging to do. I don’t know whether it was due to what was going on in my life or how I was feeling but it was harder to do my steps each day. Some days I would finish half a day and see that I was nowhere near where I was supposed to be. The last week was the hardest because my knee was causing me a lot of issues. It’s hard to walk or do anything really, when your knee is swollen. But by taking little steps I was able to crush my goals.
Thankfully I finished!
What I have learned is that there is a great community within the app as well as the Facebook group if you join. There are always people ready to cheer you on to help you achieve your step goal. Words of encouragement and great people are there to make sure that you get your steps done and have a smile on your face. No one likes failure but it does exist and we need to rise above it to get where we want to get to. The more encouragement the better. I was shocked to see that more than 200 people dropped out/got eliminated during the game. I thought there would be maybe 100 that would drop out but things happen in life that make us forget, or miss it by a small amount and we can’t change it. We can only get up and try again.
How much money did I make?
Money put in: $40 USD
Money won: $49.14 USD (40 from original deposit and 9.14 for lasting the entire challenge).
$9.14 is nothing to sneeze at, however, for me it was the affect that the challenge had on me. It made me walk every day and more than the minimum. It made me commit to something for 6 weeks and actually get it done. I met a great group of people that encouraged me and offered their support as did I to them. It was a great experience.
Next on my try list: Run Bet. I need to work on my cardio and this is a good way of doing that and making a bit on money on the side. I know you won’t get rich doing these type of things, but I find that they are both fun and encourage you to get out there and exercise. Win win right?
Have you ever done a fitness bet? Did you win or lose? Did it help with your goals?