5 Reasons to Join a StepBet

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 26, 2017

in Personal Training

I am always on the lookout for ways to incentivize my health and fitness. I might be a health coach and personal trainer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a little extra motivation! One of the recent things I’m obsessed with is betting on myself with StepBet games. The majority of the games are a $40 buy-in and last six weeks. In each game, players have an “active” goal to hit for four days a week, a “stretch” goal for two days, and one rest day. At the end of the game, the players who reach their all of their weekly goals split the pot (minus StepBet’s administrative cut of the pot). I’m a huge fan of the games and there a myriad of reasons why it’s worth joining.

5 Reasons to Join a StepBet

Custom Set Goals

One of the greatest things about StepBet, I think, is that goals are set based on your current activity levels. I use my FitBit to track my steps, so StepBet links to my FitBit dashboard. My active and stretch goals are based on my activity levels from the past few weeks. While the goals are achievable, they also force me to move a little more than I was before. The catch-22 in this is that with each consecutive game, your goals continue to increase. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can sometimes begin to feel unachievable. During this marathon training season, my goals are getting pretty high as my miles increase!

Easy Money

The potential to win money in the games doesn’t motivate me quite as much as the possibility of losing what I paid into the pot. With that buy-in, I am committing myself financially and putting my money where my mouth is. If I don’t win a game, I might as well just throw $40 in the trash, because that is pretty much the exact thing I’m doing. That said, getting a few extra dollars back at the end of each game is a really nice perk. In most regular games, I earn around $4-5. While that doesn’t seem like much, I am literally making money for things I’m already doing.

Multiple Tracking Methods

While you cannot switch how your steps are counted in the middle of a game, users can connect with a variety of activity trackers, including wearables (FitBit) or your phone (Apple Health, Google Fit). So, most anyone who wants to play will have a supported tracker.

Membership = More Games, More Winnings

StepBet recently introduced a membership system! For an annual fee of $50, members can play in up to three games at a time, which just means more easy money! They also offer special “member only” games where they don’t take the administrative cut of the pot, so the final winnings are higher. Some of the member games include fun twists like the Active Accelerator with six active days a week, but your goal increases by 2% each week! There’s a member game I’m currently playing in where winners are on track to get a significant payout. With 2.5 weeks left to play on a $40 buy-in, the winnings are already over $55! Granted, this is one of those unique games in that we have no rest days for eight weeks. This game is particularly brutal, but it will be worth the final payout!

Weight Loss

While this is certainly no guarantee, I fully believe that consistently joining games has aided in my weight loss efforts thus far in 2017 (20+ pounds to date!). While my FitBit was motivating initially, after awhile the allure of hitting 10,000 steps fades. Which is true of any novelty, right? It’s fun at first, but the glitter wears off. Before long, the FitBit is more of an accessory, and not a very cute one at that. (Sorry not sorry, FitBit. I love your products, but they are not high in the style factor.) Even on days where my workout is something like yoga or swimming, the games force me to keep walking.

Have you played any StepBet games (or anything similar) to keep you motivated?

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5 Podcasts to Listen to While Running

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 25, 2017

in Pop Culture and Entertainment

For years, I listened only to music while I was working out. I curated some killer running playlists. I can crush a finely tuned balance of driving rock beats and energizing pop ear candy. I’ve listened to podcasts in my day-to-day life for a couple years now. However, it’s only in the last six months that I’ve turned to them while I’m exercising. In part, it came out of necessity. I subscribe to far more than I can ever listen to, so any chance to stay caught up is a win. Particularly when running, I find podcasts so much more enjoyable. I can focus on the conversation rather than thoughts like “just run to the end of this song.” Podcasts are a cornerstone of my fitness routine now! These five shows help the time fly.

The Brain Candy Podcast: if you’re a fan of MTV’s Road RulesReal World, or The Challenge, you may already be familiar with the hosts for this podcast, Susie Meister and Sarah Rice. I’m quite confident that Susie’s season of Road Rules was the first I watched of the series. I vividly remember thinking how much I just wanted to be her friend. Here we are, almost twenty years later, and that’s still true. I have been binging on the early episodes during this marathon training season. Susie and Sarah certainly help the miles pass by faster. On the show, they touch on a wide range of topics, ranging from pop culture to more serious issues like fertility and pregnancy.

The Balanced Blonde // Soul on Fire: Jordan Younger of The Balanced Blonde hosts this podcast. While topics vary from week to week, the heart of each episode is how to live with intention and passion for your life. In other words, how to live with your soul on fire! Since the early part of this year, I’ve really dipped my toes into the ideas of intuition and manifestation. Jordan and her guests have taught me so much. I’ve followed Jordan since her blog was The Blonde Vegan, and it’s fun to watch her evolve and grow.

The Lady Gang Podcast: hosted by Jac Vanek, Keltie Knight, and Becca Tobin, this podcast is like a catching up on life with your girlfriends over a boozy brunch. Or, in my case, a sweaty few miles. But, this way I don’t have to worry about contributing to the conversation. (To be clear, I’m just not great at talking and running. It’s not that I don’t love talking with my girlfriends.) Much like The Brain Candy Podcast, these three feel like friends, not strangers hosting a podcast. As a longtime Glee fan, I particularly love getting the inside scoop on the show with guests like Heather Morris and Lea Michele. They, along with Becca, share a lot of behind the scenes information.

The Model Health Show: host Shawn Stevenson is a leading voice in health and nutrition. His podcast touches on a wide range of topics in the field, ranging from the myth of fat-burning foods to the history of sugar. The only downfall of listening to this podcast while working out is that I can’t take notes on all the great information from Shawn and his guests. As a health coach and personal trainer, it’s not surprising I would enjoy this show. But, I think he and his guests present the information in a very easy to understand way.

Ask Me Another: this quiz show from NPR is a great way to keep your mind occupied during a tough workout! I have so much fun trying to answer the trivia questions along with the contestants. There is a celebrity guest each episode as well, and those interviews are usually fun. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is another NPR quiz show I love. It’s great option if you keep up with the headlines, as their questions are based on the news from the current week.

For more podcast recommendations, check out my top five.

Podcast junkies, what else should I listen to? I am always looking for new shows!

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