If you’re anything like most humans, you look to New Year’s for a fresh start. Wide-eyed and full of determination, this is the year you’ll start running every day! You’ll also learn to efficiently multi-task work, hobbies, kids, school—and in your spare time, you’ll volunteer at a local charity!
If you are doing all those things, I commend you and also want you to tell me your secrets, because you’re obviously a wizard. But if your good intentions have been thwarted by long hours at work, an unexpectedly persistent winter, or the occasional afternoon lost to Pinterest, you may find your expectations needing some “creative reallocation.”
Luckily for people like us, we can get in shape and contribute to the betterment of mankind at the same time! Using the Charity Miles app, you can exercise your multi-tasking skills (and your body) by logging miles for the charity of your choice. Hooray, technology!
What is Charity Miles?
Charity Miles is a unique and user-friendly app that uses funds contributed by corporate sponsors to drive its purpose—to get you moving for the greater good. For each mile you walk, run, or bike, money is donated to the charity of your choosing. With nearly 40 charities listed (e.g., ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity), you’re bound to find one that will make you want to go the extra mile—literally.
How Do You Use It?
This app is relatively easy to use. Navigate through a few simple steps and viola—you’ve vaccinated some animals!
2. Sign up (or not). You’re not actually required to have an account, which is pretty cool. You can use the Quick Start button to pick a charity and go; but you’ll most likely want to use this app a lot, so signing up is preferred. Then you can see your total sessions, miles traveled, and dollars earned. Make it easier on yourself by signing up with Facebook, or put that Hotmail account to good use and sign up with your email address.
3. Make sure your location services are on (in phone settings). Then Google Maps can track your distance. It’s okay if you forget in advance; the app will remind you if need be.
4. Pick a charity. (And know you can change it as often as you’d like.) Whose hero are you going to be today?
5. Select which type of workout you’ll be rocking–indoor or outdoor walking/running, or outdoor bicycling (Walkers and runners earn .25 per mile and bikers earn .10.).
6. Do that thing. The app logs duration and distance in real-time.
7. Press the Stop button when you’re finished.
8. Boom. You’re on your way to building a house for someone.
Charity Miles App Preview
My Personal Charity Miles Review
I love this app. The user interface is clean and easy to use, it works well, and the creator did a great job tapping into the altruistic side of us humans. I’m not going to lie, I’m not always super amped to tear myself from a cozy slumber at 6 a.m. to go walking. What I am amped about is fighting the battle against animal abuse and controlling the stray population. I walk longer so my cats can have a better life—what will you walk for?