I’ve realized that one of the best parts of exercising, besides feeling better, is when you can see your hard work pay off. As great as that is, what if there was a way to help others while you do your fitness routine?
Well there is. Charity Miles is an app that tracks your running/walking/biking, and makes a donation to a charity of your choice for every mile ran/walked/biked. For every mile ran or walked, Charity Miles donates 25 cents, and biking is 10 cents. The way this works is when you first get to the Charity Miles app home screen, there is a list of charities to choose from. After selecting one, you are asked if you are running, walking or biking. Soon after a 3 second countdown initiates and you’re good to go!
Charity Miles is a great idea that allows you to make a difference in someone else’s life while changing yours too! Some of the more well known charities include; Feeding America, Stand Up To Cancer, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Habitat for Humanity, and more! No matter who you are, there is at least one charity on the list that you would want to donate to.
I send my Charity Miles donation to Team For Kids. Team For Kids helps fund fitness programs to children who wouldn’t normally be able to have access to physical activity otherwise. I help them out because I feel that it’s important for everyone to have the ability to exercise and enjoy outside games more often than not.
Charity Miles is found on the iPhone and Android Market currently, and is available for free. While the app has gotten some negative reviews on the app stores, I have found no problem with any of the issues discussed. One of the complaints were “The GPS doesn’t work, it’s always weak or not working.” I’ve never had this issue with the app, my GPS is always strong. Some ways to insure you don’t have this issue is to either hold the phone in your hand or with an armband, and NOT in your pocket!
When it comes to the actual donation of the money from Charity Miles, there are some catches, none are too bad. These catches are located in their Terms Of Service, lucky for you I read them. In order to have your donation counted, you have to share your run/walk/bike on Facebook or Twitter thanking your sponsors (there is a share to Facebook or Twitter button inside the app.) All of the donations are given to the charities one year after the previous one, the reason for this is so that the charities receive a donation in bulk amount and not 25cents each day.
The only bug I’ve had with this app so far is when I used my Facebook account to sign up. Sometimes it wouldn’t let me share my run to get the donation. After making an account using the “Sign Up” button instead of the “Connect to Facebook”, all of my Charity Miles have been shared and accounted for!
All in all Charity Miles is a great app with a great idea of giving back. I recently got my Mom and Dad to join the app so we can all support a cause! On Charity Miles there are teams that you can join that let you see how a group as a whole is doing on their Charity MIles. These teams haves no requirements, and you can join as many as you want. My team is @journeytospartan if you would like to join, so we can track our miles together.
If you have any questions about Charity Miles, or would like to share your experience/ team name, leave a comment. You can also leave a comment on my @JourneyToSpartan Instagram or tweet to me @Journey2Spartan!