Charity Miles: The App that Gives Back
I’m not as consistent as I should be with diet and exercise. I have ups and downs. Hills and valleys. I go hard at it for a while. I really try to count every calorie and walk everyday. Then, I slack. My relationship with “doing right” in these areas is cyclical at best.
There is an app, though, that helps keep me on track while letting me give back to Alzheimer’s research. What better way to honor a loved one with Alzheimer's disease? That, in itself, can be a big motivator to keep moving.
What is Charity Miles?
Charity Miles is an app that lets you track your physical activity. Not only that, but it gives you a reward for getting up off of the couch and moving.
Running and walking earns you 25 cents per mile, while biking earns you 10 cents per mile. It seems like a minimal donation, but it’s free money for you to direct where you want it to go. It also encourages health benefits that can’t be reduced to a price tag.
The more you move, the more you donate. Keeping active can also keep you healthy, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses.
How Charity Miles works
Before you start walking, running, or biking, you pull the app up on your phone, and hit the center button for activity options.
Once you choose your activity, a screen shows up that tells you who will be sponsoring your miles that day. A running tally of your miles, time, and speed pops up at the bottom of the screen. The program will run in the background, so you can turn on your music and turn off your screen while the app does its work.
I switch up my charities once in a while, but most of the time I direct my dollars to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Does Charity Miles really work?
Yes. The app is completely free to use, and it is available both in the Apple and Android app stores. PC Mag reviewed the app, and said, in a phrase, “Charity Miles is legit.”1
Charity Miles launched with one million dollars, and they have recruited mostly corporate sponsors to donate any other money needed toward making the operation work. You will know who is sponsoring your miles in real-time as it pops up on your screen. You log your workouts, and they send the money where you tell them to. It’s really that easy.
Want to really give back?
Your company or your employer can join in on the giving. Partnered companies include Johnson & Johnson, Brooks, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and Verizon. Smaller, private companies can sponsor their own teams and encourage their employees to join the movement, both literally and figuratively.
What do you have to lose?
Maybe a few pounds and a few hours of channel surfing. I’ve logged a little over 160 miles with the app so far. Charity Miles has given a bit over forty dollars to the charities I have chosen. Imagine the impact we could have on Alzheimer’s research if we all got ten friends on board.
One of the Alzheimer's Association's events is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Why not log that fundraising event walk and all of the prep work that leads up to it? You don’t even have to put your money where your mouth is for this one. You can just put one foot in front of the other.
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