I discovered this app through a few friends who use it and post their progress on Facebook, so I thought I’d check it out. Charity Miles is an iPhone app that records how far you run, walk, or bike, and allows you to choose a charity to donate money to. You get 10¢ for every mile biking and 25¢ for every mile running or walking. The charities you can choose from are: Achilles International, Autism Speaks, Feeding America, The Global Fund, Habitat for Humanity, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Nature Conservancy, Pencils of Promise, and the World Food Programme.
The app tracks your distance through GPS, and at the end of your workout, you can see the impact it will have. For example, if you choose to donate to The Global Fund, you can see how many doses of antiretroviral drugs you were just able to provide for an HIV patient. Pretty awesome, right? It gives you a whole new level of motivation to workout (in my case, run) when you can see how you are helping others. I know I can rack up a good amount of mileage to help others while training for this half-marathon, and I feel even more satisfied after running knowing that my run didn’t only benefit myself.
Next time you’re feeling too lazy to go for a run, think about how you can actually help other people in need if you pull yourself off the sofa for an hour. You’ll be making a difference, no matter how small, in someone else’s life. If that extra level of unselfish motivation doesn’t help get your lazy ass up and out to run, I don’t know what will.