How to Make Your Workout Benefit Somebody Besides Yourself

I was bicycling along one Saturday morning in the unseasonably warm sunshine, when it dawned on me: I have never told you all about Charity Miles.

What was I thinking??

Longtime cycling buddy René Guerra put me onto it last year. You download the Charity Miles app to your phone. Then, whenever you’re about to start a bike ride or run, or even a walk, you open the app…charity-miles-app

…and choose which of the many listed charities you’d like to support that day–here, for example, Alzheimer’s Association.
Then you tell it whether you’re on foot or on the bike…pick-a-charity

…and take off.start-walking-or-riding

The app tracks your distance and, for every mile you go, a corporate sponsor donates ten cents to the charity you chose. Every tenth of a mile earns one cent for your charity. Participating costs you nothing.

charity-milesNow, ten cents a mile may not seem like much, but if you do a five-mile run with eleven friends, that could send $6 to, say, Charity: Water or Habitat for Humanity. The same dozen people bicycling thirty miles would earn $36 for their charity/charities.

If you’re going to be out there anyway, why not leverage your workout to help someone else?

I thought you’d like to know.

Thanks for reading,
Jan

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2 Responses to How to Make Your Workout Benefit Somebody Besides Yourself

  1. marlece says:

    That is the coolest thing ever!!! I’m doing it the next time! Thanks friend! It almost makes one want to go ‘just a little further’ ya know?

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    • Hi, Marlece! I’ve had the same thought… once more around the block would be an extra 4-5 cents. It’s even better than the few extra calories burned!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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