Some decisions really are no-brainers. If you carry around an Android or IPhone, and exercise even semi-regularly, using Charity Miles may be one of them.
What is Charity Miles?
Here's how the organization describes itself on the charitymiles.org website.
Charity Miles is a free iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn corporate sponsorships for charity while walking, running or biking. We are supported by awesome companies like Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Timex Sports and Kenneth Cole.
I have used the iPhone version of this app for some time and could not recommend it until the latest release fixed some annoying problems. Since they are solved, there is no reason to list them. By using it to record your exercise, you direct a small charitable donation to any of over 30 worthwhile causes.
If you like, and only if you like, you can post your result to Facebook or Twitter. Here is one tweet I sent:
I ran 4.6 @CharityMiles for @Habitat_org. Thanks to #JNJ for sponsoring me. #NationalRunningDay #GlobalMoms globalmomsrelay.org
This is a bit misleading since I walked rather than ran these 4.6 miles. Even so, this looks like a good deal.
I do something I would be doing anyway.
A reputable corporation gets acknowledged for its charitable program.
A worthwhile charity of my choosing gets a small contribution based on the miles I walk.
In 2010, I set a goal to lose 40 pounds. It took me six months to achieve that goal and most of that success came from recording what I ate and what exercise I did. Since then I have logged over 7000 miles and worn out more than one pair of walking shoes. Charity Miles doesn't keep this kind of record, but it does make you conscious of your activity. Make a difference in your life and the lives of others by installing this app and counting your miles for a good cause.
Charity Miles is available to download for free in the iPhone and Android app stores.