Charity Miles App

 

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Are you looking for some motivation to get moving? Do you wish you had more money to donate to your favorite charity? Wish no more! Download the Charity Miles app.

I discovered this app from getting one of those articles in your Facebook timeline that the algorithm thinks you might be interested in. It was an article on different ways to get motivated to exercise. I do a lot of walking and now biking since Awesome Hubby and I got each other good bicycles for Christmas. I thought it would be a good way to give back while I stay in shape.

The good stuff: This app is free. It is sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and they donate the money. You designate the charity from a list of many and do the walking, running or biking. Each time you get moving you can pick a different charity. It’s easy to get signed up and get started. All you need to do is have your phone with you while you are working out. You and your friends can also form a group on the app and keep each other motivated.

The “eh” stuff: If you want to keep track of your miles, steps etc. for the sake of your fitness tracker, don’t use this. You’re going to need a back-up. It does not sinc with Fitbit, Apple Watch etc. I found the GPS tracker to be pretty accurate, but if you use it in pedometer mode it’s not so hot. To use the GPS it needs to be set to “always” in your phone settings. That can be a huge suck on your battery and data. I switch it to “always” only if I’m taking a bike ride or walking outdoors. I don’t use it in my everyday walking at work because I don’t want to wear or carry my phone all day long. If it would sinc with my Fitbit, I would earn my charity a lot more money. Maybe someday in the not so far off future, they will update so you can sinc with your fav fitness tracker. Hope so! It will show you how much money the your charity has made in total, but the app no longer shows how much money your personal run, walk or bike has contributed. I would be even more motivated if I could see that each time.

The bottom line is, I figure since I’m out there busting my butt anyway, someone else can benefit from my effort!

Here’s the easy steps to get started:

1. Download the app
2. Do the user name and password thing
3. Make yourself a profile


4. Pick your charity (you can pick a different on each time your work out).


5. PIck your activity


6. Enable your GPS or the pedometer (If you choose “no, not right now” you get the pedometer option.

Your all set to get started raising money for your charity!

What’s in Your Workout App Collection?

It’s been crazy around the house this week. I haven’t been able to take any more back exercise video yet.  I just got a new iPhone 5 and loaded some new workout apps on it. Here’s what I’m using these days:

Songza:

This is a great music app, you can pick out several different types of music genres from the “concierge” depending on what you’re in the mood for.  I use this app when I am riding the stationary bike or doing a number of other workouts where music enhances things. My favorite is, “drop a beat workout”, but there are tons you can choose from. Cost: FREE

Bit Timer:

All you need to do with this app is set the “work” time,  the “rest” time and how many times you want it to repeat.  Hit start and this timer will keep you on track for circuit and interval workouts.  Bit Timer gives you a three second audible count before you change from work to rest or back.  I use this app to time tabatas, mountain hike intervals and circuit workouts.  Cost:  99 cents

Map My Walk:

This is what I call a  motivational gadget.  Start “Map My Walk” when you begin walking, or running.  It will record a GPS map of your walk/run route.  It will tell you when each mile has been completed. When you save your workout, you get a summary that includes total distance, speed, speed per mile, elevation changes and other nifty info.  You then have the option to share your workout details on facebook, e-mail, or twitter.  Cost: FREE (Note-there is a “Map My Walk” premium available at a cost.  The company sends you e-mails frequently to see if you want to upgrade which is mildly annoying after a while)

Rip Deck:

This app is great for when you’re travelling or when you need to work out with no equipment and little space. (Warning: excuse eliminator!) Just program in the four types of exercises you want to do, plus a bonus exercise for jokers if you want. Rip Deck “shuffles” the cyber deck of cards. You touch the screen and do the exercise and the number of reps each card represents. Instant workout.  You can read my review of Rip Deck here. This one costs 99 cents.  Economical, simple and effective; this is my kind of app.

 

Lose It!

The only thing that has ever worked for me when it comes to weight loss is counting calories, making sure that calories burned from basal metabolism plus exercise is greater than calories in for the week.  Lose it! makes this sooo much easier.  Put in your age and current weight, how much weight you want to lose and how much per week you want that to be. (You HAVE to be realistic. I put in 1/2 pound per week.) Lose it gives you a daily calorie intake you should shoot for and helps you keep track of calories in and calories out through exercise. It has a HUGE database of foods, plus restaurants and brand name foods.  You can also scan bar codes on any packaged foods you buy.  This app is FREE.  The free version does so much, but there is also a premium version that gives you extra features as well. Read my expanded review of Lose it! here.

Now I’m asking for your help.  Let me know what workout apps you love.  I want to add to my collection.