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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!
If you read anything about fitness trends, you have probably heard of extreme racing. You cover distances and overcome obstacles. These obstacles can include large objects to push, pull, climb over or duck under. There is also usually, mud, water and occasionally even fire involved. If this sounds like a challenge you would like to accept, take a look at the Spartan Race
Spartan Races are held all over the country. The unique feature of a Spartan Race is the different levels of Spartanism you can achieve. Complete beginner? Join a Spartan workout in your area to prepare. Then try a Spartan Sprint, a 3+ mile race with 15+ obstacles. Hitting your stride? Try a Spartan Super, which is 8+ miles and 20+ obstacles. A true extreme junkie? Go for the Spartan Beast a 13+ mile race with 25+ obstacles. If you do all three in one calendar year, you can earn your spot in the Trifecta Tribe.
A great Spartan Race opportunity is coming up on October 4, 2014 in Ohio. A Sprint, Super and Beast event will all be held over one weekend. To help kick the racing season off, the folks at Spartan Race have given me one code, good for FREE entry into any open heat Spartan Race in the continental US. If you would like to enter for a chance to win the code, comment on this post and let me know why you would like to Spartan Up! A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, August 13 (one month from today).
Oh and just in case you aren’t the lucky winner, here’s a code to get a 10% discount when you register for a Spartan Race: SPARTANBLOGGER
Good Luck and AROO!!
PS A special shout out to my friend Lenny who just finished 7th in his age group at the Pocono, PA Spartan Race.
What motivates people to exercise? I’d like to share an idea I am trying with my middle school students that you could use at work or with your family and friends. All you will need are ideas to modify what we are doing to fit your individual situations.
Husky Striders is an intramural program I started at our middle school. Here’s how it works. Kids stay after school and we go to the football field nearby. It is surrounded by a cinder track. Students walk or run (their choice) around the track. Each time they pass me, they are handed a playing card. At the end of the alotted time, students report how many cards they have and hand them in. I record the number of laps they walked or ran; four laps equal a mile. For every mile they walk or run, they will receive a “Husky Strider” purple rubber wrist band. (These bands are very popular with the middle school set!). Laps are cumulative so I add them up for the entire time I run the program.
My hope is this simple incentive will keep the kids coming back to Striders and keep them racking up the miles. The first day we stayed after school, I had sixty students show up. I was expecting 30 at the most. Many completed 12 laps that day. Kids are already asking me when those bracelets will be here!
How could you use this idea to motivate walking/running with your group of fitness minded people? How could you modify it to use with a group connected via internet? What kind of incentives will motivate your group? Start thinking and let me know what you come up with….
Sometimes you just need to make a change in your exercise program.
I grew up in the 70’s when the exercise craze just got started. That’s when the nation changed over from mostly manual labor jobs to more tech type jobs. The big thing at the time, was running. There were running books, running shoes and the advent of the “jog bra”, now known as the sports bra. When I graduated from high school, I knew I had to keep myself in shape (no more PE classes or sports) so of course I started to run.
Over the years I ran on and off, mostly off. Here’s why:
- I was the slowest runner ever. My fastest mile clocked was 10 minutes. Everyone smoked me, even couch potatoes just starting out.
- It hurt my knees
- My upper body was naturally scrawny. Running does nothing for that.
After years of running and quitting, I finally decided I didn’t like it and gave it up for good. What to do now? I became a Curves girl. I got cardio and weight training and I liked it a lot. I stuck with that consistently for 2 years. Then they moved and it wasn’t convenient for me to get there. Now what?
I found at home workouts that I really liked through Beachbody. I started with P90X, now I am doing ChaLean Extreme and I look forward to my workouts. It sure beats the fight I used to have with myself to get motivated for running. The moral of the story is this. If you don’t like the workout you are doing, you won’t stick with it. Find something you like. That’s more than half the battle!
What are your favorite workouts and why?