Here’s how I feel about most non-dance exercise: running longer than around the block is awful and makes me question my whole world. I have literally tried to eke out a few more steps by imagining that I’m trying to catch a terrorist, or that someone’s holding M over a cliff and will drop him if I stop. Not (emotionally) healthy.
Little did I know that my need for mind games while exercising could actually be harnessed for good. A new app called Charity Miles tracks how far you run, bike or walk, and lets you donate the sponsorship money you earn to a charity of your choice.
I could not be more in love with this app (or the people who created it) if I tried. Everything about it is all to the good: the interface is simple, and the feedback loop means that people are motivated to do two hyper-important things (help others and exercise) that usually get tossed in the “when I have time” pile. They have an initial sponsorship pool of $1 million. I’d love to see this idea just explode, so that other major funds looking to motivate activity or minimize hunger jump on this bandwagon. The synergy of it all just makes me a little twitchy with excitement . . . if I run another mile, another person gets to eat dinner. This blows my “husband-is-in-danger” scenario right out of the water, and I couldn’t be happier about it.