Workout for a Cause!

Posted by Gear Beast on April 05, 2017

As the weather begins to warm up and you reengage with your sneakers, why not take this opportunity to partner up with a charity and raise money while working out!

Check out the growing category of fitness apps that double as a fund raiser while you pound the pavement. Here are five that we have found and tried. Let us know If you have others!

Developed by a team of Yale economists, stickK is the most amusing—and quite possibly the most effective—of the motivating charity apps. If you don't reach your goal, your money goes to a charity you'd hate to support. Set a time frame and a goal, put your money on the line and an organization that makes your skin crawl. If you hit your goal, you keep your cash.

This iPhone- and Android-friendly free app allows bikers to earn 10 cents per mile and walkers/runners 25 cents per mile for a handful of charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America and Autism Speaks. Just tap the app once you start exercising and it tracks your distance, and in turn, dollar bills earned.

Peer pressure can be a good thing. Tell your friends and family you've set a performance and fundraising goal for a specific athletic event and encourage them to bet on the likelihood of your reaching it by pledging a donation. Once you've completed the event, fess up about your performance by recording it on the site.

Eligible activities with the Plus 3 Network run the gamut from weight training to Zumba class to physical labor. Verify your miles logged using a tracking device, and you'll get double the points. The site's corporate sponsors then convert your points into dollars donated to your charity of choice.

Created by Saucony, Run4Good tracks your miles and routes and fights childhood obesity all at the same time. Join the monthly community challenge to step up your game, and if the overall goal is reached, Saucony doubles its charitable contribution to the selected organization (they work with over 100 orgs nationally)