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Published July 16th 2017
For those who like to exercise with a destination
You may or may not love Google for its technological advances. I personally do, and that's why I use many Google tools. You can do all sorts of cool things with Google, such as making your own spreadsheets using Google templates for free. There are so many cool Googlisms which can improve little things in your life. To me, life is about the little things.
Some little things are less entertaining for those who don't like plain exercise such as going to the gym. If you're anything like me and you don't like treadmills because you don't feel like you're getting anywhere, then becoming a Google Local Guides Contributor could be for you just like it is for me. There are varying degrees in contribution and it can truly feel like a scavenger hunt. It's also free and you can earn points.
The Crux of becoming a Google Local Guides Contributor
You simply need a Google account to become a contributor, and to follow instructions on the Local Guides page in order to sign up. What's really interesting for me, is that you can look at Google Maps from the point of view of a guide or contributor and it will ask you questions. It's up to you to then go and find out the answer. Being a local guide can mean that you complete reviews if you want to, but that's not the interesting part. WeekendNotes is the king of reviews, and great reviews can take time. The scavenger hunt aspect of Google Contributor is where you contribute to local business information.
Screenshot of my own Google Contributor screenshot
When you open your Google Maps as a Local Guides contributor, there will be a number of dots pointed out to you near you. By the way, my phone didn't have space for the app itself as I've recently downgraded from drowning my beautiful spacious one, so I've just been using the phone browser version and my partner's Android. Anyway, I digress. You need to click on the dot and see which questions Google is asking you about a place. Google might ask you to check if the place is still there, what its operating hours are, to confirm the address and other questions which you can answer by walking to it. If you walk around and contribute to Google in your area, you will be improving the local business information and also exercising.
At least now, if walking around aimlessly didn't feel quite as useful, it can be now. The reward of this particular exercise is knowing that you're improving a fantastic tool, but there are also points that you can accumulate and different levels of Google Local Guides.
In addition to the satisfaction of exercise with a purpose and the chance to contribute to Google, you can also enjoy Google perks. The current one actually includes three months of Google Play for free as a trial. These perks change from time to time, so you should check the rewards periodically.
I just had to share this, as I know that not everyone loves going to the gym and it can be fun to contribute to Google in this way. For what it's worth, we walked around in the vicinity of our area for over one-and-a-half hours trying to make sure that we got all of the questions answered. Of course, we got lazy and went home - but what can you do? Some people are just less excited about exercise, especially in the winter. Thank you for reading and I hope that you try this out soon.