Losing weight and keeping fit are great side benefits of walking a golf course. To increase the “fun” aspect of monitoring your workout, consider strapping on the light-weight Slimcoach, a modified pedometer that monitors a host of health-related activities. Saying the official name of the device is a workout in and of itself: The Biggest Loser Slimcoach by Mytrak.
The Slimcoach is a very popular device, especially since it is used by participants on the reality TV series The Biggest Loser. You initially plug in the device via USB to your computer for a one-time goal setting profile set up. Then, clip it on your hip (recommended) and head to the course. The device, which is also called the M2 on the company web site, has a “health circle” that turns from red to green to give real-time updates on your progress while you walk from hole to hole. At the end of the day, simply connect your device online, either a Mac or PC, to automatically update your latest statistics on the Mytrak web site.
The M2 provides a visual update on the progress towards that day’s goal. The first button press will show your progress at burning calories that day, and a second press of the button will show where you’re at for three indicators, namely heart, health, and energy. The heart area tells whether you are meeting your activity goals for that day; the energy section is basically how you’re doing on calorie burning, while the health area shows whether you are exercising consistently. The red/yellow/green indicators on the Slimcoach dial quickly show where you are at for the day, and hopefully will motivate you to reach your target goals.
The Mytrak web site also provides a handy nutrition module to assist you with meal planning. There’s also an online community where you can interact with thousands of like-minded users of the Mytrak system.
Though some may prefer to simply look at a numerical display rather than the color-coded scheme on the Slimcoach dial, overall, this is a great motivator for those wishing to keep track of their activities and progress while out on the golf course. For further details, visit http://www.mytrak.com/.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.