Usually for tracking food, exercise and the like I’ll go to myfitnesspal but I’ve found a new one that I wanted to share with you. It’s called slimkicker; a social community, traditional tracker, and rewards site.
First thing I noticed when I signed up and started to look around was the inspiration feed. You can see people’s status updates that you may not have friended yet and leave a comment for them. Some may be put off by this but I think it’s fantastic, you immediately have access to supportive members without having to join in on forums or send friend requests.
As I said there are forums, and of course groups-something any active community site would have but one thing most done; challenges. These range from switching soda for tea, eating a salad a day, to not snacking after dinner. You can join in any challenge (or create a challenge of your own!) which requires you to log in and check in (leaving a comment if you wish) to the challenge so you can earn points. There is a very convenient My Challenges tab right on your front page (also called a dashboard) next to the Inspiration feed.
Points? Yes I said points. Now they are just incentives to remain active but sometimes that little digital number is very motivating. Doing challenges, logging food and exercise all earn you points. Points are needed to advance to higher levels and you are encouraged to upload a photo of something your want as a reward for reaching that next level.
Meal tracking has a bit to be desired, I would love to see a barcode scanner as they progress. One interesting thing is as you log your meals, you are offered reminders to help you make healthy choices. Many tracking sites or apps simply log and that’s the end of it.
This is still a young community, founded this year! It’s getting closer to the beginning of a new year and one of the most common resolutions is of course to get in better shape. So why not get a jump on that one and join slimkicker? It’s free, and only takes a few minutes. You may just like it. I’m going to keep track of this community, it has a lot of potential.