Last year, I was the unhealthiest I've been since becoming an entrepreneur. I spoke more than 25 times at conferences all over the country -- which caused me to eat more fried food than I'd like to admit. It's also hard to hit the gym when you are busy all day with work, events, and a backed-up inbox.
When I realize I have a problem on my hands, one of my first rules is to look into technology that can help me solve that problem. So, I became obsessed with finding a good fitness app. I explored several possibilities, and I used them all in different ways, but I soon found the perfect combination for me.
Since then, I've lost a ton of weight. More importantly, I'm more active and have more energy to run the company better. I highly recommend you check out the different technologies out there that can help you get into better shape -- not just for your body, but for your company.
If you're looking to make that healthy change, any one of these options can put you on the right track:
Sworkit doesn't accept the excuse that you don't have the equipment to exercise. Instead, the fitness app creates personalized workouts for you and changes them up each time you do them based on the time, space, and capability you have for that particular session. Sworkit offers workouts for stretching, strength training, yoga, and Pilates and gives you the option to exercise anywhere from five to 60 minutes.
Tribe.Fit is a platform that promotes healthier living by allowing you to take fitness challenges offered by your favorite sports, fitness, or nutrition influencers. These include NFL players like Denver Bronco CJ Anderson and LA Charger Jahleel Addae, as well as professional trainers and athletes.
Entrepreneurs are no strangers to competition, and this app encourages better fitness by appealing to that competitive streak. It's inspiring to go toe-to-toe with your heroes and have the opportunity to interact with them. Doing new challenges is also a great way to keep things fresh.
And these aren't just exercise challenges -- you can create challenges related to clean eating and other healthy habits, too. A Siri-like personal assistant enables you to quickly log your food choices and activity levels to help you get on top of your holiday season fitness goals!
3. Charity Miles
Charity Miles is an app that gives you a socially conscious motivation to get yourself moving. Not only are you running, walking, biking, or participating in something physical to stay healthy, but for every mile you go, you are earning money for charity thanks to the corporate sponsors that front the money for your efforts.
For busy entrepreneurs, it's easy to reach for the wrong kind of food because you don't think you have time to eat healthily. However, HealthyOut helps you do that while you are on the go.
Even when traveling, you can use the app to locate healthy restaurant dishes wherever you end up. You can even search by calorie count, type of cuisine, and various nutritional elements so you stick to your specific diet regimen.
Very few people drink even close to what is considered the optimum amount of water for good health. When you're traveling frequently as an entrepreneur, you may need even more because flying dries you out -- not to mention the impact of different climates.
The Waterlogged app helps ensure you stay well hydrated by providing customized reminders about how much water you need to drink. An additional health benefit is that you may not feel jet lag as much because more water helps minimize that side effect of traveling.
Moves is made for those sedentary entrepreneurs who go from office chairs to their vehicles to plane seats to hotel rooms and sofas, rarely staying on their feet and being active. By offering a way to track your movements, you'll be able to see just how much even a small change in your movement routine can improve your health.
This app will tell you how far you've gone and how many calories were burned. Often, by seeing the actual results of your efforts, you will feel compelled to increase that movement. It is another fitness app that appeals to your competitive nature.
With little time or enthusiasm for getting the grocery shopping done, it's easy to just grab whatever works as a quick meal, though that is not necessarily the best option. Instead, let the ShopWell app serve as your nutritional expert. All you do is scan products as you shop, and it will return a food score that you can use to assess whether the item fits your dietary requirements and healthy food plan.
MyFitnessPal provides multiple ways to maintain your health and fitness goals. It gives you a calorie counter for foods in stores and numerous restaurants and serves as an exercise tracker as well.
Rather than just focusing on your business, you can be more aware of what you eat and how it impacts your fitness. The app's parent company, Under Armour, also gives you points for reaching certain goals and then rewards you with extra discounts on its fitness apparel.
9. Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives proves that you are never too busy as an entrepreneur to prepare healthy meals from scratch. This app does all the recipe searching for you, so while you may not have much time to look for recipes, you can still enjoy the therapeutic pastime of cooking a great meal. The app also offers both free and paid subscription plans that include cooking lessons and guided meal planning so you can get what you want from this healthy eating app.
GoTRIBE is an app that enters you into a community of other people who want to get in shape just like you. From that community, you will get not only inspiration and encouragement, but also a wide variety of ways to train your body that you can share with others at the same stage of their personal fitness journeys. For those who have the time, GoTRIBE even offers in-studio sessions with a personal trainer to give you a one-on-one experience.
For the busy entrepreneur, it might make more sense to sign up for the online training. You can work with a personal trainer who will train you wherever your laptop or mobile device will go -- -- whether that's your home gym, hotel gym, or even your office or hotel room -- with whatever equipment you have on hand.
What Are You Waiting For?
As an entrepreneur, you know that any investment you make is all about the return. These apps are mostly free or very low-cost investments to make in your own health and wellness. The return is a faster, stronger, more flexible entrepreneur, which delivers further returns for the business you are building.