My Go-To Apps for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Running a business can take its toll on your health. Ironically, maintaining our health and wellbeing is often the first thing to fall by the wayside when our lives get busy, but really, they should take absolute priority. To maintain focus at work, you need to maintain your health. And a focused leader at work means a focused team.
Meeting with clients over lunch, skipping meals, not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep and just generally burning out can impact your performance levels in the workplace.
To make sure that my health and fitness remain on track so I can be at my best, I rely on a number of apps that do all the hard work – bar the exercising – for me.
Health and fitness apps have some of the highest number of downloads, which shows that people are fast recognising their power to deliver detailed feedback and devise personalised plans to compel them into taking positive action. But with so much choice, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few of my favourites.
To maintain your wellbeing, you need to fuel yourself with the right nutrients. MyFitnessPal lets you track your calorie intake down to the smallest gram to help you reach and maintain your optimum weight. I can enter my details such as my current weight and height, and the app will calculate my ideal calorie intake for my goals. It’s huge food database also makes it easy for me to record all of my meals, and it can sync with other fitness devices like Fitbit, so it’s possible to track every single step you take. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular health and fitness apps.
This app is perfect for people of all fitness levels. I use Strava when I’m easing back into an exercise regime after some time off, as well as when I’m looking to ramp up my routine. I can track an array of athletic activities, including running, cycling, swimming, and even the workouts I do at the gym. Once I’ve tracked my activity, I upload it from my phone to the app, and Strava logs it for me. The app also appeals to my competitive side, in that I can compare my workouts to other Strava users, set myself goals to move up the leaderboard and join Strava athletic competitions. Strava works kind of like a social network, in that I can see how my friends are tracking with their personal fitness goals, and it’s particularly motivating because we can send messages of encouragement to one another. And after every activity I complete, I can read a detailed analysis of my performance, such as my average speed. It also remembers my favourite routes and tracks my PB, which pushes me to always go one step further.
While my smartphone is my primary device for staying connected, it also helps me to de-stress and make the most of my (very little) free time. For just 10 minutes a day, I listen to a guided meditation session that also provides tips on relaxing breathing techniques and advice for coping with stressful situations.
While we can blame our devices for disturbing our sleep (think how long you spend checking emails in bed or streaming shows), there are some apps out there that aim to give you a better night’s sleep. My go-to app is Sleep Cycle, which analyses my sleeping patterns and wakes me up during the lighter stages of my sleep cycle so that I feel more refreshed.
As the app development world continues to churn out new and innovative products, I believe it’s important for all business owners out there to keep their finger on the pulse and discover what kinds of mobile apps work for them. Whether riding the daily commute in the morning or finally hitting the pillow at night, lifestyle apps can have a major impact on how you handle stress and go about your day-to-day tasks.