Five great fitness apps for business travellers

Traveler woman walking and using a smart phone in an airportIt’s amazing how business travellers can manage almost every aspect of their life through their phone or tablet. For business there are meeting schedulers, productivity aids and document editing apps. For travel there are translators, hotel bookings and car hire utilities. You can even check in for a flight with just a few taps on your phone. There are a multitude of fitness apps to choose from that will track your steps, your calorie intake and even your sleep. But which work well for the business traveller? These are my top picks:


If you enjoy fitness classes and regularly travel to the US or Canada, ClassPass is a must. A monthly membership gives you access to the best fitness studios in the US, Canada, and London. You can pick from a range of fitness classes including psycle, yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, bootcamp and dance. It’s simple to reserve your place and you can track your fitness routine online.


An all day activity tracker that really does track all your movement. It simply encourages you to move for at least 30 minutes each day whether that’s running for a taxi, striding across the airport or climbing the stairs to the conference room. Human is ideal for those of you with a more casual approach to exercise and it’s absolutely free.

7 Minute workout challenge smiling woman stretching on mat in the gym

The 7 minute workout challenge is designed with the busy professional in mind. Clear video and audio instruction takes you through a high intensity workout of just 12 exercises in 7 minutes. No equipment, trainer or gym required. You can track your progress and to keep you motivated new exercises are unlocked as you progress. It’s the ultimate workout app for the time pressured business traveller.

Water balance

When you’re jet lagged and on a tight schedule it’s easy to forget to drink. When you’re dehydrated it’s harder to think straight and exercise is a real struggle. Water balance helps you track how much you’re drinking each day and you can set alarms to ensure you stay hydrated.

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If you’re a reluctant exerciser and motivation is a problem this could be just what you need to get you out of your hotel and running around the block. Immerse yourself in various missions as you run for your life from hordes of zombies. You can create your own playlists and review your finest escapes when you’re safely back in your hotel room!

Studies repeatedly show that exercise is an essential component of the productivity equation. If your fitness routine regularly slips when you’re travelling on business your professional performance will be slipping too. Use your phone to ensure you remain focused, energised and alert. 


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Author: Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specializing in weight loss and body transformation results. She is a level 4 skilled personal trainer and a qualified member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Julie also holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Prior to training as a fitness coach and establishing herself in the health & fitness industry, Julie spent over 20 years behind a desk in London employed in a variety of roles in the management consultancy, executive search and mining industries. Whilst working as part of a global team at Rio Tinto Julie experienced first hand the challenges of incorporating fitness and wellbeing into an international travel schedule. A keen marathon runner she often found running whilst on a long a haul trip an ideal reliever for jet lag.

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