Staying on track with your fitness goals can be tricky when you’re on the road or working overseas for business. You don’t have your usual kit, trainer or even access to a gym. So what can you do to maintain your fitness?
Fortunately, there are a plethora of health and fitness apps you can access from your phone or tablet. Here are my recommendations to inspire, motivate and ensure your health gets as much as attention as your business when you’re travelling for work.
In 2015 Aaptiv’s founder Ethan Agarwal was looking for an app to help him stay fit during his business travels but was unable to find a product that suited his needs. So he created Aaptiv an audio based, trainer-led, music-driven workout app. Today Aaptiv enjoys over 200,000 subscribers and has been featured in Forbes and The New York Times.
Certified trainers guide and motivate you through a workout of your choosing including outdoor running, strength training, yoga and indoor cycling. Motivational music is an integral part of the experience and each workout features music by top artists.
Setting time aside to clear your mind is crucial to maintaining your work-life balance. Meditation is a form of exercise for both the body and the mind and numerous studies suggest mindfulness meditation practice minimises the stress of work and travel.
Calm will help you to stay present and focused throughout your business trip, reducing any anxiety and ensuring a good nights sleep. You can try out Calm for free for seven days. The paid version includes guided sessions, as well as unguided sessions that incorporate music and nature sounds for when you’re ready to go it alone.
Couch to 5k
If you’ve been inspired by all the spring marathon runners but haven’t run since school or don’t have time to pound the pavements for hours each week why not set your sights a little lower. The Couch to 5k is a running plan for absolute beginners and is ideal if you’re time poor. You’ll need to train just three times a week and none of the sessions lasts longer than 40 minutes.
After 9 weeks you’ll be able to comfortably run 5k and you can sign up for the global phenomenon that is park run. Parkrun organize free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world that are open to everyone and ideal if you’re regularly travelling for business.
Calm and strengthen your body and mind with regular yoga practice. Longer term the combination of breathing, stretching and mental focus yoga requires helps you manage your reaction to stressful situations at the airport, in the office or even with difficult clients.
Pocket Yoga offers different practices, durations and difficulty levels. You are guided through each practice including directions on when to inhale and exhale and can choose different environments to help you get in the zone. There’s also a comprehensive dictionary of poses detailing correct posture, alignment and benefits.
Fitness apps work hard to inspire, motivate and track your progress and are ideal if your schedule is constantly changing to due to work and travel commitments.
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