This is the time of year when those fledgling New Year’s resolutions are put to the test. The holiday momentum is starting to wear off, and the realities of day-to-day life are settling back in. One of the reasons resolutions often fail is that people tend to overreach. If your daily life has been sedentary for years, the chances that you’re really going to start getting up at 5am and running 10 miles before work are pretty slim. The key to success for most people is to start with a realistic goal that you can achieve, that fits into the life you already lead.
One possible solution is to enlist the help of new technologies. For small business owners who spend a lot of their day in front of a computer or talking on the phone, new gadgets and apps can be a great way to incorporate fitness without interrupting your busy day.
An example of where new fitness tech might be heading comes in the form of the Tao Wellshell, introduced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. According to Mashable, this little device is about the size and shape of a computer mouse. It connects via Bluetooth to an app for Android and iOS devices to guide the user through various exercises that can be done just about anywhere, anytime.
While it’s not going to have the benefits of say, running for 30 minutes on your lunch break, it does have the benefits of being something you will actually do. A personal trainer I know once said “the best fitness routine is the one you’ll actually stick to.” And if getting your heart rate up a little and flexing those muscles a few times a day with a gamification app and a smart little isometric device will do it, that seems like a good place to start.
Tao can also help measure your activity and daily life in ways that might help you set up some new goals to aim for in 2014. Metrics include: calories burned, steps walked, distance travelled, speed, heart rate, total active time, and sleep duration/quality. The accompanying app can also help you achieve health goals with a nutrition log and coaching.
The Tao Wellshell has not hit the shelves quite yet, and therefore does not have a price tag to report. However, according to PC World, a company source indicated that it might run in the $200-$300 range.
What are some ways that you have found to work fitness into your busy entrepreneur’s lifestyle? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Images courtesy of tao-wellness.com.