Sticking to your health and fitness regime while attending or running events can be a challenge. You’re often away from home, your schedule may be sporadic and hectic, opportunities to prepare – or even choose – your own food are scarce and, even if you have time to go there, the local gym often just doesn’t feel right.
But don’t fear! Help is at hand for event professionals determined to avoid stress and stay active and healthy while away. Fitness apps have been around for a while, but as smartphones get better at body-monitoring and motion-detecting capabilities, these apps keep on improving. If you want to keep fit and stay well while on the road, start with our compilation of some of the best wellbeing apps for busy events professionals.
Welltory is designed to let your body talk to you, telling you how much you can get done each day, if you risk getting sick, and what to do to feel better.
Through a sophisticated algorithm, you will receive daily feedback on your stress, energy and performance scores, which it turns into practical advice that is relevant to your life.
For example, the app may tell you to skip exercise and go for a massage (we like it already!) or it may detect that something is not quite right and prompt you to get a health check-up.
Welltory can also be applicable to performance at work – for example, it may recognise that running makes your sales grow, and to hit the track!
The idea is that you get more done by working with your body, not against it.
Strava Training: Run and Ride
There’s a common saying among Strava users, “If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen”.
This app allows you to track a huge number of fitness activities – yes, you can record your run or map a cycling route, but you can also analyse your training performance in swimming, kayaking, climbing and many more activities – it even includes yoga – with detailed stats – for free.
Strava takes friendly competition one step further, encouraging you to compete with people of similar abilities to yourself in an encouraging sporting community. You can see your rank on your favourite segment, join distance challenges, and follow your friends, pros or anyone.
Plus, it shares your rides and runs automatically, which makes it a very low maintenance app.
It can be difficult to make time for your usual workout routine in your busy events schedule – so 8fit encourages you to skip the gym altogether! Designed to help you become healthier and happier by putting fitness and nutrition experts in your pocket via your smartphone, 8fit workouts take 15-20 minutes and can be completed anywhere, without any special equipment.
This clever app doesn’t just generate customised workout plans – it also provides delicious, wholesome and nutritious meal plans based on your dietary needs and even allows for dietary preferences such as gluten-free, paleo and vegan. All with the aim of helping you to reach your wellness goals.
If you often find yourself in dire need of relaxation after a day of meetings, Yogaia may be the right choice for you.
The app claims to be the only yoga app in the world to offer live and interactive yoga classes for all levels of yogis from total beginner to experienced – you could even join a live class from the comfort (and privacy) of your hotel room!
As well as joining live classes, Yogaia members can access recorded classes 24/7 and use their camera to receive personal guidance for perfecting poses.
Book in-app sessions with your favourite yogi and limber up wherever you are. It’s not just yoga either, the app also includes Pilates, meditation, HIIT and more.
With practice, you’ll soon see improvements to your mood, stress-levels, health and happiness.
All apps featured here are available through both Apple’s App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices, many will include in-app purchase opportunities.