If an entrepreneur has anything, it’s dedication. But the dedication that drives entrepreneurs to the heights of success is what can run their personal health into the ground. Those who take the risk to start their own businesses face risks such as chronic stress, sleep deprivation, a poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle.
But addressing these risks don’t have to take your energy away from your business. Long hours can easily compromise healthy living priorities. Wearable technology makes it possible for entrepreneurs to manage their physical and even mental health effortlessly. Here are five wearable gadgets to get you back on track.
Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
The Skagen hybrid smartwatches are as smart as they look. With a high-end exterior and an equally high-tech interior, these watches track your steps and their intensity, allowing you to set your own fitness goals. And while this watch wouldn’t look out of place when you’re pitching an investment bank (no one will accuse you of being a tech geek with these analog faces and beautiful steel mesh or leather straps), it will motivate you to get out of the office and move.
And even with the traditional look, these hybrids are packed full of additional features including phone-finding and music controls. If you need a little more from your watch, Skagen also produces a classy alternative to the typical smartwatch.
If you’re looking for something even sleeker than a hybrid smartwatch but just as smart, the Motiv ring might be for you. Its modern design and metallic finish wraps around your finger, tracking your heart rate, your steps, and even your sleep — a must for entrepreneurs who are worried about wear and tear from too many long hours.
And there’s no need to tell it what to do. The Motiv ring senses everything automatically, so you can slip it on and slip into your routine without a second thought. It’s waterproof and has a long battery life, going wherever you go and keeping up with your busy lifestyle.
As an entrepreneur, you know little tasks like running to the post office one more time can eat into your productivity. To alleviate that, Motiv has a convenient “home try-on” program where they’ll send you a sizing set before you order, so you know that once you get your ring, it will fit perfectly.
The Motiv Ring will work for you regardless of the ecosystem you’ve tied yourself to — Motiv has native iOS app and syncs data with Apple Health, in addition to the hot-off-the-presses announcement that the Motiv Ring now sports a deep Android and Google Fit integration.
Garmin Vivosmart 3
For the more fitness-oriented, the Garmin Vivosmart 3 is packed with features. It helps you to balance the wellness of your body and mind by tracking your activity, calories burned, exercise intensity, and heart rate. The heart rate monitor also tracks your heart rate variability (HRV) to notify you when your stress level is climbing — something entrepreneurs know particularly well. When this happens, you can use the built-in breathing timer to help bring your stress level down.
The Vivosmart 3 has the bonus of showing notifications, so you can stay on top of your work even while out for a stroll. Though not as chic as the Skagen hybrid watch, the Garmin Vivosmart has a slim, understated design that can blend seamlessly with any style, whether your business’s culture is dressier or more casual.
Spire Health Tags
The Spire Health Tag is a hassle-free way to balanced mental and physical health. Attach these comfortable, hypo-allergenic, washer/dryer-proof, long-lasting tags to your clothes one time and carry on with business as usual. The tag’s sensors track your activity, heart rate and HRV, sleep quality, breathing patterns, and stress levels.
The combination of these elements creates a comprehensive view of your health and suggests ways to improve it. Worried about an employee issue and not getting enough sleep at night? The tag may recommend getting more exercise to help you sleep better tomorrow. Need to give an outstanding presentation? Use the app to do some breathing exercises and calm your nerves.
When sitting at a desk all day — and in those early years of your business, those days can be really long — it’s easy to fall into a slump (literally). The Lumo Lift can alleviate this problem by coaching you to better posture.
This unobtrusive device clips to your shirt and can sense when you’ve begun to slouch. A gentle vibration reminds you to sit a little straighter or stand a little taller. Improved posture not only reduces back and neck pain but improves your mood and gives you that extra boost of confidence you need when walking into that meeting.
Fitbit Alta HR
Beauty sleep does more than make you look good, it improves your performance and leads to an overall healthier lifestyle. Not only does the Fitbit Alta HR come with the typical features of other Fitbit products (activity reminders and tracking) but it has the bonus of helping you get a better night’s rest.
This slim wristband is comfortable to wear at night and is equipped with technology to help monitor your sleep, improve your sleep schedule, and analyze your sleep data. Plus it has a silent alarm feature, gently vibrating to wake you up—no more obnoxious buzzers to put you in a bad mood. If you’re the kind of person who wants more fitness and smartwatch features in addition to your sleep tracking, then the Alta HR’s slightly larger cousin, the Fitbit Versa, may be a good alternative.
Entrepreneurs can tend to prioritize their businesses over all else — check out one of these options. If you find the right fit, it can be the perfect unobtrusive boost you need to prioritize your health just as highly.