Can a Bracelet Motivate a Techie to Get Healthy? #TechFitness

As an entrepreneur there is one thing that is both precious and hard to come by. Time. We make decisions all day that impact how much time we have for everything and everyone in our lives. We prioritize, make lists and try to accomplish all we can on a daily basis, constantly pushing forward and working to accomplish our goals. This is not inherently bad, however, sometimes we tend to spend all our time on business goals and sacrifice having a more balanced life. Look, I am not turning into a hippie, but rather “balance” means incorporating health into a type-A, driven lifestyle. This is something I struggle with daily. Especially when it comes to prioritizing my physical health.

NO MORE I say. Today marks the first day of #techfitness in my life. I am naturally athletic and have always enjoyed physical activity. I played baseball in college and lifted weights for many years. Unfortunately, when I co-founded i-FFICIENCY and started working hard to develop business, I started to ignore my health. The new pressures of business ownership were not from a boss or a corporate structure, but from an overwhelming urge to be successful. I had to prove to myself that I could start a successful company and do it in a timely manner. I made decisions that ultimately affected not only my physical appearance, but my health. Finish proposal or go to the gym? Make a salad or order a quick pizza? Stay up late to work or get some much-needed rest? You get the idea. I looked around at friends who had found this balance – successful business and healthy appearance. Efren, CEO of Techzulu is a beast in the gym. Mike with PayDivvy is a Brazilian jiujitsu fighter. John with Networx Online has lost 20+ lbs.

How were these business owners able to accomplish this balance and I can’t find the time? The truth of the matter is they make the time.

It is now my time to make the time. So how does a tech efficiency lover make time for his physical health? I bought the Jawbone UP. For those not familiar with the UP, it is a bracelet you wear 24 hrs a day to track your activity, sleep patterns and food consumption. It works in tandem with an app on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad). If I am going to allocate the time to workout I need to see my progress.

I am not going to overtake this blog with #techfitness stories as this is certainly not a weight loss or health blog. I do however want to share the latest in technology efficiency as it relates to physical health. You will hear more from me in the coming months about the Jawbone UP and how it works as a health and fitness-tracking tool.


President of i-FFICIENCY Director Business Development and New Media, Writer at Early Adopter, Remote Efficiency Jedi Twitter @ifficiency

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14 Responses to “Can a Bracelet Motivate a Techie to Get Healthy? #TechFitness”

  1. Jeff Hester says:

    Chris, I’m very interested to hear how this is working out for you so far. Any updates?

    I’ve been following the news about the UP band with interest, but there are still a lot of questions. I’ve seen it at the AT&T store and the Apple store, but no one I’ve talked to is very knowledgeable about sizing and the overall experience.

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