Business Owners: Improve Your Health With This One Simple Technique

I’ll be the first to admit it.  I’m pretty bad when it comes to eating right and staying active while building an online business.  In fact, I find myself getting so absorbed into what I’m doing on a daily basis that I am either too tired to exercise or the food that I’m eating has caused me to feel “sick” a lot.  Sound familiar?

It’s a vicious cycle.

While I keep my mind active, I am not paying attention to my body and because of that, it rebels; and the more I ignore it, the worse it gets.  Because I am so busy running my business, communicating, writing, and taking on new tasks (let a lone trying out new ideas), I tend to eat on-the-fly and that usually means frozen processed foods or eating out a lot.  And the more I do that, the worse I feel. And the worse I feel, the less compelled I am to get active.

But then something happened.

About two months ago, I had a routine doctor’s visit and he mentioned that he wanted to do a blood sugar test.  So I went without food for 12 hours and then they did the test.  About two hours later, I get a call from the doctor saying he was a little concerned and determined I was pre-diabetic.

I figured it might be time to pay attention to my health a little, but then I panicked.  How was I going to fit that in? How would I do all that and run my online business?  How will I change my entire life?  That’s not possible.  Well, here’s what I discovered, and it’s working.

My fitness pal.

My Fitness Pal

Since I am one to explore apps a lot, I ran into one that literally changed my life.  And the timing was perfect.  It’s called My Fitness Pal and it’s free.  The app is actually part of a companion website which is also free.  Basically, it is a calorie counter on steroids.  It has over 750,000 foods from nearly every possible category and restaurant you could think of.  But that’s not really the benefit.

The benefit is that you can tell it your age, height, weight, and your activity level (none in my case) and it will set a daily caloric limit for you if you want to get healthy.  Then, it lets you enter in the meals you eat, any exercise you do, and it keeps track of it all just like having your own personal coach.

Now here is where it gets even better.  You fill out a profile on their website and it syncs continually with the app!  This means that no matter where you are or what you are using, you can keep track of what you eat, how much, what not to eat, or get suggestions on what would be a better choice.

Finally, a way to be healthy.

I was so impressed with their website and app that it really encouraged me to keep track of my daily eating.  In fact, it was kind of fun (dare I say) and it really opened my eyes to a new way to get a little more healthy without diving in and changing my entire life around.  It’s more like easing into it and doing it as my pace.

Besides…as an online entrepreneur we all know how controlling we can be so it was a perfect fit.  If you are a busy entrepreneur and you want to stay healthy or just watch your calories, then give My Fitness Pal a try – you might be amazed at how much better you feel just keeping calories under control.  And as a side benefit, the better you feel means you can put even more energy into your business.

Do you find that you have a hard time staying healthy while working online?  What have you done about it? What worked and what didn’t work?

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Shane Ketterman is the editor and owner of, a blog with daily information focused on iPad apps, tips, accessories, and other tablet computer news.


  1. Hugh says:

    From my experience, the only thing that truly works is planning. In order to stay healthy while running a business and traveling a lot, I have to plan my runs, workouts, and meals in advance. Otherwise they don’t get done. I make sure I schedule my workouts and runs just like I schedule any other meeting or obligation. For meals, I make the time to go grocery shopping so I always have healthy foods in my home. When I travel, I alway bring fruit and protein bars with me for planes and long car rides. Then, when I get to my destination, I go to a market immediately to stock up on some healthy staples. Another key is to eat regularly every few hours so you never get to the state where you’re so hungry that you make poor decisions.

    As always, proper planning prevents poor performance!

    • Shane says:

      Hi there Hugh,

      Yeah, I am finding the same thing as I get more conscious and aware of what I’m eating. The odd thing is that while it’s a change, I’m seeing it have other effects like having more energy and that encourages me to plan more, etc.

      I think for those that aren’t used to keeping track of what they eat or having any restrictions but are feeling run down, this is a great place to start….by easing into it.

      Another shocker to me was just how much tat calories and sodium, etc. are in things that I thought were rather healthy….

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