15 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!
‘Tis the season for setting new goals for ourselves. But as we all know, the hard part isn't setting the goal; the trick is in keeping it! But help is here, because for every resolution you might make, “there's an app for that” to help you meet that goal!
So let's take a look at the top five New Year's resolutions, along with some recommendations for apps that can help you find your way to success in 2015!
1. Is your resolution this year to lose weight?
After a holiday spent overindulging on delicious foods, many of us plan to lose weight sometime after the ball drops. For some of us, getting a handle on which foods we are eating and how those foods contribute to our daily caloric intake is an important step to losing weight.
Keeping a detailed food journal can be your key to success, which is why My Fitness Pal is one of the most popular calorie and fitness tracking apps available. With more than 4,000 foods pre-loaded into its database, including many restaurant meals, it makes it easy for you to stick with it! This is free from the App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store.
If what you are looking for is just some motivation, check out eaTipster. Created by a team of dietitians, this app will give you a trusted new tip every day to help you on your weight loss journey. It's free on the App Store.
And if you'd like to truly understand how your daily habits affect your energy levels throughout the day, check out the Juice app. It's free on the App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store.
2. Is your resolution this year to get fit?
If you really want to set a reasonable and achievable goal for yourself this year, why not get yourself in shape for your first 5K race? The app Couch to 5K is a manageable training program that gradually gets you ready by working out for 20-30 minutes a day, just three times a week. (Seriously, we should all be able to make time for this!) It's $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.
If you are looking for a circuit training program, Sworkit offers strength training, cardio, stretching, pilates, and yoga. (And it syncs to My Fitness Pal!) It's free on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.
But sometimes all you really need are some great tunes to keep you motivated to stick with your workout. Fit Radio allows you to select your genre, and high-energy music, with a consistent rhythm and tempo to keep you going, will be served up for your entire workout! This app offers a free version or a membership version. You can find it on the App Store and Google Play. You can get it for your Blackberry, too.
3. Is your resolution this year to save money?
The best way to save money is to first understand how you are spending it and then set a budget for both savings as well as expenses that you can live with. Mint is the perfect app to help you do just that, and you can find it free on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and the Windows Store.
Want to be sure that you aren't wasting money with hidden charges buried in your bills? Bill Guard , free from the App Store and Google Play, is an app that allows you to verify charges to your accounts, and it will alert you when another user has flagged a charge similar to yours in their own account.
And even though gas prices have dropped recently, it still can be a considerable family expense each month, so be sure to have Gas Buddy loaded on your phone so you can always locate the lowest gas prices in your area. Gas Buddy is available from the App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store. You can also get it for your Blackberry. This one is totally free.
4. Is your resolution this year to change a habit?
Sometimes you want to break a habit (e.g., stop smoking, stop watching so much TV), and sometimes you want to start a new one (e.g., drink eight glasses of water a day, practice meditation daily). HabitList is a great app to help you both break and build new habits. Sometimes just knowing that you are “on a streak” is all the motivation you need to keep going! It's only $3.99 from the App Store.
If looking at bar charts of your progress is what keeps you motivated, then check out the Way of Life app. This app helps you to identify areas where you might want to make changes, and it allows you to set up reminders to keep you motivated in forming your new habit. You can get this app for free from the App Store.
But if having others to cheer you on would help you to be more successful in your habit-changing endeavors, Lift is a community-based app that offers coaching advice, motivation, and prompts. It's free at the App Store and on Google Play.
5. Is your resolution this year to reduce stress?
Take a Break is a guided meditation app that gives you two options: a 7-minute Work Break Relaxation or a 13-minute Stress Relief Mediation that you can listen to with or without music and your choice of background images on your phone as you relax. It's free on the App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store, and you can get it for your Blackberry.
Breathe2Relax is a stress-management tool that helps users to work through the body's “fight or flight” (stress) response. Users can record their stress level by swiping the screen and then follow the guided instructions to learn how to use diaphragmatic (belly) breathing to reduce the body's response to stress. It's free on the App Store and Google Play.
And if you find it hard to fall asleep at the end of the day because of everything that is racing through your mind, try Relax Melodies. You can select sounds and melodies that you like and then combine them to create a mix. You can adjust the volume and use a timer to stop the sounds after 20 minutes, just after you've fallen asleep! This app is also free from the App Store, Google, Play, and the Windows Store.
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