How Tech Can Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

by Modis on December 22, 2017

We are all guilty of coming up with an unrealistic New Year’s resolution, slacking on the follow through and biting off more than we can chew, but technological advances have made it easier to monitor and achieve our goals. As you write your list of goals for the year ahead, let us recommend some tech tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

Health

Exercise More

For those of you that decided to exercise more in the new year, consider trying one of Fitbit‘s fitness trackers ($69.95 – $399.95). Fitbit can help you track many aspects of your life including your activity level, food intake, weight, sleep patterns and more. Fitbit’s free app records data from their devices to allow users to monitor their progress.

Under Armour has another interesting fitness tracking device: the Gemini 3 Record-Equipped smart shoes ($159.99). The shoes will track, analyze and store your running metrics. The sensor syncs with the UA MapMyRun app (free with an option to upgrade for $3.99) in your phone to allow you to monitor your running metrics, enabling you to run without having to bring your phone.

Lose Weight

After spending the holidays indulging in treats and rich foods, many people want to lose weight in the new year. MyFitnessPal (free with an option to upgrade for $9.99/month or $49.99/year) is a weight loss app that enables users to track their caloric intake, food intake, weight and exercise. MyFitnessPal has a food database of over 5 million foods to help users accurately determine the calories and nutritional value of their foods. Lose It! (free with an option to upgrade for $39.99/year) is another weight loss app that uses image recognition and barcode scanning to record your foods. Users can set up a customized weight loss plan, track their caloric intake and track their exercise.

Drink More Water

A key aspect of being healthy is drinking water. The Daily Water app (free) includes features such as customizable daily reminders, water intake logs, histogram tracking and progress sharing capabilities. For Android users, Hydro Coach (free with an option to upgrade for $5.49) is an app that provides all of the features Daily Water offers, plus it syncs with other Android wear. Alternatively, Apple users can try the iHydrate app (free with an option to upgrade for $2.99). It has all of the features the Daily Water app offers plus it syncs with Apple wear.

Quit Smoking

Smoke Free (free with an option to upgrade for $5.99) is a smoke cessation app. It includes a dashboard that allows users to monitor how long they have been smoke free, how much money they’ve saved, how many smokes they’ve refused, and more. It also offers missions to follow and badges to motivate you to achieve your goals.

Another option is the Quit Now! App (free with an option to upgrade for $4.95). It offers all of the same features as the previous app with the additional option to talk with other people trying to quit. This allows you to get support from others as well as share your achievements and milestones.

Lifestyle

Get Organized

The start of a new year often means a clean slate to get more organized. There are many great apps on the market, such as Wunderlist (free with an option to upgrade for $4.99/month). Wunderlist helps users keep both their personal and professional life organized. The app includes to do lists, a day timer, reminders, notes and collaborative tools.

Todoist (free with an option to upgrade for $29.99/year) is another organization tool that offers all of the same features as Wunderlist plus additional features, such as subprojects and graphs to visualize your productivity.

Finances

Get out of debt or save money

Mint is a free budgeting app that allows users to create budgets, monitor their credit score, and track and pay bills. Other features include tips on how to reduce spending, bill payment alerts and tips to improve your credit score.

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