It’s a new opportunity to start fresh, to finally tackle those goals that were put off last year, and to make a lasting change. But for many it remains a challenge to make and actually stick with resolutions whether that means committing to a budget or getting in better shape.
According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8% of those who make resolutions for the new years are successful. It’s certainly a startling figure that may discourage you from making a resolution in the first place. But with some support and accountability, you can greatly increase your chances of success.
Getting in shape is always at the top of resolution lists. The key to losing weight starts with exercise. But how do you get started? This is where Carrot Fit comes in. The app is easy and simple to use with clear instructions that challenge you to push yourself with 12 high intensity 30-second exercises. Each set is then accompanied with 10 seconds of rest before moving onto the next one. Carrot Fit lets you easily set reminders and track your weight so you can see your progress.
Getting in shape also means eating better. Healthy Recipes is a complete database of healthy meals that have all been tested by home cooks. The app lets you easily find recipes and includes detailed nutritional information for each so you can better track your diet.
Not getting enough sleep can have negative consequences on your health. Sleep Cycle is an essential app that tracks and monitors your sleep cycles. It finds an optimal time to wake you up in the highest sleep phase in a 30 minute window you set. Features detailed sleep statistics and graphs so you can see how well you are resting. Optional premium features are available for $1.99 a year.
Wish you had a coach to motivate you towards your goals? Whether your resolution this year is to get in shape or learn a new skill, you need to build strong habits from the start. Coach.me is a simple app that lets you connect with coaches from around the world and track your goals. You also get access to an entire community to help you achieve your goals.
If one of your resolutions is to save more money, you need to establish a budget and see exactly where your money is going. Mint integrates with your bank account and credit cards, giving you a complete picture of your finances. The app lets you easily create a budget and even see your credit score as well as ways to improve it. There is also a web service available that you can log into.
Whether your resolutions this year are to lose weight, save money, or build new habits, these five apps are absolutely essential. Some of them are free while others are only available with a purchase. Download these apps now to get the new years off to the right start.