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Your Smartphone Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Are you geared up for 2016? Well, let’s tackle it! It seems like anything is possible this time of year, with the fresh calendar stretching out before us…thus the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. But many of us make promises to ourselves in early January and start off strong—only to fizzle out long before Valentine’s Day.

Did you know you’re probably holding the New Year’s resolution secret weapon in your hand right now? Your smartphone. It’s a great tool when it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolutions: An all-in-one dietician/personal trainer/life coach.

Check out some apps that can help make 2016 your Best Year Ever:

Eat smarter. 

Losing weight is by far the most popular New Year’s resolution precisely because many of us need a fresh start at this each year, especially after a holiday season full of rich food and less physical activity than normal.

Fortunately, there’s a slew of available apps to help you eat healthier and lose weight. No doubt you’re familiar with the big names in weight loss support such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. Their apps are free for both iOS (Weight Watchers | Jenny Craig) and Android (Weight Watchers | Jenny Craig) though they work with paid membership to the services themselves.

Lose It

You may also want to consider Rise, which offers personalized service (starting at $14.99 per week) by assigning you a personal dietician to help analyze what you eat and offer tips for healthier alternatives. There’s also Lose It! , with free and paid plans. Lose It! can create customized meal plans to help you reach your weight loss goals.

Get in shape.

Getting in shape is another popular New Year’s resolution, and there are literally hundreds of smartphone apps dedicated to getting fit. To build a new regular exercise habit, check out the SWORKIT app for iOS and Android, which provides workouts designed to fit your busy life, and connects users to a community of friends so you have support in your new habit. The MapMyFitness (and Run, and Walk, and Ride) suite of apps focuses on where you run, walk, or bike, and also connects you to friends who can help motivate you. WellnessFX focuses on overall health and wellness as it analyzes data regarding bone density, cholesterol levels, and offers up tips on disease prevention and stress reduction.

Get organized.

Jenny Craig

Getting better organized is less of a goal you can reach and more of a lifestyle to maintain. The app separates itself from the personal organizer pack by offering a clean, simple interface that enables users keep track of everything, from work projects to errands lists, across all their mobile devices. And because it’s collaborative, it can help your work team or family stay organized, too.

Don’t worry, be happy.

We don’t always stop to think about how the day’s little worries can add up to big stress, but that stress can make a big impact on your health. Keep your stress in check with Calm, a guided meditation app that encourages reflection and meditation to promote peace of mind. For those looking for an extra happiness kick, check out Happier, the social app that helps users notice and appreciate the good things in life.

Give your phone a rest.

Quality Time

It seems counterintuitive, but there are even apps out there dedicated to helping you spend less time on your phone. QualityTime (for Android) and Moment (for iOS) monitor your phone usage and tabulate how many minutes per day you’re looking at your smartphone’s screen. You can also set alerts on these apps, in case you want to be reminded to put your phone down.

No matter how you do it, make 2016 a great year!