10 Apps to Make Your 2014 Resolutions Stick

2014 ResolutionThere’s nothing better than a fresh start. That’s why new year’s resolutions are such a powerful way to kick start some healthy habits. It’s the time of year when you can quit smoking, lose weight, start exercising and significantly reduce your screen time. However, if you don’t stick to your resolutions, it can be a crushing blow. A failed resolution goes back on the list while you wallow in another year of disappointment.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are the 10 most common new year’s resolutions (according to a Harris poll), and some apps that can make them achievable!

1. Lose weight (the app to make it happen: Nutrino)
Enter your current and target weights and food preferences and this app builds a personalized menu to bring you closer to your goal. (Free; iOS; Android coming soon)

2. Improve your finances (the app to make it happen: Budget Boss)
Create a budget quickly and effortlessly—then watch your predicted savings grow with easy-to-read graphs. ($0.99; iOS)

3. Exercise (the app to make it happen: Human)
Commit to moving at least 30 minutes every day with this simple app, which uses location tracking to measure your activity and notifies you when you’re done. (Free; iOS)

4. Get a new job (the app to make it happen: Job Search)
Find open positions near you and submit applications from your phone. (Free; iOS, Android)

5. Eat healthier (the app to make it happen: Fooducate)
Fooducate: Scan grocery barcodes and get a nutrition grade from A to D with this award-winning app. (Free; iOS, Android).

6. Manage stress better (the app to make it happen: Take a Break!)
Relax with 7- or 13-minute guided meditation audio tracks that let you choose between a voice, music, and nature sounds. (Free; iOS, Android)

7. Stop smoking (the app to make it happen: Quit Smoking)
Enter your current smoking habits and this app will design a unique, gradual schedule to wean you off cigarettes. (Free; Android)

8. Improve a relationship (the app to make it happen: Back in Touch)
Import your phone contacts and create settings on how frequently (montly, weekly, etc.) you’d like to touch base with each of them. Then, the app reminds you to give ‘em a call at the interval you chose. ($1.99; iOS)

9. Stop procrastinating (the app to make it happen: Finish)
Get stuff done with this app that lets you enter tasks and due dates (with flexible short term, mid term, and long term timelines), then reminds you until the job is done. ($0.99; iOS)

10. Set aside time for yourself (the app to make it happen: BRB)
Need to unplug? Download this app that lets you craft a message that notifies your contacts you’re taking a break from your phone, which is shareable via Facebook, Twitter, or text. (Free; iOS)

What’s your new year’s resolution and how do you plan on sticking to them?

If you are a PacificSource Health Plan member, check out the New Daily Victory exercise app designed to help you transform small steps into healthy habits.  To download the new Daily Victory app, log in to http://www.pacificsource.com/members/ and access your personal Health Manager for your authentication information, and then download the free app on your mobile device.

 

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