It’s a few days into the new year – how are you doing with your resolutions? In the wee hours of 2009, you made earnest promises to yourself to lose weight, quit smoking…2010 is a clean slate. And your iPhone can help you keep up with your resolutions so you don’t have to make the same ones next year. Keeping promises? Yeah, there’s an app for that.
One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight – especially after we’ve eaten continually from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Hop over to the App Store and get Lose It! Enter in your goal; for example, to lose twenty pounds by summer. Lose It! creates a calorie budget for you. You enter in the caloric values of the things you eat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to make it up. There’s a comprehensive database that will tell you the calories in any number of foods, including restaurant and fast food meals. You also enter in your exercise for the day. Research shows that people who keep a food and exercise log lose more weight – and keep it off.
If you’re really serious about losing weight, add iFitness. This $1.99 personal trainer will suggest exercise and illustrate them for you. If you want to work on your butt, hit butt on the menu, and it’ll come up with some routines. You can also chart your progress to keep you motivated. Like the food log, this is an effective tool, and if you’re like most iPhone users, you have your phone with you all the time. A constant personal trainer. Who doesn’t yell at you. Perfect.
You’re saving money not having to pay a personal trainer, so why not learn a little bit more about money management? Mint will help you track your spending and money intake. Best of all, it syncs with your bank accounts so you don’t really have to do anything. Or than listen to it when it tells you that you need more money in your checking.
Save yet more money by quitting smoking. The app, My Quitline links you to the National Cancer Institute’s Quitline. You can get advice, speak with a live coach for help, track how long since you’ve had a cigarette, and even calculate all the money you’ve saved. Quitting cigarettes is one of the hardest addictions to break, and support can help you keep this resolution.
From your health to the health of the Earth, iPhone’s got an app. The Good Guide app helps you shop more green. It has a bank of information on over 65,000 products telling you the health ratings and environmental and social impact they have on the world. You scan the product’s barcode with your iPhone camera, and the info pops up. This is a handy guide for those who want to shop more responsibly. And cheaply. For example, sometimes you can replace harsh cleaning chemicals with more mild vinegar. Money saved, pollution prevented.
If you’re going to use your iPhone anyway, put it to good use. Browse the App Store and see what they have to help you make 2010 a much better year.
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