How to keep your New Year’s resolutions using your mobile.
Last updated: 28 January 2016
When the New Year rolls around, most of us set ourselves a goal; whether that’s losing weight, better budgeting, or quitting smoking.
But how many of us actually carry them through? Statistics have shown that many people give up on their New Year resolutions after just a week.
Getting rid of bad habits can be tricky, but there are some useful apps that can help to improve your chances of success. Most of us are already glued to our smartphones, so why not use yours to access a personal trainer, a life coach, or a dietician? No more excuses…
Lose weight and get healthier.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are all about losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more.
Every January, gyms are bombarded with new customers, hoping to achieve that dream physique. But as time passes motivation can reach a standstill and many of us feel like we're not achieving enough, quickly enough.
Using apps like MyFitnessPal (free on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone) and Endomondo (free on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry) can support you by monitoring your progress over time. With calorie counters built-in, and daily reminders, these apps are a great way to hold yourself accountable for what you do every day. Check out our guides to top fitness apps and how to live a healthier lifestyle with your mobile.
If your focus is more about changing your eating habits, there are some great apps on hand to help out in the kitchen.
Apps like Nutrino (free on iPhone and Android) and Food Planner (free on iPhone and Android) will help you discover new healthy recipes for meals and snacks, organise your meals for the week, and arrange shopping lists. The Nutrino app even keeps you up to date with recent articles about nutrition research from the experts.
And if you’re looking to eat out less and cook more, check out these top cookery apps.
Save money and manage your finances.
Apart from losing weight and getting fit, better budgeting and understanding how to manage your finances is a top resolution for most people.
The right apps can help you learn more about your cash flow, while helping you develop more positive financial habits for a more comfortable life. An app called Level (free on iPhone) can automatically track your spending and update your available budget every day; so you can create a connection between everyday purchases, and your long-term financial goals.
There’s no doubt about it, kicking the habit will improve your health, reduce your risk of early death, and even make your family less susceptible to serious illness. Plus think of those savings.
The Smoke Free app (free on iPhone and Android) aims to help you quit by allowing you to measure your progress. It shows you how long you've been smoke-free, how much money you've saved by cutting back on cigarettes, and how much your health could be improving. You can share your success with your friends, and even get badges for meeting certain levels of progress.
Get more sleep.
According to The Great British Sleep Survey carried out in 2012 by Sleepio, most of us are kept awake by a racing mind at some point in our lives; with worries about tomorrow and the day's events being the most common thoughts that bother us at night.
Lack of sleep is a serious problem and can lead to issues such as weight gain, depression, early ageing, and irritability.
Apps like Sleep Cycle (free on iPhone) can help you to track your REM sleep while you're sleeping and then set alarms that’ll wake you up at a time that’s ideal for you and your body clock. The result is that you have a better understanding of your sleeping patterns, and you should feel more energetic and alert throughout the day.
If your New Year's resolution is to see more of the world, there are apps that can help you every step of the way - from booking flights and hotels, to discovering new attractions, finding tours, and creating an itinerary.
Travel Butler, available on iPhone, helps to simplify your travel preparations, and even generates packing lists for you based on the weather forecast for where you’re headed. It’s the perfect travel companion.
And don’t forget, if you’re on Three you can use your phone abroad at no extra cost in 18 Feel At Home destinations. So you can share your travels shamelessly on social media, without worrying about a hefty mobile roaming bill.
See, with the right apps downloaded, your mobile can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Well, maybe not all resolutions (we can’t stop you Facebook stalking your ex, biting your nails, or swearing less…).