Phone Apps That Can Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

11 months ago By Mona Bassel


The “Happy New Year!” phase is coming to an end, but people are still facing challenges applying their New Year’s resolutions. If you can’t seem to get a proper grasp on how to go about your dreams for the year ahead, these apps can help!

If you’d like to exercise without actually exercising…


Walking is a great way to keep your body in good shape, but not everyone has the time to hop on the treadmill. Everyone, however, has the time to run errands at some point or the other. Park your car further away each time you run an errand, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk to an errand instead of driving, and while you’re at it, have Pedometer keep track of how many steps you manage to reach each day.

Promising Review:

“This app makes use of your smartphone sensors to sense your motion, and it includes adjustments for sensitivity and accuracy. It includes calculations for calories burned, speed and the distance you walk. It even includes an hour-by-hour record of the number of steps you take, as well as daily, weekly & monthly records display. Not bad for a free app. My only complaint is there isn’t any built in help manual.”


Or if you’d like to actually exercise…

Getting more exercise is one of the top New Year’s resolutions made around the world, but people usually give up on it during the first month. This usually happens because people don’t have the proper guidance. Instead of paying half your salary to a personal trainer, get your own on the Workout Trainer app. You’ll get access to a variety of free and paid exercises for different difficulty levels.

Promising Review:

“I LOVE this app! I tell everyone I know about it. I love being able to create my own workout to work on certain parts of my body! I was using four different FREE apps before I found this one and none of them make me burn or sweat like this one! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Only CON is that it is a little expensive if you go pro! (I’m probably still gonna pay it because I love it so much but I do wish it was little cheaper).”


Maybe you’d like to stop sweating the small stuff…

If you have a tendency to get easily stressed, an adult coloring book might be the answer. The problem is, who can carry a coloring book and markers around everywhere? The easier solution is to download the Color Therapy app, which allows you to calm yourself down wherever and whenever.

 Promising Review:

“I have used every coloring app and so far this is the best. It gives interesting options for making your pics unique. It is easy to use and has easy instructions. The pics are more complicated so it is an app an adult feels good using. You could continue using it for free or pay a fee to get more. The fee is worth it if you really like coloring; otherwise just use the free items, which are plenty and varied. You can share your pics if you want. I like the fact that you can see what others are doing and get ideas. Great app all around.”


Or if you’d like to read more…


You might not have time to curl up in bed with a good book, but with AudioBooks you can still read while making good use of the time you spend going to and from work. For once, Cairo traffic can actually be useful! Some audio books need to be purchased, but there’s a great free selection to choose from.

Promising Review:

“I can’t wait to download more books and listen to them in my car while waiting for kids at lessons or while I’m sitting in traffic. I have so many on my list. I’ve tried several other audio book type apps –including public library apps and the popular fall backs, but I have to say this has been the best experience overall in comparison.”


If you’re trying to watch what you eat…


Keeping a food diary is one of the best things you can do to monitor your caloric intake, but going the old fashioned paper and pen route might not work since you won’t have it on you at all times. On Calorie Counter, you can write down what you ate on the spot and check how many calories you’ve consumed during the day.

Promising Review:

“The app is really easy to learn. Never had any glitches with the app. I, on the other hand, have had glitches on my diet. This helps me meal plan, keeps me on track and it makes me feel accountable for everything I put in my mouth.”


Finally, if you’d just like to keep track of your day…


Being organized boils down to one thing: the classic to-do list. Once you’ve got that down, you’re already on your way to success. Todoist gives you the chance to create customized to-do lists and share them with others. Each item on the list can have sub-items for details, and it also gives you reminder and due date options for an extra push.

Promising Review:

“Todoist has helped me get my life organized so that I can get to some of the most important things that I’ve wanted to do. Since I’ve been using it, I’ve started learning Spanish, practicing guitar, and doing more regular devotions with my wife. It’s been a great way to get more focused.”

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