5 Apps to Help Conquer Your New Year’s Resolutions

Many people start the new year with resolutions for a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, there's help to kick-start the new you right in the palm of your hand. Social media specialist Gretchen Hirt Gendron handpicked these useful smartphone apps to help you achieve your goals.

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Pact

Pact (Free, Android and iOs) helps users conquer fitness and nutrition goals using powerful incentives. Healthy lifestyle goals are typically one of the most common resolutions. Use this app to track your progress, while setting monetary goals. First, users make a weekly ‘Pact’ toward their fitness or nutrition goals. Then, set what you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it. Earn real cash for achieving your goals, paid by the members who don’t complete theirs. The app keeps track of your targets by integrating with GPS check-ins and other apps, like MyFitnessPal and FitBit, to log your food and activity, while also tracking your steps. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com

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Shoptimix

Shoptimix (Free, Android and iOs) makes shopping healthy a little easier for the new year. This shopping list app includes products recommended by nutrition and lifestyle experts. Users can manage shopping lists with personalized suggestions based on nutrition goals. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com

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24me

Using 24me (Free, Android and iOs) puts a personal assistant in the palm of your hand. The app helps keep you organized with a calendar, to-do list and notes all in one place. It also connects to your real life — your utilities, service providers, banks social networks and more. The app automatically reminds you of tasks and helps you take care of everything from within the app. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com

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Qapital

Qapital (Free, Android and iOs) helps you reach your budgeting goals this new year. The app lets you define your financial goals and automate savings to reach them. Users can set goals to start saving by deciding what triggers a deposit. For example, you can save $5 every time it rains or charge a $10 guilty pleasure tax every time you splurge on clothes. If you’re planning a group vacation, you can also connect with others to save as a team. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com

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BreakFree

BreakFree (Free, Android and iOs) helps you let go of your smartphone addiction this year. If your plan is to spend more time in the real world and less time on your phone, then this is the app for you. The app monitors your phone usage and notifies you to pump the breaks. Photo courtesy:  itunes.apple.com

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Are there other great apps out there? If you would like to let Nola Weekend know about any other apps, feel free to drop us a line.