Trying to work towards those New Year’s resolutions? While it may take at least 21 days to form new habits, most people have forgotten about their resolutions six months into the new year. What better way to achieve your healthy New Year’s goals than with these New Year’s resolution apps?
Wearable fitness trackers—like the Lively Wearable—can help hold you accountable, but you can find motivation and track your goals right on your smartphone. Here are a few health and fitness apps created to make getting and staying healthy simpler and safer. Even more, these apps are user-friendly for seniors looking to stick with their New Year’s resolutions of being more active and independent.
This smartphone app is like your personal health coach. Lark uses the sensors in your smartphone to track your movements and sleep. It also has an important feature—the built-in personal health coach. The health coach checks in with you during the day via text messaging, asking questions about your meals and activity level and encourages you to make healthier choices to help you stay accountable.
The Fooducate smartphone app offers tips for healthy eating and grades for each meal you plan. Have fun while grocery shopping by opening the app while grocery shopping. Just scan the barcodes and get quick nutritional information and grades on each food item. Fooducate also tracks and analyzes your sleep, mood, and hunger levels and provides feedback to assist you in meeting your health goals.
This app allows you to track your health on the go. MyFitnessPal makes calorie tracking simple with a large database of over five million foods. If a food is not in the database, manually enter it or scan the UPC code to get additional nutritional information.
MyFitnessPal also has an extensive database of fitness activities and is compatible with most of the top fitness trackers and apps like Sworkit and Pact. MyFitnessPal helps you track your exercise and calories burned during the day to give you a complete picture of calories in, calories out.
Not enough time to make it to the gym? Try Sworkit, a fitness trainer that fits in your pocket. Start by choosing a workout—strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching—and the amount of time available (five minutes to an hour). The app then delivers your workout program with video and voice instructions. Whether you choose to work out in the kitchen, in your bedroom, or in the park, you can trust Sworkit to deliver a great workout.
Need a little extra incentive? Pact helps you keep your fitness and healthy eating resolutions in 2017 via cash incentives. The app offers types of “pacts” for food, gym, and veggies. You make a pact toward your goal. If you miss your goal, you’ll be charged a penalty amount. But if you keep your pact, you earn money from people who fail to honor their pacts. Stick with it, and Pact can inspire you to hit your weekly health goals and earn a little cash.