Top 5 New Year's Resolution Apps
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) 3,2,1...2013! Don't wait until the midnight countdown to figure out your New Year's Resolutions. Start the planning now.
Popular resolutions include losing weight, saving money and giving back to the community. But most people don't keep their resolutions . Not exactly resolute...Don't be a statistic!
These days, there are countless ways to help you stay on track. For starters, there are smartphone apps.
TheStreet found five apps that can help you stick to your goals. Your 2014 resolutions will just be to keep up the good work!
Jillian Michaels Weight Loss
A third of Americans are obese, so it's not surprising that losing pounds is a popular goal. Stay away from those donuts...and hit the gym! Ok, easier said than done.
Fortunately, there are apps to help you. Jillian Michaels, of Biggest Loser fame, has a good one .
Download "Jillian Michaels Weight Loss Plan." Use the "meal plan" and "fitness plan" to keep you on track.
Use the planner to find recipes for healthy dining. There are some tasty-looking options. I'll definitely be making the "apple berry banana smoothie." Register for free to track your daily calories and exercise.
As far as exercise goes, video tutorials show you how to do your workout. Listen to Jillian tell you firsthand exactly what you need to do. Hey, it worked for the Biggest Losers!
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach
You may have heard this, but smoking is bad for you .
If you're a smoker, quitting may be on your resolutions list. It probably won't be easy, but there are apps to help you. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach is one of them.
Tell the app whether you want to quit cold turkey or to reduce your habit gradually. Use the dropdown menu to select your motivation, whether it's "family," "health," "financial," or "cosmetic." If you choose cosmetic, the default motivating message is "I'm committed to a more beautiful me." Hmm...
Having trouble? Click "have a craving," for motivational messages. If you give in, record that you smoked. But hopefully that won't happen!
If you keep up the good work, the app will reward you for "achievements." Sync with social media, and share your success with friends.
The full version of this app is $3.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android.
Another popular resolution is saving money. With all this talk about the fiscal cliff, that's probably crossed your mind recently.
There are lots of helpful apps to keep your spending on track. A good one is Pageonce. Link your credit cards, cell phone bill, utilities and more to the account. Pageonce will sort it all out!