New Year’s Resolution Apps That Promote Serenity, Savings, Fitness, And Follow-Through

Need a little help keeping your resolutions for the new year? Don’t worry—these apps have got you covered.

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The new year is here, and we have no doubt that you’ve got your goals set. However, while dreaming up your resolutions is easy, it’s actually following through with them that seems to be the tricky part. However, with these apps designed to help you get fit, stress less, and beyond, sticking to your goals in the new year is now easier than ever.

Getting Fit

7 Minute Workout Challenge

Think you don’t have the time to work out, but still want to make getting fit a goal in the new year? Make that excuse a thing of the past with the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app.

We can pretty much guarantee that everyone can find seven minutes in their day to fit in a workout, and that’s the very premise of this app. It’ll give you instructions in the form of audio, video, pictures, and even good old-fashioned text for every move. What’s more? It allows you to track your workouts to monitor your progress.

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MyFitnessPal

Making the decision to eat healthier foods is easy, but actually doing it can be difficult. Many people choose to track their food intake as a way to help them stick to their goals, but even that can prove tedious and time consuming.

Make the task a little more simple with MyFitnessPal, your all-in-one tracker for meals, water consumption, and exercise. The app makes searching for foods easy and even keeps track of the foods you eat most often so you can find them quickly. You can input your own recipes to track homemade meals, too.

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Asana Rebel

Yoga is definitely going to be a 2018 workout of choice, but it’s one that can be a little daunting to try. Going to a class for the first time can make any beginner feel self-conscious, but there are also those of us who just don’t like working out in groups.

Whichever category you fall into, you can practice yoga at home with the Asana Rebel app. Stretch and sweat in the comfort of your own home—helping you gather the confidence to hit the gym or studio, if that’s your goal.

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Mind Matters

Brain.fm

It’s no secret that music can play a big role in altering the mood, from calming us down to cheering us up. Thanks to Brain.fm, there’s now music that’s actually designed specifically to do all those things and more.

Whether you’re trying to meditate, improve your focus, just relax, or even fall asleep, the app features music curated by its own AI to promote various feeling-states. Even better? All of the music is designed to help you to reach your target state in less than 15 minutes.

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Headspace: Meditation

If mastering meditation is one of your goals for the new year, you’re definitely not alone. You’re also probably not the only person to feel like meditating is a little strange at first.

Make meditating and becoming more mindful easier with the Headspace app, designed to teach you basics that can help you lead a happier, more stress-free life. There are also SOS sessions you can use for when your mind really needs a break, and even sports-themed packs to help keep you centered during runs or competition-centric activities.

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Elevate – Brain Training

Some people might think of playing games as a waste of time, but these games are the opposite of that. Elevate is the brain training app that helps you invest in improving your cognitive skills by playing fun games.

Selected as Apple’s App of the Year in 2014, Elevate helps you improve your memory, comprehension, focus, math skills, and more with over 40 fun games. As you go along, the app suggests different games based on areas that you can improve upon, so you’re always being faced with a new challenge.

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Saving Money

Digit: Smart Money Sidekick

Saving money is something everyone wishes they could do, but few of us ever really nail it. From monthly payments like rent and utilities, to unexpected expenses like a parking ticket or replacing a flat tire, it can be difficult to set money aside, even if your aim is just to reduce unnecessary spending.

With Digit, you can now save money without even thinking about it because the app assesses your income and spending habits and puts excess money into a savings account when you can afford it. You can withdraw the money when you need it or let your savings pile up, and you’ll also be rewarded with a savings bonus every three months just for using the app.

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Mint

Speaking of all your monthly expenses, are you actually completely aware of yours? Bigger amounts like rent are a given, but charges for a monthly subscription service you’ve forgotten about can definitely come as an unwelcome surprise.

Mint is the app that makes you the master of your finances by keeping track of what you earn and spend. It’ll tell you what amounts are due and when so you’ll never be blindsided by a recurring charge. You can even pay your bills through the app, too.

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Ibotta

If you’re like us, you check for a coupon before you buy anything online, whether you need to stick to a budget at the moment or not. Though you can definitely get coupons for traditional stores, they definitely don’t come with the convenience that online coupon codes do, and both cutting them and keeping them organized can be a pain.

Whether you’re shopping online or in a store, Ibotta allows you to keep track of cash back rewards for different items and apply them to your purchase when you’re ready to check out. Though earning money is obviously the biggest perk, one of the app’s best features is that it can help you find deals at most major stores, including Target, Whole Foods, Best Buy, and more, all without downloading multiple apps.

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Eating Healthy

Oh She Glows

Is eating less meat or completely eliminating it from your diet a big part of your resolutions for the new year? Get your plant-based glow on with the Oh She Glows app from blogger and New York Times bestselling author Angela Liddon.

The app is packed with tons of plant-based and gluten-free recipes that’ll please anyone following any diet. The recipes also feature beautiful photographs of each dish, and the app can be searched based on your personal dietary needs or just the ingredient or recipe title.

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Mealplan by Michelle Lewin

When it comes to losing weight, meal planning will often play a big part in your success. Though it can take time to prep and cook a batch of meals for the week ahead, the Mealplan app from fitness guru Michelle Lewin can help make it easier.

This app does more than help you meal plan, though. In addition to providing you with plenty of healthy recipes that are a cinch to prepare, it also helps you keep track of your daily food intake so eating healthier becomes easier than ever.

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MealBoard

Whether you just want to cook more to save money or you want to eat better to become more fit and healthy, grocery shopping will become a vital part of your routine. Not only that, but having plenty of good recipes on hand will help to keep you on track and prevent you from ordering out.

The MealBoard app allows you to organize all of the recipes you plan to make in one place, and you can even pull them into the app from different websites. You can also create meal plans based on the recipes you’ve pulled and generate grocery lists from those recipes to make your shopping trips and prep work a breeze.

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