A new year signifies a new beginning. It’s like a sign that you can start something new with a clean slate. This is the time when most people come up with their new year’s resolutions and vow to keep them until the end of the year. Whether it is to go to the gym every day or eat better, keeping these resolutions is a big deal, which is why I’ve selected the top twenty apps for the iPhone to keep you going with your resolutions all year long.
Quite a few resolutions include getting healthy, eating better, and working out more. These apps are all about helping you with all three of those.
RunKeeper – Free!
Getting out there and putting a few miles under your shoes is a great way to get healthy and burn some calories. RunKeeper is great at not only logging your miles, but also showing you the map of where you ran/walked/biked/unicycled. Even better, it also syncs to the web and has training programs created by professionals to help you run your first 5K up to shaving some time off your best marathon ever.
Zombies, Run! – Free!
If running just to be healthy isn’t enough motivation, how about running for your life? Zombies, Run! is an app that immerses you into a world taken over by zombies in which you’re a runner. Runners in this world go for supplies and send messages instead of running around the block. Sprint to escape hordes of zombies and use rewards from each run to build up your town.
Zombies, Run! is easily the most fun and immersive way to get into running, and with in-app purchases, the missions never get old. This is a must-have for anyone starting to run and want something a little more exciting.
Home Workout – No Equipment – Free!
If running isn’t your thing, maybe you can opt to work out at home instead. As a beginner, you probably won’t have any equipment at all to help you with your workout. And honestly, you don’t really need them at first. Home Workout provides workout routines that target all your main muscle groups. It allows you to get in some exercise right at the comfort of your home without the added expense of buying new equipment.
Buddhify – $4.99
With all the stress after the holidays and the winter blues kicking in, sometimes a little relaxation and meditation is just what you need. Buddhify provides mindfulness-based meditation for just about any occasion. From eating, to feeling stressed, to just taking a break from work, you get a range of guided meditations to help calm you and keep you centered.
Down Dog – Free!
Another fitness activity to keep you centered and well-balanced is yoga. A lot of people find this workout calming but also still challenging. It might look easy at first glance, but don’t be fooled by the calm faces of these yogis. These poses pack a punch when done for a certain period of time. Down Dog offers different types of yoga practices and you get to choose which muscle group you want to focus on every session.
Lose It! – Free
Need to drop a few pounds after the holidays and don’t know where to start? Lose It! is a free app that has the ability to track all your food as well as exercise. It’s a calorie-counter to make sure that you consume just your desired amount of calories every day. Lose It! even connects to most fitness apps to automatically import your stats. Scan barcodes and input custom recipes to customize the app just how you like it.
Fooducate – Free!
Part of keeping a healthy mind and body is to consume healthy food. Fooducate helps people become informed about what types of food they’re eating and which ones will help them lose weight. There’s also a feature where you can track your calories and your macros to make sure you’re on top of what you’re eating every day. Plus, you also get motivation from the supportive community within Fooducate.
Green Kitchen – $3.99
Beautiful photos and an awesome interface give Green Kitchen a look and feel that is truly outstanding. Help yourself eat better by making your own food with organic and vegetarian meals. A vegetarian lifestyle helps not only your health, but the environment, too. So, why not make this the year you go green and vegetarian with this app to help?
Get Rid of Bad Habits
Quitter – Free!
Have a bad habit like smoking or eating a box of Twinkies in a sitting that you need to quit? The app Quitter can help motivate you to get you there. You just enter what it is you’re quitting and how much that thing costs, and let the app run. It will show you how long since you last did the bad habit and even show you how much money you’ve saved!
Way of Life – Free!
Track, identify, and change your habits all with Way of Life. Use the charts to really see how often you do both good and bad habits, and use that to keep you on the right path.
Good Habits – Free!
New year’s resolutions are usually composed of good habits that you want to start getting into. Good Habits will help you keep your new year’s resolutions by motivating you every day. As long as you keep at it, no matter how little action you do sometimes, Good Habits will be there to make sure you don’t break the chain.
Habit – Free!
Another great app that’ll help you build and maintain good habits is Habit. Its purpose is to help you reach your goal and it fulfills this purpose by reminding you what you need to do when it’s time to do it. The rest is up to you.
Some people have a resolution to organize their life better than ever before. With the help of a few apps, you can organize your tasks, email, and just about everything else in your life.
Remember The Milk – Free!
Remember the Milk is possibly the best to-do app available. With Remember the Milk, you can use tags, lists, and locations to get things done smoother and more reliably than the stock iOS to-do app ever could.
Use the email, text, and push notifications to be updated when tasks are due, and, with the shorthand system for entering tasks, getting the exact information on a task is fast and simple.
Productive – Free!
Set personal goals and let Productive help you reach them. With this app, you can track your progress and make sure that you push through the year of building good habits.
Evernote – Free!
If there was one app that can keep you organized more than all the others combined, that would be Evernote. What seems like a simple note-taking application, Evernote is the locker for all your digital information. Keep anything you ever want to find again in Evernote and use its simple, intuitive search feature to find it again.
Have receipts or notes you’d like to save and even search later? Evernote will turn your physical notes and documents into digital archives and even recognize the text so you can search the contents! Buy one of the Evernote Moleskine notebooks and digitize all your physical notes with ease.
Sofa: Downtime Organizer – Free!
During your downtime every so often, you can use Sofa to help you organize your collection of things. Be it apps, books, movies, music albums, or video games, Sofa can help you create lists and organize them based on your preference.
Cozi Family Organizer – Free!
Making new year’s resolutions isn’t all about yourself. Sometimes, your family is included in it, too. The Cozi Family Organizer app helps families get organized together. It’s a simple way to manage your tasks as a family. You can have shared calendars and reminders so you know one another’s schedules.
Take Control of Your Money
Getting a handle on finances is one of the most common resolutions, only second to health-related ones, so why not get an app or two to help you stick to yours?
Mint – Free!
Track, budget, and manage your money the smart way using Mint. Backed by Intuit, this app helps you see where your money is going by not just having you enter information, but by actually linking to your accounts.
Use the graphs generated by the app to get a real idea of your money situation and make it better for good.
Debt Free – $0.99
Getting out of debt is more than a good resolution to have, it’s a real need. No matter the time of year, getting out of debt should be a goal everyone has, and Debt Free can help.
Record debts, payments, and your overall financial situation in this app and use the graphs and charts to get a visual idea of where you stand financially. If your goal is to get out of debt, this app will help.
Spending Tracker – Free!
If you think Mint is too complicated for an expense tracker because of the numerous features, another app you can go for is Spending Tracker. It’s one of the most user-friendly apps in the App Store. The user interface is easy to understand and navigate so you’ll find it easier to track your expenses using this app.
Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions is something few people do, but if you stick with them, you can turn a resolution into a habit. Take the time now to get all the help and support you can and make 2022 the year that you stick to your resolutions and by this time next year, you’ll be calling them habits.
First published in 2014; updated January 2022