Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:00 AM
 
Resolutions! They're so easy to make and so darn hard to keep. But this year, if you've got a smartphone and a dedicated attitude, there's an app to keep you on track.

Physical (and mental) improvement

Not surprisingly, losing weight is the number one resolution that people make. So, of course there are a ton of great apps to help you achieve your fitness goals. And it turns out, many of them are also linked to your mental wellbeing.

Goalvator

PRICE: FREe
Device: Iphone

Goalvator

Eat this, not that!

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE or Android

Eat this, not that!

Goalvator is a clever app that helps you make the connection between what you eat and how you feel. You simply take pictures of everything you consume and then select how you feel throughout the day. It takes the concept of a food diary to a whole new level.

Eat this, not that! The game may, in fact, be a game you can play on your iPhone, but it's also a teaching tool. You compete in a series of fast food face-offs, where you must correctly guess which meal has more calories. In the process, you'll learn valuable information about what food to order and what to steer clear of next time you are forced to grab lunch in a drive-thru.

Fig

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE OR ANDROID

Fig

Fit Radio

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE OR ANDROID

Fit radio

Fig is an app that goes beyond traditional diet and exercise, encouraging you to strengthen, not just your physical but also your emotional and relational wellbeing. It helps you create your own personalized plan from a menu of simple activities: Do you want to run a 5k? Drink more water? Get to bed by 10 p.m. every night? You can track your progress and even invite friends to help cheer you on. Best part? You'll receive a daily email congratulating you on your success. We all need our egos stroked!

Fit Radio is an app that streams DJ-engineered tunes designed to pump you up while you get pumped up! You can hear tunes from Top 40 to hip hop to indie — and also don't have to deal with commercial interruptions! We hear that!

Put some extra cash in your wallet

Statistics show that saving more and spending less money is one of the top five resolutions that a person will make. But while foregoing that latte on Jan. 1 might be easy, come Jan. 31, it can become increasingly more difficult to resist.

Mint

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE

mint.com personal finance

GasBuddy

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE, Android or Blackberry

GasBuddy

Mint, a personal finance app, has received a ton of awards for being one of the best free ways to manage your money. It allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. You can also get reminders when bills are due and alerts when you've spent certain amounts. This app is also password protected!

GasBuddy is an app that will help you find the cheapest gas around you. Who doesn't want a buddy like this?

The Coupon Sherpa

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE

coupon sherpa



The Coupon Sherpa app is perfect for you if you've always been resistant to the idea of clipping coupons. With this app, you have access to hundreds of mobile coupons to a wide range of popular stores. This one is a no-brainer. The work has been done for you.

Be, and stay, charitable

Many people mean well when they resolve to give more to others in the New Year. But life often gets busy and come February, even that short drive to the Goodwill can quickly get put on the back burner.

BoomBoom!

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE

BoomBoom!

Instead

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE

instead

The concept of the BoomBoom! app is whenever you witness something cool or are the recipient of someone else’s kindness, you snap a picture, tell the story of what happened and upload it to the Everyday Boom Boom! stream.

Instead is an app that challenges you to donate money to charity instead of eating out, buying that dress or any other splurge you planned for yourself. It's a great and easy way to give back. And, really, how much are you going to miss that steak dinner?

Catalista

PRICE: FREE
DEVICE: IPHONE

Catalista




Want to do more volunteer work this year? The Catalista: Volunteer Locally! app can help with that. It helps you get connected with volunteer opportunities in your area. You can also use Facebook to invite friends to charity events and track your volunteer hours.

More tips for self-improvement

Learning to stay grateful after the holidays
Are you a yes mom? Just say no
Give yourself a time-out

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