Happy 2015! With the onset of the New Year, comes a list of resolutions that will usher in the lifestyle changes that you want the year ahead to bring.
While making resolutions is the easy bit, sticking to them for an entire year is where most people fail. However, to aid you in following your New Year's resolution, we have some handy app suggestions that will assist you in keeping to that weight loss program, learning a new language or even budgeting better!
Here are our top 5 apps that will help you keep your New Year's resolution ideas.
If you're unsure of what to pick as your resolution for 2015 then Coach.me (previously called Lift) is the perfect app for you. As the name of the app suggests, this is your one-stop guide or coach that will aid you in sticking to your goals.
The app has a menu full of self-improvement goals - go ahead and cherry pick from the same. Once done with choosing your goal, just turn on the coaching feature on the app. The app will not only motivate you, but also offer advice and prompt you into action. How? Through one-on-one interactions with over 700 expert coaches who are affiliated with the program.
What's great about Coach.me is that it will break your goal down into tiny steps to make it achievable.
2. Mint Bills & Money
If you're one of those people who wonder where their hard-earned lettuce is going every month then its time you embraced the Mint Bills & Money app. If improved budgeting is your resolution for 2015, then this app will help you in managing your money better.
This free app ensures that you never miss a bill payment. It also monitors your credit cards and bank accounts to ensure there is no overdraft and you know how much you have available for spending.
Knowing where your money is going each month can be an eye-opening experience, but a necessary one for making better budget decisions. If the funds are running low, the app alerts you as well!
In this fast-paced world, we hardly get time for ourselves and are invariably running around and stressed out. What you need to get your head (and mental health) sorted is the Headspace app, which will let you breathe easy - literally!
Headspace is an application that provides 10-minute meditation sessions, which are basically "simple mindfulness techniques." While non-meditators may be smirking, the app is growing in popularity and generates close to $1 million per month!
The app offers the initial lessons for free and then becomes payable.
4. Calorie Counter - MyFitness Pal
Trying to knock off the extra pounds gained during the holiday season (and before) with no luck? Contemplating a gym membership, but too lazy to take the plunge? If you answered yes to these but still want to lose extra flab, then the Calorie Counter app from MyFitness Pal could well be the answer to your weight loss prayers.
The app has an extensive database of foods and the calories they contain, making calorie counting easy. The app even has a barcode scanner so users can check out the calories in the food they are preparing. It also has a recipe calculator that adds the nutritional content of your meal for you. Moreover, the app also has a goal tracker, a database with exercises to help you knock off the extra pounds and reports on how you are faring.
Want to acquire new language skills in 2015? To help with this resolution we have just the app for you - Duolingo. This app provides lessons in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish and Dutch.
Lauded as "Far and away the best free language-learning app" by The Wall Street Journal, Duolingo is a great app for picking up a new language.