Last week we discussed the healthiest New Year’s Resolutions, however, given the fact that 80% of those who made resolutions will have failed by January 19th, this week I will recommend the use of technology to improve the odds…there is an App for that!
While some apps can be a waste of time, when you find the right app for you most polls show that it can be extremely helpful. They can be used for learning, socializing, calculating, writing, graphing, news, weather, music, school, money AND HELPING YOU KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!
According to “Per Statista,” the most common resolutions are as follows: save money (59%), exercise more (50%), more time with family and friends (40%), lose weight (35%), spend less money (26%), less time on social media (19%), and less job stress.
Goodbudget, YNAB (You Need A Budget), PocketGuard, and Quapital are some of the better budget Apps. Some of these Apps are free, while others require a nominal fee. In addition to tracking spending and saving, most allow you to set you own parameters and goals. Some helpful features are: moving money from checking into savings every time you buy a coffee.
In addition to wrist trackers like Fitbit and Smart Watches, there are exercise equipment options with programs and tracking like Peleton, Norditrack and exercise mirrors like Tonal. However, there are also specific Apps that help you set goals and see your progress. Some of these include: Fitness22, FitNotes, MyFitbnessPal and Strong. Some of these allow you to input your exercises and create graphs showing progress in body weight, fat percentage and more. These Apps are especially useful for those who dislike going to the gym.
While distance-base technology such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom worked well to keep connected during the pandemic and after, there are other Apps that offer more personal ways. Cozi is one of the best as it offers a simple organizer that displays the schedule of the entire family to assist you in planning a get together. Cozi is a great option as a simple organizer that offers a clear visual representation of the entire family’s schedule. It not only shows when people are free but also tracks the amount of time you spend (or don’t spend) with these special people.
There are so many weight loss apps available that it is easy to get confused or overwhelmed. Some of the most popular with the best reviews are: Noom, Reverse Health, Perfect Body, WeightWatchers and MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal has the added benefit of tracking exercise and activity with a calorie expenditure report. Simply set a goal, enter food intake and exercise/activity output and the app calculates the rest. A bar-code scanner makes it even easier!
Keeping a better eye on finances and expenses is a common resolution, especially as the holiday bills come in. Stax Bill, NetSuite, Paystand and Rocket Money are highly rated. These apps help you budget, save, provide an income analysis and credit scores, and disclose recurring fees.
Reducing stress is another common resolution and learning stress management techniques and incorporating them into our daily lives is vital. Some of the highly rated apps are: Personal Zen, Sanvello, The Mindfulness App, Headspace and Moodfit. These apps not only give you the tools for managing stress but also provide insights into your mood patterns and stressors. In addition to a “blue mood” you can also track gratitude and other feelings. Also, nutrition, sleep, and medications, which can affect your mood, can also be tracked. Once a pattern is established, tools can be applied to reduce and manage stress.
While at first glance it may seem odd that one might use an app to stop using another app but…don’t rule it out! OneSec is an app that creates a 10 second delay after you open an app to allow you time to pause and take a deep breath before you indulge. It will also tell you how many times you have opened the app in the last 24 hours…you might be shocked!
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Paul J. Mackarey PT, DHSc, OCS is a Doctor in Health Sciences specializing in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Mackarey is in private practice in Scranton and Clarks Summit and is an associate professor of clinical medicine at GCSOM. For all of Dr. Mackarey's articles, visit our exercise forum!