Don't Give Up: Four Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution

>> Thursday, March 1, 2012

Like many Americans, I find it hard to stick to New Year’s resolutions.  This year, I resolved to do things to improve my overall wellness.  This means exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and maintaining financial wellness.  After struggling to keep my resolution for a month and a half, I decided to pull out the big gun… my iPhone.  Here are four mobile apps that help me keep my 2012 resolution: 

BitGym is a mobile app that turns monotonous cardio machine exercise into a fun videogame.  The app uses the iPhone and iPad’s forward-facing camera and accelerometer to power and control a bike down an European bike trail or a gondola through a Venetian canal.

Sleep is critical to your physical and emotional health.  The Go To Sleep! mobile app helps users monitor sleeping patterns and learn how to optimize their sleep by improving their personal “Sleep Score.”

Morsel is a mobile app that makes wellness resolutions a bit less daunting by offering easy-to-achieve micro wellness challenges that add up to a healthier lifestyle.

Mint is a mobile and web app that aggregates financial accounts online and helps users manage their personal finances.  This makes it easy to set and monitor budgets and achieve savings goals. 

Behavior change through technology is an increasingly hot topic in the health and wellness tech circles.  With raising health costs, corporations are resorting to innovative wellness programs like Keas, to keep employees healthy and costs low.  For these corporations, this isn’t just about keeping a resolution- it is about finding a business solution.  I suspect brands will start taking advantage of these new technologies.  First we will see hyper-relevant ads such as a sleeping aid advertisements that pop up whenever the Sleep Now! user routinely doesn’t get a quality night’s sleep.  Eventually, we will see more brands and agencies partnering together to build their own technology that is relevant, valuable and changes buying behavior.  In other words, who knows what technology we will be using in 2013 to help us stick to our resolutions!

Have you used any apps to help you keep your 2012 resolution?  Have you used any of the above apps in the past?  What was your experience?

Stay well,

Ryan Drumwright
Jr. Planner