Sticking with New Year’s Resolutions: There’s An App For That

This time of year your resolve to read more, workout, or eat better may be starting to wane. But fear not, for any resolution, now there is an app to keep you on track, even if you’ve promised to give up looking at your smartphone so often. These are our top picks for fun apps that will help you achieve your goals this year.

Want to read more? Scribd is the most economical way to ensure you read at least three new titles a month. Your first month subscription with Scribd is free and $8 dollars a month thereafter. You’ll be able to read at least three books a month as well as limitless articles and stories. While this app may not have the new release options that the Kindle or Nook store provides, you’ll find some classics and must reads available whenever you pull out your phone.

Trying to stay more informed? There are a plethora of news apps, and in the age of “fake news” it can be difficult to choose the right one. News360 has gained a lot of attention not only for rich content, but for it’s easy-to-use browsing functions and it’s compatibility with iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android. Google News and Weather also pulls top trending stories from across news sources based on your searches. Answer a couple of questions about your interests if you choose, and Google will pull stories you may like all into one place throughout the day.

Want to work out more often? An abundance of apps track workouts, heartbeats, and steps taken throughout the day, but Zombies, Run! actually makes working out fun. Download this app for free and start running to escape the advancing zombie horde. While you’re running (or jogging) for your life, the app will track your distance and speed as traditional apps do, while providing an upbeat soundtrack. Unlocking all the features of Zombies, Run! will cost you $3.

Kicking the phone checking habit? If your goal is to stop checking your phone constantly, the app store could have your answer. With the Forest app, you can set a timer for how long you’d like to resist checking your notifications. The app will plant a seed that will grow into a cute tree graphic if you finish the timer properly. The more you do this, the more credits you earn to plant funny, new trees. Should you cave and check another app, your tree will wither and die. At a flat $2, it is an effective way to unplug for a while.

Want to quit smoking? Yes, there’s even an app for that. Enter all your information into Quit Pro, including hunger, stress, or locations that trigger your smoking craving, and watch as it tracks your progress. The app will calculate how much money you’ve saved and how many days, months, or years you’ve added to your life—offering stunning visual motivation for those who’ve had a hard time quitting.

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