Although any time of the year is a good time to set a goal, most people use the New Year to turn over a new leaf. With the IoT (Internet 0f Things), you can find an app to track almost anything. That includes your New Year, or new any day, resolutions! We asked a few people what they use to track their goals and came up with a shortlist to help you stay focused on your goal…
Resolution: Push Your Fitness Further
Whether your goal is to get in to a regular fitness routine, lose weight, or cycle a century by summer, there are many options for fitness apps. Some use specific apps for running, cycling, swimming, yoga, weightlifting, and other activities.
Most Well-Rounded Fitness App: Strava
Several team members use Strava and for different reasons. Some of us are more competitive athletes, while others use it as a social fitness community or both!
Seth uses Strava to track his rides – indoor and outdoor. Some of Seth’s favorite features include monitoring heart rate, elevation tracker, and KOMs (“king of the mountain”).
“Strava was born by cyclists to leverage the social media power of the internet for their often-solitary sport. Once GPS tracking of outdoor activities took off Strava became, arguably, the social media powerhouse for cycling, allowing riders from all over the world to compare themselves against each other. It’s in our nature to want to know how we measure up to others around us and Strava does an excellent job with that. By measuring ourselves against the efforts of others it allows cyclists to see what is physically possible and push themselves that much harder to explore new limits!”
Michelle uses Strava to help track her running, including training for her races. After using several different running apps, including Nike Running and MapMyRun, she has settled in to Strava. She likes this app for the very precise GPS for accurate mileage tracking, easy-to-use interface, and tracking metrics to help push herself further.
Whether it is to turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth, ditching plastic and Ziploc bags, or setting up a compost, living green is a great, selfless resolution to set.
Most Eco-Friendly App: iRecycle
With iRecycle, you can search on how and where to recycle over 350 materials. Whether it’s plastics or electronics, paint and hazardous, automotive or construction materials, there are over 1,600,000 ways to recycle. If you have old computers, cell phones, and other gadgets, it will show you the closest recycling centers.
Resolution: Save More Money
Some people are really good with money and have the discipline to save it as well. Others do not. When I started searching for the perfect app to help those of the latter, one app immediately spoke to me.
With multiple ways to save money, Qapital allows the “saver” to take advantage of stashing money away without changing any of their habits. By downloading the app, you link it to your checking account. It creates a savings account that can be withdrawn from at any time, without any fees. You simply choose the rules, such as:
The Round-Up Rule: Every time you use your debit card, the change up to the first, second dollar will go in to the savings account. For example, you buy something for $1.75, and $0.25 or $1.25 will go in to your savings account.
The 52-week Rule: Every week, Qapital will take money. The first week, $1 will be saved; the second week, $2 will be saved; week 16, $16 will be saved. It doesn’t sound like a lot but after an entire year, you will have saved $1,378.
Activity Rules: Link it to your activity tracker (i.e. FitBit or Apple HealthKit) and every time you hit a fitness goal, a certain $ amount will be saved. Every time you add a song to a playlist on Spotify, set Qapital to stash money away. Set up a rule to save $1 every time you post to Instagram or Twitter.
That’s just the beginning. Another great thing about Qapital is you need not worry about over-withdrawal. Qapital will not take money out of your account if it’s lower than $100. Happy Saving!
Resolution: Support Local Nonprofits
There are so many wonderful nonprofit organizations out there doing wonderful work. It may not be financially possible to donate to them all, or even a few. That’s why we like the idea of finding more creative ways to contribute to the causes you care about.
With Charity Miles, your GPS can track your mileage – walking, running, or cycling. You choose from over 30 nonprofits before tracking your miles. Charity Miles has partnerships with large companies, such as Timex, Humana, Lifeway Foods and more, that contribute 10 cents per mile biked and 25 cents per mile walked/ran to the organization you chose. As if you needed another reason to stay healthy?!
Yes, there are even apps to monitor your water intake. How much water should you be drinking daily?
Best App: 1 Gallon a Day
It’s a very simple app to use. You select your goal, although 1 gallon is the new 8 glasses. Then you choose the size of your *reusable* water bottle. Your notification settings allow you to be reminded to drink up. Water, that is. When you’ve hit your goal, a second line will come marching towards you wherever you are. Just kidding, but you do get digital confetti!
Resolution: Improve Your Sleep
If insomnia has taken over through the holiday season or before, maybe you have decided that 2018 will be your year of better sleep. There are a lot of apps, like Calm and Headspace, for meditation to help you get to sleep. The other part of sleep is staying asleep.
Best App: Sleeptracker
When it comes to tracking and monitoring your sleep, Sleeptracker® has the best features and statistics. With the Beautyrest® Sleeptracker® Monitor you can see your sleep patterns without having to wear anything. After monitoring REM sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, awake time, respiration and heart rates, how long it takes you to fall asleep, and more, a sleep coach provides tips on how to improve your sleep. You can turn on white noise that turns off automatically when you fall asleep. With the Sleep Cycle Alarm, you wake up during your “optimal time” to feel the most refreshed.
Other Great Apps for Your New Year’s Resolution Support
BPMonitor let’s you keep track of your blood pressure.
Find a fitness class with MindBody. There are classes for multiple fitness centers in your neighborhood. You can type things in like “community yoga” and it will tell you which places near you are offering reduced priced classes.
What apps are you using to help you accomplish your 2018 goals? Let us know by emailing Michelle@howardtechadvisors.com.
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