It’s a tale as old as time. Every year, we make our New Year’s resolutions, throw ourselves into them for a few weeks, and eventually they fall by the wayside and we return to our normal routines (and bad habits). Speaking as someone who has neither seen the inside of a gym nor even bothered to make New Year’s resolutions in years, I more than understand. We want this year to be different, it is a new decade after all! This time around, put less pressure on yourself and let your phone do some of the work. A little push in the right direction and ongoing support from someone (or something) that isn’t yourself.
Eating Better: Fooducate
Fooducate is an app geared towards tracking your nutrition and health, not just counting calories. Similar to Think Dirty, they use a grading system from A to F to score foods based on how nutritious or processed they are. You just scan the barcode or use the search bar, and Fooducate will do the rest of the work. This can help you be more aware of the foods you’re consuming, and make better decisions. We love that this app places focus on the quality of calories you are consuming, not simply a number. The app HealthyOut can also help you find healthy options when you’re getting takeout or going out to eat!
Getting More Exercise: NEOU
Don’t even bother with the gym membership this time around. If you struggle to make time for working out, give NEOU’s system a try. By allowing you to download workout videos there are no limitations on where or when you can work in a little exercise! The app has hundreds of workout instruction videos from some of the top fitness gurus. You can choose by length, so even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes free a day you can still squeeze something in and get your heart rate up.
Saving Money: Cleo
Even if it’s hard to do at the moment, future you will always be thankful for you holding off on those spontaneous purchases. Cleo uses AI (so futuristic) to analyze your spending. You can even chat directly with Cleo and ask if you can afford that extra night of eating out or hitting up another holiday sale. She will let you know how you’re spending has been going and make recommendations. She will also come up with a custom, personalized budget for you to maximize your savings!
Detoxifying Your Life/Routine: Think Dirty
There’s also always our app! You can use our app to find out what kind of ingredients are in your skincare, makeup, body, and household products. We rate the products and ingredients on a 1–10 scale and tell you if these ingredients have any potential ill health effects. It is definitely time to make the switch to safer products that can help you look flawless all decade long!
Reducing Screen Time: Moment
If you’re embarrassed every week when you see your screen time report pop up on your phone (I can relate), this might be the resolution for you. Moment trains you to break your screen time habits and pick up your phone less throughout the day. It also will give you notifications during the day to let you know how much you’ve been using your phone. The “Moment Coach” provides you with daily exercises aimed to retrain the way you use your phone.
Sticking to resolutions can feel almost impossible sometimes, so don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself falling into old habits. We hope these suggestions have given you an idea of the possibilities out there that can help you be a better version of yourself in 2020. We hope you have a happy and safe New Year!
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