Wednesday, Jan 01 2014 06:00 AM

Tech Wire: Apps for your New Year's resolutions

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Matthew Sgherzi

The New Year is almost upon us! While many may be making resolutions to stay in shape, get more sleep or spend less money, most resolutions don't last all that long. This isn't intended as discouraging, but just as a statistic. Statistics show that, at the absolute longest, New Year resolutions don't last any longer than eight weeks, which is pushing it. People often don't follow their resolutions past the first 10 days, in most cases.

However, with new technology there is ever changing and adapting software and hardware. If you have a smartphone or tablet, and chances are you do, then you have a ton of resources at your disposal to aid you in your New Year resolution. Many of these apps also have websites that you can use, as well.

If you're looking to eat better and exercise more, then statistics show that those who keep a daily log lose 30 percent more weight than those who don't. The app "MyFitnessPal" is growing rapidly with popularity. MyFitnessPal has been around for a few years now, and even has a website that follows the app. You can track everything you eat, how much sleep you get as well as your exercise. You can track everything down to the exact calorie or gram of protein. It is completely free and is available in the iOS App Store along with the Google Play store, as well.

"Snapguide" is a wonderful app with helping you to learn a new craft. If you're looking to take up a new skill or just learn something different, then Snapguide is the app for you! Users create guides on how to do different jobs and they share them with a large community of users. You too can post a guide after you become proficient in your new skill!

"My Last Cigarette" is a fantastic app that helps you stay motivated if your goal is to quit smoking. The app helps users track how their health is improving. You will be able to track indicators that display how your lifespan is increasing, how much money you're saving, how your circulatory system and lung functions are improving and more.

If you're looking to spend more time with your family, then the app "Path" is for you. What makes Path different than other social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter are several things: You can only follow 50 users at a time, so it isn't as crowded as Facebook is. Path offers interesting features like the ability to tell followers when you're waking up or going to sleep. You can also let your followers in on what movies you're watching, music you're listening to, and which restaurants you love. Its interface is award winning and super easy to use, as well.

So there you have it. Four different apps that will for sure get you started on not only setting but staying on track with your New Year resolutions. They will help you stay determined, motivated and accountable as you reach your goals.

MATTHEW SGHERZI lives in Tehachapi where he has operated an IT business since 2007 (tehachapicomputers.com).


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