10 apps for a healthier new year

A new year brings with it new plans and aims for the next 12 months. You might be considering improving your fitness levels, or you might simply want your life to be a little more organized than last year. Whatever your plan, as the adage goes, "there’s an app for that".

Here are 10 apps that will help you develop healthier habits and ways of living.

1. Wunderlist (Free)
Wunderlist is a to-do list app that’s never going to leave you out in the cold. It’ll conveniently organize all your tasks you need to complete; whether it’s part of a major work project, or simply your grocery list. You can share lists with loved ones to be extra organized, plus it’ll sync up with the desktop app of the same name.

2. Evernote (Free)
Got a restless brain? One that comes up with random ideas at inconvenient times? Evernote gives you a place to store all those ideas quickly, enabling you to write things down or snap a relevant photo to jog your memory. Syncing up with mostly everything possible, think of it as like a digital notebook for your many thoughts

3. Day One Journal ($4.99)

Want to start a journal this year? Day One Journal is a great place to store everything from quick reminders of how the day went to huge tales of amazing days. You can add photos to your entry, tag days with locations and search features, as well as choose to export to PDF for future reference.

4. Couch to 5K ($2.99)
Ever wanted to be able to run a 5k race? Maybe 2017 is your year to do that. Couch to 5K gives you a simple plan to get you from a standing start to running the whole 5K. Three times a week in 20 to 30 minute segments is all that’s needed, with this app giving you encouragement every step of the way.

5. CARROT Fit ($3.99)
Personal trainers are great but expensive. CARROT Fit is kind of like a personal trainer, only more aggressive. Through a mixture of inspiring, threatening and even humiliating methods, this app-based AI encourages you to do more through a 7 minutes in hell workout scheme. It’s both funny and grueling.

6. Cook & Cure (Free)
A healthier lifestyle is always a sensible thing to aim for. Cook & Cure is an app that packs in recipes, lifestyle practices, information on foods and herbs, as well as details on yoga and how to meditate effectively. See it as an all-in-one solution for a potentially healthier 2017.

7. Collect ($1.99)
Aiming to track your year via a photo journal? Collect is a great way to keep on top of things. You can use it to slot in one photo to represent each day, allowing you to date and caption them however you want. At the end of the year, it’s a perfect way at looking back at what you got up to.

8. Headspace (Free)
Increasing your self-awareness is a valuable way to reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Headspace offers you guided meditations that are suitable for all levels. The hope is they’ll improve your ability to focus, and calm your restless brain. Like the rest of your body, your mind needs plenty of maintenance and care. Headspace hopes to be the solution.

9. Duolingo (Free)
It’s the perfect time to learn a new language. Maybe ahead of your summer vacation, or simply because you’ve always wanted to learn one. Whatever the reason, Duolingo is a great starting point. Providing you with simple daily lessons, it eases you in slowly, and in a fun way. There are plenty of different languages to learn through it too.

10. Meetup (Free)
Want to meet new people? Or simply do something different with your free time? Meetup enables you to do both, being a portal to bringing together people to complete various activities. Whether you want to become part of a hiking group, or simply a support network, there’s something for everyone in Meetup. It’s ideal if you’re relatively new to a city.

About the Author...
Kristi Larson