Apps for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do the New Year’s resolutions you make really reflect your personal goals? Or are you just making the same resolutions as every other 47-year-old college grad in your tax bracket?

A study by the Barna Group says that certain demographics are more likely to make certain resolutions. Here were the most common resolutions people made for 2011 and the types of people who tended to make them:

  Lose weight/Get fit

30%

   women, baby boomers, earners over $75K

  Pay off debt/Earn more

15%

   divorced adults, Gen X, Gen Y, earners under $20K

  Improve relationships

13%

   college grads, earners over $75K

  Overcome addiction

12%

   men, singles, Gen Y

  Meet career goals

5%

   singles, Gen Y, Midwest residents, earners under $20K

  Enhance spirituality

5%

   divorced adults

  Further education

4%

   singles, Gen Y, Northeast residents

(Source: Barna Group Omni Poll 2011)

So are you making the same resolutions as others like you? If you are, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is making resolutions you can stick to.

The study also found that 61 percent of Americans have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. Of those, about one in four say they experienced significant, long-term change as a result. But half saw no change at all.

To give yours staying power over the long haul, be specific, write them down and try to build in a way to measure progress—with weekly check-ins, time requirements, etc. By February, you could be feeling results instead of regrets.

Lose the Spare Tire

Resolve to be healthier with these fitness apps.

⇒ Editor’s Pick

SUCCESS Managing Editor Amy Anderson uses MyFitnessPal to log her workouts, monitor calories and track wellness goals. “My favorite part of the app is the endless database of nutrition info that includes everything from restaurant faves to my morning cereal,” she says. “I can see my total calories for the day, plus find out if I’ve gotten enough calcium or protein in my diet.” Free for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile.

SportyPal—No matter how you’re exercising, this app will measure your distance, speed and calories burned, then sync your data with your profile and display your stats. Plus, hikers and bikers can create outdoor topographical maps. Free for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Mobile.

iFitness—Scan through the illustrated catalog of over 300 exercises from ab crunches to the Arnold press. Watch how-to videos and create a custom workout, or use one of 20 designed by fitness experts. $1.99 for iOS.

Save Some Spare Change

Leave the clipping at the craft table with mobile coupon apps.

Editor’s Pick

SUCCESS Managing Web Editor Shelby Skrhak uses Shopkick to download mobile coupons for stores like Best Buy, Target and American Eagle Outfitters. “I collect points for checking into stores, scanning products and inviting friends to join,” she says. “The points are redeemable for gift cards.” Free for Android, iOS.

Cellfire—No need for an accordion file of paper scraps with this app that downloads grocery coupons direct to your mobile device or to your grocery member card. Simply swipe your card at checkout to apply discounts. Free for Android, iOS.

CouponSherpa—From grocery coupons to discounts at big-box stores, this mobile version of a tried and true source for printable coupons will help you climb to the summit of savings! Free for Android, iOS.

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