Last updated: January 22. 2014 11:24AM - 805 Views
Devon Hailey Guest columnist



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Many of us will begin setting our New Year’s resolutions in hopes of improving our health, minds or relationships in 2014. Today’s smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone® 5c and 5s, offer apps that can help keep you on track and ensure you stick to your resolutions throughout the year. In fact, Prosper Mobile Insights found that more than one in four U.S. smartphone or tablet owners planned to use their smart mobile device to help them keep on track with their resolutions.


Mobile devices have become a vital part of our daily routine. Apps can help simplify and enhance our lives by providing us with the tools necessary to meet our New Year’s goals and make positive improvements in our fitness, daily habits or even personal finances.


Those looking to keep their goals for the New Year can use the following free apps for their smartphones and tablets to address these common resolutions, and with access to the 4G LTE network they’re quick and easy to download:


Get fit: MyFitnessPal can help you stick to your workout regimen and stay motivated as you improve your fitness and get in shape. The app helps you create personalized workout programs and delivers progress reports as you work towards your personal goals. It also has a database of over 3,000,000 foods to help monitor your caloric intake and daily diet. MyFitnessPal can also connect you to your friends so that you can encourage each other and provide extra motivation.


Manage your finances: Looking to improve your money management? Mint analyzes your personal finance accounts and is a convenient way to track your spending, create budgets and start saving money. The app can even send you alerts regarding upcoming bills, unusual activity and low balances.


Improve your diet: Lose It! tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, helping you manage your weekly calorie budget and ensure that you are consuming the proper foods. It also integrates with sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can stay updated on the progress your friends are making.


Learn something new: Ever wonder exactly how the stock market works or simply feel the need to brush up on your math skills? Khan Academy features an extensive library covering mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, humanities, finance and history with easy to digest lessons taught by education experts. The app allows you to track your progress and earn badges while challenging yourself to become proficient in topics you might never thought you could have.


Stay in touch: After the holidays conclude, staying in touch with family can be difficult. But video communication apps such as Skype help shorten the perceived distance between our friends and family and provide the opportunity to create better moments with them. Skype provides the ability to have a face-to-face conversation with someone, even if they are hundreds of miles away.


New Year’s presents everyone with the opportunity to set goals and make a change in their lives over the course of 2014. These apps are a great way to get started on working towards those goals and achieving them in a way that is fun and rewarding.


If you have any questions about downloading or using apps, stop by U.S. Cellular’s next Device Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at 360 Northeast Blvd. in Clinton.


(Editor’s note: Devon Hailey is store manager for U.S. Cellular in Clinton.)


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