Need some encouragement
in keeping your healthy New Year's resolutions? There's an app for that.
It's a camera, a GPS system, and a Twitter updater. And now more
and more people are changing their lives by turning their cell phones into personal
health management systems, with promising results—in fact, a Cochrane review found
that using an app that sends encouraging text-message reminders will up your
chance of kicking a bad habit for good.
What else can your phone help you do?
healthy habits. The My Healthy Habits app aims to incorporate healthy behaviors
(like eating a good breakfast or being more active) in your routine and make
them stick. You can even design your own unique habit with the customizable
more. GymPact is
a unique downloadable program that pays you cash for going to the gym. The
catch? If you don't go, it charges
good night's rest. The Sleep
Cycle alarm clock actually monitors your sleep patterns and gently wakes
you up during your lightest sleep cycle, helping you to feel refreshed first
thing in the morning. You can also track your sleep each night to find the
right amount for you.
more aware of your moods. Struggling with depression, anxiety, or
keeps track of your shifting moods, as well as factors that may affect
the way you feel, such as medications, sleep, and physical activity. The archived logs help you make mindful connections between what's going on in your life and how you feel.
healthy foods. If you want to have a more wholesome diet but keep falling
into the same unhealthy patterns, The Eatery app can help you figure out how to make a change
that works for you. It's simple: you snap a picture of your food, and the app
gives you fast feedback about what you've chosen to eat, as well as big-picture
advice about your own dietary strengths and weaknesses.
your goals. Give yourself a better shot at reaching your goals by creating
a commitment contract at stickK . While this program is browser-based (you'll
probably want to use your tablet or computer, rather than your phone), its
strength lies in the built-in social network it provides. According to the
program's founders, research has shown that people who make a public commitment
or put dollars on the line have a better chance of sticking with their goals.
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