20 mobile apps to help keep your New Year's resolutions

Whether you're watching your weight, cash, or schedule, your smartphone's got your back for your self-improvement plan.

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What is your New Year's resolution for 2011? Planning on getting fit, eating well, staying organized or just watching how you spend your money? Researchers at the University of Scranton found in a 2002 study that only 46% of people making New Year's resolutions will still be on track by the summer.

So the odds are against you if you're planning a new you for 2011, and you'll probably need all the help you can get. But don't worry, because your smartphone has your back. You can find numerous mobile apps to help you achieve your goals over the next 12 months. Here's a look at 20 great apps to help you stay on track in 2011.

I Will Get In Shape

Instead of getting that expensive gym membership, why not get started by turning your smartphone into a personal trainer? If running is your thing, Android users can take a look at CardioTrainer+Resolutions by WorkSmart Labs. This app lets you set your fitness goals, and then you stake money on achieving your goal in the form of a charitable donation. If you make your goal, the money comes back to you. If you don't, the money goes to charity.

There's a special treat for runners using the iPhone: RunKeeper Pro by FitnessKeeper is available for free through the end of January. This app typically costs $10, and has many features runners will find handy such as activity tracking, interval workouts, target paces, maps that show you the route you took, iPod access and Facebook, Twitter and e-mail integration to share your workout with friends.

Other fitness apps include FitnessClass for iPad featuring workout videos you can watch for prices ranging from $1 to $5 or buy a monthly pass for unlimited access. JeFit or BodyFitness for Android will help you track your weight training.

I Will Eat Smarter and Healthier

Lose It is a great calorie tracker for the iPhone available for free, and Android users can check out the free Calorie Counter - My Fitness Pal.

If Weight Watchers is your thing, you can check out the free official WeightWatchers app for iPhone to help you track your point count. Android users can use PointsPlus Calculator, also by Weight Watchers International and also free.

I Will Get Organized

There are plenty of organizational tools you can find for your smartphone. Evernote for iOS devices, Android, Blackberry, WebOS and Windows Mobile can help you get rid of old notes, receipts, and business cards. Just take a photo of these documents with your smartphone, and upload them for safekeeping to Evernote's Website. If Evernote doesn't appeal to you, another option is Springpad.

If you need to have mobile access to your files, Dropbox is a great option and available for iOS, Android and Blackberry. Dropbox lets you sync a folder between your PC, online storage and your mobile device.

OmniFocus for iPhone ($20) or iPad ($40) is an option for Getting Things Done (GTD) fans looking for a deluxe project and task management application. If you just want a bare-bones to-do list, consider creating a Web app from your Gmail task list by going to gmail.com/tasks in your mobile browser.

I Will Control My Finances

Need to keep track of your finances? Check out Expenditure ($2) for iPhone to track expenses, add photos or notes and set recurring expenses such as your rent or mortgage payment. You can also track your income for a complete financial picture. Free alternatives include Pageonce Bills and Mint. Android users have many finance apps to choose from such as EasyMoney by Handy Apps or Expense Tracker by Moveable apps.

Got a favorite app you plan on using to keep your 2011 resolutions? Let us know in the comments.

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