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.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, mobile apps

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.


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