It's a new year, which means a new set of New Year's resolutions. 2013 is the year you're going to lose weight, get back in shape, get your finances in order, and get organized. If you've got an iPad, it will make a perfect companion on your journey to success and we've got a list of iPad apps that are going to help you achieve your 2013 resolutions.
So without further ado, here they are!
Hitting the gym and getting in shape is one of the most common New Year's Resolutions, yet one of the hardest ones to keep. This year, say goodbye to the expensive gym membership and grab Bodyweight Training: You Are Your Own Gym for iPhone and iPad to assist you in your fitness goals. This app focuses on workouts that can be done without fancy equipment. All you need is your body to create the body you want and Bodyweight Training will get you there. It includes over 200 videos and prebuilt programs great for all fitness levels.
Looking for a gentler workout program than the intense ----? All-in YOGA HD: 300 Poses & Yoga for iPad includes dozens of programs for beginners, pros, and gurus with the ability to customize them to fit your exact needs. The areas of focus include health, body shape, stretching, breathing, de-stressing, and more. With over 300 poses with photos, videos, and audio guides, All-in YOGA is sure to have you mastering yoga and improving your health in no time.
In addition to working out, your diet has a significant impact on your overall health, and Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal for iPhone and iPad is a great app for keeping track of what and how much you eat. It features a huge database of food and drink so that you can accurately track your calorie intake and you can also create your own recipes of foods that you eat. Even if you don't need to lose weight, MyFitnessPal is a great way to make sure you're eating healthy and not on a track that will cause you to gain weight.
Money, you love and hate it, and this is the year you're going to get your finances on track and learn to better budget your spending. Mint.com Personal Finance is an excellent app to help you reach your goal. Available on the iPhone, iPad, and web, Mint.com allows you to track, budget, and manage your money from anywhere. Simply add your bank, credit, loan, and retirement accounts and Mint will categorize your transactions, produce graphical representations of your spending, send you reminders when bills are due, and more.
Another great app to help you with your finances is BillMinder for iPad. Paying bills is one of the most annoying aspects of every adult's life and it's all to easy to forget to make a payment resulting in late fees and bad credit scores. With BillMinder, you'll never miss a bill payment again! It brings all your bills into one manageable place so that you can glance at which ones need your attention and track your expenses with detail charts and graphs. You can also grab the iPhone version for you and your spouse that you're both reminded about when bills are due and all the information will stay in sync.
If there's one thing that almost everyone could learn to get better at, it's organization. Things for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is an easy to use task manager that will take your life by the reins and help you manage your tasks and lists. With things, you can stay organized with separate task lists for work, family, your hobby, an upcoming vacation, or whatever you wish, by creating Projects and Areas of Responsibility. You can also focus on what's needs to get done today, what's coming up next, and even move tasks to be done "Someday" for the not-so-important tasks you want to eventually get to. And if you get all three versions of Things for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, everything will be seamlessly kept in sync with Things Cloud.
Now, I'm not going to lie, the trio of Things apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac do add up to be a little pricey, but if you want to get serious about organizing your life, it might be a good idea to consider picking them up. Cultured Code does offer a free trial for the Mac version, so go grab it and see if Things is right for you.
Evernote has been a favorite of organizers and note-takers for ages. With Evernote, you can take notes, save photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders, and make them all completely searchable and accessible from any device. Many other apps and products also integrate Evernote so that you can easily share data and information from other places into Evernote. Evernote is accessible from just about any mobile device, including the iPhone and iPad, and the web.
If managing your time more efficiently is a goal of yours for 2013, 30/30 is an excellent time manager for your iPad (and iPhone). You simply set up a list of tasks and a length of time for each of them. When you start the time, 30/30 will tell you when to move on to the next task. This is especially awesome if you're self-employed.
Day One is a journalling app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac that will help you save your memories, ideas, events, and photos, and keep them synced using iCloud or Dropbox. Long are the days of keeping handwritten journals that can be lost, stolen, or destroyed -- with Day One, your journal is safe in the cloud, easily searchable and sharable, and very beautiful.
We admit that this is just a small list of all the amazing apps out there that can assist with keeping your goals this year, so please let us know what we missed and what you're using on your iPad to ring in the new year. What are your resolutions for 2013?