New Year's Resolution Apps: CARROT Fit, Lifesum, Mint and More

January 1 is a popular day to begin New Year's resolutions, but many people fall back to bad habits by February because the goals they set are not realistic. If you are one of those people, consider focusing on making small improvements to your lifestyle this year by taking advantage of iOS apps that can help you succeed.

LifesumDrink more water with Lifesum, a free healthy living app for easily tracking each glass or bottle of water you drink. The daily goal is set to 8 glasses, or 68 fl. oz, by default, but can be adjusted based on your personal needs. Water intake data can be exported to Apple's official Health app.

Drinking water can contribute to better alertness and productivity, weight loss, improved digestion and many other benefits. Lifesum can also help you track your breakfast, lunch, dinner and exercise. Some features require upgrading to a Lifesum Gold subscription. [Direct Link]

Mint-appSave more money with Mint, a free app that links to your U.S. or Canadian bank account and provides an overview of your cash flow, recent transactions, upcoming bills and spending habits based on categories such as restaurants, groceries, fast food, alcohol and bars, clothing and more.

Mint enables you to create budgets to help you save money. Aim to reduce your spending by a realistic amount relative to your net income. If you spend $83.33 less per month on non-essential purchases, for example, the savings quickly add up to $1,000 in one year. [Direct Link]

BUDGT [Direct Link] is a simplistic budget and expense tracking alternative that does not link with your bank account. The app costs $1.99.

Carrot-FitGet in shape with CARROT Fit, a top-rated fitness app that delivers an exhaustive 7-minute interval workout based on 12 high intensity 30-second exercises with 10 seconds of rest in between each set. The app also features a step counter, weight tracker, workout calendar and more.

CARROT Fit is $2.99, so it is worth a try before signing up for an annual gym membership or personal training, which can easily cost upwards of $300 or $50 per hour respectively. The app's 7 Minutes in Hell workout can be completed anywhere, and the only equipment needed is a chair. [Direct Link]

Smoke-Free-appQuit smoking with Smoke Free, which tracks how much money you have saved since quitting, how many cigarettes you've avoided smoking, how long you've been smoke free, how many hours of life you've theoretically regained, overall health improvements and more.

Smoke Free provides you with daily missions and tips to help you stop smoking, and rewards you with badges for not smoking or avoiding cravings for various lengths of time. These features can be unlocked via in-app purchase, while most of the app's other features are free to use. [Direct Link]

Sleep-cycle-appWake up rested with Sleep Cycle, a free intelligent alarm clock app that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase, allowing you to feel rested and relaxed. The app has patented technology that monitors your sleep movements using sound or vibration analysis.

Simply open Sleep Cycle and place your iPhone on a nightside table or floor near your bed, and the app will find the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a power source to ensure it does not die overnight. [Direct Link]

Sleep Cycle offers an optional annual Premium subscription for $1.99 per year featuring online backup, long term sleeping trends, sleep notes, a heart rate monitor, Philips HUE lightbulb support and more. Sleep Cycle's developer Northcube AB says the app was developed using proven sleep science and years of research and development. The app is also fully integrated with Apple's stock Health app.

Wunderlist-iconOrganize your life with Wunderlist, a popular task management and to-do list app acquired by Microsoft in June 2015. The app allows you to create to-do lists with optional subtasks, notes, files and comments, and set due dates and reminders for important deadlines.

Wunderlist is free to use, while upgrading to Wunderlist Pro is optional and provides unlimited access to Files, Assigning and Subtasks for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year through an auto-renewing subscription. [Direct Link]

Lifesum, Mint, CARROT Fit and Wunderlist have companion Apple Watch apps available.

Top Rated Comments

AbSoluTc Avatar
93 months ago
Evidently not. I never could understand the need for "to-do list" apps like Wunderlist or any others: "The app allows you to create to-do lists with optional subtasks, notes, files and comments, and set due dates and reminders for important deadlines."

So does a sheet of paper.
Nice side benefit to that sheet of paper: the paper can be folded and put in my pocket, and if I forget it somewhere I wouldn't lose my mind like if I'd lost an iPad or it got stolen.


Nor do people have the common sense to not put so much personal data "out there" for companies to data mine. Mint stands out on this list for being the most egregious - "a free app that links to your bank account". Anything that personal that is free may just be trying to get you interested in a pro upgrade, but it also means they have your information and can use it or abuse it. "Mint enables you to create budgets to help you save money." Yes, I'm sure we're all completely incapable of doing so without the "free" app. Then again, given that the article has this math lesson: "If you spend $83.33 less per month on non-essential purchases, for example, the savings quickly add up to $1,000 in one year", I imagine its directed at people who buy things they don't need when they're on sale because of all the money they save.

Even with the deep lack of common sense, I'm really surprised that there is a water-reminder app. The whole "drink 8 glasses of water a day" thing has no basis in science. You need to drink when thirsty, no more. The only time you'd ever break that rule is if you're an athlete or in a very physical job, where your effort and the environmental conditions can outstrip how fast your sense of thirst is triggered. Drinking too much water can damage your kidneys over time. Plus, if you dilute your electrolytes past a certain point, you lose consciousness and possibly die. I've been there. I changed my behavior. Didn't need an app.

Sleep Cycle is the craziest one of the bunch. Reminds me of when the Soviets used to bug diplomats' rooms in the hopes of hearing them talk in their sleep.
Who **** in your wheaties this morning?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dec. Avatar
93 months ago
My new years resolution: Buy less apps that I'll only open once or twice and then forget about...
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
binaryskies Avatar
93 months ago
I used the Smoke Free app last year to help me keep track of how much money I was saving while not smoking. It's a pretty simple app but really helps you see how much you spending on cigarettes! I've been cigarette free for over a year and 3 months. I recommend this app to anyone who is looking at kicking the horrible habit!!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sill Avatar
93 months ago
Who needs any of these apps surly people have the common sense required.
Evidently not. I never could understand the need for "to-do list" apps like Wunderlist or any others: "The app allows you to create to-do lists with optional subtasks, notes, files and comments, and set due dates and reminders for important deadlines."

So does a sheet of paper.
Nice side benefit to that sheet of paper: the paper can be folded and put in my pocket, and if I forget it somewhere I wouldn't lose my mind like if I'd lost an iPad or it got stolen.


Nor do people have the common sense to not put so much personal data "out there" for companies to data mine. Mint stands out on this list for being the most egregious - "a free app that links to your bank account". Anything that personal that is free may just be trying to get you interested in a pro upgrade, but it also means they have your information and can use it or abuse it. "Mint enables you to create budgets to help you save money." Yes, I'm sure we're all completely incapable of doing so without the "free" app. Then again, given that the article has this math lesson: "If you spend $83.33 less per month on non-essential purchases, for example, the savings quickly add up to $1,000 in one year", I imagine its directed at people who buy things they don't need when they're on sale because of all the money they save.

Even with the deep lack of common sense, I'm really surprised that there is a water-reminder app. The whole "drink 8 glasses of water a day" thing has no basis in science. You need to drink when thirsty, no more. The only time you'd ever break that rule is if you're an athlete or in a very physical job, where your effort and the environmental conditions can outstrip how fast your sense of thirst is triggered. Drinking too much water can damage your kidneys over time. Plus, if you dilute your electrolytes past a certain point, you lose consciousness and possibly die. I've been there. I changed my behavior. Didn't need an app.

Sleep Cycle is the craziest one of the bunch. Reminds me of when the Soviets used to bug diplomats' rooms in the hopes of hearing them talk in their sleep.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eric5h5 Avatar
93 months ago
An app to monitor water intake? Strange. When it comes to water it's;

Q: Should I drink more water?
A: Yes.
Incorrect. Possibly fatally so, if you take it to an extreme. Drinking water for the sake of drinking water can, in fact, kill you (look up water intoxication). For normal activities you should drink water if you're thirsty, the end. Why do you think our sense of thirst evolved in the first place? If it wasn't properly functional, our species wouldn't currently exist.

--Eric
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
93 months ago
My new years resolution: Buy less apps that I'll only open once or twice and then forget about...
Then you are going to love this app I've been working on…
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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