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Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

One of the greatest things about your Android is its ability to make you a better you. For just about any resource you need, there’s an Android app to address it. That’s why Android apps are central to my New Year’s resolutions, and my ability to stick to my guns for 2011. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, stay motivated about your job, budget better or stop smoking, these Android apps can constantly keep you on the right track.

Healthy living

Nike has created a nifty accompaniment Android app for gym rats, called Nike BOOM. It syncs your music to your workouts, helping you push through to the end. Just pick a sport, workout type, total time and a playlist, which is curated from your favorite athletes and coaches. Make your motivation social, with Facebook integration for real-time “props” from friends.

CardioTrainer+Resolutions is the New Year’s edition of the popular trainer. It lets you set weekly resolutions, staking money to keep motivated. Reach your goals? You keep the money. Miss the mark? Your cash gets donated to charity. Track workouts, calories burned and trails, set schedules and reminders, sync with Google Health and more, with this free Android app.

WWDiary is for people on the Weight Watchers program, with a mobile diary, food tracker, point calculator and widget, all combined into one app. This free Android tool is a highly personalized way to track your needs and progress, with a support forum online.

Need to kick a bad habit? The Stop Smoking Assistant comes with motivational and scare tactics to steer you away from cigarettes. Free, this Android app offers motivational tips, as well as pictures of diseases caused by smoking like you’d see in high school health class. The app also keeps tabs on how many days you’ve skipped a smoke, so you can watch yourself progress to a healthier lifestyle.

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Budgeting and organization

Mint.com Personal Finance is a great way to keep your budget tight, with automated alerts, account tracking for banks and credit cards, easy-to-read graphs and charts, and a system to set goals for saving towards the future. Manage money for your entire household, improve based on feedback Mint gives you, and get personalized recommendations, all for free.

Want to power up your Android and become more efficient overall? Executive Assistant + is a streamlined interface to handle your basic needs, like email and SMS, calendar, calls, Facebook and even Google Voice. This $6.99 app supports a number of to-do apps you probably already use, including Astrid, making it a one-stop shop to add directly to your home screen.

New Year’s Buzzer combines the celebratory aspects of this holiday with the resolute ones. Add a countdown widget to your home screen, and send a message to friends. This free Android app lets you send a message to yourself, too, in the form of a resolution, which will be sent as a reminder later on.

If all you need is a pick-me-up, 505 Motivational Quotes delivers daily inspiration to keep hope alive. Broken into categories, you can find the type of motivational quote to get you through the day. Flip through all the quotes in that category, or get a random pick. Quotes from this free Android app can also be delivered via text or email, eliminating excuses.

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