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Apps to keep New Year’s resolutions on track

With 2015 quickly approaching, people are starting to set goals to improve their health, get organized and save more money in the coming year.

The chance of achieving these goals has never been greater thanks to today’s smartphones and tablets, which offer apps and products to help keep users organized and increase the likelihood of sticking with their resolution throughout the year.

“Mobile devices have become a vital part of simplifying our lives,” said Nathan Waddell, senior director of sales for U.S. Cellular’s Northwest market.

“Using new technology will help turn New Year’s resolutions into routines that become part of our daily lives.”

Those looking for assistance sticking with some of the most common New Year’s resolutions can download the following free apps on U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network:

• Get fit: Looking to get back in shape, eat better or work out more in 2015?

Consider the Runtastic Six Pack app. This free app allows users to work out from home by creating custom workouts with a virtual personal trainer.

Pair this app and its 50 workout videos with the UP by Jawbone, a fitness wristband that tracks what you eat, your daily activities and your sleeping habits.

• Get organized: In today’s society, it can be hard to keep things in order, but the Any.Do app is an award-winning app that is perfect for enhancing any to-do list.

The app allows users to create lists of tasks and organize them by category and priority. Easily sync your tasks from your mobile device to your desktop to help stay on top of any to-do list, no matter where you are.

• Spend more time with family: Holidays are a great time to catch up with family, and many decide to focus their New Year’s resolution on spending more time with their family throughout the year.

The GroupMe app allows users to create several groups in which members can share events, photos, videos and texts. This allows everyone in the group to stay connected and plan visits, all in one place.

• Manage finances: According to a U.S. Cellular survey, 43 percent of smartphone users made the resolution to save money in 2014.

In 2015, smartphone owners can accomplish this task with the Check app. This free app allows users to link bills, bank accounts and credit cards and also schedules automatic payments and notifies users of payment due dates.

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