4 Self-Improvement Apps

Young Asian woman meditating next to the West Pier in Brighton, England, UK

1. Simply Being

If mindset is truly the key to success, then this app will help you open that door. Choose how long you want to meditate — 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes — and then start your day with a guided meditation. You can also choose to add nature sounds and/or music to your meditation, as well as listen to just the music without the voiceover. iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows, Android devices.

2. Duolingo

I’ve mentioned this app before, but I’m mentioning it again because it’s definitely one you should have in your arsenal of mobile tools. Duolingo is a free app that gives you language lessons and in exchange, you help to translate the World Wide Web (when you’re ready of course). Currently they offer French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Italian. I’m learning the first three simultaneously (which is a challenge) and absolutely love this app. Each lesson takes 8 to 10 minutes tops, making it easy to work into your schedule. The unique interactive interface almost guarantees that you remember what you’ve learned. iPhone and Android.

3. Workout Trainer

Okay, how many of you had “work out” or “get in shape” on your list of resolutions this year? And now, how many years has that resolution been on your list?

The problem with working out is that it’s addictive…but you have to actually do it before the addiction kicks in, and getting over that starting hump isn’t always easy.

Choose from a variety of workouts, add your favorite music, and you’re ready to go. No equipment is needed, detailed instructional videos for each move are included, and you can connect with their workout community or share your progress via email and social media platforms. IOs, Android

4. Nike+

The Nike+ app uses the GPS on your phone to track your workout and show your progress. I’ve started walking in the morning, taking my dog along with me as part of his leash training. It’s a simple app, but effective, and I get excited when I hear the computerized voice tell me that I’ve reached my goal or when I see that I’ve knocked two minutes off my time. You can “friend” other Nike+ users and see how you measure up, which is good for those of us who have a competitive nature. iOS and Android. .

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