Everyone’s favorite resolution is also one of the easiest to break. Make sure you don’t slouch by using gadgets and apps that track your progress and keep you motivated.
Nike’s Sportband fastens around your wrist to monitor pace, distance, time, and calories burned on all your post-holiday runs. (The included sensor slips in your sneaker to track your steps.) Once you’re done sweating, connect the device to your PC via USB to upload your workout info to the Nike+ website, where you can chart your progress and share your activity on Facebook and Twitter.
This wearable fitness tracker records information from your runs, walks, and biking workouts—and it can also serve as your MP3 player while you’re pounding the pavement. The Motorola Motoactv even learns which songs motivate you the most based on your performance. Like Nike’s Sportband, the device stores your workout data for review online. That’s a lot of functionality, but when paired with your Android smartphone (with Motorola’s free app) the Motoactv becomes even more versatile, letting you answer calls and text messages and view your workout data on the phone.
If you don’t want a dedicated device to keep you motivated, an app can pinch-hit as a workout buddy. The iOS-only iMapMyRUN tracks all your workout stats—pace, distance, elevation, and more—and includes a live route map and heart rate info (with the purchase of a monitor accessory). This free app also offers route suggestions via its associated website.