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More People Using Wellness Apps to Keep Resolutions

(Springfield, MO) -- If you've been to the gym this week, you know plenty of people made a resolution to lose weight.

(Springfield, MO) -- If you've been to the gym this week you know plenty of people made a new year's resolution to lose weight. But statistically not a lot of people follow through on that goal. In the last couple years, though, mobile devices have made it a little easier to stay on track. It's all thanks to mobile applications.

"I don't have to do any of the thinking. I can just glance down at my phone, it's got a chime when I need to look," says Downtown Y member Mary Kromrey. She recently downloaded an app that gives here a customized workout for cycling.

"Liked this one because I didn't have to pay extra for music," she says. "It would go in and sync with playlists that I had already created."

Whether it's hoping on a stationary bike of a stair-stepper there's an app to help you along the way. Sometimes they may be used for other types of wellness. "This app sort of tracks the positives like this is what you're getting back. This is what you're gaining," says Stephanie Currao. She found a wellness app to help her quit smoking.

"It will track how many cigarettes you would have smoked since you stopped smoking."

The app Currao uses is called "My Last Cigarette" and tracks her health stats. "My cravings are down my nicotine levels are down but lung health still isn't good," she says. "I mean it's slowly improving."

So whether your new year's resolution is to quit smoking or spend more time at the gym, an app may be just what you need to reach that goal.

There are more than 13,000 health and wellness apps available right now. Most are free. Health experts recommend you figure out your favorite kind of exercise and find an app specifically made for that activity.

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