What’s the biggest resolution everyone makes on Jan. 1? Lose weight and be healthier. There are several Facebook applications that can help with this goal and other popular New Year’s resolutions, such as traveling, finding a new job, and reading more.
MyFitnessPal, which is deepening its Facebook integration, allows people to connect with Facebook friends and other health-minded individuals to enhance the health journey. Whether the goal is to just lose the holiday pounds or to go for a complete body transformation, MyFitnessPal allows users to track their workouts and their eating habits, and share major milestones on the social network.
Users can easily log into the app using Facebook, and then fill out their height, weight, and fitness goals. MyFitnessPal will then work with the user to suggest a calorie limit, as well as to offer workout ideas and support from a community of like-minded people. Users can also easily connect with their Facebook friends who are using the app.
Originally launched in 2005 as an online community, MyFitnessPal has more than 30 million people who have lost an average of 12 pounds.
Albert Lee, who founded MyFitnessPal with his brother, Mike, described the app to AllFacebook as a mint for health instead of personal finances:
The social aspect of MyFitnessPal is one we found to be incredibly powerful. For example, we’ve studied some data and found that people who connect with other friends through our service lose three times as much weight as those who don’t. Part of the Facebook integration is really designed to make that process as easy as possible.
For those who are serious about getting healthy in 2013, Facebook highlighted several fitness apps in the app center. AllFacebook has also written about Facebook fitness apps, such as Nike+ Running, that use open graph technology well.
Facebook suggested other apps for users who want to find new resolutions — and stick with them:
- Causes – Facebook users can create or support a campaign with Causes — a perfect app for those who want to do more good in 2013. One of the most recent popular campaigns on Causes has been a letter of support to those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- Pinterest – Odds are you’ve seen friends pinning healthy recipes or their perfect wedding dress. Pinterest allows users to gain inspiration and to keep their ideas organized.
- BranchOut – If you’re looking for a new job in 2013, check out BranchOut. It’s the largest professional community on Facebook, with more than 30 million users, and it lets people build their professional brands by sharing photos and posts that dynamically showcase professional skills, expertise, and accomplishments.
- Goodreads – Still in need of a good New Year’s resolution? Read more! Check out Goodreads to discover and share great books across all categories.
- RunKeeper – As a Nike+ alternative, try RunKeeper. RunKeeper makes it simple to track how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you traveled on a map – and you can easily share progress with friends on Facebook. Perfect for sticking to your fitness resolutions.
- Airbnb – Resolved to travel more in the new year? Use Airbnb to find unique and distinctive spaces to stay across the globe, at reasonable prices. Log in with Facebook and find the best place for you with tailored search results and recommendations from your friends.
- Khan Academy – Want to brush up on your math skills, biology expertise, or art history prowess? Khan Academy has more than 3,000 videos and hundreds of skills to help you get up-to-speed on your topic of choice.
Readers: What is your New Year’s resolution?