2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearables

Keeping resolutions for 2018 is easier than ever thanks to our pick of connected kit

January: a time to take down the decorations, finish off the selection boxes and vow once again to have a healthier, fitter, happier 12 months before Christmas rolls back around.

The good news is you don't have to rely on your willpower alone to make sure your New Year's resolutions stick: a well-chosen wearable or two can make all the difference between success and failure.

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We've picked out five of the most common resolutions, together with the gadgets that can help you stay on course.

1. Lose weight

2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearable tech

Want to try and shed some of the pounds you've put on over the holidays? There are dozens of decent fitness trackers and sporty smartwatches on the market to match any budget, so you can set yourself exercise targets and then check your progress on reaching them (or not as the case may be).

If you want to track weight specifically, then a smart scale may be a wise investment. There's plenty of options out there from the likes of Nokia and Polar, but if you're a new Fitbit owner, the Aria 2 Wi-Fi scale is a good fit. Building on top of the original, it'll measure weight, body fat percentage and body mass index for up to eight users from its glass body that packs in a backlit display. It will of course work with Fitbit's tracker and its Ionic smartwatch letting you see how exercise affects calorie burn and shedding those pounds.

2. Stop smoking

2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearables

Giving up smoking is one of the hardest challenges you can set for yourself but the benefits can of course can be huge for your health. One wearable that is designed to help kick this particular habit is Pavlok.

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The wearable delivers an electric shock to your wrist ranging from 50 to 500 volts and is based on the classic theory of Pavlovian conditioning that aims to associate bad habits with a shock. If you're not brave enough for the shocks, you can also choose audio or vibrations instead, but the aim is the same - to condition you over time to realise that the smoking life needs to finally come to an end.

3. Cut back on alcohol

2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearables

Perhaps you've overindulged at Christmas or maybe you just want to give your liver a rest – whatever the reason, taking a temporary or permanent break from drinking or just cutting down can do wonders for your health and your bank balance.

The Bactrack Skyn is a wearable alcohol tracker that will let you know how drunk you are in real time. The band takes a reading every second, while an app will display a graph detailing your exact alcohol level. Worn around the wrist, the tech is also being lined up to feature inside a strap for the Apple Watch. It's currently up for pre-order and is expected to ship this year.

4. Do a Couch to 5K

2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearable tech

The Couch to 5K scheme from the NHS is a running plan for beginners that's designed to get people from sitting on the couch to participating in a 5K run in the space of nine weeks. There is an official app available but you can also improve your chances of success with a dedicated running watch to keep an eye on your jogging regime and routes. Fitbit Ionic owners can also keep a look out on a dedicated Couch to 5K plan that will be added to Fitbit's new Coach platform in 2018.

5. Learn a new language

2018 New Year's resolutions made easier with wearables

We are in the age of real-time translation hearables with Google, Bragi and startup Waverly Labs with its Pilot buds (above) among the first to offer the ability to make having conversations in different languages easier.

While these wearables should spell the end of trying to learn a new language, they could also work to improve your ability to recognise common phrases and conduct more natural sounding conversations making you less reliant on the tech or when you don't have those smart buds nearby.

If you're a smartwatch owner, the likes of the Apple Watch and Google's army of Android Wear watches also offer a host of dedicated apps like Babbel or Duolingo that can serve up the foreign lingo in bitesized chunks. So, you can learn new words and phrases every day straight from your wrist.


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