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    07 January 2021

    Nafisa Akabor

    Apps to help give you a great start to 2021

    We’ve rounded up our picks of the best apps to get our life on track for the new year.

    We’ve rounded up our picks of the best apps to get our life on track for the new year.

    22seven 

    Android / iOS

    The 22seven app has been around for a while now and consolidates all your bank balances in one place. It also lets you invest, and in a way, helps you fund your dreams. The app lets you choose a goal, be it a holiday, studying, starting a business, buying a car or house, or simply investing; and then encourages you to work towards making it a reality. You set a time frame and amount, and it lets you know what to save monthly or add to it whenever you want. It’s a great step to solidify your plans, track your goal, and spend guilt-free.

    22seven

    Headspace

    Android / iOS

    Start the year right by putting you and your mental health first. The Headspace app, which saw a spike during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, continues to remain a popular choice. It has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. It is available on a trial basis initially that will help you learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It helps you to sleep better and meditate for anxiety, amongst other things. The trial gives you the opportunity to see if it is worth subscribing to. You can also gift a voucher to someone special. 

    The 7 Minute Workout

    iOS

    If you have some level of fitness and are looking to start working out more routinely, the 7 Minute Workout is worth looking into. It features 12 exercises that be performed in seven minutes with only a small catch – they are high-intensity workouts will a little rest between them, but that’s all it takes. It is intended to increase your metabolism, an effect that should carry throughout your day. It tracks your results and encourages you along the way. It features video, images or notes to help you along the way based on your preference.

    7 MINUTE

    FatSecret

    Android / iOS

    If working out isn’t your thing but you want to keep track of all your meals to aid with weight loss, the Fat Secret app makes it really easy. It has an easy to understand app with simple logging of meals. You simply add breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks by linking what you ate, which supports products from Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers, etc that will automatically calculate your calories, even after choosing a portion size. It displays your data in graphs and report form and has a community aspect to it so you can post updates or milestones.

    Naked Insurance

    Android / iOS

    Did you know you’re entitled to an annual reduced rate for your car insurance, based on depreciation? It might be a good time to tally your belongings and start afresh with Naked Insurance. This new player offers competitive rates for car, house, and individual items like mobile phones, photographic equipment or laptops. It covers you against theft, loss or accidental damage for an amount specified by you. If you’re not driving while you’re on holiday, you can use the CoverPause feature to save on your premium. Everything is done instantly on the app using artificial intelligence. 

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    Nafisa Akabor