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Happy new year! If you are among the thousands of people who has included weight loss in their new year’s resolutions, or making more friends, or travelling, an app for their smartphones will definitely be a tool that they should consider. Fig is a new tool that makes it easy to improve your health by taking a few simple everyday steps.

Fig focuses on more than just physical health: indeed, it is not your everyday fitness app: you will not find the obvious tips such as exercising 30 minutes a day or eating a lot of fruit and vegetables. Instead, Fig is about the whole person, aiming at improving mental and social health as well. It features ‘activities’, healthy tasks that users can perform to improve their well-being: these are divided into categories, such as “eat”, “move”, “connect” and “refresh”, focusing on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

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Fig also includes great social capabilities: not just for its own sake, but to provide encouragement. Each user has a “stream” where they publish all of the tasks that they engage in, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift or making a new friend. Other users, including followers, can then leave words of encouragement to help the user actually achieve their goal. Put together, this app can deliver better results than many others out there. Be wary, however: as described by the company, side effects may include “more happiness, deeper friendships, and additional physical vitality.”

Fig for Android

The app’s founder and manager Kevon Saber rightly describes the app as not your everyday health tracker: “It’s not about six-pack abs — it’s about a transformational journey that involves community.” Wondering what “Fig” stands for? Figs are in fact the symbol of wellness and wellbeing, aside from, of course, being a really sweet fruit. It aims to make self-improvement achievable and enjoyable.

Fig iPhone

Ready to make your new year’s resolutions come true? You can download Fig for Android from Google Play and Fig for iPhone from the iTunes App Store. Best of all, it is completely free, so if you’re recovering from your holiday shopping, this won’t have an adverse impact.

(via LifeHacker)

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