As the new year blossoms and you consider your New Year’s resolution, you may find that you have, metaphorically, bit off more than you can chew. Two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and to quit smoking. While technology can be used to help you lose weight, what you might not know is that there are now ways to use technology to help you quit smoking. Livestrong, the marketing and merchandising arm of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, helped to develop the MyQuit Coach application for the Apple iPhone and it may help you to quit smoking!
MyQuit Coach is available through iTunes for all variations of the Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 4.0 or above. The application runs as a blend of a motivational program and journal function designed to help you rid your body of nicotine! The MyQuit Coach app will help you quit smoking if you do not want to use medicines or other smoking cessation methods and no data yet exists on how effective the program is. However, for those who believe in the power of mind over matter – but just need a partner in the process – the MyQuit Coach application may be just the ticket you need to quit smoking this year.
The motivational aspect of the MyQuit Coach application comes in the form of screenshots and slogans. Each time you access the MyQuit Coach application, you are greeted with a statement, like “Smoking affects me and my loved ones,” to help keep you aware of the consequences of your actions. The application also includes videos that help detail the consequences of smoking. The MyQuit Coach acts as a “good-cop, bad-cop” routine on your iPhone encouraging you and warning you of the consequences of slipping from your plan.
Perhaps the more useful function of the MyQuit Coach is the journal function. Using the MyQuit Coach, you may program your iPhone to detail specific benchmarks in your goal to quit smoking. If you have tried and failed in the past as quitting smoking cold turkey, you may use MyQuit Coach to wean you from cigarettes incrementally. Under such a plan, you use MyQuit Coach to keep track of how many cigarettes you have had in a day and the application warns you when you are about to pass the goal number you have set for yourself.
The MyQuit Coach application is actually a very smart use of smartphone technology. Because one of the common complaints smokers have when the relapse and smoke again is that they did not know what to do with their hands when they were not smoking, the MyQuit Coach comes up with an elegant solution. By keeping the smoker’s fingers busy on an iPhone, the application helps break the physiological connection to smoking that seasoned smokers might have. That is a clever idea and makes the MyQuit Coach application a very cool app!
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