New Year’s Resolution Helpers to Help You Get Fit, Cultured and Organized in 2012

Get in Shape


Any personal trainer worth his or her salt will tell you that goals are essential in a health and fitness regimen.  The EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale can help motivate you and help you stick to your goals as it tracks your daily progress by monitoring and analyzing weight, body fat, muscle composition and other metrics.  The proprietary software accurately calculates body fat for a variety of body shapes and activity levels, and user ID technology stores personal data for up to eight users and automatically identifies the person standing on the scale.  The sleekly designed scale features a “giant iPad” touch screen interface that looks great in any bathroom.  $54.95.  Available online only at and

Learn a Language


For those who have always wanted to learn another language but do not have the time or budget to attend classes, Living Language is the solution.  The affordable premium language learning program published by Random House uses an interactive approach with relevant cultural information to teach language the way that adults actually learn — including grammar rules and context so users quickly move on to building sentences of their own, rather than practice rote memorization.  Courses are available in Italian, Spanish, German, French and Chinese and soon Japanese and Arabic.  Living Language Platinum includes a 40-lesson beginner to advanced course with books, audio CDs, a 1-year online subscription, 1-year e-tutoring subscription, full course content mobile apps and access to online community, all for $179.  Available at Barnes and Noble 



Get Organized


If your hard drive is cluttered with photos, videos, music files and documents that slow down your computer, resolve to back up, organize and streamline your data in 2012 with the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 Colors.  The stylish SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable hard drive transfers data 10x faster than USB 2.0 and is fully compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.  It inlcudes Nero BackItUp & Burn software (compatible with Windows OS) for automatic back-up/storage recovery.  A Green Button software feature offers three sleep/suspend settings, saving power when the drive is not in use.  Available in Caribbean Blue and Hot Pink.  $139.99 (1TB); $119.99 (750GB); $89.99 (500GB).

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