By Adam Drake
We love that our phones have become so much more than just a tool to make calls; instead we have an entire command station at our fingertips. Feel like improving your friendships? Want to learn more yoga exercises? Want to get rid of pesky mosquitoes without killing them and/or covering your body in chemicals? We’ve got all of those bases and more covered in this week’s app breakdown.
Like any of the standard wellness apps, Fig helps you monitor your fitness and diet. But what sets Fig apart are the other things it tracks. Fig wants to make you a better person inside and out, and it’ll count things such as the number of times you say “thank you” in a day, or remind you to call your mom once a week.
Live too far away from a yoga studio? Need a quick yoga fix and don’t feel like hopping on a subway? Simply Yoga is the solution. Designed for both men and women, Simply Yoga has 30+ poses, predefined routines, and video and audio to accompany you through each workout.
There’s nothing more enjoyable than going to a BBQ and smelling like someone doused you with Joker-creating chemicals. While I hate mosquitoes, I also hate smelling like I hate mosquitoes. Luckily, Mosquito Buster has come up with a solution. The app emits a high-pitched sound that’s inaudible to the human ear, but drives mosquitoes nuts.
It’s like Inception, but without the corporate espionage and trains. Lucid Dreaming is the ability to know you’re in a dream and then manipulate the dream as you see fit. It’s a very real thing, and apps are beginning to pop up that help sleepers experience such a phenomenon. Lucid Dreamer uses various methods (binaural beats, color psychology, and focalizers) to induce this state of unconsciousness.
I discussed this app in my Sweat Life Men article this week, but feel it bears repeating here. Headspace is a mindfulness app that delivers daily, guided meditations to users. Brief and enjoyable, each session helps the user practice their meditation while focusing on many different aspects of their inner being.
Adam Drake is Creative Director for the Sweat Life, a former four-year varsity rower for the University of Miami, and currently rows for the Maritime Rowing Club. He is the co-founder of Kayak for a Cause, a charity event based in Connecticut. As a writer, Adam has developed television shows for Comedy Central, Bad Boy Worldwide, and Sky, written ad campaigns for clients such as Bacardi, Starbucks, Dove Men+Care, and HBO, and was a contributor to the pop culture site YesButNoButYes. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and working on his tremendous collection of unfinished novels.