September 4, 2014

Be Well, There’s an App for That!

Today, there truly is an app for everything. Exciting as it is, this concept can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming. With over one million applications available in the App Store, it can be difficult to decide which new and exciting ones you want on your smartphone. Here are some little-known apps that can help you Be Well throughout the day.

7:30 a.m. Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is an alarm clock app that wakes you up at an optimal place in your sleep cycle. Users place their phones on their beds and the app uses motion detection to determine when users are in the lightest sleep. A fixed alarm clock can wake you up in the middle of a deep sleep, which we all know is very unpleasant. Sleep Cycle uses science to make getting up in the morning a little bit easier.

8:00 a.m. Flipboard
Flipboard creates a magazine out of everything social media shares with you—Facebook updates, tweets, Instagram photos—within categories you choose (news, politics, design, etc.). You can flip through this app in the morning and get caught up on all your favorite topics.

8:15 a.m. Evernote
Evernote is a virtual agenda book where you can create and edit notes and to-do lists. This app keeps people organized by syncing notes across all devices.

9:30 a.m. MyScript Calculator
Plugging in grueling math calculations can be such a hassle—forget a parenthesis and your whole answer is off. With MyScript Calculator, you can perform mathematical operations using your handwriting. From basic algebra to advanced calculus, you write it down and the app comes up with the answer.

12:00 p.m. Urbanspoon
Urbanspoon uses GPS to find restaurants near you when dining halls and TroGro just don’t cut it. It narrows searches by cuisine and price and allows you to see reviews of each restaurant.

2:00 p.m. QuizUp
Challenge your friends to trivia tests on just about any topic. It’s very social, with messaging and discussion boards so you can play with your friends even when you’re not with them. QuizUp accumulated over one million users within its first eight days of launching. As of today, 1.4 million people have downloaded the app, and they’ve played 60 million games to keep their minds sharp!

4:30 p.m.

Movn
If you simply want to track how many minutes a day you walk or basically “move”, then download the Movn app. You can even set daily goals and receive reminders to get up and get Movn. This app was created by a USC student too!!

MapMyRun 
This app makes tracking time, speed and distance easy. You can draw a running route from a certain location and find out all relevant nutritional information. MapMyRun even lets you post your stats to social media accounts.

Nike Training
If you’re not a big runner, Nike Training provides images and instructions for over 300 different exercises. You can choose your own focus area from upper body to core strength, adding your own exercises and tracking your progress over time.

8:00 p.m. Songza
Whether you’re feeling “angsty,” “introspective,” “motivational” or “trippy,” Songza has the perfect song for your mood. With a wide library to choose from, Songza allows people to pick music based on activity, mood, genres or decades. Download this free app and have tunes to jam to all day long.

11:00 p.m. Relax Melodies                                                                                                                                                                                                                After a long day of doing mathematical calculations, eating food and taking quizzes with friends, people need to wind down. Relax Melodies allows you to do just that, offering sounds ranging from white noise, to a rainy day, to a cat purring.

Calm: If listening to relaxing sounds just doesn’t cut it, Calm has a series of guided meditations focusing on anxiety release, calmness, positivity, self-acceptance, motivation, peace and many more.