How to increase mental agility and train your brain.
Our body’s fitness is not the only part of us we should be working on and working out regularly – our brain’s grey matter and cells can benefit from exercise too. We have been training our brains for years with simple tasks such as the crossword in the back pages of the newspaper, and this being the digital age, smartphone and tablet apps can play a big part in how we continue to test our mental skills and abilities. Recent research by the university of Cambridge and published in The International Journal of Neuropyschopharmacology has shown an app specifically developed for early dementia patients along with cognitive training helped improve the memory and attention of the patients in the trial test.
There are ways you can improve your own brain’s capacity, fitness and suppleness with brain apps. Here’s a selection you can bring into your daily workout.
Peak is touted as the sleekest app on the market, with over 30 mini-games assured to expand on the brain’s memory, attention, mental agility and language. Providing an easy to navigate interface, you can choose a daily session workout best suited to your wellbeing of the day. The app is free with a monthly subscription allowing for more functions such as concurrent games, a complex statistical dashboard (allowing for the user to track their brain growth) and personalised daily workouts. Available for Android and iOS.
Fit Brain Trainer
With more than 35 games grouped nicely together under different workout sessions, Fit Brain Trainer is fresh and contemporary approach to training the brain. Equipped with daily exercises ready for you to test and learn, concentrate and bring other skills into the exercises such as memory testing. This app encourages Emotional Intelligence (EQ) into the brain exercise routine. Emotional Intelligence has 5 principles – Self Awareness, Self-Regulation, Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills. While this app is free, there is a monthly subscription available allowing for full access to all the features of the app. Available for Android and iOS.
This app learns about you as you progress through the 30 plus game exercises. The visuals are clear and simple with lots to test your wits against, recall, attention, knowledge and other mental skills. The app adjusts the difficulty level as you become more skilled. Another free app, you can choose to subscribe for more access to games and play as often as you like. Available for Android and iOS.
The first brain app to appear on the market and has a selection of mini-games mixed and matched into a daily programme. Along with a well-designed dashboard allowing for statistical tracking and user-friendly way to track the improvement of brain enhancement and testing. As with the other apps, there is the free version and you can choose the monthly subscriptions which allows for full features, extra brain games and access to the app from your computer as well. Available for Android and iOS.
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