Boost your brainpower with these 5 brain-training apps

Researchers are constantly finding links between exercising your brain and long-term brain health. Studies show that doing cognitive exercise strengthens the connections in your brain and helps keep it in working order as we age. Just like keeping any muscle strong, if you don’t use it, you lose it! So it’s important to keep mentally challenging yourself.

 

Brain-training is a fun, effective and proven way to maintain and enhance cognitive abilities such as problem solving, attention span, and remembering words and numbers.  

Here are five brain-training apps – packed with a variety of games, puzzles, questions and problems  – so you can keep your brain active wherever you go.

Luminosity

Luminosity Used by over 85 million people worldwide, this leading brain-training app has over 30 cognitive games designed to challenge five core cognitive abilities at any age. And the games are fun to play! One of the problem solving games, ‘Pet Detective’, challenges your planning skills to work out the best way to get lost pets back home. Available on Google Play and the App Store – free with limited access or $74.99 per year for full access.

Fit Brains

Fitbrains This comprehensive science-based brain trainer has more than 60 games to stimulate not just the major cognitive functions of the brain, but also your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise and manage your own and other people’s emotions. Anyone who has noticed how hard it is to remember things or concentrate under extreme stress will understand the importance of this connection. Available on Google Play and the App Store – free with limited access or $14.99 per month for full access.

Elevate

Elevate This science-based app uses more than 40 games to help you develop the critical cognitive skills you need most. It covers all the core abilities such as memory and focus, but also helps develop self-confidence in math, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Available on Google Play and the App Store – free with limited access or $56.99 per year for full access.

Peak

Peak Awarded by Google as one of the best Android apps of 2016, this app is packed with fun and stimulating games to train your memory, attention, coordination, emotional control and more. You even get a personal trainer for your brain, called ‘Coach’ to guide and motivate you to achieve the goals you set – such as improving your ability to recall information or focus better. Available on Google Play and the App Store – free with limited access or $54.99 per year for full access.

CogniFit

CogniFit This app assesses and trains your personal cognitive function and provides personalised clinically proven fitness solutions. It offers a variety of personalised games to train more than 20 cognitive skills and improves cognitive function and brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to recover and restructure itself). Available on Google Play and the App Store – free for limited access or $299.99 per year for upgrade.
The great thing about these apps is that they adapt as you improve to make sure you’re always getting a good brain workout. You can also track your progress to monitor how much smarter and better your brain is working!


The great thing about these apps is that they adapt as you improve to make sure you’re always getting a good brain workout. You can also track your progress to monitor how much smarter and better your brain is working!