Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs a work out to function at its best. If you don’t use it, you lose it, right? Luckily, all of our smartphones and gadgets now offer a wealth of games and apps that go beyond Candy Crush and Angry Birds, enabling you to improve your brain performance whilst still chasing that elusive high score. From memory training to improving brain speed to increasing your problem solving ability, let’s take a look at some apps that will give your brain a sweat inducing workout.

Lumosity: Lumosity is a popular mobile and web app that offers scientifically developed games to improve the aspects of your brain performance that you want to target. The Lumosity app offers challenges to improve your attention, memory, flexibility, speed, and problem solving. Having partnered with Harvard and Columbia, the makers of Lumosity boast that 97% of users see improvements after just 10 hours of using the brain trainer and provide you with progress tracking tools so you can see how much better you are getting at training challenges.

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Math vs. Brain: If you are less a wordsmith and more a numbers nut, Math vs. Brain is the perfect way to kill some time while improving your problem solving ability. The game offers more than 80 increasingly challenging math problems that can only be unlocked after answering each previous question correctly.

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Clockwork Brain: Clockwork Brain offers a large variety of mini-games that are designed to improve your visual, spacial, language, math, memory, and logic abilities. Games include anagrams, missing tiles, memorization games, size comparison games, and many others.

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Crosswords: Don’t knock an original. Puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku stimulate the brain and the more often you do them the healthier your brain is. There isn’t any conclusive evidence that these puzzles improve other aspects of your brain performance beyond just getting better at solving puzzles but there are conclusive studies that show that these puzzles significantly lower your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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