By: Justin Soungie

Between work and home, life can become monotonous. We get used to our everyday routine and sometimes find ourselves misplacing our keys or forgetting to pick something up from the store just a little too often. Our brain, like the rest of our body, needs exercise. It needs stimulation and not necessarily the extent of entire new thoughts or routines that may change your life, but something small that keeps you engaged and thinking a bit more outside the box.

Our smart phones are truly becoming the one-stop-shop to not only remembering our to-do lists and phone numbers, but they also have a multitude of apps to give our brain the much needed workout and fresh air that it needs from time to time. These apps are not time consuming and are interesting enough to not feel like another task that you can’t wait to get over with. For the little time these apps take, it can give you that little mental boost you’ve been looking for.

 

Luminosity
This app truly takes the cake with ease and has been one of the more popular mental apps out there. And best yet for free (not entirely of course). You get 3/5 workouts a day for free and it doesn’t pressure you to purchase anything, but gives you enough that you will get the results. It targets your memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed and flexibility of thinking but best yet, it’s fun! You can set an alarm to remind you when you would like to do it and keeps track of your progress. It’s fun, easy, and one try and you will see why this app has become so popular.

Platform
Apple
Android

Cost: Free (Pro upgrade available)

Memory Trainer
The name of the app says it all. This app goes the extra mile to strengthen your memory while keeping you very entertained. It has different kinds of brain workouts to keep you engaged and if you need a break or have to pick up a call, it will save where you left off so you can pick up from where you left off. Memory Trainer keeps track of your progress and keeps the interactions challenging, but not enough to deter you from coming back for more.

Platform
Apple
Android

Cost: Free

Brain Fitness Pro
The Bow-flex, full body workout version of a mental workout; Brain Fitness Pro App. This app does everything from improving your focus, helping your memory, and it even boastfully claims to improve you IQ. This app has been mentioned in New York Times and is a largely downloaded app. A very addictive app that makes it well worth the $3.99 to really see if it can give you the results you are looking for.
Platform
Apple

Cost: $3.99

Eidetic
Eidetic is great app that chose to take a different approach to brain workouts. If you find you have a hard time with phone numbers, birthdays, or quotes, this app uses a technique they call spaced repetition to keep your brain sharp. It isn’t one of the more fun apps that you will use but many have found it to be very effective for enhancing your memory.

Platform
Apple

Cost: Free

We get used to our everyday routines… for the little time these apps take, it can give you that mental boost you’ve been looking for.