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Play a Game and Improve Your Brain!

By Robyn Wright

Games can entertain us but there are also lots of ways that games can actually help improve our brain function. Now granted, if you just play games all day and do nothing else, that’s not going to help, but taking some time to play a game can give your brain a boost through cognitive training. Here are some good examples:

Fit Brains

Fit Brains combines brain games with tracking tools to help users, of all ages, maximize and round-out brain skills in a fun way. Their games have a broad collection of personalization tools to adjust your training based on your skill level.

Cost: free and paid memberships
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Web


Mind Games

Mind Games works by exercising multiple types of cognitive skills. Your scores are tracked and you can compare your progress with their large scoring database.

Cost: free
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows


Brain Train Challenge

Brain Train Challenge provides a fast paced challenge within 24 mini games. The games include words, numbers, memory, logic, observation and spatial awareness.

Cost: free
Compatibility: Windows


Lumosity

Luminosity is one of the most popular brain training services online. They have over 60 million registered users worldwide. Lumosity’s games are designed to challenge core cognitive abilities. Premium members also have access to performance reports.

Cost: free and paid memberships
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Web


While the above are specific “brain training” games, playing other traditional game apps can help improve your brain as well. Look for puzzles, logic, word, memory, and the like. Playing a variety of these different types of games that make you think in different ways works to keep your brain sharp and flexible.

What are your favorite brain games?

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!

Using Docs and Spreadsheets to Monitor Health and Fitness

By Robyn Wright

When we talk about our mobile devices, we almost always mention some of the latest and greatest apps. However, apps are not always the answer. It’s still possible to use old-school computer programs to get a result that is just as good. With the cloud and the ever increasing power of today’s mobile devices, we can now create, view, and edit these programs from any device just about anywhere we choose.

Health and fitness monitoring is a great example of how we can use these more traditional programs. Tracking our exercise routines and dietary information can help us evaluate what we are doing (or are not doing), and assist us in setting realistic goals. Our doctors will also appreciate this information, so they can spot potential problems and develop treatment plans.

While many document and spreadsheet programs work across different platforms, there are programs that are optimized for specific operating systems. One of the benefits of using these more traditional tools is that you can easily print them out, create reports, and edit the layouts. While apps may offer some of these features, they are generally not as flexible as documents and spreadsheets.

Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Office has options that let you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote from virtually anywhere. There are basic versions included with your free OneDrive cloud account or, if you are a more robust user, Office 365 might be a better option. Along with the base programs, Microsoft has an extensive collection of free templates that include health and fitness, or you can create your own from scratch.

Android Operating Systems

Google Docs includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs, as well other collaborative tools. With Google Docs, you can create, view, edit and store in Google Drive, Google’s cloud storage service. Google Docs also has a large selection of templates if you need help getting started, or you can create your own customized products.

Apple iOS Operating Systems

For Apple users, there is iWork for iCloud, a web-based office suite that includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. All of these can be stored and accessed through iCloud. iWork comes with many templates and there are a number of community websites that offer an even greater selection.

If you’re not a big fan of apps, you can still track and manage all your health and wellness needs in this more traditional format. Regardless of how you chose to manage your information, the most important part is that you are actively moving towards a healthier you!

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!