This post originally appeared on YouBeauty.
Struggling to place an acquaintance’s name, forgetting a friend date, blanking on what you ate for breakfast—we’ve all experienced the occasional brain fart. Luckily, we live in an age when a solution is literally at our fingertips. Whether it’s by stimulating neural connections or quieting your mind, these smartphone apps will boost your memory skills faster than you can say, “What was your name again?”
Memory Trainer & Fit Brains Memory Trainer
Meet the good kind of mind games. A 2013 study in Psychological Science showed that brain-stimulating yet easy-to-follow mental workouts, like the ones featured in these two apps, can indeed boost your working memory. Memory Trainer (for Android) zeroes in on your spatial and working memory as well as focus, concentration skills and chunking (grouping information to make it easier to remember; think 555-1212 and HIJK LMNOP). Fit Brains (for iOS) boasts familiar games like Guess Who and Block Breaker to enhance recognition, visual memory and three different forms of recall.
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Exercise fires up your mind as well as your body, reducing neural plaque buildup that can lead to memory loss. Activities that are both physically and mentally challenging work best. Sworkit builds randomized circuit training series that you can do at home. Choose your workout category (like strength training, cardio or yoga), type (think full-body, core or, if you’re feeling ambitious, “anything goes”), and length (anywhere from five to 60 minutes). Then a timer and optional demonstration video pop up, along with audio prompts when it’s time to switch sides or positions. The app keeps things moving—and keeps things interesting.
Sworkit: For iPhone, iPad and Android, free