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Five Types of Brain Games that Keep Your Mind Fit
(including Free Access)


Most adults are so busy with their everyday routine that they miss out on regular playtime. Well, this is not only akin to lighting a match under the ticking time-bomb of your stress levels, but it is bad for your brain.

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Mentally stimulating games like crossword puzzles may reduce your risk of dementia.

That's right. Playing is good for your brain, and if you value yours, indulging in a few puzzles and such will help to keep your mind sharp.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine, for instance, found that challenging your brain with mentally stimulating leisure activities (including playing board games or cards, doing crossword puzzles, reading, writing, and playing musical instruments) is great for your mind.

Seniors who participated in such activities about once a week for a 20-year period reduced the risk of dementia by 7 percent. Those who engaged in these activities more often reduced their risk even more -- by 63 percent!

Now, eager to tap in on an aging generation of Baby Boomers, video game makers like Nintendo are even coming out with games geared toward keeping aging minds young.

"[Brain Training is] kind of like a treadmill for the mind," said Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing and corporate affairs for Nintendo of America, about one such game.

Any of the free, online brain games listed here will stimulate neural activity (i.e. give your brain a workout).

Top Brain Games to Challenge Your Mind

Just about any game or puzzle that you find intriguing can help stimulate your brain, but here we've uncovered some games that are fun, challenging and, best of all, free.

  1. Crossword Puzzles: Everyone's old favorite, crossword puzzles, are updated and available online for free at Choose your puzzle's topic and your skill level, and this site will even time you!

  2. Sudoku: This challenging, fun and incredibly addictive number game may very well become the crossword puzzle of the 21st century. Try it online for free at

  3. Brain Puzzles: If you have five houses in five different colors, and in each house lives someone with a different nationality, pet and favorite drink, can you use 10 clues to find out who owns the fish?

    This is the type of addictive puzzle you can find at (and they've got countless other brain games, too).

  4. Brain Teasers: At, you'll find over 17,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles. Be careful, this site can easily eat up large quantities of your free time.

  5. Brain Training: has interactive brain-training exercises that they claim will help you to build mental stamina for sustained concentration, much as aerobics builds physical stamina for sustained exertion.

Recommended Reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Board Games ... for Adults as Well as Kids

Some Very Fun Exercises for Your Brain ... With an Amazing Little Test at the End


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