Brain Training is a series of simple exercises to keep the mind active, with the aim of improving and conditioning cognitive capacity. It has been popularised over the last decade, possibly most prominently by Nintendo's game, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training. It was a huge seller at the time, and looked to give tangible results to the player through a 'brain age'. The more you train, the lower your brain age becomes.
This may have been what popularised the concept of Brain Training, but in truth, people have been doing this for years; crosswords, sudoku, puzzle books. They all share the same components, in that they test the mind, and keep it active. The concept of 'Brain Training' gave a name to this, but the programs and games that followed also gave something that was much more important - information. You could analyse, see how you improved over time, and continue to push yourself and create a perpetual sense of achievement.
The Nintendo program was all well and good, but it was isolated. There was no community, no comparisons, and its own technology is now dated, and no longer used by the general public like it once was. So, what platform is ever present, used by billions every day, and perfectly suited to the exercises and analysis needed for effective Brain Training? The internet; and there are few more effective sites than Lumosity.
Over the past few years, the people behind the site have developed a way to find out what you want, and develop a program accordingly. Initially, you're asked a series of questions which pertain to the different aspects of the program. Then, you'll go through a few quick tests, and based on data that Lumosity have gained from years of research and millions of participants, you'll get a result telling you where you can improve, and most importantly, will give you a suite of exercises and games which will make that happen.
There is also a huge social side to Lumosity. As with anything which involves training, if you work in a group, you will see results quicker, drive others around you, and in turn be driven yourself. It's easy to use too, and very intuitive, while making the process as much fun as possible.
As with any part of the body, the more you train and use it, the more effective it becomes. With muscles, though, the more often you work them, the more toned they become, so it's a very visible difference. It's the same with joints and flexibility. Through Yoga, you might go from barely being able to reach past your knees, to being able to put the palms of your hands flat to the floor; very visible, very tangible.