One of the ways I've been doing that is through word puzzles.
You might be thinking, well it's bound to be easier second time around. And sometimes, you would be right but sometimes it can take longer. Why is that?
It can have a lot to do with the "form" or mood we are in; time of day; level of stress or tiredness. My experience of doing and repeating the crosswords suggested that I should practise more to get my brain fitter. Then I spotted something that my brain just might appreciate.
Online brain games
So what happens?
Each day I get an email prompt to remind me to do that day's selection of brain games. Some aren't easy and I've gone back over several to improve my score. Certainly a few cross words have been spoken.
One of the things I like is that alongside each game is a series of suggestions from other users on how to improve your score and one of the tips I liked is that accuracy is more important than speed.
For each of the elements (speed, memory, attention, flexibility, problem solving and so on) there is a running score and by clicking through your profile you can check your precentile placing against others of the same age group. Mixed reports for me there but I'm there to do better.
There is also an overall Lumosity Performance Index (LPI) and over the past week despite a couple of steps backwards, at least I can see that I am making progress.
Lumosity has one thing in common with the crossword copy.
It repeats the test expecting ongoing training to improve performance.
Now where is that crossword?