Wait… What’s A Word Workout?
A word workout is a fun way to increase your vocabulary and challenge your language skills.
Building your vocabulary can be a sure-fire way of becoming a better writer and boosting your cognition.
There are many ways you can do this. But the most engaging and interesting way is to play word workout games. Some of which we will be covering in this post.
Brain Training In The Peak App
Using brain training apps such as Peak is a great way to get your daily word workouts in. These can be played from the comfort of your own mobile, on a commute, in the queue at your favourite club or even whilst you wait for your McNuggets at McDonalds.
Peak provides a variety of word workouts in the form of games, these include:
- Word Fresh Zen
- Word Fresh
- Babble Bots
- Word Hunt
- Word Pairs
- Word Path
To give you a little insight into what Peak’s word games are like, here are some of our most popular games:
Word Fresh is listed under the “Language” section and features a grid of letters. The user must create words in any direction on the grid, by swiping through letters.
To make things interesting, each letter is assigned a score and some letters have higher scores. For example, vowels are only worth 1 point, whilst the letters Z and Q have the highest score and are worth 10 points!
In true Peak style, you have 90 seconds to find as many words as possible, preferably words that equal the largest scores.
Word Fresh has a number of achievements you can aim for, such as:
- Find a 5 letter word
- Complete 2 games with no mistakes
- Score above 1540 twice in a row.
Helping to keep you on your toes.
Babble Bots is another Language game that flexes your word muscle. The game features two friendly bots based on the original bots (designers), Lorenzo and Alesandro.
The user is presented with 6 letters at the bottom of the screen. The aim of the game is to create as many words with those letters as you can in the time limit provided. One game of Babble Bots lasts for a total of three rounds, each round presenting a different letter selection.
Like most Peak games, your ranking depends on how often/well you play. It also determines the level of difficulty you play at.
Like Word Fresh, Babble Bots and the other eight word workouts in the Peak app follow a similar achievement listing and help you to train:
- Word Fluency
Scrabble was once only available as a board game, but is now available on a number of devices and forms. Today we will be looking at the OG version of Scrabble and not its other variations.
Each player has a total of seven letters, picked at random. Every participant takes turns in making a word on the board.
Scrabble also has a scoring system depending on the letters used. The objective is to score more points than your opponents. But, there is also a way of challenging your opponents play, which can make things very interesting.
Scrabble is a solid word workout and a 2015 study Neural Correlates of Visual Word Recognition in Competitive Scrabble Players found through their research that Scrabble players “made use of brain regions not generally associated with meaning retrieval in visual word recognition, but rather those associated with working memory and visual perception.”
What’s more, it is a fun way for both kids and adults to practise their vocabulary and recall skills. All whilst teaching you new words and beating smug family members.
Word workouts don’t need to be boring and you definitely don’t need a gym membership to do one. Now that you have the option of playing against yourself or family and friends, you have no excuse.
So what are you waiting for?
Pick your poison!
Start your word workout today!
Peak – Brain Training