Balance is an important part of a healthy life. You may try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, break up your screen time with gardening or walking outdoors, and exercise to counteract time spent on the couch.

But you may be forgetting one key habit: training your brain for balance. To work on brain balance, consider adding brain teasers to your daily routine. Do a mix of different types of puzzles to work out different parts of your brain.

Here’s how doing a variety of puzzles can help stimulate different areas of the brain and strengthen an array of skills:

  • Word games like crosswords and sudoku can give you a workout in the language centers of the brain. In fact, doing word games may help to improve your judgment, executive function and memory.
  • Numbers games like cross sum and math riddles can exercise the parts of the brain responsible for planning, organization and logical thinking. Plus, solving math problems can help improve your cognition and memory in everyday life.

You may be drawn more to one type of puzzle over another, and you may even consider yourself either a “words person” or a “numbers person.” But erasing these distinctions and playing both kinds of games can help you get more of a mental challenge and move out of your comfort zone. Just as cross training works out more of your muscles, combining different types of brain exercises can give you a whole-brain workout.

You can get started right away with our two brain teasers, the numbers game “In the Balance” and the word game “On Target.” In the first one, you’ll look at scales that are holding different colored shapes and determine how many green triangles it will take to perfectly balance the final scale. In the second game, you’ll come up with the missing letter that goes in the middle of each target to create three six-letter words in each circle.

in the balance

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on target

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Did you balance your brain by trying our pair of puzzles? Leave a comment below and let us know which type of puzzle you prefer and which ones are harder for you—the numbers games or the word games.