Book review: Fast Brain Workouts by Gareth Moore

If your body is your temple, then surely your brain is your powerhouse.

Monday, 8th September 2014, 10:00 am
Fast Brain Workouts by Gareth Moore
Fast Brain Workouts by Gareth Moore

And what better way to keep the grey matter active and healthy than an invigorating daily workout?

Dr Gareth Moore, author of a wide range of brain-training and puzzle books, has set his own mind to a fast, efficient and fun collection of mental exercises to keep your thinking muscles in perfect shape.

Fast Brain Workouts is the equivalent of a session at the gym with exercises, tests and puzzles designed to sharpen your mental reflexes and get those synapses firing on all cylinders.

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Your brain loves to learn new patterns and associations and research has shown that regularly tackling challenging puzzles increases the flow of blood to the brain, boosting the supply of oxygen and helping to stave off ageing.

The brain-training games in this indispensable book encourage your mind to think in new and novel ways and include a wide range of puzzles using numbers, logic and reasoning, language, memory and observation, the ever-popular Sudoku, number darts and comprehension problems.

Each workout starts with a simple set of instructions and sometimes there is an example of a solution to help you on your way and to clarify the rules.

Would-be mental gymnasts are encouraged to work through the book in order as the tasks are arranged in increasing level of difficulty, and don’t be tempted to skip the hardest puzzles as these are the ones that will probably provide the greatest benefit.

And for those who really do get stuck on any of the exercises, don’t despair as the solutions are provided on the following page.

So if simple mental arithmetic exhausts you, remembering important birthdays is a struggle or you regularly forget your PIN number or what you went upstairs for, then this clever book could be just what you need to give your brain a welcome boost.

And if the workouts leave your brain begging for more, visit Dr Moore’s daily brain-training site at

(Michael O’Mara, paperback, £7.99)