Skip to main content

Spending so much time on that road traveling for business that your brain's turning to mush? These brain exercises should help keep you at the top of your game.

Brain Age 2


: Quick, brain exercises


: Vocal recognition needs work

This Nintendo DS sequel has a number of tweaks that users of the first edition will like. Plenty of Suduko and math games are abundant. However, in this version, after adding up a few numbers, one of the numbers is removed, thereby forcing you to jog your short-term memory in order to complete the calculation.

Another new addition is the Piano Player keyboard that asks you to tap along with the notes on a sheet of music. Brain Age and Brain Age 2 were created to "apply stored knowledge" in order to exercise or train your "prefrontal cortex" (located in the frontal lobe) of your brain.

Of note, the hand recognition has been tweaked and that is also a welcome change. There is nothing worse than getting the right answer and then finding out you have an 80-year old brain.

On the other hand, the voice recognition is good but could be better. I spoke a few answers into the program, but with a Chicago aaaaccent, the voice recognition did not pick up the correct answer. Folks from Iowa might have better luck getting recognized.

Deep Stress Relief
$24.95/2 CD set

"Brain Sync programs use window frequencies -- extremely precise frequencies that resonate and impact the body at a cellular level." Brain Sync programs are a great way to escape, relax and rejuvenate on the road.

I have been using these for years and use them quite often, especially on long flights. These CDs (they can also be downloaded as mp3s) are particularly good for people who have a hard time decompressing, meditating or coming down from a stressful situation. One of the latest CDs --

Scroll to Continue

TheStreet Recommends

Deep Stress Relief

-- is especially usefulbecause it addresses what most mobile executives carry around: stress.

These enable you to not only tune out all the noise, commotion and crying babies, but to actually wake up refreshed. After using the CDs a number of times, you may find your body automatically calming down. If there is a downside, it's that you might feel so relaxed that you fall sleep, but unless you're on a bullettrain in Japan, it's no big deal.

For best results, you should use the best stereo headphones or earbuds available.

Site to See


No pop-ups, spyware or even paper makes this a great site to use daily. This easy-to-access and -use site is a place to play Sudoko, crosswords and even jigsaw puzzles, at variable skill levels, all for



Diane Forbes is the 'Gadget Grrl."

Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click

here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.