Brain Gym exercises include specific movements designed to improve concentration, focus and memory. Educators use Brain Gym activities to improve students' academic achievements, attitude and organizational skills. Brain Gym movements may also help to enhance physical coordination, relationships and self-responsibility. Some exercises use both left and right handed movements.
When you focus on movements that cross the midline of your body, you help integrate the left and right hemispheres in your brain. This helps to improve coordination, as midline crossing movements are routine used in daily life. When a child begins to crawl, or an adult walks, he is using movements that cross the body's midline.
The Brain Gym Cross Crawl exercise is designed to integrate the two hemispheres of the brain and to improve coordination. Perform a Cross Crawl by lifting your right knee and touching your right knee with your left hand. Then perform the same movement with the left knee and right hand. You can do this seated or standing, and for more of a challenge, try the exercise with your eyes closed, or with an additional movement such as a jump.
The Lazy Eight exercise uses a drawing of an infinity sign, or a sideways figure eight. Trace the outline of the figure eight as you hold the paper in front of your body. This exercise causes the hand to cross the midline of the body. You can perform this exercise with both hands at different times.
Draw with both hands at the same time during the Double Doodle exercise. Draw specific shapes such as circles, squares or triangles. The object is to draw the shapes at the same time using both hands to improve focus and concentration, as your less dominant hand may find this challenging.