What are some physical activities that use both sides of the brain?
We like to challenge our residents everyday by doing simply tasks that are actually challenging, such as the generic pat your head and circle on your belly..we sit and pattern bringing our legs out and in and opposite arms go out and in. Anything exciting that works for you?
Working out will work both.
Touching equipment, listening to instructions, listening to news/music/watching tv while doing cardio, taking directions, reading directions on display panel, counting repititions, calculating weight on a bar, keeping a work out journal, interacting with other people etc.
not sure how exciting it is but I often challenge the participants in my classes to move in 'opposite direction'. For example, when have them making a figure eight in my water class with arms or legs, I ask them to reverse direction. In my land MELT classes, I ask them to cross the arms the 'normal' way, and then the other. The same with interlacing the fingers.
Using med ball threading ball between legs in figure 8 position one direction then reversing to other direction. Using Bosu balancing and raising one leg laterally then the other. Progressing to dumbells, bicep curls while raising one leg at a time and keeping balance. The list is endless..
Hope this helps
How about using the non dominant hand and foot?
You could also have the clients take turns playing a musical instrument.
Here are some additional activities that might be of interest to you:
- Use sidewalk chalk to draw straight line on the ground and have your residents work on "footwork drills." Create patterns with increasing difficulty for them to follow moving forward/backward and side-to-side.
-- Want to take it to the next level? Draw something that resembles an agility ladder instead and you'll have a wider range of options for the footwork patterns.
- Using sidewalk chalk, draw two lines on the ground that intersect in the middle (like this, +) and write a number in each of the four quadrants. Give your residents a list of numbers and have them make that pattern by stepping in the correct quadrants in the correct order.
-- Want to take it to the next level? Create more quadrants (like this, ++) (or like this, +++) and fill them each with their own unique number. You'll be able to create longer patterns for them to remember which can be more challenging mentally and physically.
If you'd like me to clarify anything please let me know and I'd be happy to do so. Best of luck to you keeping your residents sharp!
I also like to use opposite hand to leg motion: R arm front arm raise, L leg taps a ball. etc.
I also like to step touch while throwing a ball and having them count backwards.
Here's something fun to do with a small or large group:
Best done with fun music:
Start with a dance move with the music. For instance: It's Michele's turn first and "Do the locomotion" is playing. Ask Michele for a arm and leg move. Then we go to Kimberly. She does the locomotion move and adds one...and so on. Do about 4 then recap before adding more, calling on each resident again.
Tests their recall ability, they get to use their body, think quickly while in the spotlight...Lots of fun.