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Frontal Lobe Exercises

The left and right frontal lobe portions of the brain play a role in planning, evaluation, sequencing, visual analysis and language. As a form of traumatic brain injury, a frontal lobe injury requires recuperative exercises that involve physical and cognitive maneuvers to slowly restore the brain and body to a functioning level capable of accomplishing tasks in everyday society.

Concentration Improvers

Concentration exercises can improve frontal lobe functioning, according to Dr. Glen Johnson. Remove extra distractions and fully concentrate on the task on hand to get your brain accustomed to mastering one task at a time and focusing. Frontal lobe exercises that improve concentration levels include cooking dinner while removing family members from the kitchen, doing laundry without watching television or talking on the phone without working on the computer. When you can perform one task competently, add another task simultaneously to improve brain functioning.

List Keeping

Start including list keeping as a frontal lobe exercise to improve organizational skills. Lists save time, frustration and provide a sense of accomplishment upon task completion, according to the Dr. Glen Johnson. Set aside 10 minutes each day to make a list in the morning and in the evening. Upon awakening, write down what tasks you want to accomplish during the day. Carry this list around with you. Upon completing a task, cross the item off your list. Update your list at the end of the day by including new items you thought of during the day, but want to accomplish the following day. Make certain you make your list when you are fresh and energized, not fatigued since fatigue diminishes organizational skills.

Menu Planning

Improve your frontal lobe functioning by working on your planning skills. Frontal lobe injuries commonly result in being unable to properly plan for events. Counteract this deficit and turn it into a positive by including menu planning as part of your frontal lobe exercises. Start out slow and plan one main meal daily. Sit down on on a day and at a time when you are relaxed and write down one main meal for each of the next seven days. Take a 2 minute break. After determining your main meals, go back and write down one side dish per day. Go back to your menu plan and start making a grocery list of all the foods you need. A grocery list allows you to shop for all items in one visit, saving time and avoiding multiple trips, frustration and expense.

Try Bowling

Physical exercise plays a major role in recuperating from a traumatic brain injury that affects all parts of the brain, including the front lobe area. Physical exercise, such as bowling, improves concentration levels, cognitive functioning, muscle flexibility and strength while also naturally reducing stress levels, according to Brainline.org. Start out by using a lightweight ball to increase muscle strength. Bowl with friends or in a league until you are strong enough to bowl a full game alone. Start bowling for 10 minutes, then gradually increase your time and ball weight as you become stronger.

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