Can Juggling Really Make You Smarter?


man juggling six coloured balls

Juggling six balls!

Juggling is more popular today than it has ever been, and new research is pointing to the health benefits of this prominent circus art. new balance 574 While most people might think of juggling as a fun pastime, a great to pull out at a party (which it is), most of us don’t consider juggling as a useful skill. That may be starting to change. ugg promo The earliest record of juggling is found on the walls of a prince’s tomb in ancient Egypt. nike femme solde The image depicts female dancers and acrobats throwing balls in the air.
Egyptian wall painting of juggling

Egyptian wall painting of juggling

Entertainment aside, could it be that for thousands of years humans have intrinsically known that the manipulation of objects in the air is good for hand-eye coordination and spatial imagination and therefore our brains? In a 2009 study by Dr. nike air max 2016 soldes Johansen-Berg at Oxford University, 12 people learned to juggle over a six-week period, with brain scans administered before and after this period. The participants practised 30 minutes a day and were compared with 12 other people who did not juggle. nike pas cher bottes timberland The results of the study proved that juggling leads to changes in the brain’s white matter and increased connectivity in the brain. “We tend to think of the brain as being static, or even beginning to degenerate, once we reach adulthood,’ says Dr. Johansen-Berg. chaussure timberland homme ffxiv gil new balance france ‘In fact we find the structure of the brain is ripe for change. nike air max flyknit ultra 2.0 We’ve shown that it is possible for the brain to condition its own wiring system to operate more efficiently.” Dr.Johansen-Berg also suggests that there is potential for juggling to aid in the treatment of certain illnesses: “Knowing that pathways in the brain can be enhanced may be significant in the long run in coming up with new treatments for neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, where these pathways become degraded.” With that in mind, Light Up & Juggle has compiled a handy list of why everyone should be juggling at least once a day!

  • Get Smart. ugg noir ugg australia bottes bottes ugg australia As we’ve already mentioned, juggling increases connectivity in our brains, which sharpens our focus, our hand-eye coordination, and our spatial imagination, thereby making us smarter.
  • Toss The Stress Away. Concentrating on learning to juggle three balls, clubs, or cigarette boxes puts you in a state of meditation, especially if you’re gentle on yourself and your learning curve. adidas football Ask anyone who’s good at juggling and they’ll tell you that getting in the zone feels great. And anything that gets us into a meditative state is great for relieving stress.
  • Don’t Forget Your Body. chaussure tn pour homme adidas chaussures pas cher Now that we’ve established that juggling is good for our brains, how about our bodies? The answer is yes. air jordan 11 Juggling for sustained periods of times is a low intensity workout for our arms and shoulders, toning muscles and keeping joints limber. And with a focus on the space around you, keeping your movements fluid and your footwork light as you track your objects in the air, a juggling session can improve coordination and exercise your core (especially if you focus on keeping your abs tight while juggling).
  • Have Fun! Juggling is a good time whether you’re learning the skill or already a master at it. Entertain your friends and family, exercise your brain and body and always, always remember to have fun!

man juggling glow pinsSo, what are you waiting for? Pick up a set of LED juggle balls, clubs, rings or cigarette boxes from Light Up & Juggle and get juggling! Anywhere, anytime. Night or day. kanken rucksack You’re brain (and body) will thank you for it.

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