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Juggle For Your Health

on December 9, 2010

Juggling is not just for clowns!  Many magicians have added juggling to their act.  It’s now only good for kids shows but juggling can add an unexpected dimension to any show you perform.  It’s also a great skill on the spur of the moment to wow an audience of any size.

Studies show that juggling also provides great health benefit.  It’s a great way to get exercise while increasing your brain function, and reducing stress.  And the best part is that it’s something you can do anywhere, anytime.

Medical studies have proved the benefits of juggling to the brain by performing brain scans on normal people, and then 3 months later scanned them again after they had taken up juggling.  The studies show a significant increase in the gray matter in certain areas of the newly trained jugglers’ brains.  Gray matter is the part of the brain and spinal cord responsible for advanced mental functions.  Also interesting is that 3 months later the brain scans were performed again after the subjects had stopped juggling, and results showed a reduction in gray matter.   The research done also proved that the learning of a new skill has a greater affect on the brain than just enhancing an already learned skill.

Juggling also improves focus and concentration as it requires the juggler to use eye and hand movements.  It also burns calories.  Juggling of scarves or balls can burn up to 300 calories an hour.  And burn even more calories if coupled with other activities such as jumping jacks, or while doing abdominal exercises.  It’s a great workout for the upper body, and since it requires focus, will take your mind off other aerobic activities you may be doing.

Kids can also learn to juggle.  This provides fun without even realizing they are exercising.

Begin practicing or learn from someone who’s really good at it.  Try implementing juggling into your next act.  The audience will love and you’ll have some fun at the same time.

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Maralynn August 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I found just what I was needed, and it was etenraitning!

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