Are There Benefits Of Juggling? Research says yes. Juggling is said to be an entertaining hobby that can help street performers and circus clowns alike. But it actually has some physical and mental advantages as well.
Taking up juggling on your spare time can be a productive way to challenge yourself, stay young, and learn important life lessons that you can use for your future.
“Juggling practice will focus and calm your mind as it enlivens and balances your body,” Michael J. Gelb
So let’s jump right in there and talk about why you should learn to juggle if you have the time.
1. It Grows Your Mind
Scientist used to think that our mind could not grow bigger as we get older. It was thought that as soon as you hit your peak it was all downhill from there and your brain would slowly dwindle away.
New research has actually changed that view, as many scientists now believe that you can grow your brain by learning new skills that are challenging and creative. Juggling meets these requirements.
In a recent study German researchers divided up a group of 24 individuals into 2 groups. One group would learn to juggle for the next 3 months while the other group would not.
The study than did MRI scans on all participants before and after the 3 months to measure the size and structure of the brain. The results where amazing.
They found that the brain size of the participants who juggled actually expanded while the group that didn’t saw no change in their brain size. This seems to indicate that the brain can indeed grow even as you get older and that one of the ways you can do it is by learning to juggle.
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2. It Helps Build White Matter In Your Brain
Most studies on the brain (including the one I just talked about) focus on grey matter, which is the part of the brain that controls complex functions such as thinking and motor skills.
The second part of the brain is the white matter and this is believed to help the brain communicate with different sections of the brain and with the rest of your body as a whole.
It is important for overall health and hand eye coordination. This makes it a pretty important part of your body.
Similar to grey matter, the amount of white matter in a brain seems to increase for jugglers when compared to non jugglers.
In a study at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf participants who leaned to juggle where able to not only gain both white and grey matter in the brain, but they were able to keep the larger brain even after they stopped juggling for 4 weeks.
This shows that there can be some long term benefits of juggling even after you quit. If you want to read more about this study visit this link.
3. It Helps With Anxiety
Anxiety is a real problem that can hold individuals back and make life harder for people. One way that you can help overcome your anxiety is to learn to juggle according to a new study.
17 female patients who suffer from anxiety where split into 2 groups. The first group learned to juggle while the second group did not.
The participants where than asked to come back and take the STAI and T-A tests, (which indicate your anxiety level). The group that learned to juggle scored better on both tests, showing that juggling may help you to overcome fears and focus more.
The article also hinted that juggling may be used in therapy for Anxiety patients in the future.
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4. It Gives You Lifelong Lessons
There are also numerous lifelong lessons you can learn from juggling. It helps you to focus on what you are doing and improve your control.
It also promotes chance taking and lowers the fear of failure. As we all know if you practice juggling you are going to drop a lot of balls at some point. This gets you used to running into road blocks and makes you want to try harder to reach your goal. This is a great skill to have in life and it can be reinforced with juggling.
Books such as More Balls Than Hands: Juggling Your Way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes
illustrate just how much we can learn from juggling about life, creativity, and getting ahead in the corporate world.
5. It May Improve Academic Work
A growing number of people also believe that learning to juggle at a young age can help kids improve on their schoolwork. A few schools such as Nowlin Elementary School and Alimacani Elementary School are now teaching kids to juggle as a way of helping them improve coordination, concentration, confidence, and academic success.
While there have not been any official studies with elementary school kids and academic success it is widely believed among school officials.
Teachers from across the country have reported that kids who learn to juggle are also the ones also excel at reading. Some have even reported that kids who struggle to read are able to do a better job at it if they take juggling breaks.
“Lifes a struggle if you cant juggle”
At first glance it may not seem that juggling is good for much of anything (aside from impressing your friends of course). But there is evidence to suggest it is pretty important for you.
Learning to juggle can increase the size of your brain, decrease anxiety, teach you new things, and may even help the learning process.
Aside from that it is also a pretty cool skill to learn and turn into a fun hobby.
How To Juggle
Juggling is something that practically anyone can learn. It does take a lot of practice, but once you’ve got it you never forget how to do it. Since it is pretty hard to teach you how to juggle through writing I found an easy video to teach you the basics of 3 ball juggling and how you can start.