How does juggling benefit mind and body?
- It’s fun!
- Improved hand-eye coordination and balance
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
- Improved upper body strength
- Mild cardio activity
- Improved Mindfulness
- A great social activity for families and other groups
- Improved learning ability and other benefits for children
- Increased brain matter in all ages
- May slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease
Scientific Studies Demonstrate Many of the Benefits of Juggling
- Increased coordination
Four weeks of juggling practice resulted in a significant increase in coordination.
- Increased brain matter (may help with memory loss!)
MRI studies demonstrated that learning how to juggle increases both the amount of white and gray matter in the brain in younger adults and seniors. These remarkable studies may indicate that the normal loss of brain cells with age can be at least partially counteracted by juggling. Since the brains of children are changing even more than in adults, it is very likely that these results also apply to children.
- Improved cognitive skills
Two studies (one with adults and one with children) demonstrated that juggling improves one’s ability to do mental rotation of objects. The implication of these studies is that juggling would also improve other cognitive skills.
- Decreased anxiety
Six months of juggling has been shown to decrease several symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, including anxiety, depression, and anger-hostility feelings.