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Lets Get Juggling!

Research has shown that both children and adults can benefit from juggling.

 

The Benefits of Juggling

  1. It helps to develop or improve hand-eye coordination.
  2. Sharpens focus and concentration.
  3. Helps to relieve stress and anxiety.
  4. Improves rhythm and timing.
  5. Can help to build creativity.
  6. Builds confidence.
  7. Works on patience.
  8. Once mastered it can lower the fear of failure.
  9. Develops a range of motion.
  10. Some research has shown that it burns 280 calories per hour.

 

How to Juggle

So how should you start out? Firstly you will need to get some beanbag juggling balls, or you could use household objects such as oranges, apples, or tennis balls. When you’re happy with your equipment take a look below at the perpetual motion image. This is the three ball cascade you’ll be learning; use this as a visual guide as it will prove very useful as a reference.

3-ball_cascade_movie

1. Get the basic “feel” of the process by throwing a ball in an arc from one hand to the other; it should rise up to eye height at the peak of its arc.

2. A great method to perfect juggling is “scooping”, a technique that smooths out your movements. Scoop your hands when throwing back and forth as it helps greatly with overall fluidity.

3. Now, with one juggling ball in each hand, throw one in an arc towards your other hand. When it is at the top of its arc lower your other arm to launch the other ball towards your free hand. As each follows its arc catch them in your hands. Practice this to increase your understanding of the motions involved.

4. Now try for the 3 ball cascade; hold two juggling balls in your right hand, and one in your left. As practised in point 3, throw one ball in a sweeping arc from your right hand. When it has reached the peak of its arc, send the ball in your left hand to your right.

5. Catch the first ball in your left hand whilst the second is arching upwards towards your right, now launch the third ball in your right hand towards the left and prepare to catch the second. Use the perpetual motion diagram above for visual assistance, and remember practice makes perfect!

*Instructions taken from: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/learn-how-to-juggle-and-improve-your-brains-power.html