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How Joggling Can Benefit your Mind and Body

Posted Sep 04 2010 1:31pm

This is a guest post by Alexis Bonari

Distance running and juggling have a wide variety of health benefits between them, so their combined effects in joggling are a great way to stay fit, active, and sharp. If you’re a beginner and you’d like to experience these benefits, it’s a good idea to start distance running and juggling as separate exercises. It may help to invest in some instructional DVDs like JuggleFit and some good running gear like shorts with pockets to hold extra juggling balls. Even if you choose not to joggle, running or juggling can still give you some strong health benefits.

Weight loss, a healthy heart, improved bone health, and a better mood are all potential benefits of running. Because it requires a lot of energy to run, your body mass is likely to decrease when you start taking advantage of this exercise. With running, you’re more likely to enter a calorie deficit than you are with less strenuous forms of exercise like yoga. This means that, when you burn more calories than you consume, you start to burn stored fat and lose weight. Running can also help you lower your blood pressure and retain a healthy level of artery elasticity, which can prevent heart attacks and strokes. If you’re still looking for the ultimate anti-aging product, running is probably the end of your search. You can prevent bone and muscle loss by staying active rather than leading a sedentary lifestyle. The psychological benefits of running are also significant and can reduce your stress level, improving your mood and enabling you to spend less time worrying. The endorphins, sense of accomplishment, and overall increase in health produced by running can drastically improve your mind and body.

If you start juggling, you could increase the amount of gray matter in your brain, according to Nature magazine. This can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by exercising your mind as well as your body, encouraging you to concentrate and use problem-solving skills to understand spatial connections. Another benefit of juggling is its ability to divert your attention from the day-to-day problems of life to making sure you don’t get bonked on the head with a ball. This is actually stress relief, clearing your mind of everything but the trajectories of what you’re juggling and how your body is interacting with these objects. As you do this, you can also increase the amount of control and range of motion in your arms and shoulders because juggling uses movements that aren’t often incorporated into daily tasks.

Both running and juggling contribute to increased coordination, so your days of dropping silverware and running into the kitchen island are over. Becoming aware of your body and how much control you have over it can go a long way toward increasing hand-eye coordination. Although running can be considered a simple form of exercise, trail running requires a lot of coordination and builds this ability to a considerable degree. Actively adjusting to differences in terrain and avoiding obstacles can result in better control and improved coordination. There’s also a big incentive: tripping on a tree root hurts. With juggling, you can always work toward achieving a higher level of coordination because there are more complex patterns to learn for even the most accomplished juggler. But you don’t have to be successful to get coordinated – even beginners notice a marked improvement. So let joggling take your coordination and overall health to the next level with a combination of running and juggling benefits.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is a passionate blogger on the topic of education and free college scholarships . In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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