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Learn to juggle

How to get your brain going

Brain research has found that three skills train the brain in particular: Singing, playing an instrument and juggling. Juggling activates the interaction of both halves of the brain in a special way through the cross-over movement. In addition to improving receptiveness, this can not only increase creativity, but also intelligence.

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Below you will find brief instructions on how to get started:

Three balls are sufficient for the start – preferably special juggling balls, as these are filled and therefore have optimum “flight behavior”.

A ball – in an arc

Juggling picture 1
Start with a ball. Preferably outdoors or in a room with some space and high ceilings.

Stand in a relaxed position, stretch both arms out to the side and throw the ball in a high arc from one hand to the other. Look up and follow the trajectory. Observe how the ball “stands” briefly in the middle of the arc before it then flies further down. Have you managed 10 throws without dropping the ball?

Top! Then it’s on to exercise two.

Two balls – crossed

Juggling picture 2
Imagine you are standing in a doorway and take a ball in each hand. Spread your arms out and throw the first ball into the opposite corner of the (imaginary) frame. When the ball “stands” exactly at the top, throw the second ball up towards the other corner.

As soon as the second hand is free, catch ball no. 1 with it. Ball two then follows with the other hand.
This creates a rhythm of four: throw – throw – catch – catch.

This exercise requires a little patience. Do not give up! Practice for several hours (with interruptions) until you can do the exercise fluently before you start with the first trick:

Two balls – one handjuggling3

Take 2 balls in one hand and throw the first one up. Once it has reached the highest point, throw the second one into the air and catch the first one again with the same hand.

In the beginning, the balls will collide again and again. If you throw the balls in a small arc and make a small circle with your hand, you will soon get the hang of it. Half an hour later at the latest, you should have mastered this small but impressive trick.

Three balls – with stop

Now you can start with 3 balls: Take two balls in one hand and the third ball in the other hand
and now throw one of the two balls, then the single ball with the other hand and catch the first ball with the now free hand. Now throw the third ball up just before you reach the 2. catch the ball. The 3. catch the ball with the hand in which you have already caught a ball. Now you have thrown each ball once and the balls are in opposite positions in your hands so that you can start the next round straight away.juggling4

3, 4, 5 balls – juggling

Now you can reduce the stops step by step and, lo and behold, you are juggling. Now you can increase from 3 to 4 or 5 balls. This will now work almost by itself. Congratulations, you can juggle.

In addition to the great feeling of having done it, you have also given your brain a good workout without realizing it. And the best thing about it: just like cycling, you’ll never forget how to do it again! After a long break, you may need to practise again briefly.

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