The primary reason that I exercise is to give me the best chance of meeting my goal of living until 107 years old. I know a lot of it is based on your genetics, but of the things you can control, exercise and diet also have a noticeable affect.
But living to an old age while suffering dementia or some other brain disease doesn’t sound like a great idea either. So, in addition to things to improve my body’s chances of making it that long, I also do things to improve my brain’s chance of living that long. This is one reason that I joggle.
Juggling has been demonstrated to actually help make your brain grow bigger. It has something to do with the act of learning a new task and the concentration and focus required. While it isn’t a new task for me, juggling is great because there is always a new trick you can learn. You can try to juggle more objects, new patterns, or new objects. The supply of things to do is endless and the potential to keep your brain young is also endless.
And there is even more support for this notion. According to a recent study published in the journal Neurology about brain atrophy and aging, physical activity was associated with larger gray matter, less atrophy, and few white matter “lesions.” Basically, exercise is a brain protector. Mental activities like doing crossword puzzles or figuring out problems did not show a significant reduction in the signs of brain aging.
So, if juggling builds your brain, and exercise builds your brain, joggling might make your brain so big your skull can hardly contain it!
Now this, I would like to see.