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Jumping Forward

Hadas Fuchs

Low muscle tone? Problems concentrating? The solution may be a jump away. Experts are advising children and adults to pick their feet and start jumping. Find out why and how it helps.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Does your child like to jump, hop, and climb on everything in sight? Or does he avoid any activities that take him off the ground? Children often fall into one of these two categories. There those who shun actions such as jumping and climbing, and those who crave it. Yet, researchers have collaborated to show that the benefits of jumping can help both camps of kids.

Jumping isn’t just a fun activity that let’s off a lot of excess energy. It activates important bodily systems and is even a prerequisite for proper development. Controlled jumping assists children who suffer from attention and concentration problems, improves learning ability, and strengthens limp muscles.

“We need to understand that when we jump, we’re actually activating all the systems in our body,” explains Nurit Pergal, a sports teacher. “The adrenalin level rises and the ability to concentrate intensifies. The body’s spatial abilities are enhanced with better synchronization and balance. In addition, the action of jumping has the ability to influence sensory modes, thus improving our entire behavior and our mood.”

Hard to believe? It pays to try.


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