My daughter’s jumping has developed this idea for the blog post. I see how happy she feels herself when she jumps on the sofa or ‘soars’ on the trampoline, therefore I was interested if jumping somehow might be either unilateral or multilateral, i.e. beneficial not only for physical health, but also for the child cognitive development.
So I found out that jumping has several types like jumping jacks, jump rope, trampoline jumping, rebounding which influence positively on human health and brain activity.
Firstly, let us see how jumping helps in gaining better health conditions. In this regard, Quietadove (2010) espouses the benefits of jumping or rebounding as a great way to keep fit: to lose weight and have fun at the same time. The author also recommends to consult the therapist first for starting a serious weight-loss in regular jumping. In the same vein, Makovsky (2015) suggests us jumping jacks as being an advantageous way “to burn calories”. (para. 1). In addition to losing weight, she depicts its cardiovascular, strengthening and stress-relieving functions. It could be said that it is a nice start for thinking not only about losing weight, but also cognitive development which is positively affected by jumping.
Secondly, it is worth to underpin intellectual advantages of jumping. Kenny Hogan (n.d.) explicates that jumping rope makes people smarter. “Jumping aids in the development of the left and right hemispheres of your brain, which further enhances spacial awareness, improves reading skills, increases memory and makes you more mentally alert.” (para. 13). Another article about benefits of jumping mentions that children control their body movements while jumping, so it helps them develop control on coordination, consequently the improvement in their learning success. (“8 Benefits,” n.d.). Furthermore, the research study done by Pesce et al. (2012) manifests and demystifies that physical education, including low jumping, creates favorable conditions for memory performance in school-age children. That is very important to know for parents who restrict any kind of jumping, being meticulous in promoting safer conditions for children.
In conclusion it is useful to say that jumping brings not only happiness and physical health, but it also influences human cognitive development and affects learning success. You might have a monism about ideas mentioned above and share your own views or experience about jumping. It could help to identify more benefits of either one, two, or both ideas.
Kennedy Hogan, M. (n.d.). 9 Benefits of Jumping Rope You Probably Don’t Know. Retrieved February 15 2017 from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/benefits-jumping-rope-you-probably-dont-know.html
Makofsky, N. (2015, January 28). Benefits of Jumping Jacks. Retrieved February 15 2017 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/460979-benefits-of-jumping-jacks/
Quietadove. (2010, August 23). Health Benefits of Jumping. Retrieved February 16 2017 from https://pointersviewpoint.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/health-benefits-of-jumping/
Pescea, C., Faigenbaumb, A., Crovaa, C., Marchettia, R., & Belluccic, M. (2012). Benefits of multi-sports physical education in the elementary school context. Health Education Journal. 72(3). 326–336. Retrieved February 15 2017 from http://ezproxy.library.nu.edu.kz:4281/doi/pdf/10.1177/0017896912444176
8 Benefits of trampolining for kids. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17 2017 from http://www.under5s.co.nz/shop/Hot+Topics/Activities/Sports/8+Benefits+of+trampolining+for+kids.html