March 09, 2017

Study: Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Boosts Memory, May Delay Dementia


PROBLEM: Though previous studies have shown aerobic exercise's ability to increase brain volume and improve memory, it's unclear if a less strenuous form of physical exercise, namely tai chi, can engender the same brain benefits.


RESULTS: The participants who practiced tai chi three times a week however, showed significant increases in brain volume as well as improvements in their memory and thinking test scores.

CONCLUSION: A regular tai chi exercise regimen enlarges the brain and enhances the cognitive abilities of the elderly.

IMPLICATION: Since past research has shown a link between dementia and brain shrinkage, a less aerobic form of exercise, such as tai chi, may delay the onset of this degenerative mental illness.


SOURCE: The full study, "Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders," is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.


The power of Tai-Chi
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Tai chi for beginners [DVD]
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Tai Chi : a way of living
Qigong is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. The aim of Quigong is to prevent and cure disease, strengthen the constitution, avoid premature aging and prolong life.
There are many forms of Qigong, each having its own features and effects which differ according to posture, method, form, style and purpose.
In this video, we present three forms:
Shibashi - a combined form of Qigong and Tai Chi -- The Happy Buddha - a short, intensive style -- The White Lotus - a popular short form practised widely in Australia.
 
 

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