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Tai Chi Can Help You Focus?

According to recent research, it has been proven that Tai Chi, practiced three times a week can lead to improved memory and thinking. If this is so, can we deduce that Tai Chi can help you focus? I’d say so. Not only that, but previous research has found that Tai Chi can help reduce stress, improve balance in the elderly and fend off high blood pressure, thus helping those who suffer from heart disease. Scientists have known for some time that aerobic exercise helps with brain development and growth but this is the first time that a non-aerobic exercise has been proven to have similar effects.

Tai Chi Can Help You FocusFindings also revealed the group who did not participate in Tai Chi showed brain shrinkage over the eight months – consistent with what generally has been observed for elderly people in their 60s and 70s.

The research suggests forms of exercise like Tai Chi, that include an important mental health exercise component, are associated with increased production of brain growth factors like aerobic exercise.

Dr James Mortimer, of the University of South Florida, said: “If this is shown, then it would provide strong support to the concept of ‘use it or lose it’ and encourage seniors to stay actively involved both intellectually and physically.

“The ability to reverse this trend with physical exercise and increased mental activity implies that it may be possible to delay the onset of dementia in older persons through interventions that have many physical and mental health benefits.

“Epidemiologic studies have shown repeatedly that individuals who engage in more physical exercise or are more socially active have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The current findings suggest that this may be a result of growth and preservation of critical regions of the brain affected by this illness.”

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I’d say it’s pretty clear that Tai Chi can help you focus. As Tai Chi is a version of meditation, it could be that it’s the meditative aspect of it which helps with brain development, rather than the slow exercise that it entails. We’ve seen on this site that meditation can help to improve the wiring of your brain, and thus brain development, so it comes as little surprise that Tai Chi can have similar results. Check out previous posts on meditation here.