A study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which included 120 healthy older people in China, showed doing tai chi can boost your brain power. Those who practiced this “moving meditation” technique three times a week for 40 weeks showed increases in brain volume, as seen on MRI, as well as improvements on several tests of memory and learning, compared to those not doing the exercise who had normal age-related brain shrinkage.
Previous research has shown that aerobic activity is good for the brain, but this study suggests that a more gentle form of exercise is also beneficial. Another benefit of tai chi: it improves balance and decreases the risk of falls. (December 2012 UC Berkeley Wellness Letter)