A 2010 study shows that stress on a young brain thins the cerebral cortex, which is a strong indicator of dejected feelings and depression. Young people are automatically under a lot of pressure
when their lives as young adults are in the starting blocks. Therefore, they benefit from keeping that cerebral cortex as thick as possible to counteract a downward spiral of negative feelings
and to be resilient in dealing with these major challenges.
'Regular exercise,' says our government. And they're right. In fact, a 2019 study shows that regular exercise has a positive effect on the thickness of the cerebral cortex. Boring, I hear some people think when they think of a round of morning exercise or a brisk walk.
The good news.
The same study shows that this process can be accelerated many times when engaging in some type of sport. And not only is the thickness of the cerebral cortex affected, but your senses, memory, self-awareness and focus are also greatly sharpened. It's like a performance drug, but without the destructive side effects.
Surely not for old people then?
The funny thing is that until recently, people associated this sport mostly with seniors, because they obviously benefit from keeping their brains young as well. However, the fact that it can have such a life-changing effect on a young brain has - unfairly - still not fully seeped into the general consciousness.
Practicing tai chi in a group, under the guidance of an experienced and intelligent teacher increases your intelligence, brings balance to your emotional life and is on top of that very good for your body, and all this in a relatively short period of time.
And that is just the beginning.
In the movies one dares to fantasize about tapping the full potential of your brain. In tai chi classes, this fantasy becomes more and more reality, which can drastically improve your quality of life.