Can resistance training increase brain power?
Recent research says, "Yes!"
Posted: February 19th, 2012 | Author: Esta | Filed under: Aging, Body Composition, Depression, Exercise, Fat Burning, Group Exercise Classes, Memory Retention, Personal Training, Resistance Training, Thought Process, Trampoline, Weight Loss, Weight Training | Tags: aging, brain, build muscle, cardiovascular benefit, exercise, fitness, memory, muscle, My Health Studio, resistance training, weight lifting | No Comments »
A dear client of mine, and someone who I admire for her inate intellectual capacity, shared a very interesting Los Angeles Times article with me last week. The title of the article is “Dumbbells make you brainy.” According to the article written by James S. Fell (L.A. Times article), “A growing body of evidence shows that regular exercise – be it resistance training or aerobic – helps ward off a host of cognitive impairments and enhances brainpower all life long.”
In addition to the obvious health benefits of cardio and resistance training, it’s clear to me that exercise can go a long way towards warding off depression and helping us to cope with stress. I’ve taken numerous continuing education units on how to avert (or possibly reverse) osteopenia and osteoporosis using resistance and plyometric modalities (including mini-trampolines and vibration plates). I’m so pleased that Michelle Voss, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa and lead author on a 2011 review of the effect of exercise on cognition has research that provides some very compelling evidence showing the brain benefits of resistance training. You can find additional details here: Exercise And The Brain: Pumping Iron To Pump Up The Gray Matter.
So instead of relying on cardio alone in your workouts, add a little weight to the matter! Visit My Health Studio for a free class… A weight has been lifted!