A study of people aged between 55 and 86 years — all with thinking and mild memory problems — were required to do weight training twice every week for about six months.
- Increasing muscle strength helped to boost brain function in people with mild memory and thinking problems.
- The improvement in cognitive function was directly related to the gains in muscle strength.
- These benefits of increased brain function only lasted for a period of a year after quitting the weight lighting.
“The more we can get people doing resistance training like weight lifting, the more likely we are to have a healthier aging population. The key, however, is to make sure you are doing it frequently, at least twice a week, and at a high intensity so that you are maximizing your strength gains. This will give you the maximum benefit for your brain,” Mavros explained.
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