Many people already know that exercise is great for your mind as well as your body.
But there are certain types of physical training that are better for warding off things like Alzheimer's.
It's strength training.
A new study found that resistance training improved the cognitive abilities of older adults.
The lead researcher said:
"We actually imaged their brains, using functional MRIs – and these people showed better brain function."
They were tested on attention, memory and planning.
All were improved in one way or another after resistance training.
A rep from the Alzheimer's Association said:
"It’s definitely one of the first times resistance training has been looked at in connection with Alzheimer’s. And we’ve seen in that body of literature that people who do resistance training increase their ability to be more mobile, but it may have some other benefits."
So don't want Alzheimer's?
Then start lifting!
[Image via Shustov/Wikimedia Commons.]
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