Cognitive decline is one of the primary manifestations of immobility. Without a sound mind, a physically healthy body cannot possibly perform its functions. Fortunately, there is a way to address both cognitive issues and physical health in one activity: resistance training
According to four clinical trials presented in the Alzhemeir’s Association International Conference
Previous studies have positively linked aerobic activity, especially walking, to cognitive health. The latest study by Dr William Theis, the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the Association, points to resistance training as a valuable tool to combat mobility risks and Alzheimer’s.
One study was conducted by PhD student Lindsay Nagamatsu of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and her colleagues using the Exercise for Cognition and Everyday Living, or EXCEL
The researchers compared the effects of resistance training (weight lifting) twice a week and aerobic training (walking) twice a week on cognitive function among women who are 70 to 80 years old. Both exercises were coupled with balance and tone exercises.
The 6-month controlled trial study results showed that the resistance training group demonstrated significant improvement on the Stroop test. This is a test that measures selective attention and conflict resolution. Resistance training also results into functional changes in regions in the brain, particularly parts involved in memory work. The aerobic training group, on the other hand, showed no similar improvement.
The resistance training group likewise showed improvement in the Rey Auditory Visual Learning Test
This study shows that contrary to popular belief, lifting weights is not a pointless exercise among older adults. Even simple tasks of training resistance by simple daily tasks such as Barrier Free Architectural products