Weight Training Prevents Brain Deterioration

Weight training reduced the incidence of brain injuries (white matter lesions) in older women— according to a one-year study by Canadian researchers. Exercise is the new “brain food.” Even moderate physical activity can improve brain health and function, and may delay the decline in cognitive function that occurs in many people as they age. Exercise improves the brain’s ability to learn, remember, think and reason. It promotes the creation of new nerve cells throughout the nervous system and enhances the nervous system’s plasticity— its ability to change and adapt. Exercise protects the brain as people age, helping to delay or prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise is the true Fountain of Youth. (Journal American Geriatrics Society, 63: 2052–2060, 2015)

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