Weights Work Can ‘Age-Proof’ the Brain in Older People
It is well-known that regular running, brisk walking or other aerobic exercise helps to keep us healthy and happy well into our later years, but a ground-breaking new study indicates that regular weights or resistance work could actually help restructure our brains – effectively helping to age-proof our grey matter and ward off dementia.
The finding, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society is causing a real stir among dementia experts and it is likely see many more older people taking up gym membership.
Like all of our organs the brain changes with time, shedding neurons and regularly repairing itself.
But the brain is vulnerable to the aging process and it can be left with lesions and shrinkage that affects our thought processes, memory and movement.
This recent studyenlisted a large group of healthy women aged 65 to 75 to carry out three supervised exercise programmes - a program of light upper and lower-body weight training once a week, a similar programme twice a week, with another group carrying out a twice-weekly regime of balance training and stretching.
After a year the women who had concentrated on balance and flexibility showed a increase in their brain lesions and a slowing of their gait, as did the women who had trained with weights once a week.
Meanwhile, the findings for those who had lifted weights twice a week were remarkable. They showed far less shrinkage and damage to their brain than the other women and they also walked more smoothly than the women in the other two groups.
So, visiting the gym twice a week to take up a kettle bells class, to use our state-of-the-art resistance equipment, or to take up a weights regime could help keep your brain as well as your body in great condition. For beginners, why not try our Tuesday morning kettlebells class or our LC Gold Easyline?
Our expert gym team is on hand to help you with a tailored fitness plan. Why not give us a call on: 01792 466500 and make a start on age-proofing your brain?