Lifting Weights is Good for your Brain!
If so, CONGRATULATIONS, on top of increasing your muscle mass, metabolism, AND bone density you may also be improving your BRAIN!
A recent study was conducted and discovered that the group which weight trained twice a week for six months, (lifting 80% of the maximum amount they could) showed improvement in cognitive ability after the 6 months time and still retained the benefits 12 months later! (The other group did stretching exercises only and didn’t show improvement.) It should also be noted that those in the study already had signs of cognitive impairment. This goes to show it’s never too late to start benefiting from a strength training program. We can also imagine the benefits to individuals not currently experiencing cognitive impairments would be even greater and possibly even prevent cognitive impairments in the future.
So how do we all start reaping all these awesome benefits?