Here’s a quick tidbit that I came across. I found it interesting and maybe you will too.
Most seniors are concerned about the possibility of diminishing mental capacity, or even worse, developing Alzheimer’s.
If you want to do what you can to protect yourself from mental decline as you age, strength training may be important.
A study conducted by the University of Sydney in Australia published in the Journal of American Geriatrics demonstrated that increasing muscle strength through weight lifting improves cognitive function.
The study was conducted on patients ages 55-68 who already suffered from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
It is known that patients with MCI are at a higher risk of developing dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.
MCI refers to people who have noticeable cognitive difficulties which are not severe enough to interfere with normal daily activities.
The study showed that patients who did weight training twice a week at 80% of their maximum strength for 6 months not only slowed their mental decline but actually improved their cognitive function.
Now I know that a lot of seniors don’t like strength training, don’t know how to do it, or feel they are too old.
Given its protective benefits against mental decline, not to mention that strength training will also improve your balance, help you lose weight, and increase your capacity to perform everyday tasks, it’s something worth considering.