Weight Training Over 65 Years Benefits Brain

Weigh Training Over 65 Years Benefits Brain

We all know that exercising keeps our muscles from shrinking, but scientists at the University of British Columbia examined how weight training impacts our brains.

A preliminary experiment specifically examining the relationship between resistance training and brain health discovered that regular weigh lifting sessions could slow age-related shrinking of white matter, a material that connects different regions of the brain and allows them to communicate.

In the study, 54 women between 65 and 75 years old strength trained either once or twice a week. The rest followed a routine of stretching and balance exercises twice a week. After a year, scan results showed less damage to white matter in the brains of those who hit the iron two times a week compared to those who lifted once a week, or not at all.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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