A very interesting article recently appeared in the New York Times on January 25. It documented a UBC study trumpeting strength training in older women as improving cognitive function. I have the article pasted below.
Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Older women who did an hour or two of strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found.
Researchers in British Columbia randomly assigned 155 women ages 65 to 75 either to strength training with dumbbells and weight machines once or twice a week, or to a comparison group doing balance and toning exercises.
A year later, the women who did strength training had improved their performance on tests of so-called executive function by 10.9 percent to 12.6 percent, while those assigned to balance and toning exercises experienced a slight deterioration — 0.5 percent. The improvements in the strength training group included an enhanced ability to make decisions, resolve conflicts and focus on subjects without being distracted by competing stimuli.
Older women are generally less likely than others to do strength training, even though it can promote bone health and counteract muscle loss, said Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a researcher at the Center for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital and the lead author of the paper, which appears in the Jan. 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Interesting food for thought. CrossFit is one of the few strength and conditioning programs for non-athletes that makes the trainee actually lift weights as the centerpiece to the program. Weightlifting, not waving a dumbbell around while atop a stability device such as a swiss ball or its repugnant ilk, is rarer still in the wellness programs of seniors.
As the article above documents, the benefits of weight training, the actually moving and lifting of weight as opposed to balance and cardio shenanigans, are far more than physical. And, as the article just touches on in the last paragraph, those physical benefits alone are extremely valuable and more than worth the price of admission.
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3×3 Use a light weight and concentrate on really dropping under the bar.
5×1 Set a new PR
10, 8, 6, 4, 2
Rest 5 Minutes, then:
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