Strength training builds muscle and may also be good for the brain. A study from British Columbia compared the results of three different exercise regimens in women between 70 and 80 years of age. All the participants had mild cognitive impairment at the outset of the study. One group was randomly assigned to do weight training with supervision. Another group did aerobic exercise by walking outdoors and a third group did basic balance and tone. After six months, the women who did resistance training twice a week tested better on attention and memory than the other women. MRI images showed improved brain function as well. The investigators suggest that twice-weekly resistance training tailored to older participants shows promise in slowing cognitive decline in the elderly.

[Archives of Internal Medicine, April 23, 2012]

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  1. F. N. Hall

    In November 2012, I had double Lobarpneumonie, and it went in to Congestive Heart failure. I had tubes going every where. I can’t figure out what happened to me. I have always exercised and been very athletic. Loved cooking, cleaning, yard work, many crafts, and many sports. My Cholesterol has been great also. I lost a great deal of weight being in the hospital in an induced coma from November 21st for three weeks, and continued my stay until to December 18th, then a nursing home from December 18th to January 19th. My muscle tone has sagged with the big weight loss, 45 pounds. What I’d like to know is, can I use light free weights laying on the bed? I have heard that it is bad for your back. Is this normal to have every thing sag so fast? I look like I never did any exercise at all. Any suggestions?
    F. Hall

  2. Janice

    If you are talking about weights for 70 – 80 y/o why have that young person demonstrating lifting weights?

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