Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Strength Training Strengthens Older Women's Brains

While regular exercise can keep you younger and healthier longer, not all exercise is equal when it comes to making your brain sharper. A medical study in Vancouver has shown that older women who did strength or resistance training twice a week improved their ability to think. Scientists call the type of thinking tested "executive function". They measured how well the women could pay attention and also figure out conflict resolution (using the Stoop test). It turned out that resistance training worked better than tone and balance exercise in making the women's brains function better.

You can read an abstract here in the Archives of Internal Medicine:  


http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/170/2/170?home

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