Resistance exercises and its effects on the Brain with Aging.
We know that exercise is good for the brain. Many research studies have demonstrated the benefits of
exercise related to brain function. However, most studies of exercise have focused on the effects of
cardiovascular or aerobic activities (running, walking, cycling or other aerobic activities).
A new study published in The Journal of the American Geriatric Society demonstrated that light resistance training (resistance exercises with light weights or low weight lifting exercises) may slow the age-related shrinking of some parts of our brains. Many neurological studies have found that by late middle agemost of us have begun developing lesions in our brains white matter.
We know that older people with many lesions tend to have worse cognitive abilities than those whose white matter is relatively intact.
The findings of the study suggest that weight training or resistance training can beneficially change the structure of the brain provided a minimal threshold of exercise is achieved.
The bottom line: We know that ACTION BASED LEARNING (ABL):
- Enhances cognitive learning and creates academic efficiencies for learning.
- ABL combines brain compatible physical movements to enhance academic performances
- Gives students distinct ADVANTAGES for learning.
- ABL and kinesthetic work-stations (pedal desks for example) in classrooms results in higher academic test scores (results from observational data studies comparing kinesthetic classrooms vs traditional non-movement classrooms).
We have the data. NOW we learn of the benefits of not only aerobic type exercise, but light weight or resistance training can enhance brain function during the natural aging process! The brain- body connection with movement and exercise is a game changer for better cognitive learning and overall brain health. SO what next- GET MOVING!!