Lift your way to mental sharpness
You may be surprised by what a quick workout session can do to your brain. A new study indicates that lifting weights twice a week helps to combat a decline in brain health, particularly in women. Past studies have explored the beneficial impact of physical activity such as running, walking, and aerobics on the body, but few have looked at lifting weights. This was noticed by researcher Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her team sought to find out how engaging in sport would be beneficial for brain. They studied the impact of lifting weights, which strengthens and builds muscles. As in the brain, muscles tend to weaken and shrink with age, affecting movement, particularly walking. The researchers sought to verify if lifting weights could change this process and play a positive role in the decline of the brain’s capabilities. The findings indicate that the women in the control group showed a significant increase in the number of white matter lesions. Also, the scans of the participants who lifted weights twice a week showed less shrinkage of their white matter. For this, however, Liu-Ambrose says that “a minimum threshold of exercise needs to be achieved,” noted the NYTimes.