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Study — How Resistance Training Can Change Your Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

how resistance training can change your brain

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  • In animal research, rats have overcome mild cognitive impairment through resistance training
  • Resistance training enables neurogenesis, the production of new neurons. It may also assist in the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes
  • By reducing resting blood pressure and increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, resistance training may enhance cardiovascular health
  • Bone mineral density and low back pain may improve with resistance training
  • Data from clinical trials show that elderly people with depression have improvement with resistance training

Exercise, along with nutritious eating, is the best health practice you can adopt. By increasing blood flow to your brain and reducing damaging brain plaques, it can help prevent and even reverse neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.

Research shows resistance training, also called resistance or strength training, offers special benefits to the brain not seen with aerobic exercise, especially in preventing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a prelude to Alzheimer's disease. In fact, some research suggest muscular strength may be used as an actual indicator of imminent MCI, so closely correlated are muscle strength and brain health.

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