Personal Training Bellevue | Regular Exercise Benefits Brain Health

Much research over the years has pointed to exercise benefiting brain health.  Recent research focused on five different activities:  aerobic exercise, resistance training,“multi-
component” (combo resistance and aerobic), tai chi, and yoga, and how these activities affected brain capacity, attention, executive function, memory, and working memory. 

Participants were aged 50 and over, who exercised in supervised training for 4+ weeks.

Aerobic exercise, resistance training and multi-component training were all associated with gains in cognitive function, as long as sessions were moderate to vigorous, and between 45 and 60 minutes.  Some gains were seen with tai chi, but yoga did not, unfortunately, produce significant results.  (However, don’t let this scare you away from yoga as it has many other benefits!!)

Scientists concluded that exercise programs with components of both resistance and aerobic training, of at least moderate intensity, and 45+ minutes in duration, on as many days as possible, offer cognitive function gains for those 50 and above.

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