Muscle Strengthening Exercises In Elderly Linked To Improved Brain Health

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Older adults who opt for muscle strengthening exercises have improved brain function, suggests a study. 

-A recent research, conducted by the University of Sydney (Australia) in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), suggested an increase in the muscle strength could improve cognitive function in older patients (that include memory, reasoning, attention and attainment of knowledge)

-In the study,100 older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were divided in groups and made to perform a mixed set of activities that included resistance exercises such as weight lifting and seated stretching and cognitive activities such as computerized cognitive training.

-During the study, it was observed that increased muscle strength was directly associated with better cognitive skills.

-Exercises were found to aid physiological processes such as regulated glucose levels and cardiovascular health.

-Researchers also suggested that by including an exercise regimen in the daily routine, one could prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and impairment of cognitive skills.

Source: Journal of American Geriatrics 

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