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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains

March 21, 2016

Published by Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Can exercise change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease or delay the onset of cognitive decline? According to Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, and researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, “the emerging evidence would suggest that regular physical activity can indeed maintain your brain health.” Many chronic conditions that are associated with aging, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol have consequences for brain health. However, the risk of developing these chronic conditions can be drastically reduced with regular physical activity. Regular exercise also directly benefits the brain, maintaining proper blood … Read more

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Weight Training May Fix Age-Related ‘Potholes’ in Brain’s Highways

December 22, 2015

Published by CBC News. Weight training helps hold off age-related deterioration in parts of the brain, Canadian researchers have shown. Exercise is known to maintain memory and brain functions needed to solve problems and make decisions. Now investigators are learning how it can also slow disease progression in the brain as one ages. Older women randomly assigned to weight train for an hour, twice a week showed significantly less shrinkage of the white matter in their brain than their counterparts who spent the same amount of time focusing on balance and flexibility. These lesions in the white matter are like potholes that can compromise the ability of messages to travel … Read more

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Lifting Weights, Twice a Week, May Aid the Brain

October 21, 2015

Published in the New York Times. Exercise is good for the brain. We know that. But most studies of exercise and brain health have focused on the effects of running, walking or other aerobic activities. Now a new experiment suggests that light resistance training may also slow the age-related shrinking of some parts of our brains. Our brains are, of course, dynamic organs, adding and shedding neurons and connections throughout our lifetimes. They remodel and repair themselves constantly, in fact, in response to our lifestyles, including whether and how we exercise. But they remain, like the rest of our bodies, vulnerable to the passage of time. Many neurological studies have … Read more

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CrossFitters, Rejoice: Lifting Weights Protects Your Brain

October 21, 2015

Published in Men’s Journal. Lifting Weights for Brain Health There are ample reasons to strength train: Lifting makes you faster, is great for weight loss, and helps keep you injury-free. Add to that increased brain health. According to new research from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, weights have been shown to help protect your brain from age-related decline. As we get older, our brains suffer: lesions and holes develop that can shrink down our white matter, prompting the cognitive decline that slows our ability to think, reason, and create. And while exercise has long been thought to prevent the slide, most of the research has prescribed cardio — running, walking. This latest study put strength … Read more

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