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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

Category: Healthy Cognitive Aging, News

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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Born to walk – Improve your health in 15 minutes of less

September 1, 2015

Published in the Alive newsletter. Crows calling, twigs snapping, our feet crunching on fallen leaves, the smell of crisp fall air and freshly mowed grass, the sounds of children giggling infuse our senses. Aren’t you glad you put your work aside and went for a walk? Heed the call of your body In our past, humans were hunter-gathers, and to walk was as natural as breathing. In fact, more than half of our muscles are designed for walking. Now, Statistics Canada reports that Canadian adults age 18 to 79 are inactive for 10 hours a day on average, leading sedentary lives of watching television, working at their office desk, and … Read more

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How exercise can deter disease such as dementia and cancer

July 24, 2015

Published by The Globe and Mail Sure, physical activity is good for your body and mind. But why? And how much of it do you really need? Researchers examining the benefits of exercise are now getting down to the nitty-gritty, finding new clues about how it may deter illnesses such as dementia and cancer. While there’s plenty of evidence to show that regularly breaking a sweat may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, much of that research has previously been conducted on healthy individuals. But new studies presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington suggest physical activity may also improve the … Read more

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