Want a healthy mind? Exercise!

Strength training appears to have an astonishing ability to improve brain function:

Older women [aged 65 to 75] who did an hour or two of strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks…

A year later, the women who [had been randomly assigned to] strength training had improved their performance on tests of so-called executive function by 10.9 percent to 12.6 percent, while those assigned to balance and toning exercises experienced a slight deterioration — 0.5 percent. The improvements in the strength training group included an enhanced ability to make decisions, resolve conflicts and focus on subjects without being distracted.

Posted by James on Sunday, January 31, 2010