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Strength Training May Give Boost to Seniors' Brains
Date:4/23/2012

"It could be that resistance-training requires more learning and monitoring by its very nature," she said. "If you're lifting weights you have to monitor your sets, your reps, you use weight machines and you have to adjust the seat, etc. But with walking it's much more natural for most, so there's less cognitive involvement. But at this point we don't have a clear idea of what's going on at the mechanistic level."

Liu-Ambrose also acknowledged that longer-term benefits remain unknown. "But I would say that overall physical activity of this sort is a pretty promising strategy, because it's one of the few interventions that can be delivered globally, and it's pretty inexpensive compared with other approaches."

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SOURCES: Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of physical therapy, University of British Columbia, and investigator, UBC Center for Hip Health and Mobility and Brain Research Center, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Catherine M. Roe, Ph.D., assistant professor, neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; April 23, 2012, Archives of Internal Medicine


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