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Eight ways to get your body and brain into top shape [The Seattle Times]

Eight ways to get your body and brain into top shape [The Seattle Times]

You’re a smart cookie when it comes to your health, so you know that regular exercise is one of the best ways to cut your risk of disease, boost your immune system, and maintain a trim body. But flat abs, bigger biceps, and fewer colds are just the beginning. Mounting research suggests that regular sweat sessions […]

Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind [The New York Times]

Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind [The New York Times]

Older women 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 new study has found. Researchers in British Columbia randomly assigned 155 women ages 65 to 75 either to strength […]

How Exercise Can Keep the Brain Fit – The New York Times

How Exercise Can Keep the Brain Fit – The New York Times

For those of us hoping to keep our brains fit and healthy well into middle age and beyond, the latest science offers some reassurance. Activity appears to be critical, though scientists have yet to prove that exercise can ward off serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease. But what about the more mundane, creeping memory loss that begins […]

Phys Ed: Brains and Brawn [The New York Times]

Phys Ed: Brains and Brawn [The New York Times]

It has long been a cliché that muscle bulk doesn’t equate to intelligence. In fact, most of the science to date about activity and brain health has focused on the role of endurance exercise in improving our brain functioning. Aerobic exercise causes a steep spike in blood movement to the brain, an action that some […]

Phys Ed: Lifting Weights After Breast Cancer [The New York Times]

Phys Ed: Lifting Weights After Breast Cancer [The New York Times]

Last year, an influential study examined whether breast cancer survivors with lymphedema could safely lift weights. Lymphedema, a painful and even disabling swelling of the arm, is a dreaded complication of breast-cancer surgery, especially if a woman had lymph nodes removed. Experts long thought that hefting weight of almost any kind would contribute to lymphedema […]

Weight Training Improves Cognition [BetterBrainBetterLife]

Weight Training Improves Cognition [BetterBrainBetterLife]

I was in Vancouver last week and had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a researcher at the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, who is studying aging, mobility and cognitive function. Initially trained as a physiotherapist, Dr. Liu-Ambrose has a long-standing interest in how exercise can […]

Brain research yields clues about differences between men, women [The Vancouver Sun]

Brain research yields clues about differences between men, women [The Vancouver Sun]

Alzheimer’s disease and depression are more common in women, while Parkinson’s and autism are more common in men. To brain scientists, that suggests there’s a sex hormone component underlying those conditions. That’s why a group of female neuroscientists at the University of B.C. Brain Research Centre held a symposium Thursday, to share some of their […]

Resistance Training Improves Cognitive Function in Senior Women, Researchers Find [Vancouver Observer]

Resistance Training Improves Cognitive Function in Senior Women, Researchers Find [Vancouver Observer]

Resistance training in senior women may improve their higher brain functions. A 12-month, Vancouver-based experiment on women ages 65 to 75 shows that resistance training, or anaerobic exercise, doesn’t just increase bone mass and maintain muscle mass and strength—it also increases selective attention and the ability to resolve conflicts. These capacities are considered one aspect […]

Exercise Now, Reap Benefits Later [Third Age]

Exercise Now, Reap Benefits Later [Third Age]

Exercise is good for your health. That’s not news. But this is: A series of articles in January 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, spell out just how physical activity–in middle age and later in life–appears to be associated with a reduced risk or slower progression of several age-related conditions as well as improvements […]

Weights flex seniors’ cognitive muscles [CBC]

Weights flex seniors’ cognitive muscles [CBC]

Resistance training can slow seniors’ cognitive decline as well as improve their strength and mobility, researchers in B.C. say. Previous research has found that aerobic exercise such as walking and swimming can help keep people mentally sharp as they age, yet few have looked at the effects on brain health of weight training aimed at […]