For many years we have linked the physical and psychological benefits of exercise to aerobic activity. But the latest research on strength work, something as simple as lifting weights, always advised by a physical trainer, turns out to have an incredible impact on our cognitive functions. Many years of believing that the death of neurons was not reversible and now it is confirmed that the brain, through activities such as physical exercise, is capable of generating new neurons.
Running, swimming, jumping, dancing have been the star sports . Its benefits are unmatched.
Improves our cardiovascular system
Reduce the cholesterol
Balances blood pressure
Helps regulate weight, sleep and mood.
But, from now on, if the goal is to take care of your mind, prevent brain aging and have a cognitive reserve , try combining your aerobic sessions with strength work.
Research conducted by the University of Sydney and published in The Journal of American Geriatrics has shown that strength work improves cognitive functions in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment can increase the chance of Alzheimer’s. Strength work would not only improve memory and prevent dementia, but would also facilitate the creation of new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis .
For all those who say they don’t have time to exercise, today it is known that HIIT programs (High Intensity Interval Training) have all the scientific support, and that with a few minutes you can obtain the same psychological and physical benefits as longer workouts. resistance and duration.