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High Intensity weight lifting and vigorous aerobic exercise to fight dementia

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by Penny Wade

Professor Singh from Sydney University has led a study on the subject. She  has found that to keep the  brain sharp in the 60-80 year old bracket, when mild cognitive impairment can begin, weights and aerobic work are beneficial. Benefits were seen in ability to plan, organise and devise strategies after doing 6 months of weight training.Improvements were still seen 12 months after the study was completed. Recommendations to come out of this were:

  • High intensity weight lifting 2X a week or 3 days of moderate intensity aerobic exercises.
  • Workouts need to be a challenge. You beed tio be huffing and puffing. When a weight no longer feels heavy you need to increase it. 

 

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