Weight Training Strengthens Body And Mind
Posted by Nancy on March 26, 2010
Recent findings from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center located in Chicago, confirm that efforts to strengthen your muscles can also strengthen your mind. What great news! Now we all have double the reason for making strength training a consistent part of our workout regiment.
It has long been known that muscle toning through such exercises as lifting weights is essential for optimal physical fitness. Benefits of muscle building and strengthening include an increase in metabolism rate even after the workout has concluded. It also helps to trim and streamline the physique.
Experts tend to agree that weight training is an important part of the ideal fitness program to promote peak physical well being. The current findings go even further. Not only does the strength training benefit the body but it has been proven to also be of benefit to the brain. The studies have revealed percentages to support their claim that are astounding. Findings indicate that individuals who build muscle are 61% less likely to lose brain function.
It is no secret that Alzheimer’s affects a great many people and the fear of developing this debilitating disease escalates as one ages. It is very encouraging to know that there are things that can be done to reduce ones’ odds of developing this sad and difficult disease.
Expensive exercise equipment is not necessary for one to perform the moves necessary to achieve the desired results. Even dumb bells or stretchable bands are not absolutely required. Anyone can gain the benefits by adding crunches, calf raises, push-ups and other such exercises to their usual routine. As few as 12 reps of each of these moves three times a week will provide excellent benefits.
Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in volleyball nets and basketball backboards.