A recent study with people who had early signs of
dementia suggested that lifting weights
(Free weights, not machines!)
can improve your brain function.
During the study, the participants were asked to
conduct weight training and brain training.
The research from this found a link between an increase
in strength and increased brain function.
The thing is, the usual perception is that those who lift
weights are a bit daft and are doing the only thing
they are good at. This kinda makes sense, due to the
comments I heard from other people whilst I was in
the Military as a Physical Training Instructor (PTI), many
people commented on how we had it easy and if you
were a PTI, you were a bit stooopid..!
We were seen as lunk heads, who lifted weights and nothing
else. In my mind these comments are now seen as a bit
stoopid and those who like to lift weights, could even
be the next Albert Einstein..(not quite)
On that basis, at SC Vital Fitness we recommend
that YOU should lift more weights so that the world
will have a “healthier aging population”
"The stats say that at least 135 million people are expected
to have dementia by 2050", don’t let that be you.
The same team that conducted this study also revealed that
it did not improve significantly after cognitive brain training,
like it did with those that conducted weight training.
The lead researcher, said that the increase in brain function
was related to muscle strength gains.
“The stronger people became, the greater the benefit for their brain.”
“The key however is to make sure you are doing it frequently,
at least twice a week, and at a high intensity so that you are
maximising your strength gains.
This will give you the maximum benefit for your brain.”
Some thing popped into my head this afternoon..
Why is the average age of the clients at
SC Vital Fitness 35+..?
What are the older generation doing in this gym and why are
they so strong..?
The thing is we all perceive that most gyms are full of
young bucks, strutting around like peacocks... (or just like cocks..!)
with mahoosive amounts of strength.
We know something different...
We have found that during our 3 years as a succesful
gym that the older (middle aged) generation are strong,
most are even stronger than the young whipper snappers
that frequent the pure gyms and other 24 hour establishments.
These guys/girls listen... yep that's right...
They don't just listen to their mate or the stringer vest
wearing BRO in the gym..
They listen to the coaches and work bloody hard,
there is no BS, no texting whilst working out, just
hard work and an open mind to progress.
Then this happened..
A study popped up during some research where
the study compared grip and pinch strength in 237
lads aged 20–34 against norms established in a 1985 study.
Strength scores were inferior to 30 years ago for all
study groups. (The older generation where stronger..!)
Modern day men (Stringer vest wearing lads)
where able to apply 98 pounds of force with the right hand,
whereas their counterparts in 1985 generated an average
of 117 pounds of grip force.
So, why are younger adults losing their grip?
There Work and leisure patterns have changed
dramatically since 1985 when the original norms
were established, lads/lasses born after 1980
reported a frequent usage of technology in work,
play and leisure activities, which appears to have
had an impact on their grip.
Which then correlates to weakness in the modern
TOP TIP: - strutting around in the gym in a stringer vest,
just doesn't cut it..
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Educational blogs for all who want to enhance their fitness Journey.