While we spend a lot of time focusing on the benefits of resistance training for seniors, that’s not to say that cardio doesn’t have its place. In fact, a study out of Floria Atlantic University has established the positive effects of aerobic fitness on brain function and health in those at risk of Alzheimer’s. That’s big news!
From the Study
This study was small, but it addressed the lack of specific biomarkers that measured aerobic exercise affects on brain function. They started with 23 participants who had a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s. They followed specific exercise routines for 26 weeks, and half completed treadmill training, or aerobic exercise. Blood samples were taken at the beginning and the end of the study and revealed that those in the cardio group showed improvement in the markers associated with verbal learning and memory. What’s more, metabolites linked to Alzheimer’s also showed improvement.
For seniors who already have a commitment to walking, running, or biking, keep doing what you’re doing! But don’t overlook the benefit of weight training as a supplement to your cardio. Resistance training is recommended for seniors over age 50, and it’s never too late to start. Finding a certified personal trainer can be a smart strategy. In Reno, Framework Personal Training specializes in fitness over 40 and can create a fitness plan specifically designed for your needs and goals. If you’d like to get started, we’re ready for you. Contact us today, and let’s make a plan to get you started on the path to wellness.