Resistance Training Has a Positive Effect on Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Aging adults often experience declines in cognitive function over time. Some research suggests that exercise may slow those declines. A study in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Researchconducted a review of the evidence on resistance training and cognitive function, and included 12 studies in their analysis.
The results showed that exercise had a positive effect on overall cognition and executive function, which includes decision making. There was a small, weaker effect on memory, but no improvement in attention. The results also indicated that training three times a week was more effective for overall cognition than training twice a week.
Li Z1, Peng X1, Xiang W1, Han J1, Li K2. The effect of resistance training on cognitive function in the older adults: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2018 Jul 13. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-0998-6.