Different studies have claimed that memory loss could be delayed by resistance training as weightlifting and aerobics. A study which was conducted by University of British Columbia has shown that memory loss in those patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment could be improved by doing exercise as weightlifting. This study was conducted on 86 women having age in between 70 years to 80 years.
Another supporting study which was done by the National Centre for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan found that aerobic, balance and strength exercises have shown improvement in patients of mild cognitive impairment. This study was conducted in group consisted of 47 old people and duration of exercise were more than 12 months.
A third study was conducted at University of Pittsburgh in which 120 old persons were enrolled has shown that moderate intense walking can improve memory by stimulating the growth at a particular region o brain that is related to memory.
“While weightlifting and workouts may not be everyone’s cup of tea, this research shows once again how important exercise is for the brain,” the Telegraph quoted Dr Anne Corbett, Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, as saying.
“We know regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia by up to 45 per cent but these studies show it can also have real benefits for people with cognitive impairment.
“There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Research like this is crucial to help us provide the best treatment and care for people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
“The Prime Minister promised to double investment into research, now we need to make sure it’s spent in the most effective way,” Corbett added.
This research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, in Vancouver, Canada.
From above research studies it has been concluded that lifting weight, walking with moderate intensity and doing aerobic could delay process of memory loss. These studies also advocate that it would be helpful for patients of mild cognitive impairment.