Walking or Weight Lifting

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you already understand the benefits of exercise when it comes to keeping your memory strong. A question that you’ve most likely heard often in regard to a different topic (specifically, weight loss) also comes up when we look at memory and exercise. Which is better walking or weight lifting?

In this article, Dr. Patricia Farrell, first tackles laziness as it relates to exercise and genetics. Yes, believe it or not, you can blame your “programming. From there, she goes on to discuss the effect of walking and weight training on two types of memory:  remembering words and spatial memory.

Walking or Weight Lifting

Which is a better boost for your memory -- walking for weight lifting? Read the article to find out.

Which is a better boost for your memory — walking for weight lifting?
Read the article to find out.

Some people, as you know, try to maintain their memory by frequent reading, doing puzzles and even playing computer games. I’m sure each of these can contribute to the maintenance of memory, but who would’ve thought that exercise played such an important role?

Interestingly enough, women who  walked briskly had better verbal memory gains  than those who did weight training. The supposition is that the difference may be attributed to different physiological effects on the brain in terms of memory. Some other research that was also done relative to the brains of runners showed that there was an increased level of what is known as BDNF, otherwise known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor. That’s a good thing to have. You might say that it’s the protein that can cause brain growth and it may be that there are important changes in the hippocampus, the brain structure central to memory formation and retention, as a result.

You can read the entire article here.

So if you’re wondering how to spend your lunch time at work, it looks like a brisk walk will do your memory good. Grab a colleague or two and get moving. Why not use the opportunity to hold a walking meeting instead of sitting around the boardroom table?

As for walking or weight lifting,  if you ask the fitness experts, they’ll tell you it’s still a good idea to do both.

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