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Strength training may help reduce cognitive decline

Physical activity guidelines for older adults include recommendations for aerobic exercise as well as resistance training. Earlier this year, a study showed that resistance training was as effective as aerobic exercise for reducing the risk of diabetes (ICAA Research Review, 12[29] August 2012). Noting that previous literature has focused primarily on aerobic exercise as a lifestyle factor that could prevent or moderate cognitive decline, the authors of a new review examined the effects of resistance training on different parameters of cognition.

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