15 Mar Can exercising on a vibration trainer help improve memory?
It would be hard to imagine anyone by now who doesn’t know that exercising helps people improve muscle tone and stay fit.
However, many people may not know that studies have shown that exercise also helps boost the brain in many cases.
One group of Canadian researchers compared the energy expenditure and cognitive functioning of a large group of elderly adults during a two to five year period.
The majority of sample participants didn’t exercise and almost none worked out extensively.
The study volunteers’ normal physical activities didn’t include much more than “walking around the block, cooking, gardening, cleaning and that sort of thing,” according to Laura Middleton, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and lead author of the study, which was published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
The effects of even that modest physical activity was extraordinary, Dr. Middleton said.
The wholly sedentary volunteers scored significantly worse over the years on tests of cognitive function, but the most active group showed little decline. An incredible 90 percent of those with the greatest daily energy expenditure could think and remember just about as well as the years went on during the study.
“Our results indicate that vigorous exercise isn’t necessary” to protect your mind, Dr. Middleton said. “I think that’s exciting. It might inspire people who would be intimidated about the idea of quote-unquote exercising to just get up and move.”
Still, if some exercise is good, more would be better.
Imagine what those seniors might be able to do for their memories and overall physical health if they could boost that modest exercise even slightly to incorporate activities such as light weight training, brisk walking on a treadmill, riding an exercise bike and swimming.
Or even better, seniors should consider exercising on a 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine or 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine.
After age 40 people begin losing an average of eight percent muscle mass per decade and bone density can begin weakening as well. This process is increased if people are sedentary.
However, vibration machines are highly effective in working muscles and bones without putting ligaments and joints at risk, and as a result are becoming increasingly popular with the senior set.
A study in published in Neurobiology of Aging showed the amazing benefits that can result from seniors adding even a little extra strength training.
The Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of British Columbia demonstrated that light weight training improves how older women think and how blood flows within their brains. Following a year of lifting weights twice a week, the women scored markedly better on tests of mental processing ability than a control group of women who completed a balance and toning program.
Vibration machines such as the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine or 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine have been found to stimulate muscles much more effectively than traditional weight training.
Additionally, MRI scans showed that portions of the brain that control such thinking were considerably more active in the weight trainers.
“We’re not trying to show that lifting weights is better than aerobic-style activity” for combating cognitive decline, said Teresa Liu-Ambrose, an assistant professor at the university and study leader. “But it does appear to be a viable option, and if people enjoy it, as our participants did, and stick with it,” then more of us might be able, potentially, to ameliorate mental decline well into late life.”