Latest Studies on Exercise

Jun 4, 2024

he latest studies on the benefits of exercise tell a compelling story: From our heart to our brain, right down to our cells, physical activity is proving to be the most potent pill on the market.

But wait – can you get exercise in a pill now?

Every month, Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) highlights and explores the latest data and research on the power of exercise. As the research continues to evolve, we will continue to share the essential role exercise, and the work of the fitness industry, plays in improving health and wellness in Canada and around the world.

1. Strength training increases cognitive function

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology explores the link between strength training and cognitive function in older adults. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial with participants aged 60-75, dividing them into a strength training group and a control group. The strength training group engaged in resistance exercises three times a week for six months. They found significant improvements in memory and executive function in the strength training group; MRI scans showed increased brain volume in regions associated with cognitive processes, suggesting strength training may help mitigate age-related cognitive decline.

Key Takeaway:  Exercise can enhance brain health and delay the onset of neurodegenerative brain diseases.