New research finds gradually increasing muscle resistance improves brain function in elderly people. This might delay the onset of dementia.

“The next step now is to determine if the increases in muscle strength are also related to increases in brain size that we saw. In addition, we want to find the underlying messenger that links muscle strength, brain growth, and cognitive performance, and determine the optimal way to prescribe exercise to maximize these effects.”

Senior author Prof. Maria Fiatarone Singh, University of Sydney

Source: Stronger muscles lead to stronger brain