Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a UBC researcher, has been conducting studies that suggest we should pay more attention to the effects of strength training on maintaining cognitive function. An earlier study by Liu-Ambrose was the first to establish that strength training even as rarely as once a week can significantly benefit brain functions in senior women.
Her most recent study compares the benefits of aerobic training to resistance training. After six months, the group of women who had engaged in resistance training logged improved results in key areas of brain function. Meanwhile, the aerobic group improved its balance and mobility, but didn’t significantly improve brain function.
National Post, Tue May 15 2012, Page: AL4, By: James Aw, Link to full text