Exercise to slow memory loss is a practice that has been around for a long time. In fact, one of the top recommendations for preventing or slowing the onset and progress of dementia is often regular moderate exercise. That said, what I’m loving about newly released research is that it shows how easy it can be to get these benefits. Yeah, I’m a personal trainer, and you’d think that I would be telling you that everyone should hire someone with my expertise, but in this instance, you can easily go it alone and get all the benefits you’re after.
New research about the importance of how often you exercise really caught my eye this week. It’s one of those instances where scientists worked very hard to create a solid, reliable study to get some quality results and all I can do is no and think “Yup, I could have told you that”. I think we’ve all had that feeling at some point. Scientists go to great lengths to prove something that we really have known all along. And yet, it still feels good to see it proven to a certain extent.
Many of the guys who become my clients have a specific goal in mind, but many more see their target as being fit enough for their health and looks. There are definitely some who want to build muscle mass – though I’m not a bodybuilding trainer as my specialty – and the majority would say that weight loss is on their list. Still, throughout the length of my career, I’ve noticed a shift in what people want, and it really does involve a sharp movement away from the old “no pain, no gain” attitude.
If you’ve been strength training for a while, depending on the guidance you’re following, you might discover that you’re getting stronger, not bigger. For some guys, this is a goal, and that’s great. Not everyone is looking to build and preserve bulk. A lot of guys want to tone their muscles, but they’d like to be strong. That said, if you were looking for more than strength and were also seeking size, this might leave you frustrated.