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Is endurance exercise better for mental cognition than strength exercise?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Best=what you'll do!

Yes, endurance/other activity that raises hr is better than simply lifting weights, eg.
But the regimen need not be overly strenuous. Even walking has been shown to have beneficial effects on cognitive function of "seniors" (note the numerous articles by art kramer, phd, and colleagues). So it is best to select or continue an activity that is enjoyable and engage in it on a regular basis.

In brief: Best=what you'll do!

Yes, endurance/other activity that raises hr is better than simply lifting weights, eg.
But the regimen need not be overly strenuous. Even walking has been shown to have beneficial effects on cognitive function of "seniors" (note the numerous articles by art kramer, phd, and colleagues). So it is best to select or continue an activity that is enjoyable and engage in it on a regular basis.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Either

Both types of exercise can improve cognition.
I am not aware that any study had shown superiority overall in terms of mental function although cardiovascular activity is generally perceived to have direct effects on cognition. A balance of the two is probably best for overall health.

In brief: Either

Both types of exercise can improve cognition.
I am not aware that any study had shown superiority overall in terms of mental function although cardiovascular activity is generally perceived to have direct effects on cognition. A balance of the two is probably best for overall health.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Dr. Brian Kaufman
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