“Do good to your body so that your soul may want to stay there” (Indian Proverb)
Weight training/ bodybuilding, long believed to be reserved for narcissistic superficial people swollen with protein, has remained far from the preoccupations of science. But for the past few years, researchers have focused on its impact on health in general.
- They first discovered that only weight training makes it possible to physiologically delay aging insofar as it is the only sports activity that causes the secretion of two rejuvenating hormones: growth hormone, and testosterone anabolic hormone with interests for the body of elderly individuals.
- They also discovered (the study is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) the extremely beneficial impact of fitness/ bodybuilding on the white matter of the brain (the cerebral tissue which is responsible for the propagation of the information in the nervous system and the control of the memory). However, this white matter is exposed to lesions during aging and is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Research has shown that seniors who practiced weight training (twice a week, once wasn’t enough) showed a considerable decrease in lesions in the white matter. Bodybuilding is therefore a way to reduce the onset of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and aging. Since it is better to prevent than to cure, it’s time to train your body so you won’t lose your head!
Xavier Tresallet – Coach Sportif
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