I’m definitely biased – and maybe I’m living in an echo chamber – but I think it’s common knowledge now that strength training is a critical component to any fitness or health regimen. Whereas in decades past it was widely accepted that you could maintain a level of fitness just through regular moderate aerobic activity, these days folks pretty much understand that hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes, 3 times a week whilst paging through Southern Livingor watching an episode of Gray’s Anatomy isn’t going to cut it. You’ve got to lift some weight.
Now researchers have also discovered that strength training is not only beneficial for physical appearance, functionality, longevity, metabolism, and general usefulness, it’s also good for your brain. Recent academic studies have uncovered that strength training is more efficacious than aerobic activity in preventing cognitive decline and even Alzheimer’s. But don’t take my word for it, check out this articleand the studies referenced therein. And then go do some deadlifts.