Resistance Exercise Promotes Release of Neurotrophic Factors
June 4, 2010 (Baltimore, Maryland) — New research presented at the
American College of Sports Medicine 57th Annual Meeting shows that
circulating levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) increase
after intense resistance training, which might explain why exercise is
effective at protecting and improving brain function.
The incidence of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease,
is lower in people who participate in endurance exercise on a regular
basis, noted Joshua Yarrow, PhD, lead researcher and postdoctoral
associate at the University of Florida in Gainesville.