Exercise type and aging benefits:

Exercise is important no matter what age you are but over the age of thirty when many feel and see noticeable changes. Muscle declines which is vital to our metabolism and functionality. Luckily, there are ways to combat muscle waste with different training methods. If you are one who typically just runs or just hits the weights you may be loosing out on the benefits of cross training. Each type of exercise has different effects cognitively, hormonally, and physically. Try to aim for two days days of each type of training and include stretching and flexibility into you daily routine.


Endurance Training shown to have a correlation in preventing age related cognitive disease such as Alzheimer's due to the increase in neuron growth in the brain while clearing “plaque” buildup. It also helps your muscles cells produce energy more efficiently.


High Intensity Training has the highest effect on age declining hormonal output including those which have a significant impact on your muscle growth and repair. It also increases the production of mitochondria (your energy making cells) so you will have more energy!



Resistance/ Strength training maintains or increases muscle mass, strength and power- all of which decline without training by .5-1% a year after middle age. Also, one study suggests greater leg strength and power is associated with higher brain volume.