The Nautilus Brand Promise for Enhancing Mental and Physical Fitness

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Increasing Medical Evidence Proves
Strength Training Benefits Mental Fitness

November 7, 2016

Arthur JonesSeveral decades ago Arthur Jones stirred controversy discussing the importance of the body and brain connection in Nautilus training by saying, “The moment you quit attempting the momentary impossible, then you quit advancing in life, this is as true physically as it is mentally.” At that time in the 1970’s, the relationship between the physical body, exercise and the brain was believed to be beyond personal control. Now, leading institutions including Harvard Medical School utilize physical exercise to improve brain and cognitive function.

Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard researchers report that regular exercise can actually increase the size of the hippocampus; an area of the brain involved with memory and improved cognitive skills.  These skills refer to the brain’s processing ability to obtain knowledge through thought, experience and the senses and how these can be used to complete mental and physical tasks.

A study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society demonstrates that strength training can beneficially change the structure of the brain. Wayne Westcott, PhD., consultant for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Senior Fitness Association and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), documents the mental benefits of strength training based on “an ever growing body of research identifying key mental health indicators such as improved cognitive ability and self esteem.”

Dr. Westcott concludes, “Perhaps most exciting are the numerous studies demonstrating an inverse relationship between muscular strength and mental decline/Alzheimer disease.” The Japan Ministry of Health estimates that 5 million Japanese have Alzheimer’s and 1 in 5 people over 65, or 7 million, will have it by 2025. Tokyo’s prestigious Keio University calculates the current annual social cost of dementia to Japan at over 14.5 trillion yen annually ($145 billion). 

NGJ Brand Solutions President, Kimitane Sohma, said, “There is no doubt that strength training can positively reduce the incidence and costs of treating dementia. The challenge is to educate the government and aging population that strength training is a proven solution to reduce the number of aging people affected by this debilitating disease.”

 

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