Effect of resistance-exercise training on cognitive function in healthy older adults: a review

J Aging Phys Act. 2012 Oct;20(4):497-517. doi: 10.1123/japa.20.4.497. Epub 2011 Dec 20.


Several studies have demonstrated that exercise helps reduce or prevent cognitive deterioration among older adults, and recent studies have further examined the effects of resistance-exercise training on cognition. The purpose of this review was to examine the role of resistance-exercise training on cognition in healthy older adults. Specifically, it describes the definition, health benefits, and the design of resistance-exercise training. The authors also review the research related to resistance exercises and cognition and found that this exercise modality may enhance specific cognitive performances. Next, they examine the potential mechanisms underlying resistance exercise and cognitive enhancement. Finally, they consider potential therapeutics and recommendations for further research on resistance-exercise training and cognition in older adults.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aging / physiology
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Cognition Disorders / prevention & control
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Psychometrics
  • Resistance Training*
  • Time Factors


  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I