Kettlebells Champ Lorna Kleidman Encourages Exercise Following Reports of Its Effect on Alzheimer’s Disease

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Medical research on the benefits of exercise against Alzheimer’s has shown a direct correlation of improvement. Lorna Kleidman, creator of KettleX, comments on the movement against the disease by encouraging exercise.

On February 7, 2013, kettlebells trainer Lorna Kleidman offers a response following a medical research study on Alzheimer’s which has found a correlation between the benefits of exercise and how it may aid in helping those impacted by the long term deteriorating disease.

According to Futurity, research has found that a stress hormone, produced during moderate exercise, “may protect the brain from memory changes related to Alzheimer’s disease.” Marie-Christine Pardon and her research team from the School of Biomedical Sciences discovered that a corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) may have a protective effect on the brain following the memory changes of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease have a reduced level of CRF, reports Futurity.

According to the article, “Researchers used an experimental drug to prevent the hormone from binding to a brain receptor called CRFR1 in mice with Alzheimer’s disease that were free from memory impairments, therefore blocking the effects of the hormone.”

“This is the first time that researchers have been able to identify a brain process directly responsible for the beneficial effects of exercise in slowing down the progression of the early memory decline characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease,” states Pardon in the article. “Overall, this research provides further evidence that a healthy lifestyle involving exercise slows down the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and opens avenues for the new interventions targeting the altered CRFR1 function associated with the early stages of the disease.”

Lorna Kleidman, fitness instructor and three time kettlebells champion, is hopeful that those who do not exercise regularly see this as an opportunity to improve their lifestyle. “I believe that it is not what doesn’t kill you that makes you stronger, it is how you protect yourself from diseases like Alzheimer’s that makes you stronger.”

Kleidman developed KettleX as a fun and effective workout for those with no prior experience with kettlebells to keep fit or get back into shape.

“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is tremendously beneficial for anybody. This information is especially encouraging to anyone who is, or has loved ones, affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.


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