Now, I know you are laughing at this point. I certainly did. All I could imagine were these little rats spotting other rats on a tiny bench in the cage, lifting up Q-Tips with pennies taped on the ends. Ha!
Well, the scientists didn't exactly do that to the rats. They did add weights to their tails. And, in another study, they added resistance to their running wheel. The two studies were conducted seperately, and against sedentary rats.
Both studies showed that neurogenesis, (neurons being created in the brain), activity increased substantially in the rats that participated in resistance training than the rats that did not participate in the training. They also solved puzzles and maze tests quicker than the control rats.
Of course, we all know that aerobic activity is good for the heart, mind, and body because of increased blood flow. However, the process of neurogenesis as a healthy byproduct of resistance training, is a pleasant surprise.
I can customize a resistance training program for you to help you increase this neurogenesis in your brain. Now, I can't guarantee you'll pass your next exam or certification test. However, you will be in the best possible position to do so.