Help your community and your heart? It’s true! A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that donating blood can slash heart attack risk by up to 88%. When access iron builds up in the body, it can damage arteries and reduce blood flow, raising the risk of heart trouble. But regular donations cut the risk of iron overload, something that half of women over 50 are susceptible to after menstruation stops since menstruation helps the body shed excess iron. Bonus: Your donation helps refill blood banks at a time of year when supplies typically dwindle – a win-win.
Happy news: Getting out and about for a stroll in this beautiful weather can whittle your middle. The trick that speeds results? Enjoying a walk before breakfast instead of after. Investigators reporting in the British Journal of Nutrition found that this simple timing shift supercharges your body’s ability to burn belly fat. That’s because when you exercise before a meal on an empty stomach, your body burns off stored fats for fuel (which powers off pounds) instead of tapping into energy stored in muscle cells. Bye-bye, belly fat!