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.
Permission to skip grueling workouts to bolster your bones in favor of having a little fun! It turns out, to encourage healthy new bone growth and stop further bone loss as you age, all you have to do is jump. The impact of simply hopping around for a few minutes coaxes more calcium into bones, which significantly increases bone density and helps prevent painful fractures if you ever take a tumble. For best results, do three sets of 10 hops each day, keeping a sturdy chair nearby for stability if needed.