In the New York Times online today, there is a story on a recent study that found that strength training actually helps older women (aged 65-75) sharpen their minds – as well as their muscles! A win-win!
The findings are particularly important, since older women are less likely to do strength training, one researcher said, and strength training can promote bone health.
One other health note to take: it looks like reducing your sodium intake – even by a half teaspoon per day – really can make a difference in your health. This post from the New York Times Well blog comes after mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg announced efforts to curb sodium intake in NYC.
The post and full article discuss a study showing that if Americans reduced their sodium intake gradually over the next 10 years, the nation would reap the following benefits: “reduce the annual number of new cases of coronary heart disease by 60,000 to 120,000, stroke by 32,000 to 66,000, and myocardial infarction [heart attack] by 54,000 to 99,000, and reduce the annual number of deaths from any cause by 44,000 to 92,000.” Sounds like “a very big bang for a relatively small buck” to me!