Good news for senior joggers

Conventional wisdom says that aging means giving up jogging because of the pounding it inflicts on your knees, ankles and hips.

The truth? Multiple studies show that distance running actually benefits older athletes by protecting against osteoarthritis, increasing bone density and staving off heart disease and cognitive decline. Sports medicine experts say that for older runners, pain and chronic injuries are often a result of continuing to run despite injury or not allowing sufficient recovery time after an injury.

Take the D out of Depressed?

In the largest study of its kind, scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have linked low vitamin D levels to a higher incidence of depression symptoms, particularly among people with a history of clinical depression. The research may encourage doctors to screen patients with depression for vitamin D deficiency.

Memorial Day BBQ tips

Grilling safety guidelines from the American Dietetic Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

  • Use separate brushes to baste raw and cooked meats.
  • Boil leftover marinade before pouring it on food.
  • Use a thermometer to keep your cooler below 40 F.

Hydration means more than H2O

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should drink 8 to 10 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes during a workout. But if its hot or you’re perspiring heavily, consider a sports drink that’s low in sugar and high in carbohydrates as well as electrolytes like sodium and potassium. Replenishing electrolytes lost through sweat can keep your muscles and nerves functioning properly.

Your body burns more calories digesting a piece of celery than you consume by eating it.