Don’t forget the coconut water

Is coconut water the electrolyte-replenishing powerhouse its reputed to be? New research says yes, during light to moderate exercise. Results presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society show that coconut water contains generous amounts of potassium, magnesium, carbohydrates and antioxidants while being naturally low in calories. This makes it an excellent alternative for people who don’t care for sports drinks.

Nap Time

Busy holiday schedule got you feeling tired? According to the National Sleep Foundation, a 20- to 30-minute nap is best for improving alertness, without causing a feeling of grogginess or interfering with nighttime sleep.

Shovel Safety

If you find your walkway covered in white stuff after a snowstorm, follow these safe shoveling tips from North Dakota State University:

  • Avoid shoveling if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid cold-weather dehydration
  • Use a shovel with a smaller blade to avoid back strain from lifting big loads of snow
  • Use correct form: Stand with feet hip-width apart, bend at the knees and tighten your abdominal muscles as you lift the shovel

10-11 minutes per mile

The jogging pace range associated with a lower mortality risk, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. The study, which reviewed a 31-year span of health records, found that people who ran regularly at moderate intensity reduced their mortality risk more than those who ran at a more extreme level.

Better Mood Foods

It’s not uncommon to feel a little down during the holidays. Now, new research suggests that you can fight the holiday blues by eating certain foods. According to findings at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in California, foods like chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and some teas as well as foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids contain natural ingredients that have mood-enhancing effects. The researchers believe that consuming such foods could positively impact mood.