Strength and Flexibility
Strength and flexibility exercises aren’t just for athletes. Everyone can benefit from maintaining muscle mass and flexibility. Some benefits include: weight control (lean muscle burns more calories), joint protection (strong muscles may help prevent arthritis pain) and injury prevention. Many lower body strength exercises will also improve your balance. Include strength and flexibility exercises at least twice a week. Proper technique is important. Consider working with a certified trainer to learn how to perform strength and flexibility exercises safely. Learn more at cdc.gov/physicalactivity.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Summer is here and it’s a good time for a reminder about reducing your risk of skin cancer. Protect your skin by avoiding sun exposure from 11am to 2pm (when UV radiation is the highest), use a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher, 30 or higher for extended outdoor activity), and wearing sun-protective clothing. It’s important to take these steps year round and not just in the summer. Early detection is key. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. If you have any concerning moles or spots on your skin, make an appointment for a skin check.
Reducing Sodium in Your Diet
Sodium is a mineral that’s essential for life. However, too much sodium can affect your health. About 90 percent of American’s sodium intake comes from salt (a combination of sodium and chloride) and most of that is packaged, prepared and restaurant foods. To reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend that people eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. You can find the amount of sodium in food by reading the nutrition label. For more information, visit sodiumbreakup.heart.org.