Here's some intelligence to help you keep your brain sharp and your body strong! We got this from Rodale Publishing and Fitness magazine.
- If you want to lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, take a ballroom dancing class. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found a link between ballroom dancing and a lowered risk of dementia. They believe the mentally challenging aspects of dancing such as following complex steps, moving in time and staying in rhythm are responsible for the positive effects.
- To reduce your risk of dehydration and heat stroke this summer, go for activities like rollerblading and cycling over running or walking. The high airflow produced by these exercises will increase the evaporation of your sweat, which helps regulate your body temperature.
- If you get a mosquito bite, treat the area with an ice cube to reduce the itching. And if you're not sure what kind of bite you have - or if it doesn't go away in a week and you experience a rash, joint pain, dizziness or fatigue - make sure you get to the doctor. It may be more serious.