8 Small Things You Can Do Today to Live Healthier
Recent science shows that small lifestyle changes (and a little fun) are all it takes to improve your health. We talked to prominent doctors, crunched the data, and found a few high-payoff tweaks.
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Step Out of the Shade
You've probably heard about the many benefits of vitamin D—it may help stave off depression, diabetes, heart disease, even some types of cancer. Now a study of roughly 400 healthy adults has found that the nutrient, which is produced during sun exposure, may improve physical strength, possibly by preventing muscle fibers from atrophying. Researchers discovered that high D levels are associated with greater arm and leg strength—a promising finding given that we lose up to 8 percent of our muscle mass per decade between ages 30 and 70.