And one to limit.
Annie glanced up from the computer screen out her office window at her favorite mountain peak. It was shrouded in storm clouds. She sighed; she hadn’t seen its top in days. Although the rain brought much-needed relief from the drought, the region had been experiencing for several years, this deluge had been unremitting, going into its third week.
“I’m happy it’s raining, but a little bit of sunshine occasionally would be welcome about now,” she thought, getting up and walking over to the closet. After reaching inside for the jump rope, she closed the office door to avoid disturbing LJ and started jumping. She had been practicing doing 50 jumps before stopping, but recently she noticed that by the time she reached 40, she started losing rhythm and getting tangled in the rope. Sure enough, just as she was 10 jumps away from 50, she stepped on the rope. There was a soft knock on the door as she stopped to reorient and start again. “Come in, sweetheart.”
LJ opened the door, “interested in lunch?”
“Whatever you’re cooking, I’m interested.”
“You’re my favorite chef, too,” laughed LJ. “I notice you’ve been jumping rope more recently. Is there a reason?”
“Yes, I’m paying more attention to my bone health. Jumping is a load-bearing activity, which means the impact helps increase bone density in my legs and the lower half of my spine. It will help me maintain bone and muscle strength, balance, and prevent falls.”
“Good looking out, babes. I’m happy to support your goal, so I will make a Tomato with Potatoes Soup. Both are good sources of magnesium, an essential mineral that helps increase the density of mineral crystals that make up part of your bone structure, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures. Magnesium also helps with weight loss, increasing the body’s ability to burn fat and use energy more efficiently.”
“Thank you for being so food considerate. That sounds delicious. I’ve read a balanced diet with plenty of superfoods can positively impact bone and muscle strength, cognition, and sleep quality, contributing to healthy aging.”
“You are welcome. Healthy aging is what we’re all about, right? Speaking of superfoods, you’ll be…