For many years the United States held the not-so-coveted title of most obese country in the Americas. That designation has recently transferred to Mexico, according to the The State of Food and Agriculture report released by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
Does it matter that nobody seems to know how to cook anymore? Can anything be done about the dangers of industrial farming? How should we respond to the possibility that, largely because of chronic health issues caused by junk food, America’s young people might not outlive their parents?
Last week FitFeed brought us a wide array of health tips ranging from the healthiest April snacks to how lack of sleep affects the body. Top trending stories included articles from the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, MailOnline.com, Salon and many other news outlets. Here are the top five takeaways from last week’s FitFeed news.
1. Exercise Improves Memory
Epigenetics—the study of changes in gene expression—has become a buzzword of late. Epigenetic experts suggest that environmental factors might have the power to overcome inherited traits, like a predisposition for type 2 diabetes. New research offers more support for exercise as one environmental factor that can alter gene expression.
Do you think of yourself as being in the happiness business? Whether you know it or not, you are. Happiness and all its related positive emotions—optimism, purpose, life satisfaction and a sense of well-being, to name a few—are powerfully linked with health (as we reviewed in the June issue of IDEA Fitness Journal). One of the most valuable keys to sustainable happiness may be exercise—bingo!
The United States may have slipped behind Mexico when it comes to obesity; however, its exercise rates are still dismal. A new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention states that only 20% of U.S. adults exercise enough.
Tabata training—a protocol in which 20 seconds of high-intensity activity are followed by 10 seconds of rest, with that cycle repeating for 4 minutes—could be considered one of the earlier versions of high-intensity interval training. Researchers from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, recently looked at Tabata training to determine its eff ectiveness.
If you had to choose, would you rather have a client spend 10 minutes more exercising or 10 minutes more preparing food each day?
A study by researchers at The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health suggests that because of the way Americans allot their time, the two may be mutually exclusive. The study found that a 10-minute increase in food preparation time was associated with a lower probability of exercising for 10 more minutes—among both men and women. The finding applied to single and married adults as well as parents and those with no children.
If you want to stay up to date on the latest news in the health and fitness world, IDEA FitFeed can help. FitFeed pulls top headlines and articles being shared by fitness professionals around the web and makes them available in one convenient resource.