5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

Week: 11/16/13 to 11/22/13

Finding time to sift through the daily news to stay current on the latest health and fitness findings can be difficult. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool does the work for you. It pulls top headlines being shared around the web by fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. You will find news from leading sources including Reuters, The New York Times, HealthDay, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, and ScienceDaily, as well as smaller publications and even some blog posts. If you are just learning about FitFeed, catch up now with the top news from this week.

1. Rise in Childhood Obesity Is Due to Lack of Physical Activity

New research originally published in Pediatrics and reviewed in this PHIT America article finds that although nutrition is very important in maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity is more important for teens. “It is becoming increasingly obvious that the lack of physical exercise in children is the main culprit in the startling rise of childhood obesity, heart disease, diabetes and all other types of preventable medical conditions,” Michael Omidi, MD, co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund, says in this article. The research reveals that as children get older and school becomes a more prominent part of their life, if physical activity is not encouraged kids begin to spend much of their time being sedentary. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Aberdeen Proving Ground

2. Chewing Food More Reduces Total Food Intake

This article from Daily RX reviews a research study which found that when people chew their food more, there is a significant decrease in their overall food intake. When study participants were asked to increase their number of chews by 50%, they ate 9.5% less than those who did not increase their chews. The study authors note that “chewing more may be one way to reduce food intake and potentially help with weight management.” View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bark

3. Indoor Workouts Can Be Beneficial

Outdoor exercisers can benefit from taking their workout indoors during the cold winter months, according to this article from The Huffington Post, republished from Reuters. The piece explains that this move indoors may inspire exercisers to try something new, focus on cross-training, fine-tune their skills and be social. For exercisers who are skeptical about moving indoors or who feel trapped inside, the article suggests starting slowly and training indoors just a few workouts per week while they adjust. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Inf-Lite Teacher

4. Physicians Need to Treat Obesity Aggressively

According to this article from USA Today, new obesity guidelines from the Obesity Society, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology ask doctors to start treating obesity as aggressively as they do other ailments. The piece identifies some of the new guidelines for doctors, which include helping patients find a diet that is right for them, encouraging obese and overweight patients to lose 5% to 10% of their weight, encouraging physical activity, and scheduling two to three in-person meetings per month for at least six months. “The overall objective is quite a tall order: to get primary care practitioners to own weight management as they own hypertension management,” obesity researcher Donna Ryan, co-chairwoman of the committee writing the guidelines, says in the piece. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Damon Sacks

5. Addressing Common Obstacles Can Help Clients Reach Their Fitness Goals

There are many common obstacles that can prevent clients from reaching their fitness goals, but knowing what they are and putting strategies in place to help clients overcome them can make a difference. This article from IDEA Fit Tips addresses three of these barriers and offers suggestions on how fitness professionals can help their clients get past them. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Len Spoden

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Jessica L. Cline

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Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado... more less

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