Week: 3/15/14 to 3/21/14
This week on IDEA FitFeed fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health, fitness and nutrition articles from around the web. Top headlines ranged from Calorie Control Guide for Men and Women to The 10 Richest Fitness Gurus The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC News, ScienceDaily, IDEA Fitness Journal, and many other leading news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed this week.
1. Vigorous Exercise Reduces Flu Risk
Engaging in at least 2-1/2 hours of vigorous exercise per week reduces one’s risk of developing the flu, according to this BBC News article. The piece looks at findings from the Flu Survey, which has been collecting flu data for the past 5 years. The survey results suggest that if more people engaged in vigorous exercise, about 10% of flu cases could be prevented. The article warns that these are preliminary findings, but that they are consistent with other findings on the health benefits of exercise. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Port of San Diego
2. How to Weed Out Fad Diets
Fad diets come and go, promising consumers the world and then ultimately letting them down. This article from Medical Daily explains how to distinguish fad diets and how to truly embody what it means to eat clean. The piece lists common red flags consumers should watch for, including relying solely on anecdotal evidence, promising quick fixes and ignoring the differences in individuals. View the full article here.
3. Building Muscle Increases Longevity in Older Adults
The more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely, according to this Science Daily article. The piece looks at a recent study, which adds to the growing evidence that overall body composition is a better predictor of all-cause mortality than body mass index. “Rather than worrying about weight or body mass index, we should be trying to maximize and maintain muscle mass,” said Arun Karlamangla, MD, the study's co-author and an associate professor in the geriatrics division at the Geffen School, in the article. View the full article here.
4. Treadmill Desks Improve Productivity
If you haven’t been able to convince your employer to invest in treadmill desks, the findings of this new study may help. Treadmill desks not only help burn calories, but can improve productivity over time, according to a study reviewed in this article from The Huffington Post. The study found that in the initial transition to using a treadmill, work performance did take a hit, but employees' overall performance, over the course of a year, improved. The findings also showed that those using the treadmill workstations burned about 74 more calories a day than they did before using the devices. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ann Marie
5. More Fitness Consumers are Choosing Minimalist Options
As more consumers become pressed for time and money, smaller fitness boutiques and sport-specific studios have gained popularity, according to this Reuters article, republished on The Huffington Post. “From a training perspective, we're going back to basics, away from more complex equipment,” says Cedric X. Bryant, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise, in the piece. Bryant expects the trend to continue because the workouts are effective. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Matthew Batchelor
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