5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by: Jessica L. Cline

Week: 10/26/13 to 11/1/13

Do you regularly keep up with IDEA Fitfeed? It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest health, fitness and nutrition news from around the world. This inclusive tool collates top headlines being shared around the web by health and fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. Article headlines range from Make This Halloween a Healthy One to 10 Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workouts. These headlines come from top news sources, personal blogs and everything in between. If you missed out on the latest news from the past week you can catch up here.

1. HIIT and Body-Weight Training Top ACSM’s 2014 Fitness Trends

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its list of top fitness trends for 2014, which are reviewed in this USA Today article. High-intensity interval training and body-weight training were identified as the top trends for the coming year. According to Walt Thompson, the lead researcher of this report and a regents' professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University, these trends may be due to the tight economy and the need for fitting workouts into tight schedules. “We are seeing people going back to basics and using relatively low-cost ways to get in shape,” Thompson says in the article. View the full article here.

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2. Some People Are Born with Slow Metabolisms

This article from BBC News reviews a study which found that some people are born with mutated DNA, which slows metabolism and increases appetite. The study found that fewer than one in 100 people are affected by this mutation and that they usually become severely obese at a young age. The researchers believe that this finding is exciting because they can now begin to develop drugs that target the mutated DNA and help not only those with slow metabolisms, but obese people with normal genes as well. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

3. Yoga Provides Health Benefits After Only One Class

If you participate in yoga or are considering it, you will be excited to learn that yoga causes positive changes in the body and provides many health benefits from the day you start. This article from The Huffington Post gives readers an idea of the health benefits they receive immediately after practicing yoga and those that are acquired over time. Not only does yoga lower stress and increase flexibility, but it can also increase bone density and lower cardiovascular risk factors. View the full article here.

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4. Saturated Fat Gets a Bad Rap

According to this article from The Telegraph, which reviews a study originally published in the British Medical Journal, there is no significant association between saturated fats and cardiovascular risks. Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiologist at Croydon University Hospital, argues that by pushing to reduce saturated fat consumption we have caused consumers to increase their sugar intake, which is more likely to cause health issues. However, the piece warns that not all saturated fat-containing foods are created equal and that consumers should still limit their intake. The article concludes that eating healthier in general is better, but little indulgences here and there are fine. View the full article here.

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5. Gardening and Housework Linked to Longer Lives

For people over the age of 60, avoiding sedentary behavior by participating in activities they enjoy or that are required increases lifespan, this BBC News article reports. According to this study originally published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercising can be difficult for some older adults and encouraging more daily activities may be helpful. “A generally active daily life had important beneficial associations with cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults, which seemed to happen regardless of regular exercise,” the report states. View the full article here.

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About the Author

Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI ce...

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