5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

6/15/13 to 6/21/13

How accurate is that fitness tracker you spent $100 on? Why do Bolivians reject fast food restaurants? Is obesity a disease? These are just a few of the interesting tidbits you can pick up from following IDEA FitFeed. Enhance your career by staying up to date on the latest health and fitness news. FitFeed collates the top new web stories—from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC News, The Huffington Post, Mindbodygreen.com, Ideafit.com and many other top news sources—in one convenient location. If you missed the latest news from this past week, catch up here.

1. Your Fitness Tracker May Not Be as Accurate as You Believe

Many consumers have purchased a wide variety of fitness trackers over the past few years to help achieve weight loss and fitness goals. According to this article from The New York Times consumers trust that the trackers are reliable. However, one user, Nathanael Meckes, MS, assistant professor of applied human sciences at Azusa Pacific University, was skeptical and decided to test their reliability. He was shocked to find that his tracker did not record standing and pacing during a meeting as movement, the article states. This discovery prompted Meckes to test different trackers and their abilities. His findings concluded that the tracker’s accuracy depends on the type of activity performed and the intensity at which it was performed. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alper Çuğun

2. The American Medical Association Declares Obesity as a Disease

The American Medical Association has voted to classify obesity as a disease, Forbes reports. The vote has been controversial according to the article. In summary, the piece explores 4 main points: 1. Physicians who voted for the new classification hope this move will encourage better treatment and better reimbursement of treatment for overweight individuals. 2. The opposition believes that endorsing obesity as a disease is problematic because body mass index measures do not accurately predict whether a person needs treatment or not. 3. The opposition also believes that obesity is a result of personal choices and, therefore, not a disease. 4. This AMA vote will be a major factor as policymakers across the country make decisions about medical policy and health regulations.View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

3. Fast Food Does Not Have a Place in the Bolivian Culture

This NaturalNews article delves into the cultural attitudes and beliefs behind why fast food chains, including McDonald’s, have not been successful in the Bolivian culture. The author, Lance Devon, points out that the “quick and easy, mass production method of fast food actually turns Bolivians off altogether.” Devon says it is not the food Bolivians are rejecting, but the concepts behind fast food chains and their lack of care in preparing their meals. “Bolivians more so respect their bodies, valuing the quality of what goes into their stomach,” writes Devon. View the full article here.

4. 16 Workouts to Put on Your Bucket List

This article from Ideafit.com showcases just a few of the innovative group exercises sessions that will be featured at the 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. In this article readers can get a taste of the newest, hottest sessions to try this year for fun and fresh programming ideas. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Len Spoden

5. A 4-Minute Workout May be All You Need

New research reported in The New York Times finds that just 4 minutes of high-intensity exercise a few times per week may be enough to improve health and fitness—or at least maintain it. The study, led by Arnt Erik Tjonna, a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, looked at the difference between high-intensity interval sessions and single bouts of high-intensity exercise; results showed that both routines equally increased maximal oxygen uptake. The article suggests that time constraints hinder many individuals’ ability to exercise. Tjonna believes that this research will change such thinking. “Everyone, we think, has time for this kind of exercise three times a week.” View the full article here.

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Jessica L Cline

IDEA Author/Presenter
Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health and Fitness Association. She graduated from Colora... more less

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