5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week
Week: 10/19/13 to 10/25/13
Does your walking speed matter? Can exercise improve your child’s future academic performance? What foods can help you ward off colds? Find the answers to these questions and other relevant news items on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, ScienceDaily and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.
1. Walking Is Powerful Medicine
Brisk walking may be one of the best prescriptions for improving health, according to this USA Today article. Walking is the most popular form of exercise for US adults, but according to Miriam Nelson, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, many need to increase the amount of time they spend walking and modify their intensity. “Almost nothing is easier and cheaper than walking, but many people need to pick up the pace and put some spring into their step,” she says. Mark Fenton, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts and co-author of Pedometer Walking offers advice for increasing walking speed and other walking tips. View the full article here.
2. Exercise Improves Future Academic Performance
This BBC News article reviews a study which found that students who exercised regularly did better academically. The research found that not only was improved academic performance evident immediately, the positive effects of exercise on students lasted for years. The study authors claim that “since every 15 minutes of exercise improved performance by an average of about a quarter of a grade, it was possible children who carried out 60 minutes of exercise every day could improve their academic performance by a full grade.” View the full article here.
3. Foods Can Boost Your Immunity
If you have been lucky enough to stay cold- and flu-free so far this season, you can increase your chances of staying healthy by incorporating these immune-boosting foods into your diet. This article from The Huffington Post lists seven healthy breakfast ideas to help keep you healthy. View the full article here.
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4. Nutrition Lies Harm Consumers
Consumers are constantly bombarded with health and nutrition claims and have to use their best judgment when making decisions based on these assertions. In this article from Authority Nutrition, republished by Business Insider, author Kris Gunnars lists what he believes to be the worst nutrition lies. Gunnars identifies 13 nutrition claims that consumers have accepted as true and explains how these contentions are harmful and why they should not be taken seriously. View the full article here.
5. Sleep Helps Clear the Brain of Toxins
There are lots of reasons that getting adequate sleep is important, but a new study shows that the brain uses this time to wash away the waste toxins that have built up over the day, according to this BBC News article. The piece reviews a study which found that during sleep brain cells shrink, thus allowing more space between neurons and giving fluid the chance to wash the brain clean. This cleaning process requires a lot of energy and cannot be done while also processing information, explaining why it happens during sleep. The study also notes that if the toxins are not properly washed away, it may play a role in brain disorders. View the full article here.
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