5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

Week: 12/7/13 to 12/13/13

Can regular exercise prevent dementia? What are some ways to reduce your sitting time at work? How can you make this holiday season more enjoyable? 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. How to Exercise in Cold Weather

With winter upon us and the temperatures continuing to drop, many people have begun to take their workouts indoors. However, both John Honerkamp, chief coach of the New York Road Runners organization, and the Mayo Clinic, say that you don’t necessarily have to. Exercising outdoors during the winter months can be beneficial and enjoyable if you dress properly, let your body acclimatize and take extra safety precautions, they say in this article from The Huffington Post. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dawn

2. How to Enjoy Your Holiday Season

The holidays can be so stressful that many people don’t slow down enough to enjoy them. This IDEA Fitness Journal article offers a 5-minute solution to making this holiday season more enjoyable and memorable. “Many people have the mindset that they’re going to survive the holidays—do what [it takes] to get to the other side,” says Kate Larsen, MCC, BCC, CWC, executive coach and author of Progress Not Perfection: Your Journey Matters, in the article. “People feel compelled to do so many things, and they get lost in the maze of trying to figure out how to do it all,” she says. Instead of just surviving, make this holiday season about spending time with the people you love and making memories. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jarrett Campbell

3. Regular Exercise Reduces Dementia Risk

This article from BBC News reviews a study from Cardiff University which found there are five main healthy lifestyle factors that help to prevent the development of illness with age. These integral lifestyle factors included regular exercise, not smoking, low bodyweight, a healthy diet and low alcohol intake. The researchers found that people who followed at least four of these factors had a 60% decline in dementia and cognitive decline rates. Of all of the factors, exercise was found to have the single biggest influence on dementia levels, though the other factors were not far behind. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Julie Steiner

4. Strategies for Reducing Sitting Time at Work

You have heard that excessive sitting time can contribute to numerous diseases and take years off your life (even if you exercise), but how are you supposed to reduce your sitting time? A recent study, discussed in this Reuters article, found three strategies that can help people reduce their sitting time at work. “It is often possible to identify work tasks that can be done standing or gently walking, and workers can also look at how they commute and spend their leisure time to find opportunities to sit less and move more,” said Leon Straker, one of the study researchers, in the article. All of the strategies studied were found to reduce sitting time, but the researchers found that people with the most scheduling flexibility had the greatest reduction in sitting time. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Logan Ingalls

5. Top Five Fitness Trends for 2014

In this article from The Huffington Post, registered dietitian and co-founder of FitMapped and Sweat Sync, Anita Mirchandani, predicts what she believes will be the top five fitness trends in 2014. “In recent years, the health and wellness space has become a playground for a variety of concepts spanning from fitness/nutrition applications, new studio concepts, diet/nutrition supplements and fitness gear, to fitness accessories and more!” Mirchandani says. She sees these same concepts continuing and expanding in the upcoming year. Mirchandani believes the following will gain popularity in 2014: combination classes, CrossFit, fitness on-the-go, sweat-working (social pre- or post-work fitness) and online workouts. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Fort Rucker

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Jessica L. Cline

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