5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week
Week: 5/31/14 to 6/6/14
Is quantity or quality more important in terms of exercise? Can you teach picky eaters to like vegetables? Is sprint interval training more beneficial for men or women? 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, ScienceDaily, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, MindBodyGreen and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.
1. The Truth About Common Nutrition Myths
Separating nutrition facts from fiction can be difficult. This article from IDEA Food & Nutrition Tips examines four common nutrition myths and explains why these frequently accepted ideas should be done away with. The piece looks at the merits of cooked foods, what "processed" and "natural" really mean, and why some sugar in the diet is okay. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica Spengler
2. Quality Matters More Than Quantity
We need to rethink our current assumptions about exercise, according to this article from Stone Hearth News. The piece looks at a study which found that getting more exercise is not the key to weight loss and better health, but that focusing on a multidimensional exercise regimen may well be. The study found that an exercise routine including resistance training, intervals, stretching and endurance—coupled with moderate protein intake throughout the day—is best for improving health and reducing weight. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Håkan Dahlström
3. Kids Can Learn to Like Vegetables
Even fussy eaters can learn to like vegetables if they are exposed to them five to 10 times before the age of two, according to this BBC News article. The piece looks at a recent study from the University of Leeds which found that when young children were repeatedly exposed to vegetables, they learned to eat them. The research also found that the vegetable’s flavor did not need to be masked or sweetened for the children to like it. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sean Freese
4. Marathon Times Best In Late 20s
Marathon runners get their best times in their late 20s, according to this article from Health. The piece reviews a recent research study which found that men hit their distance running peak at 27 and women at 29. The study also found that finishing times were 4% slower for every year younger than these ages, and 2% slower for every year older. View the full article here.
5. Sprint Interval Training Is More Beneficial for Men
Men reap greater benefits from sprint interval training than women, according to this article from ScienceDaily. The study, reviewed in this piece, found that men create more new proteins than women as a result of this type of training. However, both men and women experienced similar increases in aerobic capacity from sprint intervals. View the full article here.
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