5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Jun 27, 2014

Week: 6/21/14 to 6/27/14

Can regular exercise prevent bone loss as we age? Which healthy eating concepts are being misused by consumers? Can consuming caffeine before a workout aid weight loss? 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 Outdoors Make Us Healthier.

Spending time outdoors can make you healthier, according to this article from The Huffington Post. The piece looks at seven different ways that getting some fresh air can improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, increasing brain function and promoting happiness. View the full article here.

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2. Exercise and Good Nutrition Keep Muscles Strong

Most people lose muscle mass as they age, but it can be prevented with regular exercise and a healthy diet, according to this article from The Wall Street Journal. The piece explains that researchers are working on promising treatments to prevent sarcopenia in older adults, but so far the cheapest and easiest treatment is making healthy lifestyle choices. The article goes into detail about why keeping muscles strong is important for metabolic health and mobility. View the full article here.


3. More Fit Kids Get Better Grades

Kids with higher fitness levels get better grades, according to this article from Time. The piece looks at a study which found a link between physical exercise and improved mental functioning. “Promoting physical activity that involves aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development,” say study authors in the article. View the full article here.


4. Misused Healthy Eating Concepts

Food marketers seem to compound nutrition misinformation for consumers with product buzzwords and health halos, according to this article from The Huffington Post. This piece explores what nutrition experts believe are the most misused healthy eating concepts and why they dislike them. View the full article here.


5. The Pros of Pre-Workout Caffeine Consumption

If you enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea, you may be excited to learn that consuming caffeine before you work out can have benefits, according to this article from Health. The piece looks at numerous research studies that have found beneficial effects of consuming caffeine pre-workout, including aiding weight loss, reducing muscle pain and more. 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...