5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week
Week: 7/5/14 to 7/11/14
It is essential for fitness professionals to stay up-to-date on health and fitness news. You never know when your clients are going to ask about a new workout or diet fad they’ve heard is the latest and greatest. Don’t let them catch you unprepared! Use IDEA FitFeed to stay in the know. This inclusive tool collates health, fitness and nutrition news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts the top trending news items in one convenient location. If you are just learning about this tool or haven’t used it in a while, you can catch up here.
1. Under-Exercising—Not Overeating—is America’s Problem
Lack of exercise, rather than too many calories, may be responsible for the obesity epidemic in America, according to this article from the Los Angeles Times. The piece looks at a research study which found a strong correlation between obesity and lack of exercise. The study found that as obesity rates have risen over the past 22 years, the amount of time Americans spend exercising has dropped significantly. The researchers did not find any evidence that Americans’ daily calorie consumption had significantly increased over the same time frame. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah G
2. Skipping Breakfast Makes High-Calorie Foods More Attractive
If you are trying lose weight, skipping breakfast is not the way to go, according to this article from BBC News. The piece looks at a research study which found that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high-calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day. The researchers also found that people who didn’t eat breakfast ate one-fifth more calories at lunch than those who had eaten breakfast. View the full article here.
3. Superfoods Are a Marketing Construct
There is no such thing as a superfood, according to this article from The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘‘It’s just a marketing tool used by people to push a certain food,’’ says Paul Roach, PhD, a University of Newcastle biochemist, in this article. The piece goes on to explain that there is no superfood status in science because it implies that a food contains all of the nutrients a body needs and there is no such food. View the full article here.
4. Big Businesses Are Buying Into Wellness
Big businesses have learned that focusing on wellness pays off, according to this article from The Huffington Post. The piece suggests that wellness is currently one of the hottest topics in the business industry because companies have finally realized that their employees’ wellness directly impacts their productivity, which in turn impacts the company’s bottom line. A recent study, cited in the article, shows that 80% of employees working for businesses of 50 or more employees are offered some sort of wellness program at work. The piece also highlights some of the more noteworthy wellness programs out there. View the full article here.
5. Your Body on Meditation
Regular meditation practice has myriad health benefits, according to this article from MindBodyGreen. The piece includes an infographic, which lists just a few of the effects that meditation can have on the body, including decreasing stress, lowering blood pressure, calming the mind and more. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ewan Jade
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