5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Oct 09, 2014

Week: 10/4/14 to 10/10/14

Does active transportation have mental health benefits? Can weightlifting improve your memory? Does it matter if you do strength training or cardio first? 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. Walking or Biking to Work Has Mental Health Benefits

People who walk or bike to work in place of driving have better mental health, according to this article from HealthDay. The piece looks at a recent report which found that people who had a physically active commute were under less stress and were able to concentrate better than their driving counterparts. The researchers also found that people who used public transportation felt better after their commute than drivers. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

2. Weightlifting Can Boost Your Long-Term Memory

Do you need another reason to hit the gym? New research finds that weightlifting not only helps strengthen your muscles and reduce your stress levels, but can also give your brain a boost, according to this article from the Huffington Post. The piece reviews a new study which found that strength training for as little as 20 minutes can increase your long-term memory by about 10%. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Hamster Factor

3. Yoga Can Relieve What Ails You

Along with its other many well-documented health benefits, yoga can also provide relief for five common ailments, according to this article from ABC News. The piece explains that people suffering from joint pain, insomnia, heart rhythm disorders or high blood pressure and those recovering from breast cancer can gain relief from practicing yoga. However, the article notes that yoga is not the best fix for all ailments and the one’s doctor should be consulted before using yoga as treatment. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jasmine Kaloudis

4. Why Strength Training Is Important As You Age

Strength training is an important component of any exercise regimen and can be especially beneficial as you age, according to this post from the ACE Fitnoatives™ blog. The piece takes an in-depth look at three different components from which people who strength train can benefit throughout their life. These include increased bone density, more desirable aesthetics and increased testosterone level. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Diabetes Care

5. Workout Order Doesn’t Matter

Should you do strength training or cardio first? It doesn’t matter, according to this article from The New York Times. The piece reviews a few different studies which all concluded that it didn’t matter if people did weightlifting or cardio first and that doing both in the same session did not interfere with the results. The article concludes that people should arrange their workouts however is most convenient for them. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: MilitaryHealth

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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 certification from ACE and is working on a Health Coach certification. Jessica is a long distance runner who has competed in half and full marathons. She enjoys running, hiking, walking her dogs, horse back riding and any outdoor activities.