5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Oct 22, 2014

Week: 10/18/14 to 10/24/14

Staying up to date on the latest health and fitness news is important for all health and fitness professionals, but the constant stream of new information can make this challenging. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool collates top news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. You can find all of the top headlines from leading news sources without having to flip through multiple websites and pages. Catch up on news from the past week here.

1. Fitness Age Is a Good Predictor of Longevity

Fitness age, which is determined by one’s VO2max and is an indicator of cardiovascular endurance, is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age, according to this article from The New York Times. The piece reviews a research study which looked at how a person’s fitness level correlated to their risk of premature death. The good news is that you can turn back the clock on fitness. “If your fitness age exceeds your chronological years or is not as low as you would like, just exercise,” says Ulrik Wisloff, professor at the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in the article. View the full article here.

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2. Family Meals Can Protect Against Obesity

Regular family meals during adolescence can protect children from becoming overweight or obese in adulthood, according to this article from ScienceDaily. The piece looks at a research study which found that children who participated in frequent family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium and whole grains, were less likely to be overweight later in life. The article suggests that “family meals may be protective against obesity or overweight because coming together for meals may provide opportunities for emotional connections among family members, the food is more likely to be healthful, and adolescents may be exposed to parental modeling of healthful eating behaviors.” View the full article here.

3. Modest Weight Loss Can Improve Overall Health

Although carrying excess weight can substantially increase one’s risk of developing health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, modest weight loss of 5% to 10% can improve overall health, according to this article from U.S. News. The piece explains the most common causes of obesity, the health risks associated with carrying excess weight and common treatment options, including healthier lifestyle choices. View the full article here.

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4. Fit Kids Perform Better at Learning Tasks

Fit kids have better reading comprehension skills than their unfit peers, according to this article from IDEA Fitness Journal. The piece looks at a research study which found that fit kids are able to better allocate resources in the brain toward aspects of cognition that support reading comprehension. The article suggests that more research is needed to learn about the underlying mechanisms which link fitness and brain functioning. View the full article here.

5. How to Fight the Sedentary Lifestyle

By now you know that sitting all day is bad for you, but how can you start making changes? This article from About Health offers nine tips to help you start becoming more active. The piece suggests manually doing the dishes, getting up during commercial breaks, parking farther away, taking the stairs and more. View the full article here.

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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.