5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Nov 14, 2014

Week: 11/8/14 to 11/14/14

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. Fruit Juice Shouldn’t Count Toward Daily Portions

Fruit juice should be removed from the list of recommended healthy foods to eat because, in most cases, it isn’t actually healthy, according to this article from BBC News. The piece notes that unsweetened fruit juice currently counts as one portion of the recommended five daily portions of fruit. However, most people don’t choose unsweetened versions and have a larger helping than advised. The article recommends removing fruit juice from the healthy foods list altogether to avoid confusion and to reduce sugar consumption. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jim Champion

2. Best Breathing Techniques for Optimal Performance

There is more to breathing than just getting oxygen. Effective breathing ensures that the body can function properly, plus can calm the mind and increase endurance, according to this article from Greatist. The piece looks at how different physical activities require different breathing techniques and gives tips on how to breathe properly to enhance any type of exercise. View the full article here.

3. America Needs a National Food Policy

Despite the food industry being the largest sector of our economy, there is no national policy in place for managing the American food system; this needs to change, according to this article from The Washington Post. The piece looks at how putting a food policy in place could save millions of lives, help the economy, reduce our carbon foot print and more. The article goes on to explain how to go about putting a policy in place and what needs to be done to start making changes. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Charles Smith

4. How to Increase Flexibility in Men

Many men struggle with inflexibility and diminished joint range of motion as a result of aging and poor stretching regimens, according to this article from IDEA Fit Tips. The piece provides tips and sample stretches that men can use to increase their flexibility and restore their agility, strength, power and balance. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tony Alter

5. When Clean Eating Goes Too Far

Although eliminating harmful foods from your diet and choosing healthier options is generally a good idea, doctors have seen an increase in people taking healthy eating too far, according to this article from The Wall Street Journal. Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which people become malnourished and put their health at risk because they become obsessed with consuming only “pure” foods. This piece delves into what orthorexia nervosa is and the symptoms displayed by those with this eating disorder. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kayla Seah

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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 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.