5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week
Week: 9/7/13 to 9/13/13
Is fruit juice really that much worse for you than whole fruit? Can CrossFit® improve your running? Are teens who have beaten obesity out of the woods? You can find the answers to these questions and more 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, ScienceDaily, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Greatist, IDEA Fitness Journal and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.
1. Yoga Is Beneficial For Children with Autism
As part of National Yoga Month, the Huffington Post published an article which reviewed previous research studies and found that yoga may be beneficial for children with autism. One of the studies reviewed found that yoga practice helped children with autism to perform better in school and to have longer attention spans. Another study reviewed found that yoga, along with dance and music therapies, helped these children to relax. View the full article here.
2. Drinking Fruit Juice Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk
If you think you can substitute a glass of fruit juice for a serving of whole fruit, think again. This article from Greatist examines a study which found that “while eating fruit lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, drinking fruit (in the form of juice) actually increases it.” Article author Nick English explains that juicing destroys a large amount of fruit’s beneficial compounds and antioxidants; it also removes the majority its natural fiber. He points out that juice contains a significant amount of sugar and is not a low-calorie beverage. “Despite its convenience, juice is a far less healthy option than a real piece of fruit,” English concludes. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Katherine Lim
3. CrossFit Is Good Cross-Training For Runners
In this U.S. News article author Katrina Plyler shares how taking up CrossFit has improved her running, eliminated pain from a former injury and prevented any further injuries. Plyler believes that CrossFit can be beneficial for runners because it improves endurance, incorporates functional flexibility, demands mental stamina and focuses on other numerous physical skills. Although Plyler admits this may not work for everyone, she believes that, for most runners, adding CrossFit to an exercise regimen can improve running fitness and success. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Anthony Topper
4. Formerly Obese Teens Are at Risk of Developing Eating Disorders
As a society are we so focused on pushing the anti-obesity message that we don’t think about the implications it may have on our children’s health? According to this article from USA Today, formerly overweight teens are at high risk of developing eating disorders. The piece also highlights that identification and treatment of these disorders is usually slow for this group because of their weight history. “When a child is obese and starts to lose weight, we think it's a really great thing and we applaud it and reinforce it,” says Leslie Sim, clinical director of the eating disorders program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in the article. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Evan Bench
5. Ocean Breathing Can Heal Emotional Pain
In this article from IDEA Fit Tips, author Max Strom enlightens readers about breathing techniques and their uses. While pregnant women are generally the only population taught breathing techniques, he says, they are not the only ones in pain and or stress. Strom clarifies that breathing techniques, such as ocean breathing, can help people to deal with stress and to relieve emotional pain. He explains how to properly practice ocean breathing and the benefits it can convey. View the full article here.
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