5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by: Jessica L Cline

Week: 9/28/13 to 10/4/13

Is exercise a good alternative to taking medication? Are there simple things you can do to improve your sleep quality? Are there benefits to exercising in the morning? You can find the answers to these questions and more 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, 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. Exercise Rivals Pills as Medicine

This article from BBC News reviews a study which found that exercise is an important part of treating conditions such as heart disease and stroke. The research showed that “physical activity rivaled some heart drugs and outperformed stroke medicine.” While experts stress not dismissing pills altogether, they suggest using drugs and exercise in tandem. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Gustavo Devito

2. Eating Peanut Butter May Prevent Breast Disease

According to research presented in this article from The Huffington Post there is an association between regular peanut butter consumption and a lower risk of developing breast cancer. The research found that in the group of girls studied, eating peanut butter twice a week during adolescence was linked to a 39% lower risk of developing benign breast disease. The article notes that the study only showed an association and doesn't show that peanut butter can definitively prevent breast disease. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Susan

3. Exercising in the Morning Has Many Added Benefits

If you are a morning exerciser you will be happy to know that you are creating a positive routine for yourself and getting many added benefits beyond increasing your fitness level. In this article from U.S. News, author Mitzi Dulan lists six reasons why morning exercise is beneficial, including improved productivity later in the day, better sleep and a better diet. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Vinoth Chandar

4. How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

We all know how important sleep is to our health and daily functioning, but many of us do not get enough of it. This article from Precision Nutrition offers tips and insight into how you can improve the quality of your sleep. The piece has recommendations for dos and don’ts leading up to your bed time, as well as tips for creating the best possible sleep environment. View the full article here.

5. Child Nutrition Mistakes Moms Should Avoid

In this article from Fox News, author Julie Revelant lists 14 common food mistakes moms make regarding their children’s nutrition. Revelant discusses how these nutrition blunders affect children’s health and provides tips on how moms can make better choices. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: James Emery

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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 ce...

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