5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Oct 16, 2013

Week: 10/12/13 to 10/18/13

This week on IDEA FitFeed fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health, fitness and nutrition articles from around the web. Top headlines ranged from 20 Signs You're A Wellness Junkie to No-Excuses Workout: 10-Minute TV Tone-Up. The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC News, IDEA Fitness Journal, Greatist and many other leading news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed this week.

1. The Health Benefits of Exercise Are Numerous

This article from The Huffington Post reviews a research study which found that exercise may help lower one's risk of developing both types of esophageal cancer. The research showed that physical activity lowered overall esophageal cancer risk by 19% and is even more effective at lowering the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, the more common of the two types. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Gabriel Amadeus

2. How to Eat Mindfully

This article from IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips explains how paying attention to eating behaviors can help control weight more effectively. Author Shahla Khan, PhD, reminds readers to listen to their body’s signals and question why and how they eat. Khan offers tips on eating more mindfully such as waiting to eat until the stomach is almost empty, appreciating food and eating more slowly so the body can realize it’s being fed. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Britt Selvitelle

3. Bodyweight Training Makes Exercise Accessible

Bodyweight training has become increasingly popular because of its ability to be done anytime, anywhere and because it offers more of a functional training approach than using machines. In this article from Reuters, fitness experts explain why they promote bodyweight training and how people can benefit from it. “Our body is one kinetic chain, everything moves together,” Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, is quoted saying. Matthews also says bodyweight training can be easily incorporated into popular workout routines including interval training, circuits and bootcamps. View the full article here.


4. Our Brains Need More Down-Time

This The Huffington Post article, republished from Scientific American, reviews a large body of research suggesting that in today’s fast-paced world, our brains do not get enough time to rest. The research supports that our brains store and memorize information when we are sleeping or at rest. However, when we are constantly bombarded with new information our brains can get overloaded and are not able to process all the information during sleep. The article recommends that people incorporate daily meditation into their lives and also make it a priority to take more vacation time in order to rejuvenate and refresh their brains. View the full article here.

5. Popular Sports Supplements May be Detrimental to Health

According to this USA Today article two popular sports supplements, Craze and Detonate, were found to contain “a methamphetamine-like chemical that could put people's health at risk.” The piece explains that these drugs have not been tested on humans and are uncontrolled. “These are basically brand-new drugs that are being designed in clandestine laboratories where there's absolutely no guarantee of quality control,” Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the analysis of Craze, is quoted saying. View the full article here.


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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.