5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Nov 07, 2013

Week: 11/2/13 to 11/8/13

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 Being Fat Is Your Fault, Or Is It? to 9 Tips For A More Productive Morning. 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. Music Can Enhance Your Workout

Do you listen to music while working out? If not, you might consider changing your habits. Music is not only a positive distraction—it can increase your effort and mood, as well as set the pace for your workout. This article from the Huffington Post offers more benefits of listening to music and explains how it can improve your workout. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Pittaya Sroilong

2. Kids Who Sleep More, Weigh Less

Getting adequate sleep is important for many reasons; maintaining healthy weight may be one of them. A recent research study, reviewed in this Daily RX article, found that children who sleep more, eat and weigh less than their counterparts. The study showed that children consumed about 134 fewer calories per day during the weeks when they got more sleep. View the full article here.

3. Despite Its Many Health Benefits, Yoga Can Be Bad for the Hips

Although yoga provides many health benefits, men and women need to be mindful that pushing themselves too hard can cause injury. According to this article from The New York Times, men are more likely to get injured doing yoga because they tend to push themselves into difficult poses. While women are known to be more flexible than men, yoga instructor Michaelle Edwards says this flexibility can be a liability. Edwards explains that over time, extreme bends can cause a lot of wear and tear on the hips and eventually lead to unbearable pain and the possibility of needing a hip replacement. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Eli Christman

4. Exercise Can Reduce Health Problems and Associated Costs

In this article from CNN Health Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, explains how the human body is designed to be physically active and how inactivity can cause the body to break down. “Being physically inactive is not only abnormal, it is also pathological, because the old adage ‘use it or lose it’ is really true,” Lieberman says in the article. He claims that moderate exercise is essential for proper development and maintenance of the body and its systems. He concludes that encouraging everyone to be more physically active could solve many of the world’s health problems and the costs they incur. View the full article here.


5. Apps Can Help Get Fresh, Healthy Meals on the Table Nightly

If you are one of the many people who struggle to get healthy, home-cooked meals on the table every night, you will be happy to know that there are apps out there to help you. In this article from Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical associate professor at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recommends four affordable apps that can provide families with daily quick and healthy meal ideas. Blake provides a brief description of each app and its price. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Numchok Kamwan

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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.