5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on May 23, 2013

Week: 5/18/13 to 5/24/13

IDEA FitFeed funnels the latest health and fitness news into one convenient resource to help fitness professionals stay current on the latest health and fitness news from around the world. Every week hundreds of headlines are circulated through the feed as fit pros share new information with clients and colleagues. Last week some of the top trending articles came from Medical News Today®, The Daily Circuit™, Mail Online, MindBodyGreen, and IDEA Fitness Journal. If you weren’t following FitFeed last week here is a refresher on the top five facts we learned:

1. Athletes Can Benefit from Yoga Practice

“In my opinion, every athlete—irrespective of sport or discipline—has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice,” wrote Rich Roll, two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships, in MindBodyGreen. “I’d go so far as to say that if you’re not practicing yoga, you’re competing at a disadvantage and missing an opportunity to enhance peak performance.” Roll describes the benefits he has reaped from his personal yoga practice including improved strength, balance, flexibility and mental control. View the full article here.

Photography:Tomas Sobek

2. Nutrition Advice from the 1940s Still Relevant

In this Mail Online article Bridget Benelam, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, shared that long-forgotten dietary advice still stands and could help our diets today. The article reviews leaflets and posters produced by the [British] Ministry of Food and distributed during World War II to promote healthy eating in Great Britain. Benelam shares her opinion on the dietary advice, explains why it is still relevant and how it can be applied today. View the full article here.

Photography:Robin Edwards

3. Diastasis Recti Can Happen to Anyone

Though diastasis recti—a splitting of the abdominal muscles—is common among pregnant women, it can also happen to men, children and non-expectant mothers. In this article from the May 2013 IDEA Fitness Journal Katy Bowman, MS, internationally recognized biomechanical scientist and the director of The Restorative Exercise Institute, explains what diastasis recti is, what causes the separation and how to fix the problem with specific core-targeting exercises and alignment adjustments. View the full article here.

4. Drinking Coffee Can Prevent Liver Disease

A recent study performed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and reported in Medical News Today found that regular coffee consumption can reduce the risk of a rare autoimmune disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis. In the article Craig Lammert, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at the Mayo Clinic, says the study points to “a novel environmental factor that also might help us to determine the cause of this and other devastating autoimmune diseases.” The article concludes that this study adds to other evidence that drinking coffee may do more good than harm. View the full article here.

Photography:Timothy Boyd

5. Ignorance Is to Blame for More People Not Eating Healthfully

In this article from The Daily Circuit, David Katz, MD, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, shares his opinions on why he believes more people don’t eat healthfully and what needs to be done to promote change. “We looked at the barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption...we found that price was just one of many,” Katz says in the article. He explains that most people are not educated enough about healthy food choices to make them. Katz believes the answer is simple: “Eat close to nature, as many foods as possible where the ingredient list is one word.” View the full article here.

Photography:Richard North

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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.