Week: 5/25/13 to 5/31/13
Can exercise really make you smarter? Is fresh or canned produce more nutritious? The answers to these questions are just a few of the factoids that appeared on IDEA FitFeed this past week. FitFeed collates a wealth of health, fitness and nutrition news shared by fitness professionals around the web and brings it to one convenient location. If you missed the news this past week, catch up here with the top five facts from FitFeed.
1. We Should Work Out Like Cavemen
The trend of getting back to our ancestral way of life has not stopped at eating; exercise programs are now incorporating Paleo fitness into their routines as well. Paleo fitness, described in an article from TODAY as “natural movement, primitive movement or primal fitness” gets people out of the gym and into nature to hoist rocks, drag logs and climb trees. Shape Magazine named it one of 13 trends to watch this year and TIME Magazine called it “the next big thing in fitness.” “To be healthy, you need to move frequently and, ideally, you need a variety of movement patterns, like we do when we are young children,” says Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat fitness system. “The more varied the movements, the better for health, fitness and resiliency.” View the full article here.
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2. Is Canned Produce More Nutritious Than Fresh?
This piece in the The New York Times spotlights the fact that the nutritional value of canned produce is as good as—and in some cases better than—fresh produce. The article reviews research on this topic and explains that much of the fresh produce bought in stores has lost nutritional value during its transport and shelf time. Canned produce also loses nutritional value, but not as much, since the can protects it from oxidation, according to the report. View the full article here.
3. Exercise Can Make You Smarter and Boost Academic Performance
Research conducted by the University of Texas and reported in BioNews Texas indicates that daily exercise benefits the brain, including boosting memory power and improving academic performance. The research also suggests that just 30 minutes of daily exercise can make people smarter. Other research studies on similar topics are also covered in the piece, including one led by Catherine Davis, PhD, clinical health physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia. This study found that in just 3 months, overweight children could improve their thinking by participating in vigorous physical activity. View the full article here.
4. Diets Are Not One Size Fits All
In this article, John Berardi, PhD, founder of Precision Nutrition, delves into different fad diets and trends, and addresses why none of them work for everyone. “There’s no one absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for everyone,” he says in the article. He believes that each person is unique and, therefore, requires a unique diet. Berardi advises fitness professionals how to address dietary questions with clients and guide them toward choosing the diet that is right for them. View the full article here.
5. Stress Is Just as Likely to Promote Good Habits as Bad Ones
TIME Magazine reports that in several recent studies, research revealed that “under various types of stress, all types of habits got stronger—not just the ones that cause trouble.” This article looks at how stress, willpower and habits are all interconnected, and the effects they have on one another. The research concludes that people fall into habitual behaviors in stressful situations, no matter what those behaviors entail. By incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives, people will default to these when they are stressed out. View the full article here.
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