5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on Sep 20, 2013

Week: 9/14/13 to 9/20/13

Do you regularly keep up with IDEA Fitfeed? It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest health, fitness and nutrition news from around the world. FitFeed pulls top headlines and articles being shared by fitness professionals around the web and makes them available in one convenient location. Headlines come from leading news outlets, magazines, websites and blogs. If you haven’t been following FitFeed you can catch up on the most recent news here:

1. Physical Activity Improves Children’s Memory

If your child is not doing as well in school as you would like, you may want to consider getting them more physically active. This article from the Chicago Tribune reviews a research study which found that children who are more physically fit score better on tasks involving memory and cognitive functioning. The researchers also found that the benefits are most prevalent when a child is committing new information to memory. “Higher levels of fitness have their greatest impact in the most challenging situations,” the researchers concluded. View the full article here.

2. U.S. Children’s Diet and Exercise Habits Are Improving

There may be hope for future generations after all, according to this Fox News article, republished from Reuters. The piece looks at a recent study which found that there have been slight increases in the amount of physical activity youth are participating in and the frequency with which they consume fruits and vegetables. The study also found that youth are spending less time watching TV. The article notes that there may be a correlation between these improved habits and the leveling off of childhood obesity rates. Although things are getting better, “there’s still vast room for improvement,” Ronald Iannotti, the lead author on the study from the University of Massachusetts Boston is quoted saying. View the full article here.


3. You Can Now Buy Eggs Made from Plants

According to this article from MailOnline, California consumers can now find Beyond Eggs, artificial eggs made from plants, at Whole Foods Markets. The idea behind these eggs, according to Josh Tetrick, the firm’s founder, was to replicate the taste, nutritional value and cooking properties of eggs by using easy-to-grow plants. “We want to take animals out of the equation,” Tetrick says in the article. “The food industry is begging for innovation, especially where animals are involved.” Consumers can expect these artificial eggs to be available soon in supermarkets worldwide, according to the article. View the full article here.

4. Hot Exercise Classes Are in Demand

Have you tried a hot exercise class yet? According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, these classes are all the rage. Author Lily Dayton writes that you can now find everything from yoga to barre to weight lifting in a hot format. Dayton reports that part of the demand for this class format stems from people feeling more accomplished when they’re drenched in sweat. “In the heat you get a sort of exhausted euphoria,” hot-yoga enthusiast Laurel Hilton is quoted saying. However, research does not support that exercising in hotter conditions burns any more calories. View the full article here.


5. We Should All Be Eating More Whole Foods

In this article from IDEA Fitness Journal, author Leslie-Ann Berg explains how cutting out processed foods and incorporating more whole foods in your diet can be beneficial. Berg defines whole foods as foods that are eaten in their natural state and free of additives. She gives tips on how to increase whole-food consumption, including taking time to prepare, shopping the perimeter of the store and spending time making homemade meals. 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.