5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed Last Week

by Jessica L Cline on Jul 22, 2013

Week: 7/13/13 to 7/19/13

Does your smartphone prevent you from exercising? Is it really that important to eat your fruits and vegetables? Are obese clients misunderstood by fitness professionals? You can find the answers to these questions and more on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, ScienceDaily, BBC News, the Huffington Post, Greatist, IDEA Fitness Journal and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on last week’s top headlines here.

1. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables for a Longer Life

This article from Reuters reviews a large study from Sweden which concludes that eating fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables each day increases the risk of dying prematurely. The study found that people who ate no fruits and vegetables died three years sooner than those who ate at least five servings a day. According to the study, even eating minimal servings results in a longer lifespan. Participants who ate at least one serving per day lived 19 months longer than those who ate none; participants who ate at least three servings a day lived up to 32 months longer. View the full article here.

2. Smartphones Decrease Physical Activity Levels

Frequent cell phone users are far more likely to forgo or disrupt physical activity than peers who don’t use their cell phones as frequently, states an article from the Chicago Tribune. The piece determines that while smartphones pose the same temptations as televisions or computers, their portability provides individuals with a constant temptation to sit and play. In a recent study reviewed in the article, researchers compared physical activity levels to cell phone usage and found a negative correlation. The study also found that students in the low-usage category actually used their phones to coordinate recreational activities but were able to put them aside while engaging in activity. View the full article here.

3. Obesity Poses an Osteoporosis Risk

According to a recent study from the Harvard Medical School reviewed in this BBC News article, people who are overweight have hidden fat in their bones which makes them weaker and more prone to fractures. These fat cells in the bone are found in the bone marrow and take the place of osteoblast cells, which are responsible for new bone formation. This study suggests that obesity may be a risk factor for osteoporosis because of this hidden fat. View the full article here.

4. Exercise Pills Won’t Make Activity Obsolete

In this article from The New York Times, author Gretchen Reynolds reviews two recently published studies that found promising results for the future of exercise pills. One of the studies found that injecting mice with a compound to increase the activation of the protein REV-ERB caused them to lose weight, to have improved cholesterol levels and to use more oxygen. Thus far there have been no human trials. Reynolds reminds readers that there are still many concerns about these so-called “exercise pills” including unanticipated consequences. One of the study co-authors, Thomas Burris, PhD, also quoted in the article, says the aim of this research is to aid those who cannot exercise, not those who choose not to. “Exercise has so many health benefits and no drug can recreate all of them,” Burris says. View the full article here.

5. Fitness Professionals Don’t Understand Obese Clients

This article from the IDEA Fitness Journal addresses the fact that while most fitness professionals can empathize with obese clients, they do not fully understand what it is like to be obese, which impedes their ability to offer clients proper support. This article addresses the shortcomings of the fitness industry from the obese and formerly-obese client’s point of view. It also offers guidance from fitness professionals who have been successful with obese clients on how to really make a difference in the lives of overweight clientele. Experts suggest listening to the client, knowing what they are feeling at all times, taking little steps and always rewarding accomplishments. 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.