5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Dec 20, 2013

Week: 12/14/13 to 12/20/13

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. This inclusive tool collates top headlines shared around the web by health and fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. This week’s articles range from 30 Reasons Women Should Strength Train to How Many Calories Should I Eat To Lose Weight?. These headlines come from top news sources, personal blogs and everything in between. If you missed the latest news from this past week, you can catch up here.

1. Exercise as Effective as Drugs for Protecting Against Disease

Exercise can be as effective as drugs—or in some cases more effective—in protecting against major diseases, according to this article from the Telegraph. This piece reviews research which looked at exercise’s effectiveness in preventing heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke and diabetes. The researchers found exercise to be at least as effective as drugs for all of the study participants, except those who had suffered heart failure. Although the researchers concluded that regular exercise can be potent for improving survival chances, they stressed that people should not stop taking prescribed medications. Rather, they should incorporate more exercise into their daily life. View the full article here.


2. The Dos and Don’ts of Trying a Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian diets have been associated with many health benefits including lower cholesterol levels, a longer lifespan and a decreased risk of developing cancer and other diseases. If you are thinking about trying a vegetarian diet, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. This Fox News article, republished from Health, explains what to consider when embarking on a vegetarian diet, including how to receive the most health benefits. View the full article here.


3. How to Fit Fitness into Your Holiday Schedule

With the holidays being one of the busiest times of the year, exercise often gets pushed to the back burner. Even if you cannot keep up with your usual workout routine, there are still ways to fit activity into your day. This article from The Huffington Post offers tips on how to fit exercise into your day, including using your shopping trips to work out, encouraging family activities and planning ahead. View the full article here.


4. Multivitamins Offer Little Benefit

In a medical-journal editorial that accompanied the publication of two clinical trials, four physicians and public health experts state that multivitamins offer almost no benefit in preventing chronic disease and should be avoided, according to this article from The Wall Street Journal. “The message is simple: Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided,” the authors wrote. The piece goes on to explain that while many consumers don’t get the recommended amount of nutrients in their diets, multivitamins are not the anwer. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Scott Feldsteins

5. How to Stick with Your New Year’s Resolution

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions as the ball drops in Times Square; however, within a few months many of these resolutions have been long forgotten. This article from PHIT America offers 10 tips to help people stick with their fitness resolutions, including getting rid of excuses, finding a friend to help, fitting a workout into the workday and more. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Julie Steiner

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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.