5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Feb 06, 2014

Week: 2/1/14 to 2/7/14

Finding time to sift through the daily news to stay current on the latest health and fitness findings can be difficult. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool does the work for you. It pulls top headlines being shared around the web by fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. You will find news from leading sources including Reuters, The New York Times, HealthDay, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, and ScienceDaily, as well as smaller publications and even some blog posts. If you are just learning about FitFeed you can catch up with the top news from this week here.

1. Starting Exercise Midlife Reduces Later Health Risks

There is good news for everyone who has not kept up on their exercise routines throughout their adult life. According to new research reviewed in this New York Times article, “becoming physically active in middle age—even if someone has been sedentary for years—substantially reduces the likelihood that he or she will become seriously ill or physically disabled in retirement.” The research also found that formal exercise was not required, but that daily activities such as gardening, cleaning and walking counted as physical activity. The piece concludes that the study participants who were active not only lived longer, but also lived better. View the full article here.


2. Consuming Too Much Sugar Raises Heart Attack Risk

Sugar itself is not bad for you, but when consumed in excess it can lead to many health problems including increased heart attack risk, according to this article from BBC News. The piece reviews a research study which found that “consuming the equivalent of a can a day of sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks was associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.” The research found that sugar leads to increased weight gain, which is bad for the heart. The piece concludes that decreasing excess fat and sugar intake could not only reduce heart risks, but reduce obesity risks as well. View the full article here.

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3. Women-Only Gyms Are Gaining Popularity

Women-only gyms are shedding their old reputation as an alternative for older and out-of-shape women, and gaining popularity as more women realize they can network while getting a workout. This article from Reuters explains that women may feel more comfortable in women-only fitness zones and, therefore, are more free to train without feeling self-conscious or needing to impress the opposite sex. The piece also explains that these facilities generally have a community feel and allow women to be social and bond during exercise. View the full article here.


4. Countering Fast Food Consumption Could Slow Obesity Epidemic

New research reported in this Science Daily article finds that governments may have the power to prevent obesity through public policy implementations that counter fast food consumption. The research found that as annual fast food transactions increase, so do BMIs. “Policies targeting food and nutrition are needed across several sectors including agriculture, industry, health, social welfare and education,” says Francesco Branca, PhD, director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at WHO, in the article. The piece concludes by suggesting measures the government should take to start reversing the obesity epidemic. View the full article here.


5. Parents Underestimate Their Children’s Weight

Although about one-third of American youth are overweight or obese, 51% of parents with overweight or obese children believe their child is normal weight, according to this article from USA Today. This is problematic because it may prevent parents from intervening. “Parents who underestimate their kids' weight may not take action to encourage healthy behaviors that would improve their child's weight and reduce their risk of future health conditions,” says lead study author Alyssa Lundahl, a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska, in the piece. The article also provides suggestions for parents to improve their children’s eating and exercise habits. 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.