5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Feb 20, 2014

Week: 2/15/14 to 2/21/14

Are your stress levels affecting your workouts? Are you exercising in the proper heart rate training zone to meet your goals? Do you have an undiagnosed food allergy? Find the answers to these questions and other relevant news items on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and additional content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, BBC News, ScienceDaily, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, MindBodyGreen and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.

1. Stress Affects Your Workout

Although exercise is a great way to relieve stress and boost endorphins, stress can actually derail your workout routine and prevent you from reaching your fitness and weight loss goals, according to this article from The Huffington Post. By blowing off steam at the gym exercisers may be taking their focus off their workout, hindering their recovery, slowing down their gains and preventing weight loss. This piece gives tips on how to harness your stress and keep it from affecting your workout. View the full article here.

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2.The Modern Diet is Killing Us

"The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before," according to this article from Business Insider. This piece explains how the invention and integration of processed foods into our diets has led to the spread of chronic diseases that now plague the world. The 11 graphs accompanying this article show how the American diet has worsened over the last few decades, with specifics on our increasing consumption of sugar, fat and calories. View the full article here.

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3. Your Pace Could Be Preventing Weight Loss

Do you know your heart rate training zones? They are important for maximizing training and can pinpoint exactly when your body stops burning fat and starts burning carbs. Knowing your zones can help you prevent injury and also maximize your weight loss, according to this article from Shape, republished on POPSUGAR. If you cannot afford a heart rate zone test, this piece provides tips for preventing overtraining and getting the most out of your workout. View the full article here.

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4. Vitamin C Intake Can Reduce Stroke Risk

According to this article from The Huffington Post, getting enough vitamin C in your diet can reduce stroke risk. The piece reviews a recent study which found that people who had normal vitamin C levels were less likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke than those with depleted vitamin C levels. Also included in the piece are recommended intake levels for men and women, plus a list of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables. View the full article here.


5. Signs You May Have a Food Allergy

If you ever feel tired following a meal; have chronic headaches or migraines; have constipation or diarrhea issues; or suffer from joint or muscle pain following a meal, you may have an undiagnosed food allergy. This article from MindBodyGreen explains some common symptoms of food allergies and possible solutions for identifying what type of food allergy you may have. The piece also suggests seeing a health care provider if you have symptoms. 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.