5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Apr 02, 2014

Week: 3/29/14 to 4/4/14

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. Diet Drinks Can Be Bad for Postmenopausal Female Health

Choosing diet drink options over regular beverages can detract from overall health, reports this article from The Huffington Post. The piece reviews a study which found that postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks per day are more likely to have health problems, including an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. “Women who consumed two or more diet drinks daily were not only 30% more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes, they were 50% more likely to die from some sort of cardiovascular disease, when compared with women who never or rarely drank diet drinks,” the article states. View the full article here.


2. Cruciferous Vegetables Lower Inflammation

Your mother was right when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. According to this Reuters article, eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower can lower inflammation rates, thereby reducing risk of heart disease and cancer. The piece reviews an observational study which suggests that eating fruits and vegetables, but specifically cruciferous vegetables, results in lower inflammation levels. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Clyde Robinson

3. Variety Keeps Running Fun

Running is a great way to improve physical fitness and health, but if you don’t mix up your routine, it can get boring. This article from Greatist suggests 18 ways to keep your running routine fresh and effective. If you are starting to get bored with your regular workout, try competing with a friend, joining a running club, hitting the trails or trying some Tabata training. View the full article here.


4. Eating Seven Portions of Fruits and Vegetables a Day Reduces Mortality Risks

The more fruit and vegetable portions a person eats, the less likely he is to die, according to this article from BBC News. The piece reviews a study which found that eating seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables per day reduced the risk of death from any cause by 42%. The study also found that fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, followed by salad and fruit. The article acknowledges that seven portions is a lot, especially since most people don’t even meet the recommended five portions per day. People should simply try to eat more fruits and vegetables than they currently do, the article advises. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: U.S. Department of Agriculture

5. Getting Adequate Sleep improves Exercise Performance

Sleep is an important part of the exercise performance formula, according to this IDEA Fitness Journal article. The piece explains why getting adequate sleep is important for exercisers and how much sleep the average person needs. The article also includes tips for achieving a better night’s sleep. 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.