Week: 7/6/13 to 7/12/13
1. Exercise Can Reduce Anxiety
According to this article from The New York Times, exercise creates new, excitable brain cells and also offers a calming effect on the brain to reduce anxiety. The article reviews a recent study in which Princeton University researchers found that exercise induced a fundamental remodeling of the brain in mice. Although mice are not humans, Elizabeth Gould, director of the Gould Lab at Princeton, believes that their findings could have human implications. “I think it’s not a huge stretch to suggest that the hippocampi of active people might be less susceptible to certain undesirable aspects of stress than those of sedentary people,” Gould says in the article. View the full article here.
2. Healthy Eating Is More Important for Weight Loss Than Exercise
Eating a healthy diet is more important than exercise for people who are trying to lose weight, according to this Women’s Health article republished by ABC News. “People who think that diet is the most important factor in weight control tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who believe that exercise is the key,” author Elizabeth Narins concludes, based on research from six separate studies. The research found that people who believed activity to be more important ate more because they thought the excess calories could be worked off, while those who believed diet to be more important monitored their diet more closely. View the full article here.
3. Social Media is an Essential Tool for Getting Fit
People who are trying to reach weight loss and fitness goals can use social media for motivation and accountability, according to this Yahoo! Shine article. “For one thing, it provides people with a huge support system, which is crucial when setting goals. It can also make people bolder,” Kelly Olexa, founder of FitFlential, says in the article.” Also found in the piece is Facebook’s list of the fittest U.S. cities, determined by looking at user activity including fitness-related status updates and life events, gym check-ins and use of fitness apps. View the full article here.
4. Eating Healthy Can Be Cheap
This article from Greatist dispels the commonly held myth that to eat healthy you have to break the bank. In an effort to spread awareness that eating healthy can be cheap, author Laura Schwecherl compiled a list of 44 nutritious food options that cost less than $1.00 per serving. View the full article here.
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5. Older Adults’ Mindsets Can Influence Their Exercise Needs
“While it may be tempting to think seniors need less when it comes to program development, clients of advanced age actually need more,” writes author Katy Bowman, MS, in this article from IDEA Fit Tips. The piece goes on to explain how older adults’ minds have a big impact on their movement and ability to complete exercise routines and what fitness professionals can do to change this. The article specifically addresses seniors’ fear of falling and how strengthening the mind and body can soothe this fear. View the full article here.
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