5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on Jul 25, 2013

Week: 7/20/13 to 7/26/13

During the past week fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health, fitness and nutrition articles from around the web on IDEA FitFeed. Headlines ranged from Photographic Series Showing What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods to How Interval Training Can Make You Incredibly Efficient at Work. The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including BBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, ScienceDaily, IDEA Fitness Journal and many other leading news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed this week.

1. Skipping Breakfast Increases Heart Attack Risk

This article from the Associated Press, republished by Yahoo! News, reviews a recent study which found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of experiencing a heart attack. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health were reported saying there is no reason why the results would not apply to other people as well. The article explains that while experts are not certain why skipping breakfast increases the risk, they believe it could be caused by people eating larger meals later in the day to compensate for the missed meal. This forces their bodies to process a larger amount of calories in a shorter amount of time. View the full article here.

2. Breaking a Sweat During Exercise Can Lower Stroke Risk

A recent study from the University of South Australia and reported in the Huffington Post found that inactive people had a 20% higher stroke risk than those who regularly exercised at a moderate to vigorous intensity. The article notes that the link was found to be more prominent in men than women. Study researcher Michelle McDonnell, PhD, explains in the article that the stroke-lowering benefits of physical activity are related to its impact on other risk factors. “Exercise reduces blood pressure, weight and diabetes. If exercise was a pill, you'd be taking one pill to treat four or five different conditions,” she said. View the full article here.

Photography: Mike Baird

3. Post-Exercise Treats May Sabotage Weight Loss Goals

In this article from Reuters, fitness and nutrition experts suggest that many people do not understand the amount of exercise required to burn off the food they eat. Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and 2010 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, says in the article that “people tend to overestimate the amount of physical activity they get. They work out a little bit and treat themselves a lot.” The article suggests that exercise is important for health benefits and weight maintenance but that anyone looking to lose a large amount of weight also needs to make changes to their diet and lifestyle. View the full article here.

4. Unhealthy Lifestyle Associated with Greater Chance of Developing a Disability in Older Adults

According to a study reviewed in this Rochdale article, older adults who choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle (physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking) are more likely to develop a disability. Researchers found that each individual behavior led to independent increases in the risk of disability: Physical inactivity increased risk by 72%; low fruit and vegetable intake increased risk by 24%; and smoking increased risk by 26%. They also found that individuals who exhibited all three unhealthy behaviors were twice as likely to develop a disability. View the full article here.

5. Help and Support Are Vital to Making Lifestyle Modifications

This article from The Washington Post reviews multiple studies on lifestyle modification and finds that having access to help and support can make a huge difference in creating successful changes. The studies found there are many barriers to lifestyle modifications including lack of support, lack of motivation, and both lack of and too much information. However, the studies also found that having easy access to help and having a support group greatly improved individuals’ success. 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.