5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on Aug 21, 2013

Week: 8/17/13 to 8/23/13

Is kale the only nutritional powerhouse in the leafy green family? Does lack of activity affect your metabolism? Does cleaning the house count as cardio? You can find the answers to these questions and more on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, ScienceDaily, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Greatist, IDEA Fitness Journal and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.

1. You Don’t Have to Go to the Gym to Get Exercise

As a fitness professional you know that your clients don’t always have time to make it to the gym. This article from Greatist can help. It suggests 13 easy ways to add activity into the average person’s routine. “Exercise doesn’t have to be done at the gym, on a track or even in workout clothes,” writes author Emily Shoemaker. “Little bits of exercise throughout the day can add up—just get creative!” Have your clients choose a few of these tips to get them off their behinds and spending more time being active daily. View the full article here.

2. Kale Isn’t the Only Leafy Green You Should Add to Your Diet

We have all been hearing about the superfood kale for some time now, but is it the only leafy green that packs a nutritional punch? In this article from the Huffington Post Keri Gans takes kale out of the spotlight and delves into the other, less well-known, greens on the menu. Gans highlights collard greens, Swiss chard and mustard greens, emphasizing that they are all just as nutritious—or in some cases, more nutritious—than kale. She suggests that they all have major health benefits and can be used interchangeably. View the full article here.


3. Obesity Starts With Lack of Movement

According to the co-authors of the new book State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet, everyone should get at least 70 minutes of exercise per day to promote a healthy metabolism. “Not everyone agrees with me, but I believe that obesity starts with a lack of movement,” says James Hill, one of the authors and founding executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, in this USA Today article. The piece goes into detail about what role metabolism plays in obesity and how adequate exercise is essential for a properly functioning metabolism. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lululemon Athletica

4. Not All “Health Foods” Are Good for Your Health

With the volumes of nutrition information at our fingertips and the large amount of conflicting studies out there, it is likely that most consumers are confused about which foods are actually good for them. This article from Mercola looks at products commonly touted as health foods that may not actually be so good for your health. The piece highlights products such as juice, cereal and low-fat options, and explains why these are not the best choices. The author concludes that the best option is always whole food. View the full article here.


5. Plyometric Classes Don’t Have to Be Off Limits to Beginners

Group exercise classes, especially high-intensity ones, can be intimidating for beginners and even intermediate exercisers. This article from IDEA Fit Tips explains how giving proper progressions and options to participants can make these types of classes accessible to all levels. The piece includes a sample class with notes on how to provide proper progressions to help instructors incorporate these modifications into their plyometric classes. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Malone

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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.