Fitness Reads: Chuck processed energy foods and see a fat cat workout

Find out how to chuck processed energy snacks and also read a few inspiring weight-loss success stories – one of a cat, another of a man.

What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • Many outdoor and fitness enthusiasts pride themselves in eating right with a diet of fresh vegetables, natural ingredients and minimally processed foods. But when it comes to workouts and race days, those same people are filling their guts with processed, corn-syrup-filled chews and gels. It’s time for athletes to switch back to real food, nutrition expert and Skratch Labs founder Allen Lim tells the Denver Post and offers advice on how to do so.
  • Speaking of diet tips, there are some pretty bad ones out there according to Prevention Magazine. For example, some people still believe that fat makes you fat (we all know a MUFAS are good for us, and actually help ward off fat), and that cutting out carbohydrates is a good idea. A few tips for your customers in this story are: Don’t exercise on an empty stomach, rather opt for a naturally sweet fruit like a banana or peach before a workout; and have an ounce of dark chocolate instead of coffee for a pre-workout caffeine hit.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who need playgrounds, and the City of Los Angeles is addressing the playful needs of its citizens by erecting adult fitness playgrounds around the city, according to this story.
  • When government entities attend trade shows to check out new fitness equipment, they’re looking to see if it meets SAVE criteria, according to this story. SAVE stands for: safe, affordable, versatile and effective. This article on Fire Engineering suggests items like kettlebells, foam rollers and TRX items like the Rip Trainer are best for fire and police station workout areas. This might be useful information to help communicate with buyers coming into the Health and Fitness Business and Club Industry trade shows.
  • Activity trackers are all the rage, and your customers’ smart phones have become personal fitness coaches. Last we spoke with you, these aren’t the kinds of things you’re selling in your stores yet, but they keep rising in popularity. So if you’re planning on carrying them, which ones are right for which customer? This story has the answer.
  • We’re in the morning exercise camp — mostly because if we don’t get it out of the way early, chances are we won’t get to it at all — but when is the ideal time to exercise? This U.S. News story said it’s really up to the individual. Though studies show performance and power is best in the early afternoon, it depends on what works best for each person.
  • Maybe a new opportunity for fitness manufacturers is developing equipment for fat pets. A chubby kitty named Buddha can be seen in this video battling his bulge by walking on an underwater treadmill. We don’t know if this would work on our little fat cat because she hates water and she hates to walk.
  • A few months ago we brought you a Prevention story about so-called “useless” machines at the gym, and today we’re bringing you a SparkPeople story about the exercises people should never do. The article doesn’t suggest particular machines are obsolete; rather it offers alternative exercises to do on the same machines. For example, it said not to do behind-the-head lat pulldowns, rather do them toward the front, using the same machine, as you lean your torso back.
  • When the author of this Dallas Morning News story wrote she isn't a slave to fashion, but she is to her timing device, we totally said, “Us, too!” Since we have a journal for marathon training and food logging, we like to write down all our stats from our Garmin, then plug them into RunKeeper and upload all our information. When it dies, it puts a damper on that meticulous record keeping. But we felt a little less alone after reading this story about how our workout still counts even if we don’t have the watch to record it.
  • We love a good weight-loss success story. Ryan McDonald, featured in this New York Daily News story, used to weight upward of 500 pounds. He found it a struggle just to walk. When he lost 300 pounds, he started to do things that he’s always wanted to do — like racing motorcycles. So he’s about to race an event he said he’s wanted to do since he was a little boy. Check out the inspiring story.

Did you read anything interesting this week? Email it to us because we want to read it too!