Fitness Reads: Smartphone use means lower fitness; exercise just as good as drugs

Find out how smartphone use affects fitness and why exercise is just as good as drugs.
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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out.

  • The saying goes something like this: “different strokes for different folks.” We always thought choosing a majority of strength and power workouts over endurance workouts was somewhat of a choice, but it seems to come down to the presence of a gene. Athletes in power sports, such as power-lifters and sprinters, have a gene not present in the DNA of endurance athletes. Is one better than the other? Check out this Business Standard story to find out.
  • If we don’t exercise first thing in the morning, chances are we’re going to skip it. Why? Because we’re too darn tired when the day jam packed with sitting in front of a computer screen is done. Turns out we’re not the only ones. This Health Day story indicates that a study proved office workers feel they are too exhausted to exercise. Maybe investing in treadmill desks would be a good thing for companies – especially since exercise can boost performance and productivity and lower insurance costs.
  • When it comes to sleep, we should all scrutinize it the way that burglar Goldilocks did with the Three Bears’ possessions and snacks. Example: That night’s sleep was too long; this night’s sleep was too short; last night's sleep was just right. Just right being what we’re constantly aiming for as this Science Daily story indicates too little or too much sleep can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Uh-oh. What does this news that frequent smartphone use leads to poor fitness mean for all those manufacturers developing apps for iPads and iPhones to be used in conjunction with equipment? This NBC News story reports on a Kent State University study that found college students who “spent copious amounts of time on their phones” were more likely to spend their spare time using video games or watching movies, rather than exercise.
  • Here’s another reason for mommies-to-be to get their fitness on: Excessive weight gain during pregnancy could cause your child to be obese later in life, according to this Medical News Today story. With all the problems we know are caused by obesity, why would we put that burden on children before they even have a chance?
  • Convince your customers-to-be to stop lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry and start lining your pockets by relaying to them the information from this story. It says exercise can be just as effective for treating stroke patients and those with heart disease.
  • As asthma sufferers, we were intrigued by this Men’s Health story about exercise easing asthma. We know from experience that this Australian study, which found that people with asthma could breathe easier after engaging in exercise, is accurate. We haven’t had to fill our albuterol inhaler prescription for years!
  • As with a lot of important issues, when it comes to getting enough exercise there’s a whole lot of talk but not a whole lot of action. But not so much in Boston. This blog post written by a doctor said that when patients are given an exact exercise plan and told how long he or she needs to walk, run or hike, they are more likely to do it. One program is called Outdoor Rx, a program that trains physicians and health professionals to write prescriptions for activities sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Clubs.
  • We don’t often recommend, “How to become an addict,” stories but today we’ll make an exception. This Health.com story gives tips and tricks on how people can get addicted to exercise. This is good news fitness equipment dealers as you’ve got the good stuff. The tips include: Get up earlier; give it six weeks; and find your niche.
  • Here’s another reason to carry portable exercise accessories in your stores: Exercise can help weary travelers fight jet lag, according to this Natural News story. Travelers are a key group fitness accessory companies like Triletics are targeting, according to its founder Karl Thomas.

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