What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!
- The ancient Indian practice of yoga was developed and taught by men, according to this story, but women are the dominant practitioners in this country. Yoga Journal reports that 82 percent of yoga practicioners in 2012 were women. But more and more men are doing yoga and there are even men’s-only classes popping up.
- Speaking of men in yoga, Maroon 5 rocker Adam Levine recently was crowned People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." He said his sexy regimen includes a vegan diet and yoga practice. Check out this story that quotes Levine saying he wouldn’t know what to do without yoga.
- The obesity epidemic in our country is affecting more than just our waistlines. According to this story, despite our high spending on health, the U.S. still has a lower life expectancy rate than other countries. The average life expectancy in this country is 78.7.
- According to research company Gartner, tablets and fitness trackers will outpace smartwatches this holiday spending season. So how do you pick the right fitness tracker for whoever you are shopping for — or for yourself? This article offers tips on the factors to take into consideration.
- When your customers are looking to begin an exercise regimen, they should pay attention to three numbers, according to this U.S. News story: their body-fat percentage (selling body-fat calipers?), the amount of weight they’re lifting and how many repetitions they’re doing, and protein intake.
- We all work hard to keep up our fitness, but some of the things we’re doing might not be as effective as they could be. This Men’s Health story gives tips on how which exercises to swap out to get the most from your workout. The story said if you’re doing stiff-leg deadlifts for hamstring strength, you might want to switch to Romanian dead lifts, which have a little bit of a bend in the knee instead. We just killed some stiff-leg deadlifts during our Tuesday leg workout but next Tuesday we’re making the switch.
- There are some people who really do hate working out. Some of your customers are probably among them. There’s a solution though: Have them explore different fitness options and find something that’s fun for them. Check out this story about a woman who hated running with the fire of a thousand suns — so she stopped doing it and took up something that worked for her.
- Spending hours at the gym and running marathons aren’t the only ways to stay in shape. According to this story walking for fitness, or just walking to run errands or during a quick break from work, is an effective way to stay healthy. Also using free weights and incline benches is a trend.
- When we were young, our grandparents and parents used to say things like, “When I was your age, these candy bars only cost a nickel.” Our generation can tell youngsters, “When I was your age, I had better cardiovascular fitness than your generation.” According to this story, kids today are less fit than their parents were at the same age.
- Having recently moved to an office with a gym, we’re stoked about being able to fit fitness in at the office. But not everybody is as lucky as we are. This Houston Chronicle article has some tips on how to fit in fitness throughout the workday, including hitting the stairwell, parking far away and commuting by bike.
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