SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

Read about a cardboard bike that can support up to 485 pounds and another about how Blue Cross Blue Shield has become the official sponsor of recess.
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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Well, read on to find out.

  • We’ve seen some pretty cool products at the Health & Fitness Business Expo this week, and we know some of these products, made from strong metals and plastics, can support anywhere up to 400 pounds, but we are blown away by this Co.Design article about a bicycle, called the Alfa, made from 100-percent recycled materials weighs only 20 pounds can hold people who weight up to 485 pounds.
  • We all get pretty ambitious when it comes to new exercise plans and diets, but this U.S. News report give us insight on how we know whether our ambitious plans will fail or not within the first six months. Some of the signs are that the exercise program is too ambitious, you try it alone or it’s not popular. 
  • Turns out that just a few minutes a day of intense bursts of exercise can boost fitness levels in just two weeks. This BBC article reports the results of a study that shows that out of two groups of exercisers, one that engaged in high interval training and one that didn’t, the one that engaged in HIT was faster at the end of the two weeks.
  • We love when our news personalities test out stuff for us. Check out this ABC News story where Chris Cuomo discusses his adventures in trying new fitness routines. There are even a few videos and a place for you to suggest what you want Cuomo to try next. 
  • Marlo Thomas of the Huffington Post offers us her insight on the 15 things she never knew about health and fitness, such as dark chocolate being good for you, we don’t necessarily need eight glasses of water a day (just enough so that our urine is clear), and sleep is better when our bodies feel cool. Check out the slideshow for more of her lessons
  • A lot of the summer people made excuses for not exercising such as "it’s too hot" or "I’ll start in the fall." Well, fall is here and Forbes has some tips for your customers to get in stay in shape this fall, such as getting motivated, focusing on cardio and core strength. 
  • Even though there’s been some back-and-forth between researchers about whether exercise helps keep people suffering from depression, this Science Blog post claims exercise may help prevent future emotional stress. The post recaps the findings from a University of Maryland School of Public Health study.
  • Just because your female customers just had a baby doesn’t mean they can’t start exercising again, if they stopped in the first place. This Chicago Tribune story outlines a workout for women who are pushing their baby in a stroller. 
  • Families who exercise together, stay together. That’s the saying, right? Well it should be if you’ve read this Cape Gazette story that suggests ways families can make fitness a family activity and tradition. Your customers with families should see this as this ABC News story said 20 minutes of exercise could cut children’s risk for diabetes. 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield must have known this news about exercise cutting children’s diabetes risk as this Jamestown Sun story reports the company has started the Recess YES! program in some North Dakota elementary schools.

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--Compiled by Ana Trujillo

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