What did the SNEWS team read this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Well, read on to find out.
- We generally don’t look to rappers to provide us with excellent reading material but this story about 50 Cent’s new book on fitness has us intrigued, mostly because 50 Cent’s super fit and we want to know how he stays in tip-top shape.
- A few weeks ago we saw a Facebook post about Zumba. It contained two pictures: One of a beautiful, curvaceous dancer with the caption, “How we feel when we do Zumba,” and another that had a picture of Jim Carrey in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," wearing a pink tutu, crazy hair while doing a victory dance on the lawn of a mental institution. The caption on the second picture read, “How we look when we do Zumba.” But that’s the point, said this Zumba instructor featured in this Jackson Sun article. It doesn’t matter how silly you look, fitness is about having fun.
- Every year we buy our father a pair of running shoes for his birthday. Every year he wears them down doing his three-mile-a-day workouts. He is 64, part of the age group featured in this San Angelo Standard-Times story that is looking to get in better shape. This is leading to an increase in demand for personal trainers who focus on senior citizens and it could lead to an increase in sales at your store because they’re buying more equipment.
- We find this to be true time and time again: When we try to eat for weight loss the effort is short-lived, but when we try with our health in mind, it’s longer lasting. This New York Times story just confirmed it. All calories are not the same, the story said, rather you should get more bang for your fitness buck when choosing what to eat. For instance, choose some brown rice and a piece of grilled chicken for the same calories as a two small cheeseburgers from McDonald’s and stay full longer.
- There are some times in all our lives when we find it hard to fit in fitness and that’s where 10-minute workouts come in handy. According to this Reuters story, we can get the same benefit from scattered 10-minute, high-intensity workouts can give us the same benefit as longer, moderate workouts. We intend to test this out, especially during busy trade show season.
- Hm. Do you want to live to be 107? If so, you should check out this New York Times blog about what Juliana Koo did to reach her 107th birthday. But don’t show this story to your customers, as Mrs. Koo maintains no exercise and no medicine are two solid secrets to her longevity.
- We love challenges, and we love accepting them. Too bad we’re not elementary school students in Jacksonville, Fla., or else we’d totally own this fitness challenge that starts tomorrow. This Florida Times-Union story features the second annual Step Out in Nature Fun and Fitness Competition. This seems like a really awesome program to model new programs after.
- Nothing good comes easy and fat loss is no exception. This Post Bulletin story talks about how quick fixes are fleeting, but it takes more effort and time to get a long-lasting 10-pound weight loss. The article gives suggestions on how to slowly implement new healthy habits to get results.
- Fitness blogs are fun to read and this Outside Online article gives us a peek at what their staff thinks are the most interesting fitness blogs around. Some of the blogs that received honors were the Wall Street Journal Health Blog and the New York Times Well Blog.
- This Fitness Magazine slide show gives you and your customers tips on how to get happy and healthy by incorporating small exercises into daily activities like waiting for your lunch to heat up in the microwave.
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--Compiled by Ana Trujillo