SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

The SNEWS team loves to read. And we’re putting together a list of a few articles and blog posts we’ve found this week that caught our attention. In case you missed them, this week’s selections include one about young women focusing more on appearance than health and another about how exercise can help cancer survivors. Check them out!
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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out.

  • Maybe Heidi Montag of MTV’s The Hills (who underwent several plastic surgeries in one day a few years ago) is to blame, but turns out more young women ages 18 to 24 are more concerned with the way they look than their fitness or health, according to this Daily Mail story. This trend, the article notes, could have adverse health effects on this demographic.
  • And perhaps you’ve already heard this news, but one bride-to-be took her concern for vanity to a very unhealthy level with her feeding-tube diet of 800 calories a day, all in the name of looking good for her wedding day. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t healthy according to this Science Daily article. Perhaps this information could be helpful to those customers chasing sex appeal instead of health.
  • Maybe those young, vain women need to check out this post on Fitness Goop outlining the top 10 reasons exercise isn’t just about losing weight. Some of those reasons include less of a chance of getting depressed, diabetes and different types of cancers. 
  • But cancer doesn’t always care whether you exercise or not, as many healthy people who have the disease could tell you. And battling cancer is not only one for the person who has it, but their loved ones as well, according to this Psych Central story which says partners of women with breast cancer could also face declining health. 
  • Exercise could help those partners and survivors (and battlers) alike, according to this Courier News story. The story said there are more than 25 million people who are living with some form of cancer, and exercise (with physician’s approval of course) helped survivors increase lean body mass in areas not affected by treatment, achieve maximal range of motion and reduce their risk for osteoporosis. 
  • This Arizona Republic story features the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities, which has adaptive equipment of all kinds including a lap pool, a whirlpool with elevators, an accessible basketball court. Pretty cool stuff.
  • After being given a heavy dose of fear of sitting on our butts all day, this New York Times story gives us a little hope about how simply walking can replace our vigorous exercise routines (which are generally followed by hours upon hours of sitting at our desks). Retailers, this article is your chance to sell some treadmill desks!
  • With our most recent Health Notes touting how doing an elliptical exercise outdoors (like the Elliptigo or StreetStrider) burns more calories than an indoor elliptical, this Huffington Post story discusses some of the benefits of working out outdoors. Those benefits include increased happiness and higher caloric burn. Maybe it’s time to bring in some of those outdoor products into your stores.
  • Some of us say we don’t get hungry after a vigorous workout, while some of us leave no snack uneaten after a vigorous workout. This New York Times blog post outlines the results of a study recently published in The Journal of Obesity that found vigorous exercisers who were fit enough to bicycle moderately for an hour were less inclined to overeat after a workout, whereas sedentary people were more inclined to overeat after exercise.
  • Myths. They’re always messing with us. This Washington Post article said that there are several myths that keep people from shaping up, such as lifting weight is not necessary, you could lose fat from specific body parts and a pedometer is all you need to track your exercise.

Have you read anything interesting you'd like to share with us? Maybe we'll include it next week's column with a little shout out to whoever sent it to us. Send a link to the story with the subject line "SNEWS Reads" to be considered.

--Compiled by Ana Trujillo

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