5 Hot Topics Trending in Fitness

The latest health and fitness trends and research are hot topics in the news. Here are five stories you can’t miss!

#1 Keep Your Kids Moving

In a two year study, researchers from the Netherlands found that children who got physically active lessons had significantly higher scores in math and spelling than students who received “traditional” lessons without added movement. Exercise was integrated with lessons (not just offered before or after), which researchers believed to be critical to the promising results.

#2 Fight Off Cancer with Exercise

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC is promoting several studies that suggest regular physical activity promotes increased life expectancy after cancer. Made us think of our Party in Pink™  ambassadors – keep dancing, ladies!

#3 Remember your lunch? The answer could make a difference…

Researchers from the United Kingdom found that overweight teenagers have worse episodic memory (what we use to relive an experience) than their peers. The study authors said, “How vividly we remember a recent meal, for example today’s lunch, can make a difference to how hungry we feel and how much we are likely to reach out for that tasty chocolate bar later on.” Though more research is needed, interventions such as food tracking may help prevent overeating.

#4 Kick Butt(s) with Exercise

Researchers at the University of Texas Austin recently found that exercise can reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms, doubling the chances of quitting smoking for people who have a tough time kicking the habit. Just one more reason to lace up those sneakers!

#5 The Skinny on Plus-Sized Models

Cheryl Tiegs is getting heat after calling Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham “unhealthy” due to her size (specifically citing her waist circumference). Many people have come to Ashley’s defense, saying you can be healthy at a larger size and that making young women feel bad about themselves is more dangerous than having a plus sized body.

What do you think – is Ashley Graham a pioneer in the body acceptance movement or a poor role model when it comes to young women’s health?

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com. You can follow her on FacebookorTwitter.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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