May Monthly Articles

May 6, 2015 | posted in: Fitness Articles - Monthly | by

May starts out with a bang! May 1st is May Day, May 3rd is World Laughter Day, May the 4th be with you, and Cinco De Mayo. If that’s any indication of the month, you might be feeling busy, stressed, rushed, etc. Take a few minutes to read some fitness articles to keep your fitness focus. You still have time to join the May Cardio Challenge this month as well. Let’s get ready for summer!!

Here are the latest health articles from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association:

The Danger of Sports SpecializationMany young athletes dream of earning a scholarship to play their sport of choice at a reputable college or university. To realize that dream, they will often train extensively. Recent research found that hard training while young may lead to significant physical problems later in life.
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Dark Chocolate + Your Internal Biota=Good HealthThe evidence supporting the health benefits of dark chocolate can now be tied scientifically to the millions of microbes living in your gut.
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Qigong and Stress Management Qigong is another mind-body practice that may help people to manage stress, according to a research review of seven randomized, controlled trials available in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014; doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-8). Researchers from the University of Hong Kong conducted the review to evaluate qigong’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety among healthy adults.
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Global Childhood GamesMany fitness professionals talk about how surprisingly difficult it is to motivate kids to simply play. ParticipACTION, a Canadian organization that promotes physical activity, cites lack of time, weather and “screen time” (televisions, computers and mobile devices) as barriers. The following international game sampler offers fresh, inspirational ideas to keep kids moving.
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Recipe for Health: Summer GazpachoIna Garten, “The Barefoot Contessa,” describes this simple cold summer soup from her 1999 The Barefoot Contessa Cookbookas “liquid salad.” With the bounty of gorgeous early-summer produce in your garden or at your local farmers’ markets, it’s time to give this recipe a spin in your food processor and serve up a refreshing summer snack.
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