Fitness Reads: A magic "exercise" pill? Plus, tips to beat the binge urge

Is there a magic "exercise" pill? Plus, get some tips to beat post-workout binge urge.

What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • Women and body confidence can be a sticky issue. On one hand, society is telling us to be lithe and delicate, and on the other hand it’s telling us to be powerful and confident. Mixed messages. So let’s just stop listening to society and start listening to apparel company Stonewear Designs, which tells us to be happy with our healthy weight. What’s a healthy weight? Check out the story for more information.
  • Do you have those workouts that leave you wanting a pizza so badly, you stop by Little Caesar’s? Then you and the cat kill a whole pie? Or, rather, you kill it while the cat stares at you in disgust. We found this article in Fitness Magazine with tips on how to prevent that after-workout binge, and gain back the respect of our super-health-conscious cat.
  • Here’s another “fittest cities” list, this time from the experts at Facebook. Basically, they analyzed user interests and posts to figure out where the most exercise was taking place. At the top of the list was Virginia Beach, Va. We were a little stunned that our own Boulder wasn’t included, but concluded it was because we’re all too busy gettin’ buff to post stuff on Facebook.
  • Club Industry reports that the Air Force is using Precor’s Preva Net networked fitness to decrease obesity rates and motivate people during workouts. The article notes that Precor is working to outfit the Air Force Base at Grand Forks, N.D., with the company’s 880 cardio line. The company said this is its first military installation to feature networked fitness.
  • Oh, brother, here we go again with this magic pill nonsense. The diet pill industry makes a sickening amount of money every year on consumers who would rather pop a pill than do the work. Find out what might be in store and how the latest one works in this New York Times story.
  • First PHIT now MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It) — another route to fighting childhood obesity. MEND focuses on working with families of obese children. Fitness professionals work as nutrition coaches and offer a 24-session class to children and families over the course of three months to help them learn how to get — and stay — healthy.
  • Speaking of fighting childhood obesity, what are your thoughts on new fitness requirements that could prevent obese Boy Scouts from attending the Jamboree? Check out this story. Essentially, the rules would exclude any obese boy from attending the activity-focused event.
  • As we kick of Fall marathon training, we’re wondering how we’re going to make some of those 16-plus-mile training runs in this scorching heat. Freezing our bra just isn’t cutting it any more, so we were happy to find these six hydration tips from Runner’s World. Plus, we’ve recently become hooked on PowerIce electrolyte popsicle samples from another awesome Colorado company. We got this.
  • Summer is nearly over (sad face), but it’s never too late to start getting healthy. This USA Today story has some tips on how your customers can start getting healthier during the remainder of the summer months. “Weaving exercise” into their lives and “losing weight” are both on the list.
  • To give obese customers another push to get healthy, share with them this story that reports the longer they stay obese, the higher their chances of getting coronary disease. This is especially detrimental to the hearts of folks who stay obese for a period of time in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

Did you read anything interesting this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Email it to us because we want to read it, too!