Fitness Reads: CrossFitting while pregnant? What is the path to fitness success?

Find out who's under fire for doing CrossFit while pregnant and learn six ways to fitness success in this week's Reads.

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

  • Pregnant CrossFitter Lea-Ann Ellison has been taking criticism all week for the pictures of her doing an intense weight-lifting routine two weeks before she was due to give birth. Ellison, who has two other children, said CrossFit has been her sanity during the pregnancy with her third baby. Plus, she said, practicing CrossFit has left her free of typical pregnancy woes like back aches, morning sickness or cravings. Check out this New York Times story and then tell us your thoughts on the issue.
  • Maybe a country with as big an obesity problem as we have shouldn’t be criticizing people for working out – whether they’re pregnant or not. According to this Mayo Clinic story, exercise during pregnancy can help women stay in shape and make for an easier labor and delivery. The story backs up what Ellison says: It eases back pain, increases stamina plus it keeps people fit and prevents excess weight gain.
  • It seems like everybody has gone Paleo lately, but eating like a caveman might not be for everybody. Eating lean and healthy, however, should be. This Muscle and Performance story gives the rules for eating leaner, which, it reminds us, is not an easy feat. Some of the rules include preparing all your own meals and snacks and cutting out added sugars.
  • Fitness success seems unachievable sometimes – especially in this era where the fight against obesity is – no pun intended – getting bigger every day. But Men’s Fitness offers some steps to fitness success that seem attainable in this story. The steps include setting a goal and choosing the right movements at the right time.
  • In cases where fitness success hasn’t yet been achieved, what is holding those folks back? One story in The Box Magazine has the answer. Though people don’t continue on fitness journeys for a variety of reasons from health issues to commitment issues, one of the things that inhibits people is having a weak range of motion, and the other – well you should read the article to find out.
  • Uh-oh, fitness industry, here’s another one of those, “No equipment needed to be fit,” articles. We found this one on Web MD. Though the post has some trends that include equipment-based activity, it said among the hottest trends is body-weight training. Other trends include fitness programs for older adults and functional fitness.
  • Obesity is no doubt a problem in this country, but is it a disease caused by very real hormonal imbalances or exposure to chemicals in foods that we eat? This Nutrition Science Initiative story examines what drives the body to accumulate fat and cause human obesity.
  • Staying on the topic of adult obesity, this Economist story features a map of the country with states color-coded to depict the percentage of adults who are obese in that state. The story notes that the prevalence of adult obesity in the U.S. hasn’t gone down and still the states with the highest rates of obesity are found in the Midwest and the South.
  • The holiday season is closer than we think and pretty soon customers brand new to exercise are going to be coming through your doors or working out in apartment complexes or hotels you’ve recently outfitted. Share this story with your clients and customers to help newbies stay away from the common fitness mistakes most people make in the beginning.
  • Turns out our melatonin at the end of the day isn’t just helping us fall asleep, it’s helping us control our weight. According to this Science Daily story, melatonin has been found to stimulate the appearance of “beige fat”, a type of cell that burns calories instead of storing them. We’re going to continue our melatonin regimen after reading this story.

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