SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

Read about a personal trainer who purposely gained 70 pounds just to lose it again, and another about how men prefer women who have never been overweight at all.

What did the SNEWS team read this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Well, read on to find out.

  • How can you give people guidance if you’ve never experienced their struggle? That was the reasoning personal trainer Drew Manning used when he purposely gained 70 pounds just so he could lose it and return to his muscular fit form. This CNN article has before weight gain, after weight gain and after weight loss pictures of Manning, who now says he understands what his clients go through.
  • We wonder if Drew Manning will face the same scrutiny for having once been overweight that many women do. Turns out, taking control of your health doesn’t win women points with men. The results of a study, published in Science Daily, showed that men, when presented with two women of the same weight and level of physical attractiveness, always said the one who’d never been overweight was more attractive. Hm … shallow much? 
  • Compare it to drinking if you will: Binge drinkers are at higher risk for health problems than moderate wine sippers. Binge exercisers, or those who exercise for hours a day, nearly every day, are at higher risk for heart problems than middling exercisers, or those who jog between 15 and 20 miles a week at a 10-12 minute per mile pace. This New York Times story talks about the phenomenon, and this Daily Democrat story reports on a new study about the effect of exercise on heart health that’s about to start at the University of California at Davis. 
  • Poor kids these days. They have no unstructured playtime in nature, they sit too much and now their tv-filled days are decreasing their cardiorespiratory fitness, which involves the body’s ability to transport oxygen to the muscles during fitness. Check out this U.S. News story, which cautions that this might not be a cause-and-effect relationship, rather a simple association. Perhaps all these sedentary activities and the fact that physical education programs are being cut all over the country could be part of the cause.
  • Fitness and gym memberships are on the upswing in India because of the rising incomes and increased focus on living healthy lifestyles and looking good, according to this National story. The increase is creating a demand for fitness facilities in the country, which is a challenge for some companies due to the high cost of property and the difficulty finding qualified staff in a place where fitness culture is relatively new.
  • After all the SNEWS reads that sung the praises of exercise and how good it is for things like increasing memory and alleviating problems that come with diabetes, this BBC story delivers a blow to exercise’s reputation: It doesn’t really help people who have depression. Those who suffer from clinical depression should continue to exercise for all the other benefits we’ve read about, but they shouldn’t expect it to help alleviate their symptoms. 
  • It seems like every time we up our weekly mileage or try some new, intense workout regimen, we feel a familiar tickle in our throat that’s usually followed by a three- or four-day cold. Maybe we’re too intense, or maybe it’s just that we’re like the mice that ran to exhaustion in a study recently reported in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity (and recapped in this New York Times story). The study included two groups of mice — one that chilled out in their cages and another that ran on tiny treadmills to the point of exhaustion. Both were exposed to a flu virus. The mice that ran got sick at higher rates and their colds were more severe than those who didn’t. This news has inspired us to relax more in our cages.
  • There are plenty of attempts to understand the childhood obesity crisis, but turns out it’s more multifaceted than one might think. A new study of U.S. preteen girls, recapped in this Reuters story, concluded that white girls responded better to daily exercise than black girls. The study concluded that the daily exercise recommendations might be different for the two ethnic groups. We Latinas here at SNEWS wonder if they plan to study how our youngsters respond to daily exercise.
  • On our morning runs we see a ton of new Crossfit business popping up around the various Denver neighborhoods, suggesting this is more than just a craze. So you’re probably seeing a lot of customers coming in who need equipment and tips about Crossfit. Check out this WebMD article that offers all the tips to be successful in Crossfit and arm yourself with the knowledge you’ll need for your Crossfit-loving customers.

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 you. Send a link to the story with the subject line “SNEWS Reads” to be considered.

–Compiled by Ana Trujillo