SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

The SNEWS team loves to read. And we compiled a list of articles and blog posts that caught our attention this week. In case you missed them, this week’s selections include a story about “coregasms” (intrigued?) and another about a 91-year-old yoga teacher who’s still going strong. Check them out!

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

  • We all know exercise is good for lots of reasons, but, boy, we didn’t realize it could be this good. Apparently women are suffering (probably not the right word) from what the media is calling “coregasms” during core workouts. If your female customers still aren’t sure about buying core accessories, show them this Time article. If this doesn’t get American women more active, we don’t know what will.
  • The story above is a hard act to follow, but even though men aren’t getting the same, ahem, benefits of exercise as some women, they still reap rewards by keeping active. Exercise can help both men and women reduce their risk of death from dementia according to this Helping You Care post.
  • OK, this is just too good to be true. First coregasms, then a reduced risk of death, now increased fertility? The Huffington Post reports that for women who are at a healthy weight, moderate exercise boosts fertility, though vigorous or intense exercise (such as triathlons, etc.) and being overweight, could hinder it, according to a recent study of Danish women.
  • So we all know some of the great benefits of exercise. If we didn’t before reading this week’s SNEWS Reads, we sure do now. Also, it turns out if you listen to music while you exercise, your brain will work better according to this story on ABC News. We know it must be true because here at SNEWS, we’re morning exercisers and we listen to music while we do it. That must be why our editorial content is always on point.
  • Multiple studies have examined how people who’ve lost weight and kept it off have done so with the help of a food diary or journal, and this U.S. News and World Report story explores the phenomenon. Maybe your customers are looking to stick to a new, healthy eating and exercise regimen and you can help them by sharing this story. 
  • Retirement is overrated. Especially when you’re doing something you love. At least that’s what this 91-year-old yoga teacher maintains in this story from Yoga is part of her daily life, from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to sleep, and she wants to keep spreading the joy of yoga.
  • Unlike the earth-is-flat and sun-revolving-around-the-earth myths, certain fitness and exercise myths just won’t die, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary. According to this story in Australia’s Lifehacker blog, some of those myths include: “No pain, no gain”; soreness caused by lactic acid build-up; exercise is worthless if you can’t do it for hours a day; and sports drinks are essential during all workouts.
  • Our households need it, and so does our exercise regimen: spring cleaning. We have more light and more warmth, so check out this blog post about how to revamp your exercise routine for the spring.
  • Many of your customers have a gym membership and a home treadmill (that they’ve bought from you, of course) to help them in their marathon training. This New York Times blog post discusses the myths and truths of recovering after a marathon, including debunking the “day for every mile” legend.
  • This is something we probably all know to be true in our hearts, but Science Daily confirms it in this article: Weight loss supplements simply are not effective. It’s a $2.4 billion industry, so fitness retailers, maybe you should tell your customers instead of buying that magic pill that doesn’t have any magic, they could purchase a few things from your store.

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 whoever sent it to us. Send a link to the story with the subject line “SNEWS Reads” to be considered.

–Compiled by Ana Trujillo