Fitness Newsbytes

Menstuff® has compiled the following newsbytes on fitness.

Exposing (And Evading) Grocery Store Fat Traps

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has several aliases you should be on the lookout for, including hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, and hydrolyzed oat flour. This white, crystalline amino acid is made in a lab and then added to meat products and most canned or packaged foods to "enhance flavor." One small problem: It doesn’t have any flavor. It just enhances overeating - and the food manufacturer’s bottom line......

13 Healthy Habits to Make You Stronger

Follow these helpful hints and up your odds of getting stronger when you need it most.

Olympic Tips for Weekend Warriors

Psst -- if you're a weekend warrior, we have some secrets used by Olympians to share with you. Learn how these mental tricks can improve your performance.

Companies Offer Workers Deals to Get Fit

One of the rare businesses that has been paying the full cost of employee health insurance -- put limits on its generous policy last year. The company said its workers had to take responsibility for their health if they wanted to continue getting free health insurance.

Jim Brown started doing aerobics, running and lifting weights two years ago to slim down. Now his employer is giving him another reason to stay in shape and eat right.

The Curse of the Metrosexual?

More guys are struggling with eating disorders today than ever before. What's driving this trend?

No More Sit Ups!

Are you angling for abs of steel but can't stand doing sit-ups? Try these five "no sit-up" exercises that will work your abs in no time.

LeBron James Pitches Youth Fitness Plan

Top-draft pick LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers launched a youth fitness program in his hometown.

U.S. Pedestrians, Cyclists At Greater Danger Than European Counterparts

American pedestrians and cyclists beware: You are two to six times more likely to be killed on the road than your German or Dutch counterparts.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health,

Suburban Residents Walk Less, Weigh More

People who live in sprawled-out suburbs where they must drive to school, work or the store are likely to weigh 6 more pounds than their counterparts in old-fashioned, walkable cities.

Herbal Remedies and Your Health

How much do you really know about that herbal supplement you've been taking? How much does your doctor know? Learn about a new vigorous seven-step testing and evaluation process to ensure products meet all labeling claims.

Cranberry Juice Won't Bog Down 'Good' Cholesterol

Small study touts its heart-healthy benefits.

The Return of the House Call

The practice, which had all but disappeared, is making a comeback

Exercise Injury Prevention

If you exercise for health and fitness, you may be more susceptible to overuse injuries.

More People Creating Gyms At Home

The days of long waits for sweaty machines are losing their appeal faster than a New Year's resolution. Is it any wonder more people are opting to work out at home?

Fitness Can Improve Thinking Among Aging

Improving fitness can also boost the thinking ability of aging adults, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

Gene Therapy Could Lead To Super Athletes

A gene therapy that has been shown in rats to double muscle strength and power could illegally be used to build super athletes, a researcher said Monday. Sports officials are looking for ways to detect the genetic manipulation.

Yoga Adapts For Changing Times

Hot yoga. Tot yoga. Power yoga. Disco yoga. Yoga Kickboxing. Fat-blasting yoga. Years after the ancient Eastern discipline caught on big in the United States, yoga is proving to have a suitably limber foothold here. Not only are more people taking up yoga, but it is being geared for American tastes. There is yoga for dieters, for jocks, even for new moms and their babies.

Extra Salty and Extra Sweet

Not only is skipping a meal a bad way to "diet," hunger actually alters the taste buds -- which makes you more sensitive to certain flavors.

Group Cycling Classes Gain Popularity

At first glance, it looks merely like a fitness class of stationary cyclists. On closer look, maybe an extreme cycling class.

Atkins Schmatkins! America Eating More Carbs


Moderate-Fat Diet Beats Low-Fat Diet

With all of the nonfat foods on the market, it's easy to eliminate too much fat from your diet. Here's why you shouldn't.

Group Cycling Classes Gain Popularity

At first glance, it looks merely like a fitness class of stationary cyclists. On closer look, maybe an extreme cycling class.

NFL Tackles Childhood Obesity Crisis

Kicking off its season, the National Football League announced that it is tackling the nation's childhood obesity crisis.

Experts Urge People To Increase Exercise

It took Americans decades to forget how to walk, and experts think it could take longer to learn it all over again.

Stay Safe With Spring and Summer Sports

Experts offer tips for children as they hit the playing fields

Eat Well When You're on the Run

Being busy doesn't mean you need to bypass good nutrition.

Gear Up For Golf

Indoor exercises to improve your game.

Are Organic Foods Better for You?

Expert offers information on the differences.

Men Provide a Pit Stop for Stressed Women

Male underarm odor also alters menstrual cycles, study finds.


Should Pregnant Women Eat Soy?

Rat study says chemical may cause sexual dysfunction in male offspring.

New Consensus Document Issued For Most Common Cause Of Sudden Cardiac Death In The Young

For the first time ever, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have developed a consensus for strategies on how to diagnose and treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)-the leading cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young people, including trained athletes.
Source: American College of Cardiology,  

Run With the Wind

Finish your jog with the wind at your back.

Echinacea Products Often Mislabeled

Research shows some bottles didn't have any of the herb.

Suburban Sprawl Making Us Heavier

People who live in sprawled-out suburbs where they must drive to school, work or the store are likely to weigh 6 more pounds than their counterparts in old-fashioned, walkable cities. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.

Can The Fast-Food Industry Lead Us To Better Health?

Nutrition has emerged as the fast-food industry's hottest buzzword in decades. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.

NHLBI Study Finds Moderate Physical Activity Promotes Weight Loss As Well As Intense Exercise

Women trying to lose weight can benefit as much from a moderate physical activity as from an intense workout, according to a new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Swimming Can Contribute To Rebuilding Bone Strength

Skeletal bone is living tissue and requires constant turnover, accomplished through a process that repairs damage and alters bone mass in response to needs. For most of the time, the skeleton responds to mechanical loading generated through exercise by increasing bone mass and strength. In human studies, bone development and bone mechanical properties are indicated by bone mineral density (BMD).
Source: American Physiological Society ,

Hiring A Personal Trainer

When you need a helping hand.

IRS Clarifies Weight Loss Tax Breaks

Under new tax rules, you may be able to trim your tax bill as you trim your waistline.

Yoga's Popularity Now Includes Youngsters

When the yoga teacher urges her students to stretch like trees, Benjamin Wolfgang gets up on his toes. Jenna Katz opens her palms to the ceiling.

Raw Food Risks

Buy only live mollusks.

Lightning Doesn't Call "Fore!"

Golfers in the open at high risk of being struck.

Food Chemical Causes DNA Damage in Lab

Whether acrylamide acts the same way in animals is unknown.

Do Physical Traits at Puberty Determine a Woman's Health Risks?

Controversial study says so, but critics call research flawed.

In Need of TLC

You need a companion to help you eat right.

On The Road To Breakfast

For busy commuters, eating right on the run may not be easy, but it can be done. And while driving and eating is risky, it's a reality for many folks. So if your steering wheel has to be your breakfast table, try these rules for the road.

Men, Mirrors, and Mayhem

While body-image problems have long been associated with women, new research shows that more and more men are suffering from eating disorders and an unhealthy obsession with their looks. Where are these disturbing problems coming from -- and where are they leading?

Be Careful: New Weight-Loss Programs May Pose Health Risks

High-protein diets can help you lose weight, but they may also put you at risk for heart disease and kidney damage. Learn more about a new program designed for healthy weight loss.

Give Your Body a Good Stretch

There are probably times when you feel achy and uncomfortable. Perhaps a good stretch would help. Not only can stretching improve your range-of-motion, it can also reduce stiffness, keep your joints flexible, and eliminate some pain. Here are three simple stretches to get you started. Source:

Exercise, The Right Prescription For Patients With Heart Failure (3/4/03)

Exercise is good medicine for heart failure patients - even while they await heart transplantation - according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association,

Europe Getting Too Fat, WHO Report Says (2/28/03)

Nearly one-third of all Europeans are obese because of fast-food consumption and sedentary lifestyles, and nations must encourage healthier habits, a U.N. agency warned.

Belly Full Of Danger: That Gut Is Called Visceral Fat, And It's The Deadliest Kind (2/26/03)

Doctors should measure more than your weight at appointments. They should measure your waist.

Physicians Target 'Fad' Diets (2/26/03)

Voicing strong opposition to any weight loss approach that fails to take into account overall health considerations, The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the nation's premier organization of physicians specializing in disease prevention and health promotion, released a position statement opposing popular fad diets as a means for losing weight. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.
Source: American College of Preventive Medicine,

Winter Sports Call for Water Bottles

Even colder weather can leave you dehydrated if you're active

Fasting May Stave Off Huntington's Disease

Mouse study shows cutting back on calories, meals may delay start of disease

The Fight To Curb Concussions: League's Moves Paying Off, But Injury Still Prevalent

Logic isn't always followed in hockey's macho culture, where players compete with broken bones and try to push recovery time to the bare minimum.

Winter Fitness

It's tempting to just hibernate indoors during the cold-weather months with your feet up by a warm fire. Tempting, but not healthful. For even though bears hibernate, there are good reasons for humans to leave their dens.

The Fight To Curb Concussions: League's Moves Paying Off, But Injury Still Prevalent

Logic isn't always followed in hockey's macho culture, where players compete with broken bones and try to push recovery time to the bare minimum.

Athletes Can Benefit From Water Training

Aquatic exercise programs are not just for grandmas riding foam floats. Water is good for athletic training, too, and experts say more athletes are making use of it.

Nutritional Quality in Drinks Fizzles as Kids Age

Sodas, fruit-flavored "-ades" replace healthier 100-percent juices, study finds.

As Weight Goes Up, Life Span Goes Down

Grossly obese at greatest risk.

Fish Keeps Arteries Fit

It's rich in amino acid that boosts blood flow.

Food of the Future: Healthier, Safer ... Tastier

New innovations abound, but the tastebuds still rule.

Holy Cow! Now That's Progress

A look at some major changes in the dairy industry.

Shellfish Surprise

Some shellfish contains healthy fat.

Before You Blow It . . .

A little snowblower preparation can go a long way.

Can You Be Overweight And Healthy Too?

Take Xina Sy's body weight and divide it twice by her height in inches. Then, multiply that number by 703. Using this formula, you'll find that her "body mass index," or BMI, is somewhere around 32.

Putting The Squeeze On Diet Scams

Did you know you can "lose from two to five pounds a week eating yummy Peanut Butter Snacks?" Have you heard about the brand new, revolutionary natural energy tablet that lets you "Eat All Day and Melt Away?"

Caveman History Blamed For U.S. Obesity

America's epidemic of fat has taken researchers deep into the brain in search of the root cause of persistent weight problems.

Providers Need Increased Awareness Of Patients' "Self-Treating" With Supplements - 1/3/93

A survey of more than 45,000 men and women suggests vitamin and mineral supplements are especially popular among certain groups of Americans, some of whom may be using them to self-treat health conditions.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health.

Cyclists' 'Blood Doping' Associated With Cerebral Blood Clots

A recent case study has associated cerebral sinus thrombosis, a condition that may lead to tissue death in the brain, with the practice of 'blood doping.' Blood doping is the use of human growth hormones to increase the proportion of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in an athlete's blood. Thrombosis is a blood clot within a blood vessel. This method of performance enhancement is widely practiced because it is not readily detected through urine testing.
Source: American Academy of Neurology,

Athletes Test Positive For Drug Use

The positive tests for Aranesp at the Olympics have raised several questions. Aranesp is so new - it has just recently been approved in Europe and the United States for kidney patients suffering from anemia - that's it's not on the the IOC's list of banned drugs.

Maternal Feeding Practices Are Linked To Childhood Obesity

Currently, an estimated 25 percent of American children are obese, and the prevention of childhood obesity has become a vital public health priority because obese children are much more likely to become obese adults. Although factors such as the sex, ethnicity or socioeconomic status of the child have been thought to affect a child's weight, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that a mother's child-feeding practices outweigh all other influences on her child's total fat mass.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

American Heart Association Weighs In On Fat Substitutes

The jury is still out on whether fat substitutes provide a health benefit, because individuals who use them seldom lose weight, according to a new American Heart Association statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association,


"Economy Class" Lawsuits May Proceed Soon

The first U.S. "economy class syndrome" lawsuits, brought by airline passengers who developed life-threatening blood clots after sitting immobile on long flights, have passed early hurdles and may go to trial this summer.

Food Fight: Expert Blames Overeating On Industry Marketing

When Marion Nestle gives talks on the politics surrounding America's burgeoning obesity epidemic, she sometimes displays an attention-getting image on a screen. In it, a corpulent Uncle Sam clutches a huge cheeseburger while declaring, "I want YOU to eat more."

Mountain Biking Linked To Infertility

Frequent mountain-biking may reduce fertility in men, according to a small Austrian study that adds fodder to a debate over cycling and male sexual function.

Longevity Runs In Families: Study Looks At Genetics, Environment

Children of parents who live to be 100 are much less likely to develop heart disease and other health problems than those whose folks die at an average age, a Boston Medical Center study has found.

Exercise Hits Cholesterol Risk

Need another reason to exercise? Scientists have discovered it makes cholesterol less dangerous.

Runner's High? Fiction, Many Scientists Say

Despite a widespread belief in the so-called runner's high, a feeling of intense euphoria that is supposed to come with vigorous exercise, the experience is not consistent or predictable. Some researchers have asked whether it exists at all.

Iron-Binding Compounds Decrease Body Odor

Iron in human sweat is a necessary ingredient for bacteria to create the compounds responsible for body odor, and fortifying deodorants with an active system that starves these bacteria of iron significantly decreases body odor.
Source: American Society for Microbiology,

Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk

Physically fit people are less likely to die of cancer, including cancers related to smoking, even if they smoke, a study finds.

Alternative Fitness Program Offered

A bit sheepishly, the elderly cardiac patients head to the middle of the room in sweatshirts and sock feet. For 15 minutes they move gingerly through a series of stretching exercises under the tutelage of Ann Smith, whose writings and videos are dedicated to the proposition that staying fit need not be torturous.

Sugared Soft Drinks Make You Softer in Middle

Study finds less weight gain with artificially sweetened ones.

Seniors Need to Stay Fit

Strength and balance exercises benefit older adults.

Gaining Insight About Losing Weight

'Boomerang' pounds are a problem.

The Effect Of Laws Mandating Bicycle Helmet Use

Five Canadian provinces have introduced laws mandating the use of bicycle helmets in a direct attempt to lower the incidence of bicycle-related deaths, 75 percent of which are due to head injury.
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal,

Academy Issues Skateboard Guidelines

Unless they're supervised by adults, kids under 10 shouldn't use skateboards and those under 8 shouldn't use non-motorized scooters, according to new guidelines from the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics.

Older Adults Can Exercise Just Once A Week To Maintain Muscle Strength

Exercising just one day a week can give older adults the strength to maintain their independence and to avoid injuries, according to a study by a group of scientists at Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Source: The Gerontological Society of America,

You're Getting Faster: Athletes Exercise Their Mental Muscles With Hypnosis

With a growing preoccupation on the mental side of sports, mental coaching has found its niche as a supplement to traditional coaching.

Running May Cut Stroke Risk

You don't have to be a super-athlete to significantly reduce your risk of stroke, but you do have to exercise consistently, a recent study finds.

Teens Use Yoga To Relieve Stress

Across the country, as yoga surges in popularity among adults, it is also attracting teen-agers.

Fraud Fighters Target Ab Belts

You can't get washboard abs just by strapping an electronic exercise belt around your waist and pushing a button, the government says.

HHS Urges World's Kids To Be Active

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson warned that three times as many American children are overweight than 20 years ago, and urged the world to get moving, "literally."

Creatine May Help Older Men

Creatine may not be just for young athletes. Older men who took the supplement increased strength in just a week, a study found.

HHS Urges Community Partnerships To Improve Physical Activity

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson yesterday called on families, communities and businesses to work together and create innovative ways to encourage greater physical activity among children.
Source: sports.html

Some Foods Raise Dehydration Risk

What athletes take in may dry them out. Fast foods like hamburgers and carbonated drinks such as sodas can wind up causing dehydration, experts say.

Health Secretary Heeds Own Advice

The nation's health secretaries always preach healthy habits. But call this one Mr. Prevention: Tommy Thompson has made his mantra the lifesaving benefits of a little exercise and good nutrition, and is taking his own advice to slim down.

Regular Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure In All Groups Of People, Study Shows

An analysis of data on 2419 adults from 54 studies of exercise found that regular exercise decreased blood pressure in all groups of people, including those who had high or normal blood press, those who were overweight or not overweight and those who were black, white or Asian. Exercise decreased systolic blood pressure by 3.84 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 2.58 mm Hg in the participants, who were previously inactive. The types of aerobic exercise included walking, swimming, jogging and cycling.
Source: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine,

New Material To Patch Injured Knee Ligaments

Good news for injured athletes. Damaged knee ligaments heal better if patched with a scaffold made from pig's intestine.
Source: New Scientist,

Doctor-Patient Collaboration Necessary To Change Unhealthy Behavior

While evidence builds that tobacco use, obesity and lack of exercise contribute to the incidence of chronic illness and premature death, a new government report suggests that because patients pay attention to their doctor's advice, doctors should pay more attention to counseling their patients.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health,

Declining Physical Activity Levels Are Associated With Increasing Obesity

The recent worldwide increase in obesity has been attributed to environmental factors such as more sedentary lifestyles and excessive food intake.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Health Clubs Need Defibrillators

With research showing a slightly higher risk that people's hearts may give out during exercise, doctors are calling on health clubs to buy portable defibrillators.

Government Study: 7 In 10 Not Exercising

Americans refuse to get off the couch. A new government report says seven in 10 adults don't regularly exercise and nearly four in 10 aren't physically active at all.

WHO Advises Basic Exercise To Beat Heart Disease, Diabetes

Exercises as simple as walking up the stairs or even dancing could reduce the millions of deaths caused each year by diseases related to physical inactivity, the United Nations said.

Health Officials Warn Against 'Epidemic' Of Sedentary Lifestyle In Asia

Lack of physical exercise, high-fat diets and smoking are leading to a deadly "epidemic of inactivity" in the Asia-Pacific region, health officials warned.

New Hope For Weight Loss

Forget counting the calories -- dieting may soon be a thing of the past if Kyoto University researchers are right about hormones.

At-Home Exercise Helps Caregivers Care For Themselves

An estimated 3.5 million American women care for demented spouses or parents at home, putting their own physical and emotional health at risk. New research indicates that a simple, home-based exercise program can reduce the personal toll their caregiving takes.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health

More Exercise, Less Smoking May Extend, Enhance Life Even At Advanced Age

Adults over the age of 72 who exercise more and smoke less than their counterparts are most likely to enjoy long, healthy and happy lives, new research reveals.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health

Crash Diet And Exercise Key To Reducing Obesity

The best way to slim down the growing youth obesity rate is for parents to make sure their children are breastfed, that their TV-watching time is cut and that they have a proper diet and plenty of exercise, a government medical expert told a Senate panel.

Dip In Icy Water May Help Runners

An ice water bath may help distance runners prepare for a race, and researchers say it works best with a rectal thermometer.

Pop a Pill, Get in Shape

Researchers ssay a pill may someday replace sweaty workouts for the health conscious.

Doping Widespread In Britain

The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs is a widespread problem in Britain, according to a study issued by the British Medical Association.

Creatine: A Parent's Nightmare

Over-the-counter nutritional supplements are very appealing to adolescents hoping for bigger, more muscular bodies. But there’s a lot more -– and a lot less -– to creatine and other supplements than the advertising would suggest.

New Findings Represent The First Aerobic Capacity QTLs Identified In Genetic Models

It is not by the pure chance of nature that some individuals have enhanced aerobic capacity. The ability to sustain efficient oxygen utilization is a quantitative trait influenced by the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors. This has been evidenced by previous studies on the genetic nature of aerobic endurance capacity in humans that suggest that between 70-90 percent of the total phenotypic (characteristics devolved from the interaction of genes to the environment) variance can be attributed to an inherited genetic component.
Source: American Physiological Society,

Gender Differences In Fatigue Explained By The Use Of The Body's Aerobic Pathways

Differences in fatigue between men and women have been found in a number of previous research studies. The collective results are mixed, but a significant number of findings indicate that women fatigue less than men.
Source: American Physiological Society,

High Protein Diets Cause Dehydration, Even In Trained Athletes

Adiet high in protein silently caused dehydration in endurance athletes, individuals whose training gave them a greater capacity to adapt to dehydration than the average person.
Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,

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