It’s finally Friday! I’ve been totally slacking this week in keeping up with writing, but I’ve been reading and collecting lots of articles that are really interesting. It’s amazing how research and even politics are bringing new advances or change in positions into light on food and fitness issues. I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:
Why Has the Fitness Industry Become Elitist?
This article brings up a very interesting topic – elitism in fitness. The author brings up the issue that some people feel they need to work their way up to the gym and I, like the author, am saddened by that sentiment. I agree with the author’s reasoning that “over-information” is a big problem in creating confusion and discomfort in the gym environment. I also agree that boasting has created a culture of elitism (I’m sure you’ve run into an over-zealous CrossFitter at least once). That whole boasting thing can make a lot of people feel really uncomfortable. We definitely need to acknowledge that there is an issue dividing people and possibly even driving them away from activities that would benefit them.
5k Run for ALS
Check out the Eventbrite link above to learn more about a high school senior’s project to organize a 5k event in memory of her grandma. Donations are welcome from non-runners.
Rise of the Body-Weight Workout
It’s quite surprising that body weight training hasn’t always been at the top of fitness trends given how cheap (free!) and easy it can be (from the standpoint that no other equipment is needed). Starting with body weight workouts can also be a great way to ensure your basic body mechanics are up to par before you take on more difficult work.
Are Corporations Putting Feathers in Your Food?: The Food Babe’s disgusting claims are baloney.
Oh Food Babe. Whether you love or hate her, she’s become a front and center issue in the food world. This article gently reminds readers that everything may not be as it seems both in food and in the claims being made by the Babe.
Is the Government Reversing Its Stance on Cholesterol?
It’s fairly scary that some “cherry picked” data regarding cholesterol from a single researcher yielded dietary recommendations from the government that in turn led to years and years of higher carb/low fat diets that didn’t lessen the very issues they were trying to combat. It’s a great thing that the government is taking a look at these issues as scientific research progresses.
Have you taken the Whole30 survey? If you’ve recently completed a Whole30 I would love to hear how it went! Take the survey here. Results will be published in March.
I hope you have a wonderful, activity-filled weekend!
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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