The link party continues! The decision (or lack thereof) has been made … I’ll keep the flexibility of 7 Tips Sundays: sometimes I’ll do lists of interesting (I hope!) articles with my commentary, and other times I’ll do other tips, weekend/ race recaps, or in-depth looks at specific topics. These are fun posts for me to put together, since I spend so much time reading about the latest nutritional and fitness news anyway!
- What happens to your body after just one workout. Probably my favorite post of the week, because the idea is SO powerful: you can literally change your body by completing just a single workout. I’ve talked about the benefits of exercise several times, but if you’re looking for a quick way to improve your mood, focus, stress levels, and overall health … yes, even ONE workout can contribute! (picture source)
- Fish oil is often mislabeled. I hate to say I told you so … but this post shows that about 1/3 of the tested fish oil supplements were mislabeled in terms of the DHA contents they actually contained vs. what they claimed to contain (DHA is one of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil). The good news is that the heavy metal content was negligible in all tested supplements, which was actually my main concern, as I had previously read studies showing otherwise. The article sheds more light on the debate over whether or not fish oil is actually beneficial. If you want to skip the article and go straight to the rankings, click here (they also rank some popular protein powders). This study is making me reconsider my choice of fish oil – I may go with the NOW Foods brand, as I’ve been pleased with some of their other supplements and they’re rated #5 in quality here. (picture source)
- 94-year old woman still competing in track and field. My mom first told me about this amazing woman, and her story is so inspiring! I love everything about her – from her nutrition advice, to her optimism, to what she said when asked if she’ll be slowing down soon: “No way. No way.” (image from Associated Press, via here)
- Why runners need to incorporate strength training. We’ve discussed this before, but another reminder never hurts. Strength training can benefit runners by building muscle mass, preventing injuries, improving your running performance, and improving your overall fitness. Personally, I’d still like to incorporate even more strength training, but I know that the mix of short interval workouts, yoga, weight lifting, and other cross-training activities I include have been critical in preventing injury over the past several years (knock on wood!). (picture source)
- Exercise contributes to improved work-life balance. Yet another study showing that exercise helps us detach from work mentally and physically, and contributes to a sense of overall well-being. I’ve said it before, but even when I was getting way fewer hours of sleep than I needed, exercise has been absolutely critical to maintaining my sense of balance and happiness. Think about this as you’re next overwhelmed at work … just squeezing in a quick session in the morning, an at-home or hotel workout after work, or a short walk at lunch can help you separate a bit and feel far more balanced.(picture source)
- FDA will revise nutrition facts panels. Although the future nutrition label has yet to be defined, I’m excited about the potential here. I personally feel that one of the biggest downfalls of current labeling policies is that serving sizes can be so deceptive … if a bag of something looks to be individually-sized, and the fact that it actually contains 2.3 servings is hidden, the label can be deceptive to even people who do try to glance at the nutrition facts. And 42% of working adults do look at the label always or most of the time – far more than I would have guessed! (picture source, property of Associated Press)
- Positive encouragement works better than criticism. Wow – if you want to delve into the science of how positive and negative feedback impact the brain, this article is pretty cool. Of course, my mind immediately went towards the approach I take with health coaching clients – I’ve always believed that positive encouragement is far more motivating than focusing on the “bad” things in a person’s diet. But the article is a fantastic read for anyone who is delivering feedback or leading a team. Here are a few take-aways:
- When feedback is delivered negatively, we struggle to focus, think clearly, work effectively, and communicate.
- The emotional tone of the person delivering feedback can often have a greater impact on the feedback recipient than the actual feedback delivered.
- Making your employees feel “heard and understood” is critical to their happiness and their health: “Workers who feel unfairly criticized, or whose boss will not listen to their problems, have a rate of coronary heart disease 30 percent higher than those who feel treated fairly.”
Spill It Sundays
I forgot Spill It Sundays last week, but we’re back on track today! The theme is TV shows, and I am pretty pathetically uninteresting in this dimension. I’ve always said that I wouldn’t have a TV if I wasn’t married to Kevin, but he is slowly (10+ years slowly!) helping me to understand the ability to relax and chill out while watching TV rather than multitasking! I’ll answer two of the questions:
- What was your favorite TV series growing up? This answer drives Kevin crazy, but I honestly didn’t watch much TV growing up. I didn’t have any TV restrictions (that I remember), but I would always choose to do other things (mainly reading – nerd alert!). I do remember really liking “Boy Meets World,” “Full House,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Kevin and his sister Holly have quoted “Saved By the Bell” more times than I can possibly count, so I’ll add that one in too for their sake!
- What is your current favorite TV series? I adore Biggest Loser (we can get into the discussion of whether it’s realistic, healthy, etc., but I like for pure “feel-good” inspiration). We are also almost finished with watching all of the Friday Night Lights series, which I love, especially coming from a Texas football-crazed high school. And finally, I love Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen for some foodie entertainment!
So tell me in the comments … Which article do you find most interesting? Any other articles you want to highlight this week? What is your childhood or current favorite TV series?