When The Little Things Are Big! How To Not Over Look A Random Study

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BIG NEWS Gets Swept Under The Rug Sometimes

Are you carrying the broom?

We are jammed. We’ve got clients. We’ve got client-getting activities. We’ve got lunch. We’ve got a workout. We’ve got emails, voice mails and workouts to write.

I’m tired. Should we just take a little break?

At some point we need to be reading the material that keeps us on top of our game. That doesn’t come from a text book or your certification manual unfortunately. There are always going to be some of those general rule items that ring true. But research from NIH, NSCA, Clinical Nutrition, ADA, AHA, ACE, and so many others… published in hundreds of journals we need to be savvy about could take your entire day to read. How do you manage?

Set some time aside -daily- to check sites, resources and newsletters you subscribe to. You can set alerts at certain sites for nutrition, physiology, kinesiology content to make life easier. Think like a journalist, because in a sense you are: you need to publish a newsletter or a blog that’s current.

A journalist doesn’t just think of a topic on a whim that she wants to write about. She writes about news. (Click to Tweet) So she sets up alerts so that studies come to her. If you write for Huffington Post for instance, or NYT …. you have to be first, not last getting news out. But I assure you, researchers are not calling the journalists.

Here’s an example of research that is late to the party.

In 2010 a Belgium study compared overfed, and particularly high fat diets, of three groups: sedentary, exercise in a fasted state before breakfast and exercise after breakfast (same amount of exercise). The group who exercised in the fastest state didn’t gain weight even on the high calorie, high fat diet and burned significantly more fat throughout the day than the post-breakfast exercisers.

A 2014 study though showed that with a low-calorie diet exercise in the fasted state did not show better results that exercise post-meal.

Before we jump into recommending our clients exercise in a fasted state in order to burn more fat, we’d need to consider if they are eating a higher calorie diet or restricting. Often what happens? We see ONE study and interpret it too rapidly without context.

Another example of a study that might be overlooked but that could have MAJOR impact on a better approach to getting the inactive more active.

Some Harvard and Standford studies published within the last three years are showing our approach to stress may be wrong. There seems to be more benefit in helping people reframe their thoughts about stress than on telling them stress is “bad” and they need to avoid it.

You know how we get…all gray and cloudy… about someone who seems chronically overworked, on the run. What we forget is to ask how they’re doing. IF a person actually embraces stress as a positive thing, thinking that it is expected and it’s something that makes us stronger and more resilient, we live longer.

Yep. Live longer. Among survey respondents who said they had high levels of stress, those who thought it bad were, well more likely to be dead five years later than those who said, yes, I have a high level of stress, but it’s good, it comes with the territory.

The way you think about stress changes the biology within you so that there isn’t the shortening of telemeters, the cortisol release in the brain, and so on.

What if…instead of hormone-hell creating high intensity intervals you got people into breathing classes, yoga, and meditation while teaching them more healthful eating strategies? What studies say is that for obese and overweight Greek women…it worked to increase weight and fat loss. Progressive relaxation may have just beat out HIIT.

Are you reading about that? Not much. Yet, it could be an answer to a huge problem. And the way you brand your program as a gateway to a population untapped: inactive and overweight who are not going to do high intensity exercise.


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