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FitLinks: Stressed? Exercise May Help Ward Off Anxiety


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As we start to move closer to the end of the year, things get busier, time gets shorter, and for most, all of this likely means more stress. Good news then, that exercising regularly can help you de-stress both in the moment, and according to research, in the long-term as well. We’ll be publishing an article shortly about exactly how stress affects your body in terms of fitness & weight loss as it is a topic that goes right to the point of many peoples’ concerns.

In addition to more news about how much exercise benefits your body as you age, there are some great pieces dealing with new fitness apps, ways to select the best running shoe, and nutrition; many articles in September focus on organic foods and the controversy over whether they really are so much better for you. There is also an interesting video we found about this very topic that hopefully will give some good insight into this question.

Fitness News & Research | September 2012

  • Stressed? Exercise May Help Ward Off Anxiety (Today.com)

  • Drinking Extra Water Good For Skin? (BBC)

  • Study Sees No Nutritional Edge For Organic Foods (USA TODAY)

  • Obese & Healthy? With Exercise, Study Says “Yes” (Medical News)

  • Milk’s Nutritional Value Debated As We Consume More (USA TODAY)

  • Exercise Decreases Nicotine Cravings, Plus 5 Other Natural Ways To Kick The Smoking Habit (Huffington Post)

  • FitBit Zip Fitness Tracker Review (ABC News)

  • General Fitness Articles | September 2012

  • Exercise and Academic Performance (Aiken Standard)

  • Setting the Mood for Smaller Meals (New York Times Blog)

  • Obama: Exercise Is A Job Requirement (USA TODAY)

  • Exercise Can Benefit Even the Very Elderly and Frail (Psych Central)

  • Classifying Calories (New York Times)

  • Ten-Minute Workouts Lure Time-Challenged Exercisers (Reuters)

  • Subway Nutrition Facts (Fast Food Nutrition)

  • Exercise Out-Look | Get Moving (Boston.com)

  • Must-See Fitness Videos | September 2012

  • Nutrition of Organic Food Questioned (Examiner)

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    11 Responses to “FitLinks: Stressed? Exercise May Help Ward Off Anxiety”

    1. Seb
      September 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      so organic food is pointless in these articles

      • October 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        @Seb – No, I disagree. There are flaws with the organic food study and I wanted to create a commentary on it, but unfortunately didn’t have it done it time. For example, there are “dirty dozen” foods that if not bought organic are very iffy. In addition, we don’t know the long term consequences of not eating organic, let’s say eating hormone filled chicken. In my opinion, it’s common sense that if you can have access to organic food and afford it, then eat it!

    2. uncadonego
      October 1, 2012 at 7:08 am #

      Re- Exercise: The News You Don’t Want to Hear (Huffington Post)

      This article confuses me. At one point it say “calories in – calories out” doesn’t work, and says exercise doesn’t make you lose wait. Then it recommends exercise and watching your diet to lose weight. Seriously, don’t drink 2 gatorades after a half hour on the exercise bike? No kidding. Maybe I’m missing something, but the article seems to finish with exactly what builtlean says anyway. Pay close attention to nutrition and the quality of that nutrition, and do intense exercise using weights. Isn’t that, in effect, calories in (nutrition) – calories out (exercise)? The article seems to speak from both sides of its mouth.

      • October 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

        @uncadonego – Welcome to the huffington post fitness section! A lot of the articles are confusing and I agree with your assessment. In fact, I just deleted the post as I think while it may have been shared around, it wasn’t saying much of anything.

    3. Seb
      October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I still think organic food is better for you and it tastes better to me what about you Amanda?

      I think a good place to buy organic beef is from organic pastures, it sounds delicious!!

    4. Seb
      October 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I agree with you , I’m just saying that in these articles it doesn’t show a difference and yeah eating chicken with hormones is disgusting I wish we could just have regular chicken all mothers nature chicken thanks for replying!!!!!

    5. Hank
      October 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      There is no doubt that being fit is critically important for dealing with stress long term. In terms of surgeons those that last the longest usually are in great shape and dedicated to some form of vigorous exercise or sports activity.

    6. James
      October 14, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      “Contrary to popular belief, it is illegal to give chickens any growth hormones meaning that all chickens and eggs are actually hormone-free.”

      This a quote taken from the “7 Surprising food facts…” article.

      I believe there are benefits to eating organic food such as the balance of fatty acids when livestock are fed the correct foods and possible long-term benefits, but I do not think it helps an argument to spread what appears to be incorrect information.

      • October 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

        @James- what information is incorrect?

        • James
          October 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

          Hi Marc,

          Sorry this was in reference to the comment regards hormone filled chicken.

          Sorry for being a bit negative, I’ve been visiting the site for a while and it really is great.

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