Friday Fit Facts

Friday, October 22, 2010


I hope everyone had a fantastic week! I am so excited for this weekend, because we get to celebrate Eric's birthday!! He turns 24 on Monday (what an old man), but we are celebrating with friends this evening. When I asked Eric what he would like to do for his birthday (remember he's turning 24), he says, "can me and a bunch of friends go ride go-karts?" Classic Eric! But that's why I love him! When we're 90, I will be rocking in my little white rocking chair while Eric drives in circles around the house in a go-kart!

Eric's dream come true! [Source]

In honor of it being Friday, and no one really wanting to read a long drawn out post, I decided to get down to the facts. Fit Facts that is! Here are some of the interesting facts and statistics I came across in the past week:

Women who exercise at least once a week at age 30 decreased their risk of dementia later in life by 26% over those who don't exercise at all. -Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

You lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 36% when you replace just a third of a serving of white rice with whole wheat or barley each day. - Archives of Internal Medicine

Stanols are compounds in plants that decrease the body's ability to absorb LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). The American Heart Association suggests getting two grams per day. Since it's hard to get that much from produce alone, try foods that are fortified with them (certain brands of orange juice, margarine, and yogurt). -American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

People lost 6.5 pounds on average over 12 to 18 months when the started using public transportation.          - American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Meet the Dart, the closest thing we have to a subway in Texas! [source]

It only takes FIVE minutes of daily outdoor exercise to boost your overall mood.- Journal of Environmental Science & Technology

Ginger reduces exercise-related muscle pain by 25%, according to a study in which subjects consumed doses of ginger for eight days before lifting weights. - The Journal of Pain

Folate is a B vitamin that helps create new cells and is associated with heart health and preventing birth defects. Now, it has also been linked to keeping your hearing sharp. A recent study found that people with low levels of folate in their blood had a 37% increased risk of hearing loss with age. you can find folate in green leafy veggies, chickpeas, and lentils. - The Journal of Nutrition.

People believe food labeled "organic" contained 40% fewer calories than food without an "organic" label.      -Cornell Food and Brand Lab

89% of women diagnosed with breast cancer, who receive treatment, are able to fight of the disease for five years or longer. - National Cancer Institute

Women need 180 minutes of exercise a week to protect them from bone-density loss. - Study presented at the American Physiological Society's Experimental Biology Conference

Your body ages an extra 12 years if you smoke, drink too much, eat poorly, and don't exercise during your twenties and thirties. - Archives of Internal Medicine

Update on the Grand Opening

Thanks to the help of a tech savvy friend, I will be able to move up my Grand Opening to next week! The discounts and give-aways will begin on Monday and last the entire week! If you want to take a sneak peak at my shop, here it is!

Food for thought:
Does anyone have anything super exciting happening this weekend? I know it's hard to top go karts!

Have an Amazing Weekend!!

Yours truly,

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