1. Keep your brain smart- A study, ongoing since 1989, has been tracking individuals and looking at their brain scans to determine the effect of exercise on the health of the brain as we age. The study showed that individuals participating in exercise routines had more gray matter than those who didn't. Gray matter is correlated with greater brain health. They also saw that people who increased their exercise during the study period again had an increase in gray matter. This being said should make you want to jump up and do 10 jumping jacks!
2. Specialized nutrition to go with your specialized workout- We're noticing a big trend that fitness studios and boutiques are starting to branch out into nutrition. You'll notice that places like 9Round and Barre now have their own nutrition programs and recipes to correspond with their unique programs. While this is helpful to emphasize the importance of the combination of diet and exercise, it is important for people to check the credentials of the individuals giving advice. Make sure that a qualified person is supervising or managing over the program.
3. Healthier shopping- A potential app by MIT students that prints you a 'nutrition receipt' at the grocery store. Once you ring up your items, the app will tell you the nutritional value of your items and what deficiencies or nutrients you're missing based on your purchases. This could be the future of nutrition labeling.
4. Activity on nutrition labels?- A public health expert wants to add activity labels to nutrition facts labels to show how many minutes of different exercises would need to be performed to burn the calories from that particular food. The hope would be that this would encourage people to make healthier choices when it comes to food. Would you change your eating based on knowing how much it would take to burn off the calories?