Health Bites: The #1 Fitness Trend for 2015, Bigger Butts = Smarter Babies & Don't Post About Your Workouts on Facebook

Health Bites Some Facebook Statuses Revel Narcissism and Low Self-Esteem

You (and I) might want to think twice before posting about your latest workout or showing off a photo of your breakfast green smoothie on facebook.

Facebook users who post frequent status updates about their romantic partner are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, while those who boast about diets, exercise, and accomplishments are more likely narcissists.

The data was collected from 555 facebook users via survey. They found that:

  • Participants with low self-esteem more frequently posted status updates about their current romantic partner. So, stop bragging about how amazing your significant other is 24/7.
  • Those who scored high in narcissism more frequently updated about their achievements. Like all those half marathons I ran just to post finish line photos of on facebook. 
  • Narcissists also wrote more status updates about their diet and exercise routine, suggesting that Facebook is used as a platform to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance. Thankfully I only share photos of my meals on Instagram, so I'm 100% sure this doesn't apply to me. 

The #1 Fitness Trend of 2015

Is rucking. No idea what it is? Me neither! Despite the fact that my husband does it regularly. It's walking with a weighted pack on your back. The military does regular ruck marches and the health befits are insane!

  • For the average guy, a 30-minute walk burns about 125 calories. Throw a weighted backpack on and take that exact same walk, and you burn about 325 calories!
  • Throwing a weighted backpack on and going for a walk actually helps hold your torso up, so your back muscles don’t have to work as hard. Sounds counter-intuitive but walking with a weighted backpack actually helps relieve back pain.
  • It builds your endurance capacity. The cardio benefits are similar to slow distance jogging, but rucking makes you less prone to injuries.

To start rucking it is recommended you carry 10% of your body weight. So, a 150 pound female would carry 15 pounds in her backpack. You could use hand weights, canned food, bottles of water, or even go old school and just fill up  your backpack with books. I'm definitely trying this out on my next walk and will wear my heart rate monitor to see what the difference in effort is.

Fat Found in Women's Bottoms Help Build Better Brains

This article is a little older (published in January) but I just stumbled on it yesterday and had to share. Women with larger fat stores, often found on the butt, hips and thighs, are 'likely to produce smarter children.'

Aside from prenatal vitamins the only other supplement I'm taking is vegetarian DHA. It's virtually impossible to get DHA naturally as a vegetarian, but DHA is crucial to babies brain development. Women store DHA in their bodies as fat. So, more fat stores equals more DHA available for babies brains. Some notes from the article:

  • Women’s extra fat is lost during breast-feeding, when it is needed for their baby’s brain.
  • The latest findings could explain why men find curvy women such as singer Jennifer Lopez so attractive: it’s because their children are likely to be cleverer.
  • The brain-building, breast-milk lipids (fats) are largely derived from the fat stored in a mother’s thighs and buttocks. Women with larger thighs have higher levels of these lipids. There is even evidence that they and their children are more intelligent as a result.

If I had any sensitivities about my pregnancy weight gain before (I didn't) then I'd certainly embrace my expanding hips and thighs more now.

And now I'll have Sir Mix-a-Lot stuck in my head all day. Perhaps he was just searching for a mate to produce intelligent heirs with.

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Be honest - how often do you post about your significant other or fitness habits on facebook?

Would you try rucking?