Due Date Distractions
|November 13, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
No signs that today is the day baby girl will arrive – I think she’s pretty comfortable where she is! At this point I hope I go into labor by Friday or else that she waits until Sunday afternoon. Why? Because Sunday morning is the US National Road Racing Championships right here in my neighborhood!
The list of elites that are racing is very impressive including Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila, Shannon Rowbury, Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein, Leo Manzano and too many more to list. (See the complete list here) The race route goes right by our house so it will be super easy to go watch. I’ve never watched an elite race so I’m excited to spectate. Do you hear me baby??? Try to come before or after the race!
Since baby girl is so comfortable (and I’m getting increasingly uncomfortable), I thought I’d distract myself by posting some interesting health and fitness related news articles from around the web.
There are some interesting recent news items related to allergies. One study suggests that allergy shots during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of allergies in children. This piece in the NY Times discusses the current allergy epidemic and how exposure to microbes during pregnancy and infancy can affect allergy development later in life. Finally, a boy’s bone marrow transplant not only eliminated his cancer but also his peanut allergy.
Just another reason to keep exercising during pregnancy: exercise during pregnancy has been shown to improve babies’ brain activity.
In an effort to promote sport and health ahead of the 2014 Olympics, a vending machine in a Russian subway station is encouraging more physical activity by offering a free ticket in exchange for performing 30 squats. Too bad the DC metro doesn’t have the same program – I’d ride for free all the time!
An interesting look at marathon times and body size in elite runners.
A look at how employers are encouraging healthier employees in order to reduce overall healthcare costs.
Finally, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology came out with new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines. The new guidelines are controversial in that they could dramatically increase the number of Americans that are on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.