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The Benefits of Strength Training

Although our antiquated ideas of strength development are slowly changing, studies conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (among others) indicate that six in ten American adults still do not participate in any form of resistance-based exercise. This staggering majority of Americans live without knowing the true potential of their musculoskeletal system and likely do not understand the multiple ways in which strength training can improve their lives. If you are a member of this majority, I outline below my choices for the 5 most important benefits of resistance training in an attempt to connect to your inner bro, and convince you that strength training is in fact a no brainer.

How to Properly Clean Produce

Fruits and vegetables are packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals, making them an essential part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. However, without proper washing and preparation, they can also be the perfect carrier for harmful germs such as Salmonella, E.coli, and Listeria, which cause foodborne illness. Here are some tips to ensure your produce stays healthy and germ free!

ALLERGY-FRIENDLY HOUSEPLANTS FOR CLEANER AIR

Not only do indoor plants remove carbon dioxide and toxins from the environment, making for cleaner air, but studies show that they also boost your mood! Despite the benefits, it can be hard for allergy sufferers to justify living with a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and puffiness 24/7. Luckily, a few hypo-allergenic houseplants mean no one has to choose between clean air and allergy-free living.

12 of the Most Popular COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked

Next Level’s Chief Medical Officer, Karen Rakers, MD is here to debunk some of the most popular COVID-19 vaccine myths circulating around the media. Myth 1: The vaccine isn’t safe because it was rushed.The COVID-19 vaccine was developed in record time, but it wasn’t “rushed.” This is in part due to the fact that scientists had been researching spike proteins in relation to coronaviruses for years.

The Real Reason You Should Wait to Get the Vaccine if You’re Young and Healthy (and no, it’s not because it’s unsafe)

Just a few months ago, less than half of the U.S. population stated that they would get the COVID-19 vaccine despite its proven effectiveness against the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. Now, with thousands of “I got my vaccine!” photos trending on social media, over 70% of the U.S. population is on board. But there’s a problem: So far, the U.S. has only distributed 31.6 million doses across all 50 states. That’s only about 10% of the 328.2 million people that make up our total population.

SHOULD YOU START 2021 WITH A CLEANSE?

Many people have the goal of weight loss for the new year and think that a cleanse may be beneficial in kickstarting that process. But, are cleanses all that they’re cracked up to be?
Cleanses are, generally speaking, a very restrictive diet that is done for a very short period of time, thought to aid in detoxing the body of any accumulated junk and quicken weight loss. And sure, you will certainly experience weight loss while only consuming liquids or very low calories for multiple days in a row, but consider these effects.

HOW TO SET NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS YOU WILL ACTUALLY KEEP

Been procrastinating on setting your New Year’s Resolutions? Not to worry – our list of tips and tricks for setting achievable resolutions will have you ready for 2021 in no time!
We’ve all set a New Year’s Resolution that we couldn’t keep at one point or another. And, chances are the resolution failed based on one of the following premises:

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