The Checkup: Should You Take Hot or Cold Showers?

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• The type of shower you should be taking might seem obvious: A hot, relaxing one, duh. Because who wants to stand under a stream of ice-cold water? But turns out, hot and cold showers offer different benefits. For one, hot showers up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety, while cold showers relieve fatigue. So you might want to experiment with turning the dial every now and then depending on your mood. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: The One Thing You Really Shouldn’t Do If You’re Trying to Lose Belly Fat

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• If you’re trying to shed pounds, you might think eating a nice big breakfast and then skipping lunch is the answer, but think again: A new study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that mice who ate just one big meal a day, compared to those who grazed, had more belly fat and increased inflammation. The study was designed with humans in mind and researchers say the findings could easily correspond to the way our bodies work. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: How to Perfect Your Protein Intake

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• It’s no secret that protein serves as a building block for all sorts of things — from healthy skin to toned muscles — but what’s a bit less clear is just how much protein you’re supposed to be eating, and how you should be getting it. Here to clear things up, five nutritionist-approved tricks for perfecting your protein intake. [Well + Good]
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Jared Leto Gets Ripped to Play the Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto, who cut his acting teeth at Philly’s University of the Arts, is packing on pounds and muscle for his role as the Joker in director David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad. He offered a sneak peek at his new buff bod in an Instagram photo on Tuesday.

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Looks more like Superman, huh? Over the weekend, Ayer posted the first official photo of Leto, 43, in full Joker gear, which, somehow, doesn’t find the actor looking quite so ripped. He is, however, decked out in tattoos, metal chompers and the Joker’s iconic green locks:

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