The Checkup: The Key to Getting Ripped With Weights, According to Science

And more healthy reads for your morning.

• Entering the weight-lifting section of your gym for the first time can be intimidating — not to mention confusing. Should you reach for the weights that look like they were designed for Hercules or the way more approachable (and lighter) weights on the other end of the room? Well, new research shows, if you’re looking to build muscle, it doesn’t really matter as long as you work your muscles to failure. [Runner’s World]

• The first time I had matcha, it was love at first bite. Hundreds of cups of matcha later, I came across this matcha smoothie bowl and I am pretty sure it’s what I’ll be eating for breakfast for the rest of my life. [Fitness]

Shhhhhhhhhh … Take some time to sit in silence today. It’s good for your brain cells. [Science of Us]

• PMS-ing? How about sushi for dinner? Both salmon and ginger are touted as big helpers when it comes to all the lovely side effects of  being a women during your faaaavorite time of the month. [Women’s Health]

Chickpeas: Some like ’em sweet and some like ’em savory but regardless of your flavor preference, everyone should all be gobbling up the protein-packed snack. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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