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When not to work out - Your body makes cortisol when you work out. Therefore, do your workouts so that you are done at least three hours before bed time to sleep quicker.

What not to do to avoid heart problems - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against low-dose aspirin use to prevent heart problems for anyone 60 and older.

Can you mix COVID vaccines? Not yet. Instead wait for guidelines from the CDC. Meanwhile, studies show that those who got the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine get a huge benefit if their second shot is either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Booster Shots? Furthermore, booster shots from Pfizer and Moderna showed signs they are more effective at protecting vaccinated adults than a second dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. However, antibodies from Pfizer and Moderna decrease over time while J&J's stay relatively steady.

How much to Work Out - Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. For even greater health benefits and to assist with weight loss or maintaining weight loss, at least 300 minutes a week is recommended. Examples of moderate aerobic exercises include brisk walking, biking, swimming, and mowing the lawn. Examples of vigorous aerobic exercises include running, heavy yard work, and aerobic dancing. Also, do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions. Strength training can include use of weight machines, your body weight, heavy bags, resistance tubing or resistance paddles in water, or activities such as rock climbing.

Best way to strengthen muscles - Give your self one or two days of rest for each muscle group you are training. For example, rest one day between intense spin workouts. Similarly, you can train different muscle groups on successive days. For example, work on your arm muscles one day and your leg muscles the next day.

Why is losing weight hard - Eating wrong kind of foods, eating too much, smoking, too much stress, not enough work outs, wrong kind of work outs, drinking beer or energy drinks, genetics, not enough sleep, sitting too much.

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