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TAG! WE'RE IT! "Headline Of My Day" global comedy experiment

We got tagged in the latest round of internet meme-game:: the "Headline Of My Day" global comedy experiment.  So, we put XN put to the task of making ours "Snoopworthy."  And who is better to turn to for a good Snoop that can inspire a headline than our old buddy Matt Leblanc.  He was once again up to ridiculousness in his gym today.  (No shocker there.)

Considering all the project seems to be doing is trying to get people goofing and laughing, we at The Next Level can definitely get behind it.  The world needs more laughs.  

And if that isn't enough to convince you to play along, try this on for size
"Science" shows that laughter aids in healing.  
And healing aids in strength recovery.  
And strength recovery means bigger lifts and bigger gains, bro.  
So spreading the laughs is a good idea among lifters and athletes.

In case you're not familiar with the rules of the "Headline Of My Day" game:

  • Post a video of you reporting a (goofy) "headline" of your last 24 hours. (Either the biggest moment, or a snarky summary of the past day so far.)
  • Tag three friends in your post and challenge the to report their headlines of the day.
  • Those three friends have 24 hours to post and tag three more friends.
  • Include the hashtag #imadethenews

More muscle once again correlates with longer life.

Anecdotally speaking, the folks who include muscle-building exercise in their lifestyle – from bodybuilding to strength to simply progressive-gain weight lifting – will all claim to live longer, stay younger and feel happier.  But we live in a day and age that is crazed fore scientific backing; endless, repetitive accounts are somehow deemed invaluable to the average first-world perspective.  Unless there's schnazzy studies backing a claim, very one presumes it's hogwash. And so those accounts of long life from those us who lift big and get beefy – regardless of spanning at least 5,000 years of repetition – are disregarded.  

Fortunately, Science is gradually catching up to the simple reality that the most consistent accounts from humanity are, indeed, often believable. More and more studies are being applied to what us musclebound folks already "knew" and proving that – surprise, surprise! – our claims for longer life are actually dead on the mark.

Higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.

Recently we Snooped a study posted by Scientific American that showed a strong correlation between muscle gain and longer (and presumably thus healthier) lives.  The traditional dominant form of assessing human health based on body composition factors – the classic "BMI," or body mass index – didn't really indicate longevity benefits.  You could had what doctors consensus is a "healthy BMI," yet this factor actually shows little correlation to long, healthy life.

However, higher muscle mass showed a remarkably strong correlation with longevity.  You're reading correctly: a study of 3,600 seniors hints that those who built muscle over the long run may live a longer run.  We have to say "may" live longer, because all the study showed was correlation.  Correlation between two factors does not show causation between them; just because the more muscle-developed lived longer does not mean their muscle-building was the cause.  

However, we at the Snoop have to hearken back to the consensus of the Humanities on this one, and presume the correlation is not merely a nifty coincidence.  Perhaps the repetitive claims over the millennia that bigger muscle mans longer life are not just hype.  

Editorial Bonus:

The study that suggests more muscle may lead to longer (and presumably healthier) lives compels, for us at The Next Level, a pro-bodybuilding argument which contrasts the religious use of exclusively CrossFit as one's primary mode of exercise.  You see, muscle-building slows up unless you intentionally try to continue the process.  While the dynamic/functional exercise movement (i.e., CrossFit) will certainly put some muscle on a person, there is a limit due to the sheer repetitiveness of the pursuit.  In other words, to get the real benefit of CrossFit, one must simultaneously also seek to at least push the agenda of muscle gain as well.  Just repetitive CrossFit alone is no better than just bodybuilding alone.  

Cat bites linked to depression. (And to cat-hating.)

Every now and again in the Snoop-osphere, random stories pop up beyond the realm of muscle culture.  While we're not about "general fitness" around here, sometimes the things we Snoop upon are just too bizarro to not share.

This article connecting depression and cat-bites is one.

There's really nothing else we can say about it.  It's weird.  (And awesome.)  So . . . um, so we're just gonna leave this one here, okay?

And now: a bunch of diet history charts to freak you out. (Thanks, Seth.)

Seth Carbonneau Snooped this compelling article with a series of charts that show trends in human diet as compared to health trends.  In Seth's own words (which make for a perfect introduction):


I saw someone post this article and I was immediately about to condemn it for two reasons:

1. It's in a business journal; and

2. It is represented by a picture of eggs and bacon.

I was completely wrong.

I am a huge proponent of a whole food, local-as-possible, high-protein, high-fat and high-vegetable diet. This article reports the trends of food consumption, nutritional value, and human health over the past 30-300 years.

While correlation does not imply causation, these trends are significant and seem to show that there is a direct correlation between changes in diet and nutritional value of food to negative changes in human health.

This is enough for me to feel good about eating four or more local, omega 3 eggs with yoke (plus another 4 without yoke for the protein) with spinach and bacon for breakfast and 85% ground grass-fed beef with dandelion greens cooked in coconut oil for dinner!

(Disclaimer: I eat plenty of carbohydrates, including sugar, but they are timed around periods of intense strength and conditioning training)