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The Retreat At Blue Lagoon Is Iceland's Most Luxurious Hotel

No matter where you draw your travel inspiration from, you’ve likely seen a photo of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. Its icy blue water has been the subject of millions of camera lenses. In 2014 the oasis drew around 700,000 visitors, which then skyrocketed to an estimated 1.3 million last year. While the …

European Travel

The latest Philips Hue lighting kits bring color to your walls

Signify's Philips Hue lights can certainly be used to illuminate your walls, but they're not usually <i>meant</i> for it. Even LightStrips are intended more as accents than room-defining centerpieces. That's where the company's latest kits might come to the rescue. The Hue Play (below) and Hue Signe …

Home Automation

Barack Obama and Bill Gates agree that this book is an absolute must-read

Microsoft MSFT, -0.06% founder-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates calls it “one of the best books I’ve ever read,” saying it offers a breakthrough way …

Bill Gates

Here's What Elon Musk's Sleep Habits Would Do to Your Health

Spoiler: it's not good.<p>Elon Musk seems exhausted.<p>The Tesla CEO told the <i>New York Times</i> that he's been logging 120-hour work weeks lately, and it's …

UC Berkeley

6 Low-Carb Protein Bars Everyone on the Keto Diet Should Try — All on Amazon!

The keto diet is taking the fitness world by storm, and finding healthy food choices for it is getting easier by the day. Short for the ketogenic diet, this low-carb diet focuses on high-fat and moderate-protein foods, which ultimately helps burn fat. Whether you already practice the diet or want …

Nutrition

You Don't Need Any Equipment For This Calorie-Torching HIIT Workout

Torch serious calories with this full-body workout that combines cardio and strength-training exercises for a HIIT session that works your entire body. Best of all: no equipment is needed. So basically, you can HIIT it anywhere. Trainer Allie Cohen will lead you through a series of bodyweight …

Exercise

This Padded Foot Sling Makes Economy Feel Like First Class

Thanks to this gizmo, I was able to sleep for four to six hours at a time on my flight to Singapore.<p>Some people can fall asleep anywhere. I’ve …

Here Are the 30 Most Effective Exercises For Sculpted, Sexy, Strong Arms

From bodyweight to dumbbell exercises, here is the ultimate guide to the best arm-sculpting moves. Bookmark this to take to the gym or to use at home. Just mix and match five to 10 exercises to create your own arm-day workout!<p>Hold a dumbbell in each hand just above the shoulders, palms facing …

Workouts

12 Things to Do When You Know Someone You Love Isn't 'Fine'

Although no one is immune from mental health issues, it can be hard to admit when life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. So, if your bullshit detector …

Mental Health

Think Abs Are Impossible After 40? All You Need Are These 5 Moves.

Carve out a harder core—without doing situps—using a routine that spares your lower back.<p>For decades, ab training meant situps, curling your upper body all the way up off the floor, rounding your lower back. Some people got nice-looking abs doing this—and lots more ended up with back pain.<p>Today, …

Workouts

5 Handmade Indulgences Under $35 You'll Never Believe Came From Amazon

When we're looking for unique handmade items to treat ourselves to, Amazon probably isn't the first site we turn to (sorry, Amazon, Etsy has that …

Shopping

2 Training Techniques That Will Transform Your Hamstrings

When I started my fitness journey, I loved training my legs and glutes. With very few mobility issues and strong quads, I killed every workout that included squats and deadlifts. Lucky me? Not quite. What bothered me was that I always had nonexistent hamstrings, and the prospect of muscular …

Workouts

How to Pack a Carry-on for Long Trips

Being a gearhead means I always want to bring all the bells and whistles. It also means I’m a chronic overpacker and pay more than my fair share of oversized bag fees. Thankfully, my wife is the exact opposite. When we decided to head to Europe for two weeks this summer, she informed me that I was …

Backpacking

9 Things Every Traveler Should Do Before Leaving Their Hotel Room

We've already filled you in on the things you should never do at hotel checkout, but the smartest travelers have a mental to-do list before they even …

Hospitality

Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> A low-carb or high-carb diet raises your risk of death, a new study suggests, with people eating the food staple in moderation seeing the greatest benefits to their health.<p>Less than 40% or more than 70% of your energy -- or calories -- coming from carbohydrates was associated with the …

Diets

6 Anti-Aging Drugstore Night Creams That Work Better Than Botox

Using a good anti-aging night cream every night before you go to sleep can transform your skin. It’s so important that you don’t skip this crucial …

Skin Care

Low-carb, high-fat diets could knock years off lifespan, 25-year study suggests

Eating a diet which is low in carbohydrates could knock years off lifespan, a 25 year study suggests.<p>Food plans which replace carbs with protein and fat, such as the Ketogenic or Atkins, have gained popularity in recent years, and are often endorsed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim …

Nutrition

Combat the pain of sitting at a desk all. day. long. with simple hip-opening stretches

How many of you have been here before? You manage to squeeze in that 6 a.m. pre-work fitness class (major props BTW) and you’re feeling great and …

Workouts

14 Agility Drills For People Over 40

Feel like an athlete again with moves that build speed, reaction time, and conditioning.<p>Basketball isn’t just a “young man’s game.” Neither is ice hockey, tennis, touch football, or martial arts. In fact, there’s no sport or leisure activity you should have to give up completely just because you’re …

Workouts

A terrifying prediction from 1912 is so creepily accurate that people think it's fake. It's not.

A newspaper article in 1912 warned about climate change.<p>The debate over coal continues to rage across America. As recently as the 2016 presidential …

How to Invest $500 a Month and Become a Millionaire in 30 Years

Investing $500 a month is a simple and easy process to build wealth.<p>If you have $500 left over at the end of every month, you can easily achieve …

Investing

For a Leaner Belly, These 35 Plank Variations Are a Must (Plus 1 Bonus Video!)

There are so many variations of plank — the ultimate bodyweight move to tone your core and upper body. If you really want to carve your six-pack and lengthen your obliques, try these ab-focused variations, with a bonus video at the end demonstrating 15 side plank variations.<p>Balance on your hands …

Workouts

A new report says traces of Monsanto pesticide found in many popular, oat-based breakfast foods

While it’s not printed anywhere on their ingredients list, some of America’s most popular breakfast foods contain pesticides. On Wednesday, the …

Pesticides

This Man Retired at 33 With $1.3 Million — and 3 Kids. Here’s How

Plus how another family retired with 2 kids at 43.<p>Retire early? “Sure,” you might say, “I could do that — if it weren’t for the kids.” But even with …

Retirement

10 Lower Body Exercises That Will Save Your Knees

Build strong legs -- without terrible knee pain.<p>Everybody has to squat.<p>The exercise is one of the most basic and functional movement patterns you can do, and it builds total-body muscle and strength like nothing else. But who says you have to do it with a barbell on your back? If you’ve been …

Workouts

10 Simple Phrases Emotionally Intelligent People Know How to Use

Each of these phrases will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>As humans, we're emotional creatures. We may use logic and intelligence to help us figure out what to do, but if our feelings and emotions aren't engaged, we won't be motivated to do it. In contrast, those same …

Emotional Intelligence

"What cheating on my boyfriend (again and again) taught me about monogamy"

My infidelity was always about me, never about him.<p>R<b>ick was my first real boyfriend, my high school sweetheart, my date to four proms.</b> <b>He was the first guy I'd ever brought home who could look my mum in the eye. A nice guy.</b><p>A year after Rick and I first started dating, I came home from high school …

Relationships

Workout of the Month: The 4-Move Total-body Bench Workout

A workout bench is generally seen as a background actor, while barbells and dumbbells take the leading roles in your workout. Turns out the bench, …

Workouts

5 Concrete Floors That Will Cement Your Love for This Material

The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of 2018’s biggest design trends, it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness. Plus, …

Home Improvement

How to Lose 20 Pounds as Fast as Possible

Losing weight can be incredibly challenging regardless of whether you’re looking to lose five pounds or 20.<p>Not only does it require diet and …

Weight Loss