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Contrast Bath Therapy for Runners: Is it Worth Your Time?

In the past month, we have examined the use of ice baths for runners and heating before running in treating injury and preventing soreness. Today, …

Massage Therapy

The lies we tell ourselves about America's forever wars

It's become commonplace for many Americans to remark on the frequency and flagrancy of President Trump's lies. But that's nothing compared to the …

Why America needs thousands of political parties

Plenty of Americans — millions of them, in fact — will disagree with the argument made by Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes in the March issue of <i>The</i> …

Mind over matter

Can people warm or cool their bodies using only their thoughts? Wency Leung investigates the physiological effects of meditation and breathing techniques in extreme environments<p>Vitina Blumenthal rolled out her yoga mat on the back patio of the Nicaragua hotel, where she was recently leading a …

Meditation

Abandon Trump!

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller's flurry of news — including the indictment of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and the …

Eight great tricks for reading people’s body language

Body language provides an amazing amount of information on what other people are thinking <i>if</i> you know what to look for. And who hasn’t wanted to read …

Things are going to get much, much worse

For several months following the extraordinary outcome of last year's presidential election, much of the country found itself stumbling through a …

A future of cheap oil

<i>An ongoing price slump is rattling the industry and weakening petrostates. How will low prices change the world? Here's everything you need to</b> …

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017

Opportunities abound to watch the sun disappear if you live long and travel<p>August 1, 2017 — Mark Fischetti<p>Data show the U.S. locations that offer the …

Solar Eclipse

America now has 3 political parties. And the Republicans and Democrats aren't among them.

Which of America's three political parties do you support?<p>I'm not talking about our major institutional parties — the Republicans and the Democrats, …

Political Science

Best New Gear Awards - Summer 2017

Our editor picks for the most innovative new products unveiled this week at Outdoor Retailer.

Tip: Increase Growth Hormone by 1700%

All you have to do is perform your reps in a specific way. Here's exactly how.<p>Growth hormone (GH) is a big deal to lifters. If you have enough of it …

Running

Three Simple Ways to Get Better at Getting Better

Back when I was in high school, there was a sign hanging in the lockeroom: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, none of my coaches ever defined what, exactly, constitutes perfect practice. But in the reporting for my new book, <i>Peak Performance: Elevate Your</i> …

The 9 Pieces of Gear Any Beginner Backpacker Needs

Buying your first backpacking setup can be cost prohibitive and overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be.<p>This will likely be the first time you are completely in charge of carrying your means to clean water, food, and shelter on your back, and there is an entire industry dedicated to making that …

Backpacking

Bruce Lee and the Art of Scientific Street Fighting

The recent uproar over an MMA fighter's beatdown of a tai chi practitioner is a virtual case study for Bruce Lee's emphasis on real world application of the fighting arts.<p>"Organized despair." That's the phrase Bruce Lee often used to characterize many of the prevailing practices within the martial …

Martial Arts

6 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic

About six months ago, I wrote a post titled 6 Toxic Habits that Most People Think Are Normal. It became very successful. A lot of people commented …

​Bas Rutten's 12-Move MMA Workout Will Leave You Drenched​ | Men’s Health

For the workout, perform each move for 50 seconds and rest for 10 seconds in between each move. Do the entire circuit three times for an intense full-body workout worthy of the UFC Hall of Fame.<p>Slam Ball<p>Lift the ball above your head and slam it down to the ground. Catch it, lift it back up, and …

Work Hardest at Rest

Turns out we’ve all vastly overemphasized the getting-stronger-and-faster part of being fit. The real secret to optimal performance is taking care of yourself—starting with getting a better night’s sleep.<p>Safeguard Your Sleep<p>Sleep is important—we know this. Don’t get enough and we’re prone to being …

The 7 Smartest Workout Tips of All Time

Get Stronger, Get Bigger, Get Ripped<p>1 – Train Muscles More Frequently<p>Screw body part splits. You know, where Monday is chest day and you don't train …

BMW 100 years of history explored through 101 paintings

101 series of watercolors dedicated to 100 years of BMW will travel for the first time to U.S. and will be exhibited at the BMW Car Club of America …

BMW

Life Is a Video Game—Here Are the Cheat Codes

Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as Life. As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of Life is often quite difficult. You …

Self-improvement

Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?

We all want more well-being in our lives. But which traits are most likely to be associated with well-being? This is an important question because it …

Psychology

Could Trail Running Be Your Church?

MacGyver, my four-year-old mutt, rides shotgun on this twenty-degree East Tennessee morning. As the mountains flash by in shadow and sunburst, I half …

Depression

10 Hikes to See Extreme Nature

Sure, the journey is the destination for some, but these hikes will take you to places where you can see the planet in all its wild glory. Volcanic craters, high exposure, weird formations—if you like your environment extreme, these walks are certain to get your blood pumping. If you’re a tad …

Hiking

The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors

Turn your phone into a star chart, a 360-degree camera, a botany expert, and more with these handy programs.Love ‘em or hate ‘em, smartphones have …

Apps

Winston Churchill had this “bad” quality. It made him one of the most revered leaders in world history.

Winston Churchill should have never been prime minister of Great Britain. He wasn’t someone who “did everything right,” and it was shocking that he …

Winston Churchill

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10 King Arthur retellings that are even weirder than King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

This weekend's big movie release is <i>King Arthur: Legend of the Sword</i>, the first of what Warner Bros. and director Guy Ritchie are hoping will be a …