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What to eat before and after every kind of workout

Whether you're eating for endurance or snacking for strength training, it’s not always clear what is best to put into your body. Moreover, “what’s healthy on a regular basis is not necessarily a good choice for the race course, or even for a workout,” explained Barbara Lewin, RD, a sports …

The 3 Best Exercises For Building Bigger, Stronger Quads

Boost your performance and fortify your lower body with these moves<p>When you pull on your swim trunks this summer, will your thighs be easy on her eyes?<p>Even more important: quadriceps strength, which is critical for knee health, squatting, running, and jumping. The three moves below will take you …

The Airborne Pushup That Will Make Your Abs Burn

Hammer your chest, shoulders, arms, and core with this new pushup routine<p>Want to make your pushup even more effective?<p>Try lifting one of your hands to tap a bench at the top of the movement, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>By removing one of your four bases of support, you’ll force …

We tried the science-backed 7-minute fitness routine that's going viral, and it actually works

But as it turns out, the app actually, well, works you out.<p>We tried it for the first time in January, and we're still hooked. It's become so popular that The New York Times recently released its own version of the app.<p>It's perfect on the weekends, when I can't make it to a yoga class, or as …

Exercise

12 Incredibly Underrated Exercises You Should Probably Be Doing More

<i>By: Erin Kelly</i><p><i>Credit: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock</i><p>It's not difficult to find articles touting all the magical benefits of burpees, planks, and squats. I'm not saying these aren't good exercises. They are! But sticking to staples like these during your workouts gets old in a hurry, and is more likely to …

Exercise

The 12-Minute Workout That Burns More Calories Than Sprinting

Want to burn fat fast? Skip the treadmill and grab a kettlebell instead<p>To incinerate your cheat meal faster, skip the treadmill and exercise bike: A 12-minute kettlebell circuit burns more calories than doing all-out cardio for the same length of time, a Southeastern Louisiana University study …

5 Exercises To Acheive The Perfect Summer Body

It’s never too early to begin your pre-summer workout! The first thing anybody should do if they want the perfect summer body is pay key attention to …

Yoga

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Intelligent people are more easily distracted at work, study claims

Do you have trouble concentrating at work? It’s probably because of all those amazing ideas you have running through your head<p>Finding yourself easily distracted at work may sound like a bad thing but there could be a silver lining to your daily office woes.<p>Workers who have trouble concentrating on …

21 Metabolic Moves That Will Get You Absolutely Shredded

These exercises strip away fat and reveal hard muscle. Here’s how to program them into your weekly workouts<p>Are you stuck in a workout rut?<p>Your first reaction might be to say “no.” But think about your routine for a second.<p>Are you excited to train every day? Are you losing fat? Are your exercises …

3 Superset Workouts That Will Melt Away the Fat Covering Your Abs

Kick your spare tire to the curb with these calorie-torching exercise combos<p>You’ve probably done supersets before.<p>A superset is when you pair together two exercises, and do them back-to-back with little to no rest. They’re typically classified as competitive or non-competitive.<p>Competitive supersets …

The 5 Exercises Every Guy Should Master

Before you do another rep, make sure you’re an expert on these movements first<p>I know the best way to train my body. But this knowledge took almost two decades to accumulate.<p>So when I look back on my first workout ever, I cringe.<p>There are so many things I would do differently. If I had known back …

Reveal Your Abs with the Belly Fat Inferno

Packed gym? No problem. All you need is a pair of kettlebells for this 22-minute sweat session

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Brain

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015

Scientists dove deeper into the mystery of sleep this year.<p>Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 -- and it's probably not what you would expect.<p>"Sleep. That's right, sleep!" Huffington wrote in a Dec. 16 blog post. "How much and how well we sleep in the coming …

Sleep

These 3 Questions Will Immediately Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

An important life lesson is revealed by an unlikely source.<p>Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) is marked by a person's ability to recognize and understand emotions (both his or her own and those of others), and to use that information to guide decision making. It includes demonstrating extremely …

At Last, A Device To Help Men Strengthen Their Penises

It's a better idea than it sounds.<p>Men, get ready for a different kind of workout.<p>A new device will help you perform a variety of pelvic floor exercises -- a.k.a. Kegels -- that can boost sexual stamina and prevent leaks from your bladder, making it a nice idea for guys young and old. It's called …

Pump Up Your Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders with the Triple Crush

Your arms will never look bigger or feel stronger<p>Looking for a good arm workout?<p>You could hit your biceps with some curls, then your shoulders with the overhead press, and finally your triceps with a few extensions.<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY—Fast Bodyweight Workouts From <i>Men’s Health</i> That Are So Intense, …

13 science-backed signs you're smarter than average

Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person's relative intelligence.<p>We combed through decades of scientific research and highlighted 13 surprising signs of braininess.<p>Keep in mind, however, that "intelligence" is often measured through tests …

Build Strong, Athletic Legs with Nothing More Than Your Body and a Chair

Go from chicken legs to beast mode with this 5-exercise bodyweight workout<p>Think you can only build significant size and strength in your legs with heavy weight training?<p>Then you haven’t tried this bodyweight workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p><b>Related:</b> THE 21-DAY METASHRED—an …

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Pump Up Your Arms in 10 Minutes Flat

Here’s how to hammer your biceps and triceps with a band and kettlebell<p>The curl and the kickback are two of the most popular arm exercises.<p>During this 10-minute workout, you’ll perform both—but not the ways you’re used to doing them.<p>Instead of a pair of dumbbells or a barbell, you’ll grab a band …

The 6 Secrets to Transforming Your Legs—and Ultimately Your Whole Body

Use this as motivation to never skip leg day again!<p>About a year ago, I decided to fully dedicate myself to transforming my legs. Which might sound funny, given that I’m the Fitness Director of <i>Men’s Health</i>.<p>But let me give you some context: Here at <i>MH</i>, I specialize in making fitness videos. In fact, …

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

20 Health Mistakes to Stop Making Before You Turn 40

Want look and feel young into your 40s and beyond? Now’s the time to hit the refresh button.<p>“When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you have forever”—or so …

Increase Your Mind Power with These 7 Techniques

Open your mind and realize all the possibilities that disclosed to you. There is no end to the debate about intelligence, cognition, and mental …

The Brain

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …