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First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

The other Japan: secret beaches of Okinawa and the Southwest Islands

Okinawa and the Southwest Islands comprise one of Japan's pretty little secrets – a side of Japan that differs from the mainland in culture and pace. They take a little more time and effort to access, but the rewards for getting there are gorgeous semi-tropical, white-sand beaches and clear …

20 Paradoxes That Are True

Some of the most important truths in life are contradictory on the surface. They seem like impossibilities, yet experience proves them to be obvious …

5 Reasons ANY Diet Can Work

And one crucial reason why it might not<p>Alan Aragon and I began writing <i>The Lean Muscle Diet</i> with a simple and counterintuitive idea: Most diets work. They can work in the short term, long term, or anything in between.<p>Moreover, the reasons they work are no mystery. No matter what claims their …

What Does Denim Weight Mean?

Work the numbers to your advantage<p>Denim has gotten a lot more complicated over the last 10 years. Alongside terms like “selvedge” and “left-hand twill,” you might see fabric weights popping up on denim labels. But how is a pair of 12-ounce jeans different from the 16-ounce ones? We asked Kiya …

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware …

The cost of getting lean: Is it really worth the trade-off?

Six-pack abs. Tight butts. Lean, vibrant, flawless health. That’s the image the fitness industry is selling. But have you ever wondered what it costs …

The 25 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it all for themselves. Attendance is up by 2.5 million since 2010.<p>The Forbidden City is a dream destination for some Americans, but most have never researched a trip to Everland or Lotte World. Yet these South Korean theme parks also …

New York City

Why Liverpool, Manchester United and other Premier League clubs are struggling

Things are not going to plan at Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton or Manchester United. Numbers help demonstrate the problems their managers need to solve.<p>Eleven weeks into the season and the Premier League table looks rather odd. Manchester United have struggled to seventh place, while Everton, …

The 7 Biggest Travel Myths, Busted

Travel isn't always what it seems. Nor is the way we react to traveling. As hunter-gatherers turned tourists, we may be hardwired to eat, seek comfort, maybe even shop, but how long do we look at a famous attraction before we're supposed to move on?<p>I've written travel advice books, a survival guide …

Hunter Gatherers

Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests

Got milk? If you're drinking it to prevent bone fractures or to boost your overall health, you might want to go back to the fridge and opt for a yogurt or a slice of cheese instead.<p>A new study in the journal BMJ casts doubt on the widely held view that milk can help adults ward off hip fractures …

Holistic Medicine

The Truth about How Effectively Squats Work Your Hamstrings

New research reveals that squats may not activate this muscle group as much as trainers say<p>There's a reason squats are hailed as the king of all lower-body moves: They recruit a ton of big, calorie-burning muscles, like your glutes and quadriceps. But they may not give you a <i>complete</i> lower-body …

6 Easy Ways to Instantly Improve Your Strength

Maximize your muscles by changing the way you think about exercise form<p>Clients ask me all the time, “What’s the secret to get stronger?”<p>My snarky inner strength coach wants to respond with, “Lift something heavy and repeat that process forever.” And while there’s some truth in that answer, I know …

The Real Reason Why You Binge Eat

You can't blame a sugar or salt addiction<p>After you’ve double-fisted Cheetos, you’re probably looking for an excuse to explain that empty bag. Unfortunately, you can’t equate those salty snacks with a compulsion: A review from the U.K concluded that the food you eat doesn’t have any addictive …

The Lung-Busting Cardio Drill That Won't Hurt Your Ankles, Hips, or Knees

Your feet never leave the floor, but your heart rate will be through the roof<p>Your feet don't have to leave to floor to get a good cardio workout. "Too many people skip cardio because they have joint problems," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of <b>Body Weight Cardio Burners</b> DVD. "But running, …

The Abs Exercise That Makes All Other Core Moves Look Easy

Here's how you can master it<p>You might remember the dragon flag from the <i>Rocky IV</i> training montage. Rocky Balboa laid on a bench, and then lifted and lowered his feet, legs, butt, and torso in one straight line. It makes your abs burn just watching it. But then we saw Josh Halbert, Director of …

5 Denim Mysteries Explained

We unzip the most common jeans-related riddles<p><b>Why don't my expensive jeans last longer than my Levi's?</b><br>High-end denim isn't made from carbon fiber—it's still denim. You're investing in designer name recognition, pocket details, signature washes, and unique hardware, says Lisette Geller, managing …

Reprogram Your Mind to Like Healthy Food

Use these tactics next time you're in the throes of a pizza jones<p>You don't have to be a slave to your junk food cravings forever. You may be able to train your brain to yearn for healthy foods, a new study from Tufts University found.<p>Researchers looked at brain scans of 13 study participants at the …

The Perfect Jeans to Fit Your Build

What's the right jeans style for you? Slim? Boot? Relax, bud. We've got the fit<p>Denim is the cornerstone of a man's wardrobe. You own at least one pair of jeans and probably about seven, according to a survey by Cotton Incorporated. But jeans now arrive in a paralyzing array of washes, cuts, and …

The Real Reason Your Watch Movement Has Jewels

Some gemstones do a lot more than sparkle<p>Think you’re too manly to sparkle? Take a look through your watch’s exhibition case back. Most likely, you’ll notice a few rubies, or the words “Twenty (20) Jewels.” What are those gemstones doing there?<p>Your watch’s movement is delicate, comprised of many …

Jewels

Can You Find a Girlfriend With Street-Sign Fliers?

A New Yorker tries to find true love the same way you'd advertise a puppy adoption or free piano lessons<p>Statistically, the odds seemed to be in Dan Perino's favor. Over five weeks, if you post 15,000 fliers looking for love, each with three rip tags at the bottom, that's 45,000 potential …

11 Ways to Fade Your Raw Denim Faster - Guide

11 Ways to Fade Your Raw Denim Faster – Guide<p>Apr 1, 2014 | Op-Ed | by David Shuck <br>Comments<p><i>Disclaimer: This was an April Fool’s post (check the</i> …

Get Creative When Cuffing Your Jeans: Our 4 Favourite Cuffs

When it comes to cuffing your jeans, you don’t have to simply fold the leg back on itself. You have as many options as you can think of. These are …

The 4-Move Fat-Loss Workout That Will Destroy Your Gut

Find just 30 minutes for this metabolism-revving routine<p>Do this 30 minute workout, and your metabolism will shoot through the roof for hours afterward. Using just your bodyweight, you'll go fast for one minute intervals, blasting fat and calories at a blazing pace. In fact, this type of workout …

The 2-Minute Body-Weight Blast That Skyrockets Your Metabolism

Torch an unbelievable amount of calories in a short amount of time with this high-intensity ladder drill<p>There are few moves more effective than the pushup or the bodyweight squat. They both hit a ton of muscles from head to toe and help build strength usable outside the gym. And while banging out …

Untangling Twills: Left Hand Twill, Right Hand Twill, Broken Twill

Understanding Twills: Left Hand Twill, Right Hand Twill, Broken Twill<p>Jan 20, 2014 | 101 Primers | by Ryan McDermott <br>Comments<p>When you weave together …

The Complete Arcuate Collection

Jun 10, 2014 | Lists | by Gunnar Saxon <br>Comments<p>Arcuates–sometimes shortened to arcs–are the decorative stitching found on jeans’ back pockets. The …

The Squat That Will Make Your Quads Quake

Ditch the barbell for a pair of dumbbells and accelerate your gains<p>It's not sexy, but the dumbbell squat is a surprisingly effective quad-crusher.<p>"Holding the dumbbells by your side causes your stance to narrow," says David Jack, owner of ActivPrayer in Phoenix, Arizona, and creator of the <b>Men's</b> …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Why Standing with Your Feet Close Together Can Help You Build Bigger Arms

If you think it sounds too good to be true, just try it<p>Think you can't do another rep of your favorite upper-body lift? Try this trick: Stand with your feet closer together.<p>"It's called blocking your feet, and it gives you a firm base of support while engaging all of your muscles from your toes to …