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Gut check: Microbes in our stomachs may be making us miserable

New research suggests that certain kinds of stomach bacteria may be the source of our anxiety and depression<p>Microbes are in the news these days. Specifically, the microbes that live in and on the human body, making up our “microbiome.” Michael Pollan made a splash with a column titled “Some of My …

Muscle Mistakes

<b>You skip squats because they're bad for your knees.</b><p>Squats don't ruin your knees; the way you're squatting does. Many men butcher the move, and then complain of knee pain. And that's a shame, because the squat is one of the most effective exercises you can do. It works nearly every muscle in your …

Strengthen Your Swimmers

<b>1. Lose weight.</b><p>If you’re overweight or obese, shedding pounds will do more than help you look better naked—it will reinvigorate your reproductive mojo. “Excess fat can decrease testosterone levels, which affects your ability to produce sperm,” Dr. Paduch says. Fat in your belly and thighs also …

Upgrade Your Treadmill Run

The secret to boosting your endurance and running faster<p>Do your treadmill workouts feel like torture? Then make them short but steep for a fast fitness boost, suggests a new study in the <i>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</i>. Researchers at South Dakota State University had 32 fit runners …

The Best Foods for Your Commute

<b>1. NB&J Wrap</b><p>Spread 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) nut butter—like peanut or almond—on one half of a whole-wheat wrap. Top the other side with all-fruit jam. Put a banana in the middle, fold over, and roll up. Wrap in foil. Also try this with a leftover whole-wheat hot dog bun.<p><b>2. Egg Sandwich</b><p>Toast a sprouted …

Are Sodium Recommendations Too Low?

What gives? “In 2014, we’re looking at hypertension a little differently than we did in 2004,” says Aryan Aiyer, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute. “The link between sodium and high blood pressure was first investigated many years ago …

The Exercises You Should Do Every Day | Men's Health

Why? Because they help offset the toll that working on a computer—or even a mobile device—takes on your body.<p>Specifically, that toll is poor posture, which frequently leads to neck, shoulder, and back pain. And because sitting and slumping as you type, surf, or text can consume hours of your day, …

The Coolest Way to Do Cardio

Don't confine yourself to the treadmill or stationary bike. Make cardio fun—and challenging—with these heart-pumping, calorie-crushing bodyweight moves<p>You won't find <i>Men's Health</i> fitness advisor BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S.,slogging away on the treadmill any time soon.<p>For his cardio workouts, the trainer …

Do Micro-Workouts "Count"?

If you're stuck working an 80-hour work week, Jack says that taking a few minutes every hour or so will keep your mind fresh and your body engaged. "It'll keep you mentally and emotionally sound until you can bring your activity levels up again," he says.<p>In fact, you can do <i>more</i> than minimize the …

Women-Approved Health Secrets

Does your wife hit the sack looking like someone else? Washing her face before bed removes zit-inducing oil, dirt, and makeup, so her skin can repair itself and prepare for another day. But even if you don’t have an inch-thick layer of makeup to remove, you can still benefit from a pre-bed wash, …