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This Is How Easy It Is to Get Hooked On Painkillers | Men's Health

That’s exactly how it happened for five men. Here are their stories, in their own words.<p><b>MIKE, 43</b><p><b>CONTRACTOR AND CARPENTER</b><p>Photograph courtesy of Mike<p><b>How It Started</b><br>I was prescribed oxycodone after hurting my back making a delivery in 2011. My doctor told me that even if I wasn’t in pain, I needed to …

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How to create eBooks on a Mac

Introduction<p>Pages is a fantastic program used to create visually appealing documents, but you might not realize how versatile it is. It can also be …

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Three Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Here are three advanced movements from <i>Men's Health</i> Fitness Advisor BJ Gaddour’s excellent book, <b>Your Body Is Your Barbell</b>. It's the ultimate manual for how to use your bodyweight to chisel your physique. (So much so, it inspired our choice for the fitness “model” below.)<p>Do one set of each of the …

What and When You Should Eat to Build Muscle

No matter how old your Facebook profile says you are, your component parts are considerably younger.<p>Even your bones replace themselves every 10 years. By that standard, your muscle cells, with an average age of 15 years old, are the adults at the party.<p>Your workouts will cause the protein in your …

How to Lose Your Belly

Using Aragon's advice, I slashed my body fat in half—down to a lifetime low of 6.8 percent—and sculpted not only the muscles of my midsection, but the ones everywhere else, too. Now it's your turn. Use Aragon's simple 5-step diet plan to finally finish off your gut for good. (And for Aragon's …

Everything You Need to Know about Moisturizing | Men's Health

Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin’s surface. Cleansing twice a day, morning and night, is a good idea, says Dr. Jarrod Paul Frank, a Manhattan-based dermatologist. But don’t get carried away by using heavy-duty scrubs more than once …

The Cutting Edge Way to Do Interval Training

You can do all that—including the “get better, faster” part—with heart rate interval training, says Alwyn Cosgrove, co-owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California and top <i>Men’s Health</i> fitness adviser.<p>Here’s how it works: Instead of pre-determining how long you work and rest for a …

Ditch Your Dad Belly

The key: packing more work into less time. If you target as many muscles as possible, as hard as possible, you'll boost your metabolism for hours after you've stopped sweating, says Mack, who created the quick total-body routine below. And the benefits go beyond ditching your belly, too. Mack's …

What Your Favorite Sex Position Says About You

Are you a missionary man or a doggystyle devotee? Whatever your go-to move, here’s what it means<p>Some men love missionary, and some dudes dig doggystyle. Others like their ladies on top, while certain guys stick with spooning.<p>Sure, your favorite sex position is probably the one that gives you the …

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6 Foods with Stealth Health Powers

<b>Iceberg Lettuce</b><br>Conventional wisdom suggests this salad staple is nutritionally bankrupt. But as it turns out, half a head of iceberg lettuce has significantly more alpha-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant, than either romaine lettuce or spinach.<p><b>Mushrooms</b><br>This fungi's …

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

Not only does blocking your feet help you bang out more reps, it also helps you lift heavier loads. If your core is weak, your back can't hyperextend or twist as easily under the weight, explains Gaddour, who uses the stance during lifts like the curl, front raise, and overhead press, and even …

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

Lose Weight and Still Gain Muscle

Boost lean body mass even when cutting calories<p>By Paige Greenfield, Photography By Thinkstock<p><b>Question:</b> How can I gain muscle while I am on a low-calorie diet to lose weight?<p>(from reader Lee Larry)<b><br>Answer:</b> Sorry bud, there’s no magic trick for this—just reality. “Chances are you won’t gain muscle …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

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Forget selfies: Use a Kinect camera to make a 3D figurine of … you

Thanks to the mobile revolution, we probably all have hundreds of blurry, self-taken, and horribly off-center pictures of ourselves. Looking for something a bit impressive? How about a little statue of yourself?<p>Shapify can do just that, and all it needs from you is a Kinect, the motion-sensing …

Does Vitamin C Infused Water Work?

“Vitamin C has lots of benefits for the skin,” says Patricia Farris, MD. “It can be absorbed through the skin if it is formulated properly. Vitamin C can soften lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production, lighten hyperpigmentation, and protect the skin from UV damage.”<p>“Its other core skin …

Pushup Guide

The Ultimate Guide to the Pushup<p>Get more on the floor with this awesome video tutorial<p>Whether you can't do any pushups or you can do dozens, <i>Men's Health</i> expert BJ Gaddour—author of <i>Your Body Is Your Barbell</i>—will show you how to take your training to the next level. You'll even see how to progress to …

Exercise of the Week: Calf-Raise Progression

Ditch Your Skinny Calves<p>Long pants season is over. Target your lower legs and increase your athleticism with these simple calf exercises<p>Rock-solid lower legs not only look great in shorts, but they're also essential to athletic performance. "When running or jumping, your calves help absorb shock …

The Power of Balance

<b>How To Do It:</b> Complete a total of 45 offset pushups with your right hand on a box or step. Rest for 5 minutes, and then repeat with your left hand on the step. Next, do 15 single-leg squats using your left leg. Rest for 2 minutes, and repeat with your right leg.<p><b>Offset Pushup</b> <b><br>1.</b> Assume a pushup …

Why Do I Get Bags Under My Eyes?

<b>Lower Your Salt Intake</b><br>High-sodium foods make you retain water, which is released into your body at night. That liquid pools under your eyes, stretching the skin out and making way for unsightly bags. “This same effect makes our face feel puffy in the morning,” says Dr. Gmyrek. Reducing salt intake …

How to Quit Worrying about Your Workout and Still Get the Results You Want

Next, Niederauer describes sitting on that same exact bench, but in a park. You listen and watch, waiting for nothing. The local squirrels that showed up yesterday may or may not be here today, and that's okay. You don’t complain to the city squirrel police because they're not on time.<p>While the …