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10 Crazy Fitness Rules That Should Exist

Want to supersize that order? Drop and give us 30<p>We polled the <i>Men's Health</i> office on fitness rules we would enact if given the opportunity<i>,</i> and here are the 10 crazy rules our editors concocted. These rules aren't meant to "make up" for a lazy or glutenous activity. Rather, think of them as …

4 Brain Benefits of Tea

Brew a batch to strengthen your mental muscles<p>Tea has a rep for being one of the healthiest drinks in the world, thanks to its abundance of disease-fighting antioxidants. Yet when you need a quick pick-me-up, the herbal brew often takes a backseat to coffee. Plenty of research shows that tea has …

Chow Down, Live Longer!

Turns out, many of your favorite food and drinks may help extend your life<p>Here is some diet advice you can sink your teeth into: Polishing off more chocolate, nuts, blueberries, and wine can help you live longer, reports a new study in the <i>Journal of Nutrition.</i><p>Researchers found that people who …

Holistic Medicine

5 Foods That Lead to Inflammation

How your diet may be putting you on the fast track to disease<p>Can your dinner lead to your demise? People who eat foods that spur inflammation, such as those high in fat and sugar, have a greater risk of dying sooner than folks who stick with fruits and vegetables, finds new research from the …

Jack LaLanne's Lasting Fitness Contributions

The world's first fitness enthusiast's practices and advice are just as relevant today as they were in the 1930s<p>In honor of Throwback Thursday, we'll be bringing you a classic image every week that was important in its time. Our first <b>#TBT</b> honoree is the late Jack LaLanne, known as The Godfather of …

Fend Off Disease with Coffee

Could a jolt of java keep diabetes at bay?<p>This news should perk you up: Three to four cups of coffee a day can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 25 percent compared to drinking less than two cups, according to new research from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee …

Coffee

The Truth about Your Metabolism

It's the fat- and fuel-burning furnace in your cells, and it determines whether you'll be nicely muscled or marshmallowy. Good news: You'll burn calories just learning about it<p>People talk about their metabolism a lot. You'd think they actually understand it.<p>But often that's not the case. Here are 4 …

Build the Ultimate Home Gym

And change the way you exercise forever<p>Is the world’s best gym a lot closer—and cheaper—than you think? On this week’s episode of <i>Men’s Health Live</i>, assistant editor Michael Easter joins co-host Gregg Stebben to explain where you can find the best place to work out: right in your own home.<p>Easter …

4 Reasons to See Your Eye Doctor

Even if you have 20/20 vision, an annual check-up is still a good idea<p>Eyes aren't just a window to your soul—they could also reveal health problems: Hard-to-spot “micro-bleeds” in the small vessels of your eyes could be a sign of impending heart trouble that only a trip to the eye doc can ID, finds …

Johns Hopkins University

The Right Way to Do 5 Popular Body-Weight Exercises

Think you have the pushup down? Think again. Here are the common mistakes most guys make when doing their favorite equipment-free moves<p>As a strength coach, I love body-weight exercises. They challenge your muscles and kick your heart into high gear. You can do them for free—anywhere, anytime. …

The Ultimate Total-Body Move

Strengthen your core—and just about every other muscle—with the half Turkish getup<p>The half Turkish getup might fall into the category of "core exercise," but it's far from an isolation move. "It works everything—your shoulders, hips, back, core, arms, and so many other muscles you never even think …

Help Her Feel Sexier

A little confidence goes a long way to increasing her sexual satisfaction<p>Master the art of flattery: The way she feels about her body largely impacts her sexual satisfaction, according to a new Dutch study.<p>Researchers found that women who were comfortable in their skin reported more pleasure, more …

Bolster Your Shoulders

Put your strength to the test—and grow bigger—with the ultimate overhead exercise<p>Boulder shoulders are reason enough to add the dumbbell shoulder press to your weekly routine. But the benefits don't stop there. "It hits just about every muscle in your torso," says Tyler English, C.P.T., P.E.S., …

The Simple Way to Make Your Life (and Someone Else’s) Instantly Better

Research shows it, experience confirms it: This act can make you happier<p>Have you given any thought to how much getting there is in thanks <i>giving</i>?<p>“Thanks” is what you say when the Starbucks clerk hands your venti-latte-extra-whipped-cream through the drive-up window.<p>But the thanks I’m talking about …

The Training Truism You Should Follow Every Single Workout

This fitness cliché is worth paying attention to<p>Since I began writing for <i>Men’s Health</i> back in 1998, I’ve heard just about every training chestnut there is.<p>Some I agree with. (“The best workout is the one you haven’t done.”) Some I don’t. (Abs aren’t <i>really</i> made in the kitchen, and I defy anyone to …

The Couples Toy You Need to Try

Would you and your lady test-drive this wearable vibe?<p>Looking to add an element of excitement to your bedroom routine? Say hello to the We-Vibe Unite ($99, adameve.com).<p>This petite powerhouse has two vibrating pads—the thinner pad slides inside her, the thicker pad rests against her clitoris—and …

5 Swaps for a Better Burn

Learn how to stoke metabolism with foods in your kitchen<p>Everybody wants to know how they can get a high-revving metabolism. But even before you jump on a treadmill to crush calories and deplete your visceral fat, there are simple nutrition tricks you can use to get your flab-torched fast.<p><b>Related:</b> …

Fend Off a Muddled Mind

The easiest way to protect yourself against Alzheimer's<p>Things are looking even brighter for the sunshine vitamin. Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D could protect against brain damage and Alzheimer’s disease as you age, according to University of Kentucky researchers. Using rats, scientists …

5 Food Labels Decoded

No preservatives! Organic! No sugar added! Here's what those little phrases you see at the grocery store actually mean—and which ones deserve your attention<p>You’ve heard all about sketchy ingredients lurking in your food: artificial dyes, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. Some are even …

Nutrition

The Hormone That Makes Her Hotter

All you need is a little oxytocin in your system<p>Testosterone may fuel your thrusting, but another chemical keeps you coming back to the sack: Oxytocin, the bonding hormone, may increase your attraction to your girlfriend, says new research from Germany.<p>Men who received a dose of oxytocin through …

The Job Habit That Can Burn You Out

There's a better way to impress your boss—without going crazy<p>Faking it is just as bad in the boardroom: Hiding your real emotions during meetings makes the time less effective—and can leave you so exhausted, you’ll quit, reports a new study in the <i>Journal of Occupational and Organizational …

6 New Food Rules to Follow

You might not know you're missing vital nutrients, but here's how to get them<p>You’ve heard the standard nutrition advice before, like stick to fruits and vegetables, and focus on whole foods. But what if you’re following all the tips and <i>still</i> missing out on important nutrients?<p>In order to make the …

The Issue Erection Meds Can’t Fix

And how to treat ED on your own, without the help of drugs<p>Looks like that little blue pill can’t solve <i>all</i> your problems. Erection drugs won’t improve your relationship, suggests a new study in the <i>Journal of Sexual Medicine</i>.<p>Men who were treated for erectile dysfunction (ED) with PDE5 inhibitors, or …

The New Way to Crank Your Fat Burners

Work this new approach into your strength-training effort to earn better results<p>It's proven that stronger people usually have less body fat—with minimal fat in the belly, especially. These people are lean not because they were "born that way" or weigh less, but because they have more muscle mass …

The Simple Key to Your Happiness

Hit the sack to upgrade your relationship<p>For a happy life, pleasure your wife. Her bedroom bliss may predict your happiness, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy</i>.<p>When researchers interviewed married couples to gauge the impact intimacy had on their relationship, they …

10 Crazy Body Connections

And 9 other crazy body connections<p>Your body parts are joined in ways you never imagined. For example, did you know the length of your index finger could secretly reveal your penis size?<p>While most of these links sound strange, knowing about them could pay dividends down the line. Here are 10 crazy …

Succeed Under Stress

The man behind every high-stakes TV event reveals how to handle pressure-packed situations<p>Tonight on the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS at 10 ET), all eyes will be on the breathtaking beauties in skimpy lingerie. What no one will see is the 47-year-old British man behind the curtain who …

The Truth About Vaccines

Why the FDA and CDC are allowing Princeton students to receive a non-approved vaccine<p>Every day, you take precautionary measures: You wear sunscreen, exercise, and make sure you’re up to date on your shots.<p>You trust in the institutions that make these measures possible—a skincare company loading SPF …

Public Health

Why a Holiday Workout Break Is a Bad Idea

Just a week of taking it easy can do more damage than you think<p>Looking forward to a break from working out during the holidays? Don’t drop your dumbbells so fast. Just seven days of loafing can turn your metabolism, weight, and health upside down, reports a new study from the University of Bath in …