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40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

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Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

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 …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Alex Morgan's Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot Is Spectacular

by Larry Leo<p>This is a great way to slide into your weekend. This is Alex Morgan's Sport Illustrated swimsuit shoot. If you don't know who she is, …

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Free bike events at 'Chicago's next great park'

A free bike rodeo, a series of bike-related workshops and a potluck luncheon will take place Saturday in an effort to promote what is being billed as Chicago’s next great park, officials said.<p>The mix of events will take place in Bucktown and is the first in a series of events that aim to draw …

Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Puts Norway on the Map for U.S. Travelers

The popularity of the Disney movie “Frozen” has not only led to box-office profits, sold-out merchandise and long lines to meet “Frozen” characters …

Voters' Choice: The 4 Best Towns in America

After 20 days and more than one million votes since the start of our 2014 Best Towns Tournament, we're finally down to the final four. With less than two weeks left, we take a minute to weigh in on what makes each of the finalists so special.<p>Here at <i>Outside</i>, we've been watching the Best Towns 2014 …

Adventure Travel

California's top experiences

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored.<p>Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative coast.<p>…

A hidden gem among leisure stocks

New York (MarketWatch) — Summer is the season to travel and have fun, and many of the companies that help people do that are publicly traded. Among …

Ride Faster in Three Days Per Week

Can't get out every day? You can still become a better cyclist with just three rides a week.<p>Of all the training programs I've written for hundreds of athletes over the past 25 years, one of my favorite (and simplest) for cyclists of any level is the three-day magic bullet. Whether you're a …

Goods: Father’s Day Gifts

For the man who taught you to be a man, you’d be wise to get dear old dad something to show your appreciation on Father’s Day. This means something …

Shopping

Five albums to try this week

Gabby Young & Other Animals – One Foot in Front of the Other (Gift of the Gab)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Classically trained singer-songwriter Gabby Young serves up an album spanning gospel, folk and Balkan gypsy jazz influences, all anchored by her impressive and ebullient singing voice.<p><b>It might not</b> …

How Alcohol Affects Muscle-Building

Too much booze suppresses muscle synthesis.<p>I don't imagine there are many people out there who imagine that drinking a case of beer will make you a better athlete. Still, there are lots of people who argue that it doesn't really matter either way -- that training is training and social life is …

Beets Boost Muscle Contraction

Nitrate in your food makes muscle fibers twitch harder.<p>Beet juice boosts endurance for many (but not all) people, according to a series of studies over the past five years or so. The active ingredient appears to be nitrate, which somehow reduces the oxygen cost of muscle contractions. How does this …

Eat THIS the Night Before a Race

Remy's World offers some actual, useful information. (Really.)<p>Readers, today's topic is a relatively serious one. Not serious as in "heavy" or "profound" or "sit down, we need to talk." Just serious as in "I'll keep the dumb jokes to a minimum" and "Lord help me, some runners might actually <i>learn</i> …

Protein and Muscle: The Basics

Which factors matter and which don't?<p>What's the best way to build muscle? There are plenty of ideas out there, but a review in the current issue of <i>Sports Medicine</i>, by McMaster University researcher Stuart Phillips, boils it down to the essentials. Here are a few key points:<p>- Your muscles are in a …

The 9 Best Distances for Runners

From 1 mile to 26.2, these distances are the tops.<p>#1<p>#2<p>#3<p>#4<p>#5<p>#6<p>#7<p>#8<p>#9

Big investors are betting against housing

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Some of Wall Street’s most vocal investors are betting against housing, saying the recovery has fizzled out.<p>Earlier this …

Natasha Barnard Wants To Sell You Some Lingerie [17 PICS]

It’s very closed-minded for us to just think of Natasha Barnard as a <i>Sports Illustrated</i> swimsuit model when she’s so much more–specifically, a really …

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

5 Ways Girls Flirt That Confuse Guys

50 Best Watch Brands & Their Amazing Stories

No matter how far we come in technology, the mechanical movements of a timeless wristwatch will always be a fascinating work of art. An art that has …

How To Break Your Way Into A Locked Suitcase... Just So You Know

If you're anything like the rest of us, you've used a suitcase like this before. And if you locked those zippers together, you likely thought your belongings were (relatively) safe. Think again.<p>YouTuber Bosnian Bill can get past the lock in a matter of seconds and that means just about anyone can …

53 new patios, rooftop bars and outdoor spaces

Photograph: Courtesy Asian OutpostAsian Outpost<p>Photograph: Courtesy County BarbequeCounty Barbeque<p>Photograph: Courtesy Doc B's Fresh KitchenDoc B's …

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Things to do in the summer in Chicago

We get roughly four months of <i>real</i> summer in Chicago, so you need to enjoy it while it lasts. It doesn't matter if you're a festival freak who needs …

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