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Want to build muscle? It’s not what you eat, but when

Studying the human body isn't rocket science – in some cases, it's much harder.<p>"I tell my grad students that we can put a man on the moon, but we still can't come to a consensus on how much protein to give him here on earth," says Dr. Rajavel Elango, a researcher at the University of British …

Nutrition

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress and Boost Performance

There's no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to …

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas<p>The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge …

Exercise

How to Lose Belly Fat for a Shredded and Stronger Midsection

Pooch, gut, beer belly, love handles—whatever you want to call it, that cushy area between your pecs and your lower half tends to be the most …

Are Opioids the Next Antidepressant?

ONE of the most painful experiences of being a psychiatrist is having a patient for whom none of the available therapies or medications work.<p>A while back, I was asked to do a consultation on just such a patient. This person had been a heroin addict in her early 20s. She had quit the opioid five …

10 Exercises to Develop the Best Forearms in the Gym

“Walk into any gym in the world on any given day and you’ll see most guys—be it bodybuilders, powerlifters, CrossFitters, and or weekend …

Yoga Poses for Arm Strength Library

Along with a powerful core, you need strong arms in order realize yoga's advanced arm balances and inversions. People often ask me how to improve …

12 High-Intensity Running Workouts for Global Running Day - Carrots 'N' Cake

Good morning!<p>In honor of Global Running Day today, I wanted to share some of my very favorite <b>high-intensity running workouts</b>, which are my go-to form …

Try These Rep Schemes for Big Results

The more you train, the better you'll become at adapting to your workouts. To avoid complacency, plateaus and overall boredom, you need to add some …

How to Make Lunges Feel 5 Times Harder—Without Adding Any Weight

Instantly intensify these old-school exercises during your next leg day<p>Slide your way to stronger legs.<p>In the video above, <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour shows you how to do a reverse lunge, side lunge, and hamstring curl with a mini slide board.<p>Mini slide boards intensify old-school …

6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

Flickr

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is what you should invest in 'if you don't want to die poor'

The doldrums, he explained, are a region on the earth's surface where air doesn't move horizontally.<p>"It either goes directly down, directly upward, or doesn't move at all," he said. "If you accidentally sail into that zone and all you have is wind power, you die there."<p>So it's safe to say that the …

High School

Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit

It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.<p>Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning …

Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

10 ways to develop the best abs in the gym

The 5 Best Luxury Hotel Wellness Programs in the U.S.<p>The Busy Man's 15-minute Dumbbell Workout<p>How to Slash Your Risk of Heart Failure By 30%<p>The World …

20 Muscle-Building Monkey Bar Exercises For a Killer Bodyweight Workout

They don’t call it a jungle gym for nothing. Jon Hinds, owner of the Monkey Bar Gym, says monkey bars are one of the most effective and versatile …

The Best Exercises for Inner and Outer Thighs

Looking for more ways to work your thighs than endless squat and lunge variations? It's your lucky day. While you may already know spot toning …

Workouts

Proof You Can Change Your Body in Three Weeks

<i>Editor's Note: To ensure our 21 Days to Total-Body Fitness plan was effective — and could actually better your health, performance, and body metrics</i> …

A Feisty Guide to Meditation From a Half-Assed Practitioner

Meditation is a trendy topic lately and I hear all sorts of comments about what type, how often, and how to do it "right." I'm going to break this down in layperson's terms based on what I've learned in my 12 years practicing meditation. I say "practice" because that's what the gurus call it. They …

The 7 Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

How much of a bookworm are you? Find out in our World Book Day quiz

SEE how well you know Scotland's literary legacy in our fun quiz to mark World Book Day.<p>IT'S World Book Day and Scotland has produced more than its …

Books

7 Ways to Instantly Feel 10X Better

I wish life was merry 100 percent of the time. Unfortunately, life is not always fun. But does that mean it has to be bad?<p>I hate feeling down; I know it's a part of life, and there's no escaping it. However, many people seem to feel sad for no reason--or stay sad.<p>Maybe someone pisses you off. Or …

11 Quotes To Remember When You Feel Depressed

Sadly, many people suffer from depression worldwide – in fact, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people have some …

Positive Thinking

Seven Habits That Will Make You a Millionaire

Do you want to be a millionaire? Of course you do. Having this type of financial freedom is the dream for so many people, but it is often easier said than done. If you want to be a millionaire, you are going to have to be willing to put in the work. You are also going to have to start forming the …

Self-improvement

Try This Gratitude Meditation: How to Move Beyond Same S*** Different Day

I'd like to share with you a gratitude meditation I've developed.<p>I'm moved by the concept of finding happiness in any situation. It doesn't mean you have to be thrilled by a particular situation you may be in whether that's suffering from a job loss, the loss of a loved one, or another personal …

Meditation

Six tips that could make you smarter

<b>(CNN) —</b> For years scientists have been looking for ways to enhance our intelligence -- from eating fish oil tablets to playing the latest video games.<p>The jury is out on whether these techniques are truly effective in improving intelligence, but studies have shown that your IQ can change -- so why …