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Meet Your Ab Muscles to Find Out How They Work

It seems everyone who exercises is looking for the best ab exercise routine for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles. Every year there are dozens …

Workouts

Everything You Need to Know About ITB

<b>IT band syndrome is a common overuse injury for runners. Here’s how to avoid getting sidelined by it.</b><i> – The Runner’s World Editors</i> Image by Rob …

Pain

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

Humanity

5 Ways to Stop Your Racing Thoughts

<b>by Patricia Harteneck, Ph.D.</b><p>Source: Viktor Gladkov/Shutterstock<p>Racing thoughts—fast, repetitive thought patterns about a particular topic—are a …

Mindfulness

6 Easy Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

The Routine<p>Okay, perhaps you’re enough of a realist to know that you’ll never have a six-pack. But exercising your core is still important: Strong …

Workouts

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

Psychology

The Breathing Technique a Navy SEAL Uses to Stay Calm and Focused

Breathing is a unique process in the human body. Unlike, for example, digestion, breathing has both an involuntary control mechanism as well as …

Meditation

This 20-minute abs workout from this celebrity trainer is all you’ll need

This 20-minute abs workout from this celebrity trainer is all you’ll need<p>You can never have too many options for working your core. Why? “A strong …

It will take a political revolution to cure the epidemic of depression

What causes depression and anxiety? I have been a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst for almost 40 years and have seen hundreds of patients …

Try These 14 Fun Ab Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

1<p>Ball Exchange Ab Exercise<p>The ball exchange is an excellent way to work the abs while adding intensity to your workouts. This is a whole body …

10 ways to ask for help instead of saying ‘I’m fine’ when you’re struggling with depression

opinion<p><b>When I asked my friends if they’re comfortable asking for help with their mental health, the general consensus was a big old nope.</b><p>The common …

5 scientifically proven ways to reduce muscle soreness

What you can do today to be back in the gym tomorrow.<p>“This is going to hurt tomorrow.” We’ve all said it after a particularly grueling workout or return to the gym after an extended break.<p>Delayed onset muscle soreness, commonly referred to as DOMS, describes the muscular pain and stiffness that …

Muscle

Get Abs Without Being Skinny and Weak

8 Rules for Big Muscles and Visible Abs<p>Few achieve it, some get close, and most have no idea what it really takes. Big fluffy guys think abs are …

How to do sit-ups the right way, according to personal trainers

What you're doing wrong - and how to fix it<p>As you go about your business in the weight room, have you ever glanced over at a personal trainer during …

Train to Run Faster As You Age

If you’re like most of us, you may be over the hill before you even realize there was a hill to go over in the first place.<p>The book “Running Science: …

Are you sleepwalking now?

Given how little control we have of our wandering minds, how can we cultivate real mental autonomy?<i>By Thomas Metzinger</i>Read at Aeon

Consciousness

8 Body Weight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Are you worried you don’t have the right gear for a good workout? Don’t be, says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn …

Exercise

4 Sprint Workouts That’ll Increase Your Speed

Plus, why picking up the pace is so important to improving your performance.<p>Here’s the thing about running: If you don’t ever run fast, you’re never going to get faster. So if you’re trying to improve your running performance—even if it’s just to get those miles over with more quickly—then you need …

Exercise

Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work | Inc.com

You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small crowd of people gathered around one individual.<p>She's not doing much talking, yet it appears that people are gravitating to her …

George Mason

The 10 Best TRX Moves for Runners

If you’re not using these straps to improve your running performance, you should be.<p>To get better, most runners—well, run. But the best runners know that improving speed and endurance isn’t just about logging more miles; it also requires time in the gym. And one of the best ways to build the …

Workouts

No Gym? No Problem! You Can Do These 8 Moves Anywhere.

Whether you’re traveling or tight on time, you can get a quick workout done sans equipment. Not having equipment doesn’t mean you are doomed to miss …

Workouts

Whittle Your Middle and Sculpt Your Waist With These Powerful Oblique Exercises

If you've been trying to work your waistline to no avail, we've got you covered. These oblique-targeting exercises are going to help you sculpt that midsection and create powerful muscles that'll help with all areas of mobility and functional movement. So not only will you get some great …

Workouts

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

FDA

This Simple Solution Will Eliminate Tons of Conflict From Your Life | Inc.com

Conflicts. Arguments. Frustrations. Even for all the toughies out there, fighting with companions is never fun. Interpersonal struggles, no matter how minor, are destructive and can eventually come to erode relationships. It happens in marriage, in the workplace, and between friends.<p>But what if you …

Psychology

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Talking to yourself? Here’s the science behind that little voice in your head

The brain considers talking to ourselves in our heads to be very similar to speaking our thoughts out loud.<p>And the discovery could provide an insight …

The Brain

Stoicism reveals 4 rituals that will make you confident

Ever feel like you’re not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you’ve ever made. Your …

Self-help

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

Self-help
Neuroscience