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Do You Really Need A Good Night's Sleep To Exercise Well?

“Get a good night’s sleep” is classic advice before a big race or event. But if you stayed up late picking out your best shoelaces and then woke up early to make it to the start line on time, have you ruined your chance at a good performance?

How To Improve Your Character Stats And Level Up In Real Life

In Dungeons & Dragons, every character has certain strengths and weaknesses, determined by their ability scores: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma. Your real-life self is made up of those abilities too, and you can level them up just like you do in-game.

The 'Paper Towel' Analogy Explains Why Weight Loss Is A Slow Process

When we try to lose weight, the process can be so agonisingly slow that you’d wonder if it’s even happening at all. With the right effort, it is, and slowness is completely normal (and better for your long-term health). Here’s a perfect analogy to keep your mindset positive and motivation high: Think of that fat like a new roll of paper towels.

How Accurately Do Running Apps Track Your Distance?

I trust my running app, most of the time. If I set out for a 3k, and come home with only 2.8 on the screen, I’ll jog around the block to finish the job. But even a smartphone can be dumb sometimes: like when MapMyRun grabbed a data point on the other side of the river my friend was running along.

Change Up Your Ab Workout With These Plank Variations

A basic plank is a great way to work your abs using only your body, but doing the same moves can get boring over time. This video is filled with plank variations that keep you engaged and will help you switch up your workout.

Get Ripped, Not Rude: Ten Rules For Proper Gym Etiquette

Jerks are everywhere, but people being jerks in the gym can be especially grating. All you want to do is lift heavy stuff in peace, but there they are, with their sweaty butt imprints on a bench, loud conversations on the phone, and equipment strewn all over the floor. Oops — does that sound like you? Here’s how to make the gym a better place for all.

Don't Waste Your Money On Altitude Training Masks

Altitude training masks are popular training items, mostly because you can look badass like Bane. They purportedly improve your cardiovascular fitness by emulating training at higher altitudes, like Michael Phelps who is known to have training stints at high altitudes. Well, don’t hold your breath; save your money for a real Bane mask instead.

Fitness Is A Journey, And It Doesn't Have To Suck

With every successful weight loss story, it’s hard to avoid getting hyper-focused on someone’s visual changes, or the number of pounds they lost. Unfortunately, focusing all your energy only on the end goal makes the process with health and fitness feel crappy — which makes you less likely to stay with it and find success.

How To Minimise Your Risk Of Injury When Lifting Heavier Weights

The one time my mum watched a video of me deadlifting, she cringed with fear that I was going to hurt myself. In reality, though, you’re just as likely (if not more so) to get injured doing other physical activities. That doesn’t mean you should throw weights around willy-nilly. You still need to prioritise safety to avoid getting seriously hurt. Here’s how.

How To Turn Yoga Into Badass Exercise With Advanced Poses

Yoga can be more than a relaxing way to spend a rest day. It can be a challenge in itself: you can build serious strength working up to impressive poses like Crow or Dancer.

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