Alex Hutchinson

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Cracking the Athlete's Brain

Researchers are showing everyday athletes how to train their brains to perform like the pros

Supplements: The Good and the Bad

There's scant evidence for the effectiveness of most supplements. But here are a few to consider—and a few to shy away from.

Using Technology to Power Your Fitness

New technology has made it easier than ever to keep real-time tabs on an endless array of fitness metrics. Don't drown in the data stream.

Exhaust Yourself

Fact: Exercising in polluted air can increase your risk of asthma, stroke, and heart failure. But is it better than the alternative—avoiding a workout altogether?

Avoid the Smog

If the EPA’s Air Quality Index measures more than 150—or 100 if you have asthma or other sensitivities—adjust your workout by doing the following.

Stress is Good

Stress Tested

In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger

Man sleeping

The Postworkout Plan

Speed up exercise recovery with regular sleep, postworkout nutrition, and soaking in an ice tub.

Great Barrier Reef

Paddle

You have to see the Great Barrier Reef. So does every other tourist in Australia. Luckily, there’s a better way.

Bombing Barrington Tops

Ride

This 288-square-mile park, 163 miles north of Sydney, is one of the protected enclaves that make up the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforest, a living fossil of ferns, conifers, and primitive...

Barracuda chasing

Dive

The Ningaloo Reef, 700 miles north of Perth on Australia’s west coast, sees significantly fewer visitors per year than the Great Barrier Reef. Plus you can pull on your fins at the beach and swim out...

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