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Trick Your Brain to Run Faster

Speed isn't just the result of physical preparation. Training the brain to actually allow the body to run fast is another big part, as well. Author Pete Magill shares his insights to "convince your...

Read Your Way to a Fitter, Healthier You

Sometimes, you have to work your brain to work your body better. Turn your library into a gym and put your thinker through its paces with classic reads from wellness experts.

Ultrarunning's Humble Champion

With a series of impressive 100-mile wins under his belt and perhaps the most fitting name ever bestowed upon a shoe-salesman-slash-ultrarunner, Mike Foote seems to be doing everything right.

Swimmers: Don't Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Cue the chilling background music: Flesh eating bacteria can lurk in your favorite swimming spots. But don't panic. For most people, even those in affected regions, the water is still safe—especially when you're using common sense.

Solving Exercise’s Most Metallic Mystery

Sometimes when we work out hard, we get a weird, metallic taste in our mouths. The problem is widespread, and the reason for it is surprisingly elusive.

The Painful Truth About Running Fast

When Outside Gear Editor Meaghan Brown toed the line of her first Marathon this past May, she wasn't thinking "just finish"—she was thinking "finish fast." Meaghan's run many longer...

Only Fitness Fools Cut Carbs

Before Dr. Robert Atkins launched his low-carb diet in 1972, there was Banting, the fat British man who needed to slim down, so his doc put him on a high fat-low carb (HFLC) diet. Presto change-o, he...

This Workout Will Get You Ready for Anything

Cross-training for explosive running means more than changing activities—you need to change environments, too. To truly challenge your lower body, swap the track or trail for the basketball court and...

Your Workout Playlist Needs a Remix

The workout soundtrack can be a very personal thing. Certainly there's no perfect pump-up song, but there is science behind getting the most out of your exercise playlist. And it applies whether your music library swings toward rap, indie, country, classical... You get the picture.

6 Great New Energy Bars

It’s conventional wisdom that what you eat before, during, and after exercise effects both performance and recovery.

Why You Should Hire a Coach

There’s a reason why more and more amateur athletes are turning to professional trainers to retool their workouts: it’s the best way to improve performance.

Sunscreen Won't Save You

No, don't stop using it. But add some more types of protection to your arsenal. After all, it's just not worth risking skin cancer, right?

The Rider Taking Over Cyclocross

The former road cyclist from Easthampton, Massachusetts is quickly taking over the European-imported sports craze, cyclocross. Here's what keeps him going up, down, over, around...

A Faster 5K, Guaranteed

In his new book, Pete Magill recommends hill sprints and "old-school intervals" for a new personal best on race day.

The Starch Paleo Dieters Need

Starchy foods get a bad rap. White bread and potatoes are devoid of nutrients, critics say, while the Paleo crowd eshews legumes and grains as unnecessary for the "ideal" human diet.