Can I Train to Recover Faster?

As you exercise, your aerobic fitness improves, allowing your body to meet the demands of increasingly difficult workouts. These same aerobic adaptations also teach your muscles to repair themselves...

The New Science of Concussion Recovery

New therapies are helping athletes recover from concussions previously thought untreatable. But chances are, your doctor doesn’t know anything about them.

Embarrass Yourself... Once a Month

Something about messing up has us tip toeing around mistakes. But embarrassment can actually help us get ahead by making risk-taking seem a little bit less risky.

Take a Sick Day When You’re Feeling Great

We know what you’re thinking. I don’t even use all my vacation days. Why should I fake being sick? How’s this even a good habit? Two answers: You are going to use all your vacation days this year,...

Have Your Morning Coffee

There are two ways of washing the dishes, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanah writes in The Miracle of Mindfulness. You can wash the dishes for the sake of making tea. Or you can wash the dishes for the sake...

Charge Your Phone in the Kitchen

Two things about your smartphone: it emits blue light, and it can keep your brain on high alert. Put them together and you’ve got a recipe for a disastrous night in bed.

Eat the Same Breakfast Every Day

Steve Jobs was famous for his black turtleneck sweaters. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same gray t-shirt every day. And President Obama only wears blue suits. It’s not because they’re lazy

Commute Without Your Car

So you don’t get to take a Google bus to work. There are still ways to make your commute more tolerable—fun, even—that will simultaneously make you happier, calmer, and more creative.

Become a Renaissance Athlete

Most great athletes are synonymous with their sport. You see Kelly Slater, you think surfing; Julia Mancuso, skiing. But here’s the thing: even pros do other sports.

Take Your Lunch Breaks—All of Them

It’s time to ditch lunch with your computer. Get your blood pumping instead, and you may wind up a more efficient worker all afternoon, no extra screen time required.

We Tried It: Train Solo

The mental toughness earned hammering solo comes in handy on race day when bad patches and empty spots along the course can test a runner’s mettle.

We Tried It: Sleep In

Here’s the thing: You can’t get in the habit of sleeping in every day. Should you continuously sacrifice office time or workouts for a little extra shuteye, you’ll likely wind up demoted and out of...

Stand (and Sit) Up Straight

You should hold your shoulders back and sit up straight—but not for the reasons you might expect.

We Tried It: Eat Dinner in Front of the TV

Boob tube dining shouldn’t die—it just needs a makeover. My proposition: watch TV only while eating dinner; you might wind up eating and watching less.