Wellness trends often rely on catchy jargon, complex methods for optimizing health and fitness, and unsustainable practices. Our health columnist believes that simpler is usually better when it comes to developing a routine.
Our basic biology can steer us toward bad habits and compulsive behavior. Overcoming these pitfalls requires effort and discipline.
Rethink your approach to work, fitness, and process as you head into the new year
Activities such as lifting weights, hiking, or even woodworking teach us humility and keep us grounded in reality
No—and here’s why
In this excerpt from his new book ‘The Practice of Groundedness,’ our Do It Better columnist Brad Stulberg gives concrete steps to integrate exercise into your daily life
In this excerpt from his new book ‘The Practice of Groundedness,’ our Do It Better columnist Brad Stulberg explains how ritualizing exercise benefits your brain and body
What this Olympic moment can teach all of us about mental health
They’re deceptively straightforward, but if you can follow them, you’ll see the benefits
It turns out we have a lot in common
And what happens to your brain when you finally nail it
Constant adaptation is the key to lifelong endurance
How to embrace tough situations and use them in your favor
Habits and tips to help you get through anything
Expert advice for getting through the winter with COVID-19 as bad as it has ever been
2020 is over, but your life probably hasn't changed much. Here's how to maintain a fresh start.
Most of us yearn for more freedom, but structure is key to performance
Fatigue, writes our columnist, comes in two very different flavors, and fixing each requires a completely different approach
How self-determination theory can help you survive the long, drawn-out pandemic
New research says yes. Fortunately, there's something we can do about it.
Having a solid routine is more important than ever
Tricks to making your home workout as easy—and productive—as possible
The United States leads the world in spending for health and fitness but still ranks lowest in measurements of actual health. How do we break the cycle?
Or why you don't have to get up at 4 A.M. to perform a two-hour ritual of self-care
17 of the year's best pieces from our Do It Better columnist Brad Stulberg
Our wellness columnist on his favorite books of the year
There's no silver bullet, but these useful practices will help you keep training
Get started. Keep going. Stop.
A modest proposal that, at the very least, will make your community better
The quality of your habits determines the quality of your life. Here's your step-by-step guide.
A new meta-study, which followed 267,000 people, sheds a few answers
An expert's guide to sticking it out through pain and suffering
Hint: it's about introducing just the right amount of chaos
The new program, called Kurbo, could encourage dangerous habits for young people
Here's what actually works
Nine athletes share the phrases they tell themselves to reach peak performance
You can't force your way to healthy habits
Often it's more important to recognize how you channel your energy than to be "on" all the time
Getting old doesn't have to hurt so much
A new book argues that specialization—in sport and life—is overrated
Society has primed us to care about ego and status. Here's how to get past that.
When it comes to spending time outside, the best app is usually no app. But there are a few notable exceptions.
The Twitter CEO only eats between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. You definitely should not emulate his habits.
Nearly everything people think is true about living their best life is wrong
A new book shows you how to get into the mindset that leads to mastery and peak performance
Studies show that your emotions spread further than you think
It's time to take the Marie Kondo approach to your time
Trying really hard works—and then it gets in your way
There's more to it than just trying really hard
Keep it simple. Consistency is key. Get out of your own way.
There's a fine line between dialing back exercise during the holidays and losing your fitness altogether
There's a lot to learn about the good life from sommeliers and hot-air-balloon pilots
It's never a bad time to re-evaluate your digital addiction
The government just released new fitness guidelines, which we boiled down to a single, simple mantra
Success in sports or at work is almost never about a single monumental shift
What if striving to be great is what's holding you back?
These baby carriers will keep the whole family happy in nature
Here's the secret to a long life: keep moving
On the harder-to-measure benefits of age and experience
Struggles with anxiety and depression can affect anyone—even the greatest performers in sports
Rarely will you find a fitness tip that is equally applicable to all areas of your life
It's not just running. Two new studies confirm that weightlifting provides a similar boost to mental health.
Summiting the world's tallest peak puts humans through some of the most extreme conditions on the planet
Turns out, even if you don't play basketball, you can learn a lot from the sport and its athletes
It used to be that we all slowed down with time. Not anymore.
The less you worry about making mistakes, the better you’ll perform
Sometimes, when it comes to making progress it's the smartest choice you can make.
To get the most from your performance, you have to accept the unpleasant—and keep pushing
Our columnist literally wrote the book on peak performance, but he had to reconsider everything after an unexpected battle with mental illness
Eight life lessons from one of America's best marathoners
It may be the key to happiness and sustainable performance
New research finds that performance varies drastically based on the time of day
As ultra-endurance athlete and self-improvement guru Rich Roll says, "Mood follows action." In other words: Don't think. Do.
The most important rules to grow your body and mind
Science is a slow-moving process. Don't fixate on bright-shiny objects at the expense of a few fundamental truths.
Follow the lead of elite athletes and use the science of motivation to perform at your best
Whether you're trying to qualify for Boston or just see improvement, these principles will get you there
Ignore the urge to post a heroic effort and focus instead on the daily grind of steady improvement
It's tough to maintain performance and well-being all the time. When the going gets tough, following these tips can help.
Nine life lessons from the ultra-endurance athlete and self-improvement guru