Wellness

Ellen O'Brien
TikTok is brimming with people who swear by the sound frequency for improved concentration and a sense of calm. We spoke to sleep and psychology experts to find out what the science says about the brown-noise trend.

These stories examine the most widespread health misconceptions in our world, the science that’s still unsettled, and the facts you can rely on when in doubt

Wildfire seasons are getting worse. The increase in smoke is harming heart, lung, brain, and skin health.

This routine can help you stretch out and stay active even when you're sitting down

It's no secret that athletes need to develop their mental game to compete at their best, but a growing number of athletes in many sports are now seeking out expert-led training for their minds

New research on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs highlights the importance of consistency

Doesn’t look like you’ll head back to the office any time soon—why not add some luxury to your home setup?

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Choose wisely to take care of your skin and the planet at the same time

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Set yourself up for sleep success with these important tips

Perfect for the on-the-go adventurer, these portable products make sunscreen application—and reapplication—easy

A skateboarder, business owner, husband, and friend, DJ Stewart was just getting started

Our basic biology can steer us toward bad habits and compulsive behavior. Overcoming these pitfalls requires effort and discipline.

Want to grow your own food but don’t know where to start? Plant a few of these and you’ll have a full pantry in no time.

Five scientifically proven ways to up the fun in your life

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The elite athlete opens up about the pressures to be light and fast—and her journey toward a healthier relationship with her body and performance

Our best advice for growing your own food and foliage

Take your gardening indoors with houseplants. Use these tips to place them in proper sunlight, water them correctly, and feed them so they survive and thrive.

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And why we’re already stoked for next season

Drew Petersen seemed like just another free-spirited mountain dude. But the pain he was hiding nearly destroyed him.

Critiques about body size and type can not only cause physical and mental harm but also reinforce implicit gatekeeping in sports

After a day of tackling moguls and black diamonds (or even the bunny hill), hit the mat with these poses that stretch your muscles and aid in recovery

Why is taking an hour off so difficult?

Work less, adventure more, and get some rest

Water-cooler chat? Make an appointment.

The world of fitness is always changing—for better and for worse. Here, we’ve focused on the bright side, spotlighting five faces in the health and wellness scene that are pushing for inclusivity, justice, and kindness, toppling old conventions to make their own.

Can’t we all use a daily steam at the office?

In the past two years, Americans have become disenchanted with work, leading to major strikes and what is being called the Great Resignation. But what if there was a better way? This writer went looking for that ever elusive work-life balance, learning how to get outside more and stress less.

And faced my fear of the ocean to boot

He needed something—anything—to cure his winter COVID blues. Science led him to a mildewy steam room and a very cold shower.

New Year's resolutions are for the birds

Rethink your approach to work, fitness, and process as you head into the new year

This year’s predictions include fewer diets and a possible return of minimalist running shoes

Perfect for gifting—or treating yourself in the new year

Seasonal outdoor work seems idyllic, but it isn’t an easy lifestyle. Guides are starting to open up about the challenges of constant transitions, and new research offers insight into their unique situation.

After upgrading his medicine cabinet, one Outside editor credits the Superberry Overnight Mask with his biggest skin transformation

Change offered an elite athlete an opportunity to better understand herself—and what she still wants from her sport

Activities such as lifting weights, hiking, or even woodworking teach us humility and keep us grounded in reality

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

When you confront your mortality on a regular basis, the shift in perspective can be profound

Oregon voters have opened the door to treating mental illness with substances like ketamine and psilocybin. In a peek at the future, our seeker attends a backwoods retreat where patients get help from a powerful combination of drugs and the outdoors.

After a particularly rough spring, an Outside editor invested in a Coway Mighty air purifier to help with her asthma. She’s breathing better already—and the rest of her family is, too.

A new app called NatureQuant harnesses the latest research to track and rate your time outside. Next up: determining how much you need.

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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

After taking a cue from ‘My Morning Routine,’ an Outside contributor discovered an extra hour in her day

Get these six items to improve your sleep and wake up ready for anything

It’s not exactly fun in the moment, but after, you’ll say it was the best time you ever had

Lyme-carrying ticks are a bigger threat than ever. A promising new antibody treatment looks to stop infection—even after a tick bite.

What this Olympic moment can teach all of us about mental health

After discovering Skinnies Sungel, our writer no longer dreads lathering up for a day outside

What we learn from getting way, way outside our comfort zones

Pandemic-induced isolation has led to a wide range of physical effects. Here’s what to watch out for—and how to address it. 

Happiness is a state of mind. Here’s everything you need to know to achieve it.

We may be closer to answering lingering questions around concussions. Plus, we provide a rundown of the most common head injuries—and what you need to know about them.

Between sun, water, sand, and wind, river trips are hard on the skin. Here are six packable essentials to protect you from the elements.

Essential questions to ask during your doctor's visit, at every age

Think you wouldn’t benefit from some mental maintenance? Think again.

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Whether training or racing, you’re going to hit some challenges. Here’s how to motor on.

One editor transformed his sunroom into a workout studio-cum-playroom with this customizable flooring

And what happens to your brain when you finally nail it

Recent studies looking into a phenomenon known as post-traumatic growth show that it's possible to thrive after challenging life events. Here's how.

A bad sleeper tries to train her brain with the help of virtual jellyfish, space-flight simulations, and the URGOnight device

Constant adaptation is the key to lifelong endurance

For years, one Outside editor thought cleansing his mug with a bar of soap was sufficient. Then he tried Harry’s face wash.

Watching strangers get their spines adjusted on Chirogram is my pandemic catharsis

Outside correspondent Kate Siber learned to reinhabit her body by being outdoors. But she didn’t expect that healing would also bring a new perspective on nature itself. 

Padding from the Purple Royal converted one editor’s less than ergonomic dining-room chair into a comfy seat

Vaccines are rolling out with increasing speed, but we’ll also need effective treatments, because new coronavirus cases will be a worldwide reality for years to come. Enter Jacob Glanville, a maverick San Francisco immunologist who believes he’s found an unparalleled path to healing.

Inundated by text messages, one millennial decided to exclusively converse through this more classic form of communication

How to embrace tough situations and use them in your favor

Why Apple’s CEO wants to make health and wellness the company’s greatest legacy

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Habits and tips to help you get through anything

Forget the fancy wearables and complicated training plans. We're going back to the basics on fueling, movement, and recovery. 

Expert advice for getting through the winter with COVID-19 as bad as it has ever been

A journalist's efforts at reinvention reveal a surprising truth: developing new abilities is one of the most life-enhancing things we can do

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