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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

Over the past few years, McCastle has completed 5,804 pull-ups in a single day, pulled a 5,000-pound truck across the Mojave Desert, and climbed a rope the equivalent height of Mount Everest. How on earth has this Navy SEAL dropout accomplished some of the craziest physical feats in recent memory?

Even after a life-changing diagnosis, I can still experience the thrill of adventure

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.

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

Bobsledder Steve Mesler incorporates these practices into training to boost his mental health and physical performance

“You always think you’ll save the ones you love when the moment comes. But he didn’t save her.”

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

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

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

Why reaching outdoor nirvana means journeying far from the beaten path

Dealing with discomfort isn’t a magical gift. It’s a skill, and you can improve at it.

Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. She found it at the edge of a stream.

In an excerpt from his new book ‘The Comfort Crisis,’ journalist Michael Easter travels to Bhutan to learn about how confronting death head-on can lead to a more fulfilled life

Champion endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch figured her quest for enlightenment on the Iditarod Trail would hurt. She was right.

When Joe Stone crashed his paraglider into a mountain, his days as an athlete were supposed to be finished. But Joe had other plans.

What happens when a lifelong fraidy-cat sets out into the wilderness alone?

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

Across the West, fire season lasts longer and has become more intense than any time in history—tens of thousands of structures burn every year, and dozens of people die. But new research is highlighting a different problem: those who survive are never the same.

How Spain's Natxo González prepares his body and mind to tackle the biggest swell on earth

He survived multiple crash landings that should have killed him. But as Corliss sees it, risking everything was the only way to live.

BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he's embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind.

Wilderness pros are trained to deal with physical injuries, but what about the psychological trauma that can result while on an expedition, from fear and stress, or from watching someone die in a fall, an avalanche, or whitewater? Australian psychologist and mountaineer Kate Baecher created a training program to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we're far from help.

Wim Hof's teachings about breath work and the health benefits of cold plunges have attracted millions of followers who swear it has cured everything from depression to diabetes and makes them happier and stronger. Our writer traveled to Iceland (naturally) for a deep dive with the man and his methods.

How self-determination theory can help you survive the long, drawn-out pandemic

When the going gets tough, which sensation actually slows you down?

From pizza to ultramarathons, what's the best way to chill out?

New research says yes. Fortunately, there's something we can do about it.

How a dog and a fly rod can be the perfect prescription

On trail running, trespassing, and what your neighbors do or don't owe you

One day, Michael Shattuck started to run. He liked it, so he ran longer, sometimes for as many as 65 hours each week. He never wanted to stop. What was he running from?

As most of the world stays indoors for days on end, we're all feeling varying degrees of cabin fever. Here's how to make sure you come out of it OK.

New research explores why you go slower and feel worse, even though you’re pushing as hard as usual

In his new book, 'The Wedge,' bestselling author Scott Carney travels the world to investigate the surprisingly effective methods humans have developed to rewire our brains and control our response to stress. And it all starts with taming fear.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a technique that would allow us to vanquish fear and beat back stress? 

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