Delayed gratification gets harder when you’re overtrained, according to a new brain-scanning study

Whether you’re striving for peak performance or coming back from injury, psychological techniques can help

When your love for the outdoors meets chronic pain, you grieve—and then you adapt

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

A new study looks at the effect of subtle wording changes on the performance-boosting power of motivational self-talk

The world-champion obstacle course racer has had a 20-year history with anorexia. But now she's in the process of recovering, and she has some important lessons to share.

Cal Newport, author of 'Digital Minimalism,' explains how we need to reimagine our relationship with technology

Or how running and meditating both led one woman to the same unexpected place

Society has primed us to care about ego and status. Here's how to get past that.

Smart ways to strengthen your mental game

In 'Beautifully Savage,' boxing-gym owner Joe Buckner recalls his troubling history and how that's shaped him into the man he is today

Katie Arnold, author of the new memoir Running Home, talks about the unique healing power of endurance sports

Our favorite gear to increase work-hours productivity

In Nepal, where mental-health issues are widespread following a long civil war and the 2015 earthquake, one organization offers counseling alongside primary care

Studies show that your emotions spread further than you think

On polar madness and other games the Arctic plays with the human brain

Most accomplished athletes, from Alex Honnold to Mikaela Shiffrin, have rituals they perform before a big day

Author Caroline Paul talks to Tim Ferriss about what she learned battling blazes—and how those lessons enabled a life of adventure.

As America wrestles with high rates of suicide among military personnel and veterans, outdoor programs have been offered up as a promising treatment. Dan Sidles seemed like the ideal candidate: an Iraq War vet who suffered from PTSD, he tried to find a renewed sense of purpose through climbing and mountaineering. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Brian Mockenhaupt explores the final years of a tortured friend.

A massive new study confirms the mental health benefits of exercise. Don’t let the negative spin get you down.

Devon Yanko was sexually abused as a teenager. It took hundreds of miles for her to run away from the trauma.

New research finds that those who can identify and regulate their emotions keep pushing when the going gets tough

Scientists point the finger at the brain chemical adenosine for the endurance-sapping effects of mental fatigue.

The British and Canadian governments are tackling athlete mental illness. So why can't we?

If you pick the right class, it's an invaluable tool for building strength, flexibility, and resilience

The less you worry about making mistakes, the better you’ll perform

I'm approaching 30 and haven't competed in years, but that pre-race dread is much bigger than running

At 43, the five-time Olympian seems indestructible

The effort paradox explains everything from mountain climbing to buying IKEA furniture

Thanks to new equipment and a more holistic approach to training, they turned a dismal 2014 showing into a commanding lead this year

Our columnist literally wrote the book on peak performance, but he had to reconsider everything after an unexpected battle with mental illness

She just made her first national team—after 13 failed attempts

In an era of specialization, a new study argues for diversifying your interests.

Sports psychologists weigh in on the challenges of being among the best in the world

A cycling study finds that the lure of a reward throws off pacing instincts

Kathrine Switzer on the lessons she's learned after a lifetime of running. Nonrunners, take note.

The focus-demanding sport could affect the brain more deeply than we know

Despite the chronic doping scandals, the sport still has a lot to teach us about fitness

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