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Looking for which candidate's economic beliefs are best suited to the present day? Wondering who's better suited to take office should the next president become incapacitated? Well, you've come to the wrong place.

When Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre traveled to the Big Island to open up a pop-up restaurant, he got some help gathering ingredients from a few surfers who know the surrounding waters well. Mark Healey,…

I always get sausage fingers and puffy hands whenever I go on day hikes. My friend says it’s because I’m not eating enough salt. But doesn’t salt cause bloating? What’s going on here?

The best blenders for whipping up recovery smoothies.

Three surefire recipes to supercharge your workout

A protein-rich, paleo-inspired meal adapted for the modern athlete

Nothing says autumn like campfire s'mores. There is a certain delight in getting little bits of bark in your mouth from the stick you jammed your marshmallow on, and in the sticky fingers that come from smooshing your marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers together. Unless, that is, you are camping…

Lance Armstrong has always denied Mike Anderson’s claim that he broke his word on a business deal, and that Anderson saw and heard evidence indicating that Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs. His lawyer, Mark Fabiani, sent this response to Anderson's allegations.

Increasingly, race organizers are testing non-elite athletes for performance-enhancing drugs. But is it fair, or even possible, to hold amateurs to the same stringent standards as the pros?

Common medications that will—and won't—earn you a suspension

In this weekly roundup, we scour the Web for our favorite long-form magazine and newspaper articles, collecting them here and on Longreads.com and Twitter. This installment focuses on the future of fast food, what it means to be an amateur, and all-things Olympic Games.

You may not be a pro skier or climber, but at least you can train like one. Mountain sports coach Rob Shaul and his students share how they prepare for the peaks.

You may not be a pro skier or climber, but at least you can train like one. Mountain sports coach Rob Shaul and his students share how they prepare for the peaks.

You may not be a pro skier or climber, but at least you can train like one. Mountain sports coach Rob Shaul and his students share how they prepare for the peaks.

I have a friend who runs home from the bar and sits in a sauna after a night of drinking. He says this ritual helps him sober up faster and avoid a hangover. Is he right?

Give money to your favorite environment-protecting non-profit without spending a dime. Clif Bar is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to protect the places we play by sharing photos and stories of our adventures on MeettheMoment.com. (Clif Bar's Meet the Moment is also sponsoring Outside's So There…

Never worry about being stuck in the wilderness with nothing to eat again—as long as there is a healthy river nearby. Last year, Washington State-based Fikkes introduced the world’s first fishing pole/trekking pole. The contraption houses a fishing rod blank inside a hollow aluminum trekking pole. With just…

By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan A few weeks ago, I had the treat of hearing ultramarathoner and author of the bestselling new book Eat & Run, Scott Jurek, speak in Wayzata, Minnesota, when he came through on his sold-out book tour. Because he happened to…

I can’t live without sweets. Is it possible to have my dessert and eat it too—without undoing all the work I did training?

I'm upping my distance, but every additional mile seems to make it harder to bounce back. What tools will help speed my recovery from a hard run?

Man and water. Photo: Shutterstock South African exercise scientist Dr. Tim Noakes wants to change the way endurance athletes think about hydration. He believes that, over the course of the last 30 years, people…

Photo: Kesu/Shutterstock I know, it's Friday and in your head you're probably half-way down the nearest trail or river already. But next week, world leaders are meeting in Rio, 20 years after their last meeting there (thus, “Rio+20”) to try to hammer out some…

Priceless advice from world-champion decathlete Trey Hardee, who has distilled a decade of training and nutrition wisdom into one customizable gold-medal fitness formula.

The champion decathlete shares his favorite recovery meal

Maintaining a plant-based diet can take up lots of precious time and energy, but you can have this nutritious rice-based dish on the table in less than 20 minutes

Born with scoliosis and a left foot that toes out, the running legend focused on distance, where length could forgive injury, fatigue, bad form, and illness. In an ultra, the most important thing is your mind—and your willingness to push on.

Calling all connoisseurs of fine foods. Just because you're camping, hiking, skiing, riding or otherwise adventuring doesn't mean you have to suffer terrible treats. Leave the Slim Jims behind on your next outing and snack on one of these tasty boutique jerkies instead. Slantshack Jerky, which scored…

I've heard that inflammation is bad for me and can hurt my sports performance. Why is that, and is there an easy way to keep inflammation down?

I want to shed a few pounds and move closer to my speed goals, but all the recommended recovery foods are high-carb and high-calorie. Will using the Paleo Diet make it more difficult to train for the next big race?

A new study says that Ibuprofen can help prevent mountain climbers from getting altitude sickness

Cola. Photo: Shutterstock Can a diet of Twinkies and cola negatively affect your memory? That's what scientists who conducted a study on rats in the Journal of Physiology are suggesting.  “Our…

A full-flavored plant-only feast for ultra-distance athletes

The jury is still out on dosage guidelines for nitrates and beta-alanine, but here are recommendations from two top nutritionists

Endurance athletes have been chasing a natural oxygen boost for decades. The answer may be as simple as eating your vegetables.

It's hard to differentiate between recovery eating and overeating. Are those last few pounds holding me back?

Apparently, I'm going to live until I'm 82. At least that's what this new online Life Expectancy Calculator from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Public Health Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and the…

It turns out, quite a bit, if that company is Patagonia. This manufacturer of outdoor apparel and footwear that we've frequently written about here at Outside, in its quest to continue to make the world a better place, is introducing Wild Salmon Jerky in…

And our favorite recipes for incorporating them into your post-workout routine

I’d like to think that I’m the kind of parent who knows exactly what her kids should eating at any given time, and how much. The kind of parent who’ll—for example—whip up homemade date-and-nut energy bars or lemon sports…

Refuel with these bacon-cashew rice cakes from sports physiologist Allen Lim

A decade of research reveals that creatine is the real deal—but watch your step when tempted by other supplements making big promises

How much protein do you really need? A lot more than Uncle Sam's telling you.

After every workout, recovery starts with the first thing you put in your mouth

In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger

If you know someone who thinks eating backcountry ramen with a fork seems culturally inauthentic, yet does not have the patience to finesse campsite mac and cheese from a bowl to mouth with chopsticks, GSI has the ultimate utensil for them. The titanium Kung…

Everything you need to run a personal best, including a 12-week training plan, a race-day nutrition plan, and advice from U.S. record holder Ryan Hall

We break down the best sites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and apps for travelers, bikers, gear nerds, and more

New workouts, a marathon birth, and revolutionary new studies: Here are the headlines that defined health and fitness news in 2011

Does stretching prior to a run prevent injuries and improve performance? Does guzzling water prevent cramps? Here's the truth about the top 10 fitness myths.

Welcome to the frozen, on fire, wet, barb-wired world of Tough Mudder—where adventure racing starts to look a lot more like hazing

The best sites for health advice and commentary, so you can get online and go outside

Thanksgiving is almost a week gone, but if you're like me the massive pig out and the Macy's Day-worthy parade of leftovers won't soon be forgotten. I'm talking about extra girth, not warm fuzzy holiday feelings. I ventured onto the scale for the first time in a week and confirmed…

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer Bra.

With temperatures below zero, more than 4,500 feet of climbing, and 9,400 competitors, Wisconsin’s American Birkebeiner is the largest and one of the toughest cross-country ski races in the United States. Crossing the finish line is nothing short of a lifetime achievement. Here's our plan to get you there, even if the closest you've come to snow is the frost in

Recover faster with these five superfoods

After competing in more than two dozen adventure races, Stephen Regenold breaks down his go-to outdoor gear

Stress is a major contributor to cravings, especially when you’re trapped in the office all day. As your body reacts to stress, your stress hormones increase. This creates an increase in grehlin, the hormone that stimulates feelings of hunger, which can lead to cravings even when you aren’t hungry. While…

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, but it’s also found in foods like ice cream and ketchup. Gluten-free diets are typically followed by people suffering from a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, a condition that causes a negative reaction to gluten and results in damage to…

Perusing the energy food aisle can be a bewildering experience. The sheer number of bars, chews, gels, granola-bar imposters, and lookalike Snicker's can cause you to bonk you before you even begin your next ride, run, or workout. Don't fret. Fortunately, we've tasted just about all of them. Every week,…

No one backyard accessory will decrease your time in the kitchen more than Ecoque's outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker. Why?1. You can now cook outside at anytime of the year.2. You're cooking with wood, so everything you hot or cold smoke, roast, bake, braise, plank, or…

From farm shares to bike shares, these seven flashes of genius are reinventing a metropolis near you

The debate over farm-raised versus wild salmon boils down to two issues: healthy fat content and organic contaminants. Farm-raised salmon is known for having higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3s, while wild salmon is praised for having less cancer-causing contaminants. This creates a dilemma between eating salmon that is healthier for…

While all athletes need both carbohydrates and protein in their post-workout shake to replenish energy stores and help their muscles recover, triathletes need a higher ratio of carbs to protein to fully replenish their energy from long-distance endurance training. To jumpstart recovery, boost energy, and improve performance, mix up a…

Ah, Kendal Mint Cakes. Know them? Originating from Kendal in Cumbria, England, Edmund Hillary took the snack up to the top of Everest with him in 1953, cementing their place in the packs of hikers, climbers and adventureres for years…

Breakfast is necessary if you want to tear up the countryside, hit the pool, or simply get through a gym workout. Pick the right one.

Old favorites and new standbys in the energy-bar world

How to ensure you get the calories you need

Forget complicated meal plans. Build good eating habits around basic food knowledge, and keep these three guidelines in mind.

Everything you need to know to fuel properly this year

Six superfoods, plus a recovery drink that uses four of them

Ultramarathoner Josh Cox's attempt to break the 50K world record through proper nutrition and hydration

Superstar chef Jamie Oliver became a hero in England by convincing his countrymen to eat better. Now he's on the case in the U.S. with Food Revolution, an ABC series in which he exposes the evils of processed fare, sends Americans back into the kitchen, and learns firsthand just how much we hate to change our recipes.

John Stamstad (Photo courtesy of John Stamstad) John Stamstad lives to push limits. He earned a spot in the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame after completing the first crossing of Australia by bicycle, going 65 hours straight…

I love wine, but I also want to be healthy. What are the healthiest wines to drink?

Spending your entire day at the office shouldn’t limit your snack choices. Come to work prepared with healthy snacks, and you’ll improve focus, increase productivity, and avoid packing on pounds. Snack on the five foods below to stay satisfied. WalnutsHealth benefits: Walnuts are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty…

Opt for dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, mustard, collard, Bok Choy, romaine, or Swiss chard. These darker greens are rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, iron, fiber, and vitamins A, K and C, which are essential for a healthy body. Give your salad an extra nutrient punch by topping…

The recipe for a 100-mile day in the saddle

 (Chuck Wagner via Shutterstock)Chuck Wagner via Shutterstock We’ve all heard the stories of how backcountry endurance wonks concocted the first molar-crushing energy bars in their kitchen or garage, and went on to hit the big time, spawning a sport-snack empire and changing the way we eat on…

5 Gluten-free tips from Xterra USA Championship series athlete Jennifer Smith