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

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

This quiet, four-speed tool helps ease sore muscles. “It doesn’t come with a lot of frills—there is no carrying case and no extra attachments—but it is a solid piece of machinery that can give you a relatively deep massage,” wrote our tester. “For the majority of people,…

Perfect for gifting—or treating yourself in the new year

“At ten inches long, this model packs a mighty massage into a compact design,” wrote tester Christine Yu of the Hypervolt. “It delivers good percussion at three speeds and is no louder than a set of hair clippers.” It was also one of our favorite recovery tools of…

Aging doesn’t mean you have to stop getting stronger. Here we’ve provided training tips for continued improvement.

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

Electric muscle stimulation claims to be a more efficient form of exercise. Here’s how it holds up.

“This torturous-looking device is my go-to tool for relieving pain and relaxing stubbornly tight muscles,” wrote tester Aleta Burchyski. “With one or two consecutive daily uses, I feel more mobile and free of discomfort for a few days.”…

The buzziest supplement on the market might just live up to the hype. Here are our favorite new products.

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.

Professional skier Drew Petersen opens up about his struggles with suicidal thoughts—and explains why talking about it is key to addressing the mental health crisis

Josh Ourada fell 200 feet while free-soloing in Yosemite this spring, and lived to talk about it

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

A body in motion will inevitably need a little maintenance

All types of athletes can benefit from quicker instincts

Shorts, tees, swimsuits, gin... must be almost summer!

These tools are suitable for beginners and hard-charging athletes alike

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.

Cultivate calm with these home-studio essentials

Setting high goals is great, but how you deal with falling short determines how long you’re willing to keep chasing them

What to do when you can’t be active in the same way

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

In Episode 12 of the Endurance Podcast, host Ian Sharman sits down with author and athlete Christie Aschwanden to discuss recovery techniques ranging from sleep to ice baths, massage to Tom Brady's pajamas.

Quicker recovery intervals help runners learn how to better deal with the byproducts of fatigue, along with other performance benefits.

Tight shoulders? Work the small end of the hook into the sore muscle and pull slightly, kneading the tissue into submission. Choose from two hooks and three other knobs so you can dial in the angle and pressure.

Imagine a foam roller that doesn’t move—that’s the idea behind the curve ball. Set it on the ground (or wall if you want lighter pressure) and dig it into the tissue that needs work. It’s less pin-pointed than the Beastie Ball, but does the trick for your shoulders and lower…

Trigger Point makes some of the best foam rollers, but the MB5—a five-inch round, dense foam ball—delivers a deeper tissue massage than your typical roller. Set it on the ground and roll out your glutes, lower back, calves and quads. It’s like a complete lower body massage.

Climbers: if you’re spending a lot of time on the hangboard, your digits need love. This tiny massager provides 360 degrees of pressure as you roll it up and down your overworked phalanges. Pro tip: keep it hooked on your keys, so you can massage on the go or when…

You’re actively running and cycling, but your partner’s on the sidelines. Here are tips on coping with this challenging dynamic.

Dialing in your nutrition when you’re on the couch can be hard, especially for an active person. Here’s what you need to know.

My partner and I use the LuxFit daily

You have some options beyond that perfectly formulated post-workout beverage

Most of us yearn for more freedom, but structure is key to performance

One of our editors is ready to declare this slightly effervescent libation as the perfect sports pick-me-up

Swap your protein shakes for these cozy beverages packed with protein and electrolytes

Embracing recovery will make you a better athlete. Your body is asking you to work in. It’s time to listen and respond.

Make sure your exercise lover has what they need to sweat this holiday season

Fatigue, writes our columnist, comes in two very different flavors, and fixing each requires a completely different approach

These four simple steps can help you optimize your cool down to recover and return to the trail refreshed and faster than ever.

Tracking what successful marathoners actually do reveals new optimal training patterns of hard weeks and easy weeks.

The key is to go all out on the things you feel comfortable doing

Ready to go beyond the marathon? Check out this introductory guide to ultrarunning and a beginner’s training plan for tackling a 50K.

This high-tech—and high-priced—workout gear looks like it's out of science fiction

A training week doesn't need to be 7 days. Here are some variations on how to schedule your training to get in all your workouts and enough recovery.

Maximize your results by effectively managing your training stress and frequency.

Keep your fingers, shoulders, and back happy with these nine strength and mobility moves

Science and experience says we may be overthinking workouts.

Without adequate recovery—easy days, sleep, downtime—training adaptations go down the tubes.

The pandemic is prompting activity-tracking companies to pivot from personal to public health

Sleep is a powerful tool in improving your running and overall health.

When excruciating ankle pain threatened to sideline her ski season, one of our hard-charging editors tried Lazarus Naturals' CBD balm as a last resort. It worked—even though she still doesn't know how.

What's it like to train and race with two knee replacements? Persistence and patience are the key.

New research supports what many runners do naturally, instead of the conventional wisdom that you should stay upright.

Maybe the debilitating effects of chronic overtraining syndrome are in your muscles after all, not your head or your hormones

There are important decisions to make before and after your recyclables leave your hands

Goods to take you from morning sun salutation to bedtime savasana

There are gentle massage tools, and then there’s the Beastie Ball, which is designed to dig deep into a specific trouble zone. Use it on the floor or with its base, which adds even more pressure. It’s great for big muscles, like the glutes or quads, which can be tough…

The internet is full of gizmos to help your body bounce back from training. These stand out.

The best documentaries from this year's film festivals look at quixotic quests and devastating disasters

The North Pacific right whale has been spotted only a handful of times in 60 years. A marine biologist from Seattle wants to change that.

Trigger Point makes some of our favorite recovery gear for helping tired muscles. The AcuCurve cane lets you massage those hard-to-reach areas on your shoulders and back. We especially like the pointed tip that works well for deep tissue.

We included this roller in our roundup of tools to build the ultimate recovery room. “The main bar is flexible, allowing you to wrap it around spent muscles for better relief and recovery,” we wrote. The STK Contour massager is best for rolling out your legs, sides, and shoulders.

On going back to the mountains after a traumatic accident

How to stay healthy—and maintain sanity—while you're social-distancing

For starters, there's hesitancy about the confluence of drug testing and unregulated products

Muscle soreness is part of the training process, but what you consume can reduce it.

Conventional wisdom on injury from running on hard surfaces like concrete or at fast speeds are typically untrue, but what role do they play?

After a long day on the slopes, your body deserves a little après of its own

Launched by Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard, Project New Day promotes the use of hallucinogens like mushrooms to treat addiction and PTSD

Expert advice to help you recover fast, stay injury-free, and have fun in the mountains

Personalized drinks and shakes are the latest innovation in the quest to boost performance

Even casual drinkers may get a few cravings as they go cold turkey. Here's how to beat them.

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