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Food, mood and you

You are what you eat — and then some. The foods that you eat can significantly affect your mood, behavior and quality of life.

By Dan Labriola


On Health

The foods you eat can make you angry, sad, tired, grouchy, even hostile. While Americans increasingly turn to antidepressant, anti-anxiety and other psychoactive drugs for mood issues,the fact is no one was born with a Prozac deficiency. There are many possible causes for these symptoms, but the relationship between food and mood is often ignored and may not be obvious since the offending food may not affect you hours or days after ingesting. So how do you know if foods are affecting your mood or behavior? Here are some clues. (more…)


Relax! You’ll be more productive

More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.

By Tony Schwartz

The New York Times

Why Women Don’t (But Should) Lift Weights

By Jenna Bergen
Dec 05, 2012

Despite study after study supporting the benefits of strength training, many women still opt for cardio over weights. Maybe they’re worried about “bulking up.”Women have seen a few too many beefy men grunting it out in the weight room and fear that if they pick up a dumbbell, they’ll suddenly start to resemble a linebacker, too.

This can happen, although it’s extremely rare, as we reveal in 6 Ways to Beat Your Bad Genes. But for most women, “this just isn’t possible,” says personal trainer and Prevention fitness expert Chris Freytag.“Ladies have too much estrogen in their hormonal makeup.”

So what is the secret to looking toned (think: Michelle Obama’s arms, which we have the secret to) but not tough? Strength training. (more…)

Kettlebells vs. Free Weights: The Smackdown

by Markham Heid February 29, 2012, 09:00 am EST


Kettlebell or weights? It depends on your goals. (more…)

Exercises That Make Trainers Cringe

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:31 pm
Written by: Adam Campbell

Dentists hate it when you don’t floss. Bartenders wince when you stumble out the door. Lawyers shake their heads when you represent yourself. After all, they know how bad the outcomes can be.

So what makes a fitness pro grimace? For starters:

1. When you “butcher” a great exercise by using poor form
2. When you use an exercise that puts you at unnecessary risk for injury.

We polled several top Men’s Health advisers and asked them for specifics. The result: The top 5 exercises that make trainers cringe.

Yes, this “upper trap” exercise is a highly popular move used by everyone from serious bodybuilders to novice lifters. But it can be murder on your shoulders. “It’s my pick for the absolute worst exercise,” says Mike Robertson, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Indianapolis Sports and Fitness. “It puts your shoulders in a horrible position.” (more…)

How Money Can Buy Happiness

By Linda Stern | Reuters – Sat, Aug 18, 2012 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has added his name to the long list of people who believe we should measure prosperity in terms of happiness and life satisfaction, instead of just dollars and data.

In a recent speech before a group of international researchers, Bernanke talked about the difference between happiness — a subjective and transitory feeling — and well-being, which is a longer-term measure. He said that keys to finding long-term life satisfaction include “a strong sense of support from belonging to a family or core group and a broader community, a sense of control over one’s life, a feeling of confidence or optimism about the future, and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances.” (more…)

The Best Fitness Advice from Top Olympians

When it comes to fitness, who better to seek insight from than world-class athletes and the people who train them? The MensHealth.com team recently asked a dozen U.S. Olympic athletes for the best advice they’ve ever gotten. Here’s what five of them had to say. Apply these tips to your workout today, and you’ll start seeing results tomorrow.

Eric Shanteau, Team USA Swimming “Don’t get hurt training.”—His weight coach, Doc Kreis

Sure, you have to push yourself hard to reach Olympic status, but don’t push too hard. “That’s when you’ll do something stupid and hurt yourself,” says Shanteau, who beat the competition and testicular cancer on his way to the Games. Your move: Follow your training plan unless your body is telling you not to, says Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D., a certified sports psychology advisor to the U.S. Olympic Committee. “The smart athlete knows what fatigue level to expect, and trains and adjusts accordingly.” Signs of exhaustion? Small mistakes, posture or form faults, moodiness, or an increased/decreased heart rate that you can’t explain. (more…)