Health and Beauty


More people die from opioid overdoses than car crashes, and Zohydro is one of the strongest yet to hit the market.

This fitness tracker could change everything—as long as the company marketing it actually exists.

Over, under or somewhere in between, your weight may not be as unhealthy as you think

Coffee can supercharge your workout, save your liver, and fight depression. So go ahead and pour yourself a second cup.

It makes you faster. It lessens the sting of road rash. It’s a rite of passage. Compelling reasons for cyclists to shave their legs abound. Here’s the best stuff to shine them up right.

Poo-phoria occurs when your bowel movement stimulates the vagus nerve, which descends from the brainstem to the colon.

Juicing is the biggest thing to happen to endurance sports since interval training. Time to hop on the bandwagon.

There's scant evidence for the effectiveness of most supplements. But here are a few to consider—and a few to shy away from.

The debate is on: just useless, or truly dangerous?

I have a giant stick of Old Spice that seems like it’s never going to run out. I think I’ve had it for four years. I don’t see an expiration date, so does it still work? Does deodorant expire?

Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Not with a leg up from the frontiers of science.

A few simple exercises can cure plantar fasciitis

Surefire energy comes with Hobie Call's delicious wheatgrass smoothie

My girlfriend is a marathoner and it seems like she always has black toenails. It’s gross. Why does this keep happening, and is there anything I can do to help her prevent them?

The FDA regulates sunscreens just like any over-the-counter drug, which means that all those words on the label actually mean something. Here's what you need to know to slather smart.

Should I take ibuprofen before or after hard training to limit pain?

Training hard but still eating like you’re not? You could wind up with hormone deficiencies. The consequences can be dire: low energy, diminished sperm count, and an inability to conceive children.

Yoga has been called the cure for all ailments, but most practitioners aren't aware of the potential hazards

I’ve read that road cycling is bad for your bones, but how does mountain biking stack up?

Without fail, I have to use the restroom sometime during my morning run. Why is that? And is there anything I can do to keep it from happening? I’m afraid to go on group runs because of it.

I live in Minnesota, so for half of the year I either exercise indoors or am pretty covered up. How often should I be screened for skin cancer?

Is bar soap clean because it’s soap, or can it transfer bacteria commonly spread among athletes like MRSA?

When it comes to holiday giving, you should never have to choose. This year, our editors have pulled together 68 perfect ideas—priced from $4 to $50,000—guaranteed to make anyone on your list feel like a million bucks.

Frigid temperatures, biting wind, blowing snow—if you’re well outfitted, it doesn’t really matter.

Rick Paulas takes a look at Allen Carr's The Easy Way to Stop Smoking and wonders if the author might actually be right

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?

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?

Christopher Keyes talks with Robert Koester, the renowned search-and-rescue specialist, about looking for autistic children and being involved in the hunt for Robert Wood Jr.

Races like the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are exploding in popularity. We asked two of the sport's top athletes about the gear that helps them get onto the podium.

I know that exercise is supposed to improve sex, but is there a point of diminishing returns?

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer's Buying Guide, including the Prana Piggyback yoga-mat strap.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Roxy 10'6" SUP.

Cognitive scientists are only just beginning to understand what being in nature does for our mental health. But—big surprise!—the evidence is promising. Here are five smart reasons to go wild.

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

The first thing you need to know is that the world of SPF products is tangled, and you should do a little sunscreen research on your own. As a general rule, I try to go by the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Database, which ranks products on a…

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Bear Grylls/Gerber Ultimate Kit.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Lululemon The Mat.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Lilypond Sundown Weekender/Gym Bag.

Seven performance-boosting devices to give you an edge.

If you spend a lot of time doing self-rubdowns, get Trigger Point Performance’s Smrt-Core Grid, which gives a better massage than cheap foam.…

Even though communal yoga mats get cleaned, they still make us cringe a little. We love that this one’s free of toxic glues, and, unlike other mats we tested, it never let us slip in downward dog.…

Whether you're a hardcore triathlete or just a flabophobic weekend warrior, the best new scales make it easier than ever to track progress.

Any dermatologist will tell you: Wear sunscreen every day, even if you're just hanging around town. But picking the right one is where it gets complicated. According to a 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group, nearly 30 percent of sunscreens don't have strong enough protection from UVA, the sun's most prevalent, carcinogenic rays. Then there

I am going on a long road and camping trip next month. I tend to need to pee every 15-30 minutes. Is there any gear that would help relieve me, without any mess?—AmyPortland, Oregon

Overlooked mountain ranges, river beer, running album, gear of all time, and 47 other big ideas, accidental winners, and awesome things about the world outside we've come to love over the past 33 years. Introducing our first annual Editors' Choice Awards...

What's on the Gear Girl's Christmas wish list? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Problem: No time to properly clean up before dinner. Solution: A dab of Davidoff Adventure cologne ($48; Davidoff Adventure Cologne            …

Think of fitness like your portfolio: don’t let short-term thinking limit long-term gains.

YOU CAN BET that drug-company executives aren’t among the 70 million Americans suffering from sleep problems. Thanks to blockbusters like $2-billion-a-year Ambien, the sleep-aid industry is booming, and several similar drugs are angling for space in your medicine cabinet, including Lunesta, launched in 2004, and others awaiting FDA approval. These…

YOU KNOW HOW SOME STARS get all the attention, when it’s really the supporting characters who carry the show? In the quest for better health, strength, and vitality, calcium is one nutrient that’s been hogging the spotlight, but the fact is, vitamin D does most of calcium’s heavy lifting. Vitamin…

Embrace the summer sun with an intelligent skin-protection strategy

Sore and suffering after a long day? Flush away the pain and restore your mojo with these eight feel-better tools.

Tony Little (I'm the World's Number One Personal Trainer!) travels to Tonga (it's a monarchy, right? you just stop the fatty food from coming in!) and whips the island nation into shape (holy shit, these people are huge!)

Your well-tailored fitness program may be missing something important—a regular massage. Here's our hands-on guide to the right rub.