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Trading Music for Meds

Last spring, Jason Sebastian Russo (pictured above), of the bands Common Prayer and Hopewell, was stricken by a stabbing pain on the left side of his mouth every time he tried to eat. It was a cavity. But the 40-year-old musician—who hadn't been to a dentist since he was a kid, and last saw a regular doctor when he was in his early 20s—couldn't afford proper healthcare. Free clinics in Brooklyn could help with urgent medical needs, but not a bad tooth. see more

Which Rest is Best: Active or Static?

If you've wondered what circumstances call for "active rest" (taking it easy while still moving) versus "static rest" (stopping completely) between sets, let us clear something up right now; static rest is never the ideal choice. see more

How Do You Stack Up Against U.S. Averages in These 6 Key Health Tests?

You know your height, weight, and maybe even length (you know what we're talking about), but chances are you don't know the numbers that really matter. See how you measure up against national averages (and actual ideals) in these six health tests: see more

We Want It: Tracksmith's New Running Shorts and Singlets

Ostentatious neon colorways, built-in tracking devices, designs and fabrics that (allegedly) give your muscles an energy boost—exercise apparel companies have gone a little overboard with the bells and whistles. Which is why the launch of Tracksmith is so refreshing. see more

A New Expanding Pill Could Shrink Your Waistline

The quest for a magic diet pill isn't new, of course. Scientists have been searching for a miracle drug that can carve out six-pack abs for decades. Some modern concoctions claim to speed up your metabolism. Others suppress appetite. One less-than-ideal option works as a diuretic. The new Gelesis100—which sounds more like a video game console than a drug—takes a different approach: The capsule is consumed before meals with a glass of water, and then temporarily swells up in the stomach, causing you to feel full and eat less. see more

We Want It: GoFit's Agonizing Massage Roller

Although the GoFit Extreme Massage Roller ($40; looks—and feels—like a medieval torture tool, a few sessions with it will turn even the most pain-averse into a masochist. Its rubber spikes break up the knots in your muscles and fascia like the dexterous fingers of a hulking Swedish masseuse. Just 10 minutes (of yes, agony) on the stretch mat can banish soreness and tightness after a tough workout. see more

The Case For Eating Sardines

With the ascent of food culture and its importance in today's zeitgeist, it's no wonder that "it" ingredients have come to be. Goop recently declared carrots to be having a moment. Turmeric, meanwhile, is virtually ubiquitous. Curious what to order/serve/eat this minute? Joe Isidori, the Michelin rated chef of local and organic-focused Chalk Point Kitchen in NYC, let us in on 5 good-for-you foods to try right now. see more

10 Celebs Who Got Buff For Their Superhero Roles (And How They Did It)

Actor Chris Pratt is only the most recent Hollywood hunk to join a long tradition of handsome stars bulking up to play superheroes on the big screen. For his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, which premieres on Aug. 1, the 6-foot-2-inch actor lost 70 pounds—quite the shift from his last big role in Delivery Man, in which he played a doughy lawyer. Pratt showed off his new, ripped physique in an Instagram selfie, which he called "douchey." But if you ask us, his body transformation—and others like it—is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Herein, a look at flab-to-abs transformations from see more

4 Foods with More Potassium Than a Banana

Cross a finish line this summer and chances are you'll be handed a banana. What gives? In a word: potassium. see more
Sex + Relationships

6 Unspoken Rules of Casual Sex

Casual sex takes many forms. You know the obvious ones: the one-night stand, the booty call, sex by appointment. More recent variations include "rec" (recreational) sex, which exists because, as one friend told me, "every great athlete needs practice." And then there's "cereal" sex, which is a one-night stand amid a dry spell that, like cereal, is satisfying in the moment but leaves you needing further sustenance shortly thereafter. Yet, every flavor of casual sex—uncommitted, unemotional, purely carnal—is governed by the same rules. We list them below to help you fornicate better. see more
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