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What You Should Know Before Trying a Ketogenic Diet What You Should Know Before Trying a Ketogenic Diet

Five people have recently told me they were going to “try keto”—the most recent after gushing about a mutual friend who has been doing keto, aka the popular ketogenic diet, and getting awesome-looking results. You’ve probably heard rumblings about keto, but what the heck is it? And is it too good to be true?

You're Probably Overpaying for Car Insurance  You're Probably Overpaying for Car Insurance 

Picking a car insurance provider is a lot like filing taxes. It’s not sexy or exciting, but you do it because you have to. Still, the options are myriad and you just go with what sounds good or has the best commercials (...right?). Some of them claim to save you more money than others, but how much are you saving, …

The Joy of Doing Challenging Birthday Workouts The Joy of Doing Challenging Birthday Workouts

Last week I did 31 pull-ups, 31 air squats, 31 push-ups, and 31 reverse lunges on each leg as quickly as I could (along with a 31-mile-ish bike ride a couple days after that). The burn I felt in my arms made me seriously question my decisions in life, but I still loved every minute of it.

How to Deal With the Anxiety of Not Being Able to Exercise How to Deal With the Anxiety of Not Being Able to Exercise

By now your regular workouts are as second nature as breathing or wearing pants before you leave the house, but now something — an extended family vacation or an injury perhaps — has ripped away your routine from you. Not working out for a day already makes you antsy. Not working out for a week or more? Oh, no, panic!

What to Eat Before and After a Strength Training Workout What to Eat Before and After a Strength Training Workout

If you lift weights, you’ve got to fuel your body—but no matter what you pick, chances are somebody at your gym will tell you your choice of snack is the wrong one. So what is the “right” thing to eat? And does it really matter when you eat it?

What to Do Your First Day at the Gym

After you’ve mustered up the willpower to finally check out the gym for the first time, plenty of questions remain: What should you wear? What workout should you do? How does this machine even work? Here’s a primer on how to make your first gym experience awesome.

This Infographic Explains What to Do If Your Lyft Line Gets in an Accident This Infographic Explains What to Do If Your Lyft Line Gets in an Accident

Ridesharing services have made many of our time-strapped lives easier, but with these conveniences come a host of other problems: issues with driver and passenger safety, corporate scandals, and of course, the potential for vehicular accidents. Whether the car you’re in gets into a fender bender or rear-ended, here’s…

How to Stay in Shape When You Travel All the Time How to Stay in Shape When You Travel All the Time

If working out is an important part of your routine, frequent travel is likely to blow it into smithereens. You’re thrust into unfamiliar places, lack amenities and resources, and often have little control over your schedule. But you don’t have to give up on fitness completely. Here are some helpful tips, my fellow…

How to Start Working Out in the Mornings How to Start Working Out in the Mornings

The last time you pried yourself out of bed at 6 a.m. for that morning workout felt great: you heard birds chirping; coffee tasted especially amazing; you had the energy to run laps around your family and coworkers.

Why Stairs Make You Short of Breath, Even If You're Fit Why Stairs Make You Short of Breath, Even If You're Fit

You consider yourself a pretty fit person. You work out regularly at the gym. You can run for miles and lunge your way to the grocery store and back. But a couple of flights of stairs? Holy crap. Here’s why stairs are your nemesis, even if you’re in shape.

This Barbell Workout Will Kick Your Ass in 20 Minutes or Less This Barbell Workout Will Kick Your Ass in 20 Minutes or Less

Some days I just don’t want to work out for an hour at the gym. And you know what? Sometimes workouts don’t even need to be that long. Whenever I want to be in and out of the gym but still build strength and endurance, my go-to is this challenging, make-you-gasp-for-air workout called a barbell complex.

Use Your Lunch Break to Build Strength and Loosen Up From Hours of Sitting 

After sitting at your desk for hours working, the best remedy to unravel knotted up muscles is to move around. Take that a step further and try bodyweight workout “flows,” where you put your body through a series of unfamiliar movements that challenge, stretch, and build your muscles at the same time.

Why It's Worth Paying for an Office Instead of Working from Home Why It's Worth Paying for an Office Instead of Working from Home

My daily commute is about 30 slow, zombie shuffles between my bedroom and my home office. While I’m grateful to say I have the option to work wherever and whenever I want, I sometimes love-hate my arrangement. Because working from home has a way of slowly sucking away your sanity.

How to Take Selfies That Don't Look Like Selfies How to Take Selfies That Don't Look Like Selfies

As a solo traveler, it’s challenging to capture my adventures: I want to include myself in the picture and I’m not about to use a comically long selfie stick. I also rarely feel comfortable handing my camera or phone to strangers. But that doesn’t mean I’m about to miss out on social media-worthy moments. Instead, I…

Make Your Workouts Count by Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone Make Your Workouts Count by Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Too often people make the trek to the gym but only to go through the motions of a workout, without really working out. This is fine if you aren’t really trying to improve, but you should understand that the best workout program in the world doesn’t do squat if your workout lacks purpose and intensity.

Is It Bad to Use Expired Makeup? Is It Bad to Use Expired Makeup?

We know we probably shouldn’t eat foods once they’re a certain point past the suggested expiration date, but what about makeup? Using expired products may not be the best habit, but whether it’s that bad for you really depends on the individual product.

How Long It Takes Mammals to Poop, According to Science How Long It Takes Mammals to Poop, According to Science

Poop can be a sensitive topic for some, but not here at Lifehacker: we have a crap ton to say about the subject, from a simple way to make yourself poop to evaluating the shape and color of it. Today’s poop-related matter? How long it should take to do the deed, according to science.

A Quick Way to Tell If That Thing on Your To-Do List Is Actually Important A Quick Way to Tell If That Thing on Your To-Do List Is Actually Important

With unlimited access to productivity doodads, apps, and planners, knowing our priorities is supposed to be effortless. But what if everything you need to do that day—finish an article, work on that presentation outline, work out, and so on—all feel like a priority?

Why You Shouldn't Always Trust Weight Loss Success Stories Why You Shouldn't Always Trust Weight Loss Success Stories

You shouldn’t take weight loss success stories at face value. I’m not talking about those “I dropped 54 pounds by using this magical thing!” Those are obviously a load of shit. I’m talking about the “I tried for years, but I finally realized I just had to work hard and it paid off!” The idea of hard work sounds very…

This Is How Long Certain Drugs Actually Stay in Your Body This Is How Long Certain Drugs Actually Stay in Your Body

We’re not encouraging anyone to do drugs, but we’re also not going to pretend that our readers don’t do any. If you do and have to, say, take a drug test for a job, it may be helpful to know how long certain drugs stay in the places they’re most likely to check: your urine, blood, and hair follicles.

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