The Best of Outside
20+ most popular Outside articles, as voted by our community.
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The Cold, Hard Evidence on Better Breathing for Athletes
There’s plenty of hype about ways of boosting your respiratory system. Some—but not all—of it is real, according to a new review.
Maybe Endurance Athletes Should Take Creatine After All
Scientists reconsider the assumption that it only helps strength and power athletes
Outside on Dogs
7 Essential Commands Your Dog Should Know—and How to Train Them
Teach these to your dog, and both of you will be safer and happier outdoors
Outside on Fitness
2 Key Signs That Your Hips Need a New Stretching Routine
Why your decades-old recovery regimen may no longer make the cut
The Future of Strength Training
Army researchers assess the evidence on what makes you stronger, and speculate about new approaches that might work even better
Outside on Health
How to Be Healthy in a Dopamine-Seeking Culture
Our basic biology can steer us toward bad habits and compulsive behavior. Overcoming these pitfalls requires effort and discipline.
«Once you become aware of the evolutionary mismatch, you start to see it everywhere. Overcoming it is key to being grounded in an increasingly frantic and frenetic world.»
Outside on Marathon
The Marathon World Record Holder the World Forgot
Two weeks after Kathrine Switzer made headlines at Boston in 1967, 13-year-old Maureen Mancuso quietly shattered the women's world record. Few people noticed.
Outside on Outdoors
Why Exercise Is Much More Than the Pursuit of Fitness
Bill Hayes’s new book, ‘Sweat: A History of Exercise,’ offers a personal account of a universal tradition
«This suggests that the two most obvious motivations for exercise today—that is, health and vanity—were already present centuries ago.»
Jim Harris Was Paralyzed. Then He Ate Magic Mushrooms.
After becoming paralyzed from the chest down, the mountain athlete found an unlikely ally in recovery: psychedelics
Outside on Running
What I Learned Running 30 Days in a Row
Simple steps to rebooting your fitness and reinvigorating your running goals
How to Achieve Your Running Goals? Become an Aerobic Monster.
Olympian and veteran elite coach Mark Coogan’s central advice on making the most of your miles
Outside on Transgender
What It’s Like to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail as a Transgender Woman
“The world and how it interacts with me changed the day I came out as trans”
Outside on Travel
The Absolute Best Hike in Every State
Alpine scrambles and beach-front strolls; multi-day singletrack adventures and quick urban escapes; soaring trees and rolling sand dunes—every state in the country has something to offer intrepid…
The Next Phase of Responsible Tourism? Regenerative Travel.
It’s like sustainable tourism 2.0—with a focus on leaving destinations better than we found them.
Outside on Wellness
We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.
Here's what actually works
Build Resilience with These Daily Wellness Strategies
Habits and tips to help you get through anything
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I’ll Cry if I Want To (and You Can, Too)
A good cry can be therapeutic and can even better connect you with others. Let’s stop shaming it.
«A friend once dubbed what happened to me a “sports cry,” and in the years I’ve been using the term since, I’ve found no need to explain it»
The Mental Health Benefits of Doing Real Things
Activities such as lifting weights, hiking, or even woodworking teach us humility and keep us grounded in reality
«a field called self-determination theory demonstrates that mastery is a core input to mental health, overall well-being, and life satisfaction»
In ‘Yellowstone,' Transplants to the West Are the Enemy. Is the Hit Show Right?
A writer in Bozeman, Montana, grapples with the wealthy wave of newcomers gentrifying the town she moved to ten years ago—as a dirtbag pursuing the western dream
Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?
Is it possible that we've been wrong about sunscreen all along?
How to Plan a Day Hike
If you're just getting started on the trails, don't be overwhelmed. This 101 guide breaks down where to go, what to wear, and everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun out there.
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