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The Story of You

The human lifespan is thought to max out around 130 years, but becoming happier and healthier is a limitless opportunity. Inverse presents an all-new series, The Story of You, in which we explore one of humanity’s most enduring questions: How do you make the most of your days?

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The story of you

How to start exercising: 3 psychology-backed strategies to hit fitness goals

Exercise is good for everybody, but not everyone likes to exercise.

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Healthy heart, healthy life
Worker uprising

These exercise hacks help improve heart health in people with desk jobs

From taking the stairs and standing during calls, it all adds up.

Sunday Scaries

Scientists reveal 2 perilous side effects of poor mental health on one vital organ

There is a bidirectional relationship between mental health and heart health.

Sugar Rush

Exercise lowers dementia risk — scientists want to know how

A new study linked higher cerebral glucose metabolism to physical activity.

Thirst Trap

Forgetting to drink enough water could have a serious impact on your heart

In a study, one sign of low bodily fluids increased the risk of heart failure by almost half.

Sobering

Study: No, a glass of wine a day is not good for your heart

The protective power of a glass of wine a day may be other good habits in disguise.

Solid Footing

10,000 steps? New research reveals how much walking you actually need

The popular metric historically had little evidence to back it up.

Mind and Body

Sex chromosomes play a surprisingly big role in this deadly heart condition

Sex and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease are rampant.

Memories Can't Wait

Aerobic exercise can improve your memory — if you start before this age

For people under 55, two-and-a-half hours a week might make a difference

Weight a Minute

Researchers: Pump iron for 30 minutes a week to ward off early death

A little goes a long way.

Check, please!

Is red wine actually healthy? A doctor debunks this popular health myth.

“When it comes to harms or potential benefits, ethanol is ethanol.”

Sunday Scaries

How to prevent brain aging: One critical action young adults need to take

“If we better control and treat blood pressure in participants, there may be less brain changes over time.”

shine a light

Study nails down a link between vitamin D and heart health

All it took was health histories, blood samples, and genetic profiles from 295,788 people.

The Magic Hour

Scientists find the best bedtime for heart health

Stop draggin’ your heart around, past 10 p.m.

Mind and Body

10 diet decisions that support heart health

Here's how to protect your most important muscle.

Cardiac crunch

7 foods scientifically proven to boost heart health

Leafy greens, lean meats, nuts, and more.

Longevity hacks

Scientists discover an unexpected connection between gut and heart health

Brain boost
Mind and Body

Got a headache? 3 simple tips from a neuroscientist to ease your pain

The best way to counteract them is to work out what they are warning us about.

Sugar Rush

Exercise lowers dementia risk — scientists want to know how

A new study linked higher cerebral glucose metabolism to physical activity.

Sunday Scaries

Just 30 minutes of one action can dramatically boost the effects of therapy

Before you sit down for a session, take a little extra time to amplify the effects.

Reddit 101

The 10 best subreddits for mental health

If you’re looking for online communities that can support your mental health, it’s worth browsing these subreddits.

Leg Day Observer

Do three-second lifts work? A sports science breaks down how much time you should actually spend lifting weights

A few seconds of lifting a day can lead to strength, but there’s a catch.

Feature

Beyond longevity: The DIY quest to cheat death and stop aging

Would you take your (extended) life into your own hands?

Keeping A Head

Study: An early life spike in blood pressure can pummel your brain

People with years of elevated blood pressure also did worse on cognitive tests.

Sunday Scaries

Does cannabis actually help with headaches? What scientists know so far

Luckily, new findings are on the way.

Sunday Scaries

How mind-strengthening exercises can help treat migraine pain

Practices that engage the mind prove to be helpful in reducing the limiting nature of migraines.

Sunday Scaries

Can diet help treat migraines? Why one nutrient may be key to fighting pain

Some clinicians are interested in migraine treatments that don’t depend on a pill.

Strategy

The brain’s boss: 3 hacks to retrain your brain and find focus in 12 minutes

There is an antidote to distracted living...

Mind and Body

The body's internal clock could help explain an incurable brain condition

Circadian rhythm may be a critical mechanism for understanding Alzheimer’s disease.

Mind Games

7 games that could slow brain aging for PC, mobile, Switch, and iPad

The smartest games around.

Mind and Body

What is Havana syndrome, really?

The controversy may be rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of how the brain works.

Mind and Body

Exercise may be the secret to treating mental-health conditions

Working out buffs up the body and perhaps the mind, too.

Sunday Scaries

How to prevent brain aging: One critical action young adults need to take

“If we better control and treat blood pressure in participants, there may be less brain changes over time.”

Gene Jeanie

Scientists unravel an intriguing link between meditation and immunity

After an eight-day retreat, researchers saw molecular changes related to immunity.

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Good eats
Sunday Scaries

Best diet to boost mood? A study on men and depression reveals the answer

“Diet could definitely be the first step towards recovery.”

Mind and Body

Lemon water won’t detox or energize you — but here’s what it can do

Lemon juice may have other benefits, but research so far has been mixed.

Check, please!

Does smoked meat cause cancer? A dietitian assesses the damage

Your BBQ could come with a side of P.A.H.s and H.C.A.s.

Mind and Body

Some dangerous — even banned — drugs lurk in dietary supplements

What are these hidden substances, and why do they matter?

Check, please

Should we abandon good pasta? A dietitian digs in on “healthier” alternatives

There’s a place on the plate for all types of pasta.

Fact Check

Here's what drinking aloe vera juice really does to your body

A nutritionist explains the dangers of this new TikTok trend.

Chow Time

Can I feed my dog a vegan diet? A new study says it’s a good idea

The findings may be surprising — even controversial — to some pet owners.

Mind and Body

One common household spice has big health benefits — and it might fight cancer

Black pepper and its active compound piperine may have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Balance

Do supplements boost immunity? A doctor debunks the wellness claim

Sorry, Instagram.

Mind and Body

Is raw meat good for you? The science behind the controversial diet

Eating raw meat is a common practice in many cuisines around the world.

Mind and Body

Is there a best time to drink coffee? Plan your cups to optimize exercise, sleep, and alertness

Grab yourself a coffee and buckle up.

Mind and Body

Does creatine make you stronger? How the supplement may boost athleticism

Creatine is one of the most popular sport nutrition supplements, but does it work the way people want it to? Inverse spoke to creatine users and sports performance experts to find out.

Mind and Body

The dirtiest part of one vegetable could boost gut health — and save the world

They can still be used for their intended purpose of providing health and nutritional benefits.

Mind and Body

Intermittent fasting: How when you eat affects your mental health

It may not be just what you eat, but when, too.

Einstein Week

What did Einstein eat? Inside the diet of the famed physicist

Was Einstein’s genius, as some have claimed, aided by what he ate? Let’s find out.

Mind and Body

One billion people are vitamin D deficient — here’s what experts recommend

The vitamin D family actually includes five molecules.

Longevity Hacks

How does air quality affect longevity? Brain study reveals a beneficial link

Wearing a mask could have hidden benefits.

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Self-care
Sunday Scaries

New ADHD research reveals clues to “maladaptive daydreaming” condition

“ADHD-like symptoms can result from MD, but they are not one and the same.”

Sweat it out

Most-effective core exercises: Why traditional sit-ups may not be best for your routine

Plank it.

Sunday Scaries

Best diet to boost mood? A study on men and depression reveals the answer

“Diet could definitely be the first step towards recovery.”

Strategy

Four low-key psychology hacks to increase life satisfaction for good

Stop and smell the roses, really.

Sunday Scaries

Feeling anxious? Mental-health experts reveal how to build a ‘mental gym’

How to confront anxiety in the moment — and prepare for when it strikes again.

Burn

Should you tan your balls? Men's health experts debunk testicular tanning

A urologist weighs in on that viral Tucker Carlson segment.

Sunday Scaries

Just 30 minutes of one action can dramatically boost the effects of therapy

Before you sit down for a session, take a little extra time to amplify the effects.

Balance

Do supplements boost immunity? A doctor debunks the wellness claim

Sorry, Instagram.

Feature

Beyond longevity: The DIY quest to cheat death and stop aging

Would you take your (extended) life into your own hands?

Strategy

Stressed? Five psychologist-tested strategies to let it go and forgive

What to do when life kicks the crap out of you?

Weight a Minute

Researchers: Pump iron for 30 minutes a week to ward off early death

A little goes a long way.

wise words

What is your “wisdom profile?” Scientists find a key difference in men and women

“Understanding your individual wisdom profile can be helpful in your pursuit of a meaningful and enjoyable life.”

Sunday Scaries

Can diet help treat migraines? Why one nutrient may be key to fighting pain

Some clinicians are interested in migraine treatments that don’t depend on a pill.

Strategy

The brain’s boss: 3 hacks to retrain your brain and find focus in 12 minutes

There is an antidote to distracted living...

Mind and Body

Exercise may be the secret to treating mental-health conditions

Working out buffs up the body and perhaps the mind, too.

Mind and Body

How to quit short-term thinking: 3 psychology-backed strategies to go deeper

Go beyond the now.

Go deeper...
Weight a Minute

Researchers: Pump iron for 30 minutes a week to ward off early death

A little goes a long way.

Easy Does It

Study reveals a surprising link between sleep and appetite

How much sleep do you need to lose weight? It's less than you think.

Demystify

Vitamin D supplements may have a protective effect on the immune system

To take or not to take, that is the question.

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You need to watch the most heroic swordfighting movie on Amazon Prime ASAP

Maybe you haven't seen this cult classic, but you'll definitely recognize its most famous line.

Longevity Hacks

How does air quality affect longevity? Brain study reveals a beneficial link

Wearing a mask could have hidden benefits.

Gene Jeanie

Scientists unravel an intriguing link between meditation and immunity

Easy Does It

Far less exercise than you think could cut your chances of a deadly brain condition

Just 18 minutes a day. Sounds doable.

Wake Up Call

Going to bed after this specific time damages metabolic health — study

In a study published last week in Diabetologia, both disturbed sleep patterns and going to sleep after midnight were correlated to a less-than-optimal postprandial response.

longevity hacks

Evolutionary biologists reveal how exercise unlocks human longevity

On the flip side, there are biological penalties for not working out.

The Magic Hour

Scientists find the best bedtime for heart health

Stop draggin’ your heart around, past 10 p.m.

Versus

Good fat vs bad fat: Study links one type of fat to a higher risk of stroke

However, scientists have long struggled to prove which kind of fat matters.

Longevity Hacks

Why one type of massage can help muscles heal faster — study

There’s a curious link between mechanical stimulation, skeletal muscle repair, and immune function.

Longevity Hack

Diet study reveals optimal number of hours to sleep to boost good snack habits

If you needed another reason to prioritize sleep...

Longevity Hack

Scientists identify how many hours to eat a day to optimize longevity

Maintaining an eating schedule may help safeguard your long-term health.

Longevity Hacks

Does gut health affect weight? A new study reveals critical new data

Healthy weight loss may have less to do with limiting what you eat, and more to do with what you eat.

Longevity Hacks

Want to get better at exercising? Scientists endorse these 2 fitness hacks

New research endorses choosing specific goals and pushing yourself to start immediately.