41) Cook the Perfect Steak
Feel your cheek, chin, nose point, nose bridge, and the bottom of your shoe as reference points for rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well done, respectively.
42) Smile More, Stress Less
As reported in the journal Psychological Science, researchers used chopsticks to manipulate and hold three different facial expressions on subjects’ faces: a neutral expression; a standard, polite smile; and a Duchenne smile (one that reaches the eyes). The rest of the participants were asked to smile naturally. All were then asked to complete a number of stress-inducing activities with their facial expressions intact. The researchers found that those who were smiling—both naturally and forced—rebounded faster than the straight-faced group.
43) Double Down for Greater Gains
“To gain muscle, take the diet you’re currently on and double the size of your post-workout shake,” says Mike Roussell, Ph.D, author of The Six Pillars of Nutrition. “Then add another shake at some point in the day.” The two shakes together will add another 500 calories, at least.
44) Bring Back Date Night
Rekindle the romance from when you first got together by making sure to spend at least one night a week as a couple. And get outside the house. You’ll be amazed how much your relationship will benefit, and it will take care of that whole “communication” thing she keeps bringing up.
45. Get a Dog
Research from Michigan State University shows that man’s best friend can be a powerful motivator to get us to exercise. The researchers found that study participants who owned dogs were more likely to be active than those who did not.
A Fit Man's Best Friend:
- BOXER Playful, friendly and great with kids
- ROTTWEILER Intelligent and calm, but wary of strangers
- DOBERMAN PINSCHER Protective, docile, and requires loads of exercise
- GREAT DANE A “gentle giant” and extremely loyal
- GERMAN SHEPHERD Affectionate but requires ample space to roam
Sixty percent of dog owners that meet federal criteria for regular, moderate, or vigorous exercise, compared with around 30% of people who don’t have dogs, according to research from Michigan State University.