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  • 8 Things You Should Never Do in Front of Your Kids

    Remember: They're always watching
    By Markham Heid, Men's Health

    You know it's not cool to smoke and swear in front of your children. But watching television? "If you want them to be active, you can't just order your children to go play while you watch TV," explains Carrie Contey, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and parenting expert. (Find Out: What Type of Parent Are You?)

    Just as your kids learn how to speak by listening to the sound of your voice, they learn how to live by observing your actions, Contey says. And even if you exercise every day, unless your kids see you working out--or at least putting on your workout gear and heading out the door--they won't understand that it's part of your routine. "If you come home every night and immediately turn on the television, they're going to assume that's what you're doing the rest of the day, too," Contey adds. And so they'll want to do that--and only that--themselves. Save your TV time for the hour or two after you've put the tykes to

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  • 6 Bad Habits that Could Save Your Butt

    In moderation, these vices pay off
    By Rachael Schultz, Men's Health

    Some bad habits should be laid to rest forever — smoking, cheating, and skipping the gym for a month, for example. But just because something isn't healthy enough to turn into a daily habit doesn't mean you have to swear it off for good. In fact, some "sins" are even beneficial in moderation. Here are six such habits that aren't so bad for you after all.

    Related: 7 Nagging Health Problems You Shouldn't Ignore

    1. Putting off your chores to catch up on "True Detective."
    A 2012 study from the Netherlands found that what you do after work significantly affects your level of job dedication the next day. People who always spent their evenings continuing to work or do chores were less relaxed and psychologically focused the next day than those who kicked back with low-effort activities. But if you flick on the boob tube, don't leave it on for too long. Regularly watching more than four hours of TV a day is linked to an

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  • The 10 Most Dangerous Things You're Doing

    Avoid the everyday pitfalls that could put you in the ER--or worseAvoid the everyday pitfalls that could put you in the ER--or worseAvoid the everyday pitfalls that could put you in the ER--or worse
    By Markham Heid, Men's Health

    You know texting and driving is dangerous, but fiddling with your phone while walking could be just as bad. The number of emergency room visits among people who were trying to text while walking jumped 35 percent between 2009 and 2010--from 1,113 up to 1,506, according to an Ohio State University study. And considering that was nearly triple the number of texting-while-strolling accidents reported in 2007, the likelihood of a tree trunk or telephone pole meeting your face in the near future are soaring, the study suggests.

    If you want to stay out of the ER--or worse, the morgue--research shows you should probably also avoid these activities.

    RELATED: 6 Bad Habits That Could Save Your Butt

    Fixing Appliances
    Rates of electrocution deaths among men jumped 76 percent between 2008 and 2009--the last year for which data is available, according to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety

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  • Happy Hour | the Big Apple Manhattan

    It's time to toast to fall-with whiskey!

    By John McCarthy,

    The Big Apple ManhattanThe Big Apple Manhattan
    When it comes to the origins of the classic Manhattan cocktail, there are only two facts people seem to agree on: It came from Manhattan and it debuted around the mid- to late-1800s. From there it's whatever story you wish to tell, because there are a lot of them. Whatever your version of the truth, the drink is a classic and certainly one to master because once your base elements are set, the sky's the limit as to how you can customize it.

    In its most basic form, the generally accepted template here is two ounces of rye or bourbon and ½ ounce of sweet vermouth, with a few drops of bitters and a maraschino cherry garnish. This version introduces autumnal flavors by swapping out the vermouth for apple cider, which mingles pleasantly with sage and brown sugar and is anchored by orange zest and a dash or two of bitters to keep the sweetness under control. The saffron is optional, but it adds a nice

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  • Can Your Relationship Pass This Test?

    By Andrew Daniels, Men's Health News

    Foggy memory, unholy matrimony? Couples who disagree on when they started dating have lower quality marriages than pairs who are on the same page, reports a new study in Social Science Research.

    Researchers quizzed married couples about the timelines of several relationship stages, including when partners first started sleeping at each other's houses, and how long they shacked up before getting hitched. (Husbands and wives answered separately.) The results: The further apart couples were in their guesses-particularly about the early stages, like when they first became official-the lower their reported marital satisfaction.

    Foggy memory, unholy matrimony? Couples who disagree on when they started dating have lower quality marriages than pairs who are on the same page, reports a new study in Social Science Research.

    The Weird Ways You Sabotage Your Relationship

    Researchers quizzed married couples about the timelines of several

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  • What Your Facebook Profile Says About Your Dating Style

    NEW STUDY: The Facebook Profile SecretNEW STUDY: The Facebook Profile SecretFacebook: a portal to her past. The more interests someone lists on their Facebook profile, the more romantic relationships they've likely had, says new research in Computers in Human Behavior.

    The results fall in line with the "self-expansion model," which is the idea that people constantly seek out opportunities to grow, says study author Christopher Carpenter, Ph.D., of Western Illinois University. "Even if we walk away from our romantic relationships with some heartache, we generally also gain new interests and activities," Carpenter says. "Our relationships with others help us become more interesting people by perhaps broadening our horizons."

    How Facebook Has Changed Your Sex Life

    So sure, your girlfriend may have gotten her Game of Thrones love from another guy, but she's likely more engaging as a result. Two more ways to tap Facebook as a tool in you new relationship:

    Edit your interests ASAP. If you mindlessly liked that "Getting Drunk" page back in the day, it's

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  • The Easiest Summer Steak Recipe

    Bobby Flay's Easy & Delicious Chimichurri SteakBobby Flay's Easy & Delicious Chimichurri Steak

    A cookout should be relaxing and the less time you spend manning the grill, the more time you can spend enjoying one of summer's finest rewards: a great steak. Make Bobby Flay's version of chimichurri-Argentina's answer to barbecue sauce- in minutes and let it do all the work as both a marinade and a dipping sauce. It's great on steak, chicken, and pork.

    The Ultimate Guide To Summer Grilling!


    1 1/2 cup Spanish olive oil
    Juice of 2 limes
    1 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
    8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    2 shallots, minced
    2 Tbsp each finely chopped fresh basil, thyme, and oregano
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Combine the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Divide the chimichurri between 2 bowls. Use half as the marinade and half as the dipping sauce.

    (Looking for a great steak sauce? Switch to this awesome recipe.)

    Gaucho Steak
    2 lb skirt steak, cut crosswise into 3 equal portions

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  • The 10 Best Bacons Known to Man

    The bellies to put in yours

    By Jerilyn Covert, Jennifer Messimer, and Christa Sgobba

    Bringing Home the BaconBringing Home the Bacon

    Bacon: If you're human, the mere word summons an immediate Pavlovian response. Simply reading the list of bacons that follows may warrant a bib. For the good of all mankind, we took it upon ourselves to try more than 60 different kinds of bacon-from nationwide to boutique brands-and came up with a ranked list of the best bacons you seriously need to try. And if you're worried about bacon's supposed artery clogging effects, research has shown that there is no evidence that the saturated fat in bacon increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. Not too shabby at only 45 calories per slice. So go on, enjoy.

    (Want must-have nutrition info, food swaps, and breaking health findings delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter.)

    1. Beeler's Uncured Garlic Pepper Bacon

    Call it the baron of bacons. Unlike some gimmicky

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  • The 4 Rules of Perfect Pizza

    Take a tour of Chef Michael Psilakis' 3 favorite pizza shops in Brooklyn. Then start making better pies at home.

    By Paul Kita

    The Quest For The Perfect Slice of Pizza

    Think back to the best slice of pizza you've ever tasted. When you took your first bite, you were transported. Any combination of sauce, cheese, and dough you had eaten before was instantly demoted, newly classified as a substandard slice. This was the only pizza you ever wanted to eat again. You were forever a changed man. Call it the "transcendental slice effect."

    Chef Michael Psilakis has experienced the transcendental slice effect (TSE). Although Psilakis has claimed his fame in the culinary world through Greek-inspired New York City restaurants such as MP Taverna and Kefi, he's spent significant time in pursuit of great pizza. So we asked Psilakis to take us to his favorite TSE-inducing pizza shops in Brooklyn and as we stopped at Di Fara, Roberta's, and Lucali, he dropped his pizza knowledge along the way.

    If you can't venture to

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  • The 5 Best Hot Sauces for Any Meal

    We burned some sensitive parts of our GI tracks for this list. You're welcome!

    By Sara Can, Men's Health

    For the past month, my co-workers have been avoiding me. Why? Perhaps it's the vinegary odor that's been seeping into my clothes from the 100 bottles of hot sauce in my office. Or maybe it's because I've been hosting weekly hot-sauce taste tests, and some tongues can only take so much.
    Okay, maybe I've been torturing my co-workers, but it's all in the name of journalism!

    Our mission? To find the most irresistible hot sauces-no matter how bad our tongues tingled or how much sweat rolled down our foreheads. To help us sift through the hot sauce contenders, we reached out to hot-sauce aficionados who focused our taste buds on looking for the perfect balance between heat and flavor. (For your complete guide to every grocery aisle, see what Men's Health editors selected as the 125 Best Foods for Men.)

    "Anyone can load up a sauce with super hot

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