Since our launch in 1988, Men's Health has been about the tips. Here's a chronology of some of our best.
1989: Strengthen your core
Save your back, lift more, run more: It all starts in your middle, man.
1990: Tilt up your rearview mirror
. . . just far enough to force yourself into an upright sitting position to see behind you, which is good for your posture and your aching back. We've used this simple tip ever since that year, when we drove a Geo Metro (55 miles a gallon, baby!).
1991: Never eat out of the original container
How many times have you dipped into a pint of ice cream only to find yourself staring at the bottom of the container 15 minutes later?
1992: Accept the latexed finger
We called prostate cancer "the overlooked disease," and encouraged more testing and research. Have you been probed lately?
1993: Your LDL cholesterol number doesn't mean much
At least not as a stand-alone stat. That's because it doesn't take your "good" HDL cholesterol, which may counteract the bad kind, into account. A better gauge of heart-disease risk: your ratio of total to HDL cholesterol, a notion confirmed by a 2001 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
1994: Make them wait for your best offer
Go to the bargaining table understanding what you're willing to concede. The longer you sit on your hands, the more they're likely to cough up.
1995: Don't check in for surgery in July
If you're scheduling elective surgery in a teaching hospital, shoot for late spring, when residents have more experience.
It'll stop your snoring by forcing you to sleep on your side or front. Back sleepers often have blocked airways, and that leads to a host of troubles.
1997: Drink green tea, the wonder liquid
Few beverages (with beer as the possible exception) have been celebrated in these pages quite as much as green tea, that antioxidant-rich elixir that may help prevent prostate cancer, lower your heart-disease risk, and find your missing slippers.
"You're beautiful" isn't a compliment. If you want to impress a woman, praise what she's made, not what God's made. "Lovely dress." "Terrific memo." "Incredible insight." "Great joke!"
1999: Use a blow-up workout partner
We're not sure when we fell in love with our curvaceous assistant (the Swiss ball, that is), but the affair was consummated when we devoted a feature to pushups and presses performed with our inflatable friend tight against our bodies.